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VCE Computing

Computing Unit 4: Informatics


Computing Unit 3: Informatics.

Course Description

In this unit students draw on the analysis and conclusion of their hypothesis determined in Unit 3, Outcome 2, and then design, develop and evaluate a multimodal, online solution that effectively communicates the conclusion and findings. Students use their project plan to monitor their progress and assess the effectiveness of their plan and adjustments in managing the project.

Also students explore how different organisations manage the storage and disposal of data and information to minimise threats to the integrity and security of data and information and to optimise the handling of information.

Areas of Study

Data Analytics – ​Presenting the Findings

Students draw on the conclusion they formed to their hypothesis in Unit 3, Outcome 2, and design and develop a multimodal online solution that communicates and substantiates this conclusion. Students evaluate the effectiveness of the solution in communicating the conclusion.

Students also evaluate the effectiveness of their solution in presenting the conclusion and findings. During these problem-solving methodology stages students use their project plan to monitor and record progress and assess the effectiveness of this strategy in managing the project.

Information Management

This area of study focusses on information management and its importance to organisations. Students develop knowledge about the components of an information system and the role of these components in managing information. They investigate how different organisations store and dispose of their data and information. Students examine the threats to this data and information, whether accidental, deliberate or technical, and consider the potential consequences to organisations of ineffective information management strategies.

Students recommend information management strategies to protect the integrity and security of data and information, taking into account key legal requirements of organisations and any ethical dilemmas faced by organisations and individuals regarding security of information.

Software Tools

Students study the following tools in this unit:

  • Data Analytics – Presenting the Findings: Software tools to manipulate data for creating a multimodal online solution - website software, text, image, video and audio creation software; and a software tool for documenting project plans.


Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
SAT - Design, develop and evaluate a multimodal online solution that confirms or refutes a hypothesis, and assess the effectiveness of the project plan in managing progress.

A folio of two or three alternative design ideas and the detailed design specifications of the preferred design.

A multimodal online solution that communicates the confirmation or refutation of a hypothesis as detailed in Unit 3.​
An evaluation of the effectiveness of the solution.
An assessment of the effectiveness of the project plan (Gantt chart) in monitoring project progress.
SAC - Compare and contrast the effectiveness of information management strategies used by two organisations to manage the storage and disposal of data and information, and recommend improvements to their current practices.​ A written report. 100

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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