DCM 11

Last Updated: September 2021

Teacher: Mr. Colin Kam
Room: 142

Pre-requisites: Grade 10-12 with limited computing and programming experience. Students who have already taken ICT 9 ought to take Programming 11 instead.

Digital Communications 11 is a full-year introductory computer course for students who limited computing and programming experience. Students evaluate software and technology, develop information and communication technology (ICT) literacy and skills as they work together and solve problems and communicate with one another, and expand their employability by creating and using multimedia files for distribution and presentation..

Indigenous Acknowledgement: We acknowledge that we live, work, play, and learn on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Coast Salish peoples.

Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are an important part of the historical foundation of both B.C. and Canada and are integrated into every subject in the new curriculum. All students will have opportunities to better understand and respect a variety of cultures, both their own and others.

Curriculum: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/adst/11/digital-communications

Schedule: The timeline may be subjected to change at the teacher’s discretion.

  • Computer Basics (3 weeks)
    • Hardware and Software
    • Web 2.0 Tools (Blogs, Slides, Spreadsheets, etc.)
    • Ethics and Security
  • HTML and CSS (5 weeks)
  • Video Editing (2 weeks)

Students who have taken ICT 9 may elect to complete the CST 10 or CIS 12 curriculum instead. Alternatively, they may propose an alternative learning plan to the teacher but teacher approval is required.

Student Materials: During in-person class, students will bring the following to class:

  • Microfiber cloth
    • To wipe off the keyboards before and after use.
    • Disinfectant solution available in class.
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Headphone or earbud (2.5 mm jack)
  • Optional: laptop

For remote learning, most internet-enabled devices that can connect to MS Teams and support HTML 5 (e.g. phone, tablet, netbook, laptop, desktop PC or Mac) will suffice. Windows PC is recommended.

Assignments: Students are provided a sufficient amount of time in class and at home to complete their assignments. Good use of class time allows the teacher to give instant and on-going feedback; the teacher expects nothing less than quality end-products.

Late assignments will be counted as missing (i.e. zero) until they are marked, usually at a much later time. Students may request an extension before the deadline, and it is only granted on an individual basis under special circumstances.

Classroom Rules: Students are responsible for taking full advantage of their learning opportunities. The teacher’s responsibility is to provide such opportunities, to fairly evaluate students, and to establish a safe learning environment by supporting these five classroom rules:

  1. Come to class on time.
  2. Be prepared to learn.
  3. Respect yourself and others.
  4. Take good care of school property.
  5. Keep the classroom clean.

Washroom privileges are allowed at the teacher’s discretion but not to be abused. NEVER bring food, drinks, or cell phones into the classroom, as they will be confiscated on sight and returned at the end of the day or next day.

Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on assignments, projects and tests. Final marks will be calculated as follows:

  • Computer Basics – 3 to 6 assignments (30%)
  • HTML / CSS – 3 assignments (30%)
  • Video Editing – 2 to 4 assignments (20%)
  • Capstone Project (20%)

Letter grades are based on the student’s ability to meet the learning outcomes of the course, whereas work habits are reported as excellent (E), good (G), satisfactory (S) or needing improvement (N).