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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Intake in 2022, Intake in 2022,
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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Computing Information Systems & Software Design

Study a teaching area in Computing Information Systems and Software Design for secondary education

Thrive in a world that’s increasingly being shaped by technology with a Computing Information Systems and Software Design teaching area within your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree at the University of Newcastle.

The Computing Information Systems and Software Design teaching area is concerned with the use of technology in managing and processing information. Students will study the use of electronic computers and the development of software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit, and retrieve information1. You will learn how technology has changed the way we communicate and engage and is an increasingly vital learning area for high school students.

Your teaching area will develop a breadth of specialist skills and knowledge. You will develop a broad and critical understanding of technology as a whole. Students will study computing technology theories, practices, production and development processes. Learn skills across project based management, communication, collaboration, along with related legal, social and ethical issues.

In particular, studies on information systems and processing include:

  • Broad and critical understanding of computing technology
  • Nature and role of current and emerging computing technology
  • Processes of computing technology production and development
  • Recent theories and practices
  • Practice of designing, producing and problem-solving in digital technology contexts

Software design and development studies include:

  • Design and development of software
  • problem-solving and creation of software solutions
  • software development cycle
  • evolution of programming languages
  • interrelationships between hardware and software

What jobs can you get with a taching area in Computing Information Systems and Software Design teaching?

Studying a teaching area in Computing Information Systems and Software Design empowers you with specialist training, knowledge and expertise to prepare you for both teaching and non-teaching roles within educational settings and beyond. Develop your expertise in a growing field whilst also developing the teaching experience, skills and qualifications needed to work in secondary schools.

Technological and applied studies (TAS) is now required in public schools and technology teachers are considered as high-demand teachers2 in NSW and beyond. If teaching is your chosen path, you will learn how to teach and provide your students with mandatory foundational knowledge and skills that they'll need to pursue further study and future careers within a growing, robust industry.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in programming, software development, design and computing.
  • Goals to share their passion for computing and software design with young students in a secondary school setting.
  • A commitment to educating young students about computing in an engaging way, such as through games design and production.

What do you learn in a Computing Information Systems and Software Design teaching area?

If you choose a teaching area in Computing Information Systems and Software Design as one of your core teaching areas you will study how to teach computing, software design, and programming to high school classes. We offer courses in:

  • Computing and Information: Your core and introductory courses will teach you about programming, database management and digital project management. You will also study how to design and implement computing solutions to solve complex problems related to the storage and transmission of information.
  • Web Technology and Programming: Students can choose to study web technology and programming. You will learn about concepts such as digital documentation, data elements, sequence, selection and iteration. In web technology courses emphasis will be placed upon practical learning, with assessment based on building web pages and information encryption.
  • Computing Specialties: In the second and third years of your teaching area you will be able to study a computing specialty. You can learn about information systems, games design, and network administration.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in teaching computing technologies.

1Information Processes and Technology NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
Software Design and Development, NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
2High-demand teachers, Teach NSW, NSW Department of Education

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