Ministry Course Expectations
This course helps students understand how computer hardware and software are used to solve
computer-related problems from an engineering perspective. Students will explore ways of connecting
computers, interfaces, and peripherals using their knowledge of logic gates, computer components,
peripherals, programming, networks, and operating systems. Students will also construct systems that
use computer programs to interact with hardware, install and configure key computer hardware and
software components, develop an understanding of the ethical use of computers, and explore careers
in computer engineering.
All courses within HDSB are taught in learning environments that promote inclusive education, and identify and eliminate discriminatory biases, systemic barriers, and power dynamics that limit
the ability of students to participate, learn, grow, and succeed. All students see themselves reflected in the curriculum, their physical surroundings, and the broader environment, so that they are
engaged in and empowered by their learning experiences.
- Knowledge............ 30%
- Thinking................. 20%
- Communication... 15%
- Application............. 35%
What will students be expected to learn? (Key Learnings)
In this course, you will be expected to provide evidence that you can:
Theory and Foundation:
- Identify the function and interaction of basic computer components and peripherals;
- Describe the relationship among computer hardware, networks, and operating systems;
- Explain internal number and character representation systems and how to make conversions among them;
- Explain the function of logic gates and combinations of gates;
- Describe a problem-solving model and the fundamental programming constructs required to implement it.
Skills & Processes:
- Use internal numbering, character representation systems, and logic gates;
- Construct systems that use computer programs to interact with hardware components;
- Properly install and configure key computer hardware and software components;
- Use network services to facilitate intranetworking among workstations.
Impact & Consequences:
- Describe examples of rapid change in information technology;
- Describe the impact of computer technology on society;
- Describe issues relating to the ethical use of computers;
- Identify computer engineering career paths.
Your skills as a learner will be assessed in the way you demonstrate:
|Learning Skill "Look Fors"
||Fulfils responsibilities and commitments within the learning environment, completes and
submits class work, homework, and assignments according to agreed-upon timelines, and takes responsibility for and
manages own behaviour.
||Independently monitors, assesses, and revises plans to complete tasks and meets goals. Uses
class time appropriately to complete tasks, and follows instructions with minimal supervision.
||Looks for and acts on new ideas and opportunities for learning. Demonstrates the capacity
for innovation and a willingness to take risks, and demonstrates curiosity and an interest in learning. Approaches
new tasks with a positive attitude, and recognizes and advocates appropriately for the rights of self and others.
||Devises and follows a plan for completing work and tasks. Establishes priorities and manages
time to complete tasks and achieve goals. Identifies gathers, evaluates, and uses information, technology and
resources to complete tasks.
||Accepts various roles and an equitable share of work in a group. Responds positively to the
ideas, opinions, values and traditions of others, and builds healthy peer-to-peer relationships through personal
and media-assisted interactions. Works with others to resolve conflicts and builds consensus to achieve group goals.
Shares information, resources and expertise, and promotes critical thinking to solve problems and makes decisions.
||Sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them.
Seeks clarification or assistance when needed. Assesses and reflects critically on own strengths, needs, and interests.
Identifies learning opportunities, choices, and strategies to meet personal needs and achieves goals. Perseveres and makes an
effort when responding to challenges.
You will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of these key learnings through your knowledge, thinking,
communication and application of the learning.
||Emphasizes the ability to recall factual information, recognize fundamental concepts and the foundational
skills of the subject/discipline
||Emphasizes the thinking skills used in thinking processes to demonstrate the student's understanding of
information they have processed
||Emphasizes the clear, precise and effective use of oral, written and visual language to communicate the student's
understanding of information and ideas
||Emphasizes the application and integration of knowledge, skills, processes and techniques to produce evidence of
the student's understanding
Note*** 70% of the student's mark comes from work completed during the term, including assignments, quizzes,
unit tests and practical work.
|Final Mark Calculation
|Term Unit Work
|Final Practical Evaluation Project
|Final Written Exam
|Final Grade on Report Card
The following outline illustrates the marking categories and work description for each class unit of activity.
Students will be marked on their individual work performance, including attitude, teamwork, working safely
and behavior in class. Each unit's total mark will be structured according to the following marking categories:
Written Test 1
|self-study unit - identify basic concepts of AC/DC power
|Identify basic concepts of digital signals
Written Test 2
Unit 3 Worksheets
|Identify the fundamental structures of resistor and capacitive theory. Unit marks from worksheets only.
Written Test 3
|Identify the fundamental structures of semiconductor and digital components
||Identify current computer system components and peripheral devices
||Activities are designed to integrate both computer hardware and software using learned programming language to interface to external devices
||Total Semester Mark
||Final Written Exam
||Final written exam involving all learned unit information
||Final Practical Summative Project
||Final Evaluation Practical Project involving all learned unit information