Core skills within NC DMC Level 4 core (mandatory) provides 3 embedded core skills: Digital Numeracy (Numeracy at Level 3) Digital Communication Methods (Communications at Level 3) Office & Personal Productivity (Using IT at Level 4)
Assessment within NC DMC K & U through written tests which sample within outcomes [Scope for MCQ and for e-assessment] Performance and product evidence from practical assignments [Assessor checklists and candidate logs]
Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) exemplifying the standards for all units Assessment Exemplars
Range of Optional Units Digital Media (Image, Video, Audio) Internet & Web Games & Animation Hardware/Software/Troubleshooting Networking Software Development & programming Other (Enterprise, Business, Security) Mathematics (max of 1)
Support materials: Through DIVA, support materials are already available (or are being written) Microsoft: Digital Literacy; Networking Adobe: NPA Web Design Fundamentals Serif: Web Design; Digital Audio; Digital Video Apple: iLife suite (Digital Audio, Video, Images; Web Design)
Use of NPAs within NC DMC Already validated: NPA Digital Literacy SCQF level 3 NPA Web Design Fundamentals SCQF level 5 NPA Internet Technology SCQF level 4 NPA Internet Technology SCQF level 5 More to come: Digital Media, Animation, Networking
This curriculum guide develops ICT skills in web design and production using Macromedia web tools, Digital Design can be used in career and technical education courses as well as general web design classes. Digital Design has been substantially revised to align with the Macromedia web media and multimedia objectives, to expand coverage of rich media in websites and other digital communication using Flash, and to address the latest web development best practices. Dreamweaver Flash Fireworks NPA Web Design Fundamentals (SCQF Level 5)
Course Content F181 11 Computing: Website Design Fundamentals F182 11 Computing: Web Design and Development F180 11 Computing: Interactive Multimedia for Website Development F181 11 Computing: Website Design Fundamentals Technical and legal considerations Copyright, design principles, HTML, file formats, accessibility and usability Optimising Web Graphics Scanning, digital photography, image editing and compression Web Page Creation Authoring tools, HTML, uploading webpages to a server NPA Web Design Fundamentals (SCQF Level 5)
F180 11 Computing: Interactive Multimedia for Website Development Planning and creating animation for the web Animation terminology and techniques, storyboarding, audio Planning, creating digital narratives Uses for digital narratives eg advertising, entertainment and education, implementing simple interactivity, combining graphics, video, animation and audio F182 11 Computing: Web Design and Development Planning, Designing, Building and Testing a Website to Client Requirements Copyright, design principles, HTML, file formats, accessibility and usability NPA Web Design Fundamentals (SCQF Level 5)
–Award Market Existing units being pulled into a smaller bite sized learning chunks No core skills mapping normally carried out sought for NPAs Individual units may carry a core skill (or element) from a previous audit Course ideal for all groups of students from S5 through to silver surfers Low achievers course? Each unit is 40 hours in length Award 120 hours in total Ideal for mainstream and flexible learning delivery? NPA Web Design @ SCQF Level 5
Course Content @ SCQF Level 4 PC Passport: Introduction to the Internet and On-line Communications Information Handling Skills Internet Safety ASPs (Assessment Support Packs) Under development - PC Passport: Introduction to the Internet and On-line Communications Available - Information Handling Skills Available (first e-only award) - Internet Safety NPA Internet Technology @ SCQF Level 4
–Content Identify key components, terms and issues associated with the use of on-line communications Locate information using basic Internet/intranet facilities Use e-mail and on-line forms to communicate electronically Plan an information task Identify a range of information sources and use them to investigate a chosen information task Evaluate the selected information Review search results and suggest possible improvements Identify threats that exist when using the Internet Describe safety precautions which should be taken when using the Internet Describe legal constraints which apply when using the Internet Take appropriate safety precautions and operate within relevant legal constraints when using the Internet NPA Internet Technology @ SCQF Level 4
Course Content @ SCQF Level 5 PC Passport: Working with the Internet and On-line Communications Weblogs Social Software ASPs (Assessment Support Packs) Working with the Internet and On-line Communications Weblogs Social Software NPA Internet Technology @ SCQF Level 5
–Content Describe components, services and issues relating to the use of on-line communications Carry out searches for information using the Internet/intranet Send and receive e-mail using routine Internet/intranet facilities Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of variety of on-line communication methods Describe the development of social software and various types available Locate and review social software of various types Use social software to perform specific social tasks Locate and review blogs of various types Create a blog to perform a specific information task Track selected blogs NPA Internet Technology @ SCQF Level 5
–Award Market National Progression Award (@ 2 SCQF levels) Progression course through SCQF levels Units within National Certificate Digital Media Computing suite of awards Different course content over 2 SCQF levels Existing units being pulled into a smaller bite sized learning chunks No core skills mapping normally carried out sought for NPAs Individual units may carry a core skill (or element) from a previous audit PC Passport, as an NPA, different carrying some core skills Internet user course ideal for all groups of students from S4 through to silver surfers Each unit is 40 hours in length Award 120 hours in total Ideal for mainstream and flexible learning delivery? NPAs Internet Technology (SCQF Level 4 & 5)
NPA Digital Literacy (SCQF level 3) RATIONALE This new National Progression Award (NPA) in Digital Literacy at SCQF level 3 has been designed to introduce candidates to a range of different digital tools, productivity software and digital communication methods. The units combine the softer skills of Communication, Problem solving and Numeracy (and Information Technology) within the context and use of digital technology.
NPA Digital Literacy (SCQF level 3) Provide an entry level award that allows candidates to develop skills using digital tools, software and different digital communication methods. Progress into further study such as PC Passport at Beginner level and the National Certificate in Digital Media Computing to further develop knowledge of digital tools and software. Provide the candidate with opportunities to develop Core skills in the context of digital technology.
NPA Digital Literacy (SCQF level 3) SQA SUPPORT MATERIALS The SQA has provided Individual Student Learning packs for each unit within the NPA and an Instructor guide showing how the student learning pack activities link with the Microsoft Digital Literacy courseware at http://www.microsoft.com/digitalliteracy http://www.microsoft.com/digitalliteracy Assessment Support Packs for each unit are also available.