I received a Masters in Product Design from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. I then got offered a job as a teaching assistant at the university. I am also doing an internship with the designer, Philip Starck in Paris.

Fiona Pender
Class of 2002

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Higher & Intermediate 2 Information Systems

This course explores all the main general-purpose packages and communications.  The subject is studied from a users point of view and therefore does not include the programming element that most pupils do not like. The course looks at how businesses use and handle information. 

 This course allows pupils to pass the core skill in Information Technology and therefore decreases the burden in university, as this will prevent them from doing the extra Information Technology course in year 1 of their degree.

COURSE OUTLINE

 It prepares pupils for Higher in such a way that the pupils will find the transition smoother and allow them to become familiar with the Internal Assessment element.   The Intermediate 2 Course is a good stepping-stone to Higher for those who have attained a general grade in the Standard Grade.

 The course consists of three modules:

 Using Information (40 hours)

This unit covers 4 main topics.  These are Data and Information, Organisational Information Systems, Information Management Software and Implications of ICT.  This unit explores the use of most common packages and how they are used, implemented and examines the implications of their implementation.

 Relational Databases (40 hours)

This topic closely examines the role of relational databases within an organisation.  Pupils are required to take a database to third normal form (at Higher) and understand the reasons for doing so.  The practical element of the course will evaluate if candidates can use a relational database package to create an effective information system.

 The Internet (40 hours)

This topic not only looks at the Internet and its role in society but pupils have to build web pages and learn about all the protocols that make the Internet possible.

 METHODOLOGY

 The study of this subject will involve sessions of class discussion to enhance and reinforce the course content. The week’s lesson will be split between theoretical issues and practical work. 

 Notes and textbooks will provide the basis for learning, but reading additional notes on recommended web sites is thoroughly recommended for improving the student’s level of knowledge. The use of Moodle will also play a part in the delivery of this course.

ASSESSMENT

 The assessment of this course consists of 2 internal assessments per unit, which take the form of one theory and one practical assessment.  The external assessment is made up of a 140-mark paper and a 60-mark coursework.  The coursework will vary in content every year and will be issued by the exam board and will be marked internally, however it is not unusual for the SQA to request a sample of the scripts to check the marking.

 HOMEWORK

 Homework consists of approximately 3 hours per week, divided between background reading (theory only) however, practical tasks will not be issued, although pupils could use time at home to prepare for these. Approximately every fortnight a larger written piece of work will have to be submitted – this will become weekly after the October half term.

 HIGHER EDUCATION

 Information Systems is an academic subject, which can lead on to Higher Information Systems in S6 if studying Intermediate 2 and a possibility of Advanced Higher if studying Higher.  Pupils taking the subject in S5/6 will benefit if they wish to study any of the following courses at university: a general business or computing course, computing science, accounting, information management, business information systems.  The course provides pupils with generic core skills in Information Technology and will act as a solid foundation to any course taken either at college or university.

 CAREER

 As this course is based on using Information Technology it is useful to most careers however more specific careers can include: a computer programmer, a systems analyst, a data controller, an administrator, management, engineering, and even a school teacher!