INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Information Technology Courses at Dickson College aim to provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in a broad range of ICT skills. All units taught in Information Technology have both a rigorous academic focus and are an opportunity for students to achieve nationally recognised vocational qualifications.

Students enrolled in Information Technology courses at Dickson College can earn a Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICT20115) while also working towards a university entrance score (ATAR) or an accredited package. Students can mix and match units from the following streams to make up a double major (7 units), major/ minor (3.5 units) and major (3.5 units).

Information Technology units are structured as the following:

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

  • Unit 1: Digital Assets and Skills
  • Unit 2: Programming and Platforms
  • Unit 3: Digital Solutions
  • Unit 4: Structured Project or Negotiated Study

ROBOTICS AND MECHATRONICS

  • UNIT 1: Building and Programming Circuits
  • UNIT 2: Digital and Analog Interactions
  • UNIT 3: Robotics and Mechatronic Systems
  • UNIT 4: Applications of Robotics or Negotiated Study

The faculty has many links to industry, universities and C.I.T/ TAFEs which allow students to gain valuable on-the-job experience outside the classroom. Students also have the opportunity to participate in various prestigious competitions like the UAV Outback Challenge and the UNSW Programming competition.

Our philosophy in the faculty is to make sure that our students have fun while they learn. There is plenty of time to get serious in the future so why not enjoy learning some cool stuff in a fun environment. To help our students keep on top of their workload and to help them extend their learning at home, we try to make all of our software available (for free) to our students to complement and reinforce the work done in the labs. If a free version is not available or if licence issues get in the way, then we try and use Open Source software to ensure equitable access for all students.