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VCE Computing

Computing Unit 3: Informatics


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Course Description

Units 3 and 4 are designed to be taken as a sequence, students focus on data, information and information systems. In Unit 3 students consider the use of data; how it is acquired, managed, manipulated and interpreted to meet a range of needs. In Unit 4 students focus on strategies and techniques for manipulating, managing and securing data and information.

A major feature of the course is a school-assessed task, in addition to one school-assessed coursework assessment in each unit, this is a project that is divided into two parts. In Unit 3, students frame a hypothesis and then select, acquire and organise data from multiple data sets to confirm or refute this hypothesis. In Unit 4, students design, develop and evaluate a multimodal (text, images, sound and video), online solution that effectively communicates the conclusion and findings from the first part of the project.

Areas of Study

Organisations and Data Management

Students investigate why organisations acquire data online for transaction processing and how they structure their data-gathering processes to support these transactions. Students also develop and apply skills in using a relational database management system (RDBMS) to manipulate data sourced from interactive online solutions, such as websites and applications (apps). Students examine how value can be added to this data through the careful structuring of data and the application of functions, such as queries, searches and reports that identify patterns and relationships between data sets.

Data Analytics: Drawing Conclusions

Students focus on data analytics, in particular selecting, referencing, organising, manipulating and interpreting relevant data to draw valid conclusions about a hypothesis. Students initially frame a hypothesis within a chosen field such as entertainment, sport, science/medicine, business and education, and undertake an analysis to determine the multiple data sets needed to support their claim, the scope of the hypothesis and any constraints. The hypothesis could reflect an existing or emerging trend such as confirming or predicting a changing pattern in food culture in a defined precinct due to demographic shifts. Students complete this as the first part of a project; the other part is undertaken in Unit 4, Outcome 1.

Software Tools

Students study the following tools in this unit:

  • Organisations and Data Management: a relational database management system and drawing or graphics software.
  • Data Analytics – Drawing Conclusions: Appropriate tool for documenting project plans and software tools to capture, store, prepare and manipulate data such as spreadsheets and database software.


Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
SAC - Design a solution, develop it using a relational database management system, and diagrammatically represent how users interact with the online solution when supplying data for a transaction.

In response to a design brief the design and development of a relational database management system solution.

In response to a design brief an annotated, diagrammatic representation of a user’s interactions with an online solution. 10
SAT -  Use a range of appropriate techniques and processes to acquire, prepare, manipulate and interpret complex data to confirm or refute a hypothesis, and formulate a project plan to manage progress. A short report that sets out a statement of a student-generated hypothesis, the conclusion that has been drawn and an outline of the findings supporting the conclusion. 100
A collection of data sets, and information derived from them that allows a conclusion to be drawn about the hypothesis.
A project plan (Gantt charts) indicating times, resources and tasks.

Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Unit 3 Coursework School-assessed coursework   10
  Unit 3 Task (Part 1) School-assessed task   15
2 Unit 4 Coursework School-assessed coursework   10
  Unit 4 Task (Part 2) School-assessed task   15
3 Written Examination November 2 hours 50


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