Informatics – software tools and functions

Informatics

Mandated software tools and functions

On 15 October 2015, VCAA published the mandated functions of which their software choices must be capable. Read the official document for full details. This is a summary.

VCAA notes that “not all of the listed functions need to be demonstrated when solving problems.”

For assessment purposes, students must be familiar with all of the listed functions for the mandated software tools.

Unit 3: Relational database management system

Students are expected to apply functions that provide the ability to:

  • create tables
  • create relationships between tables
  • use a range of data types
  • electronically validate data
  • create, edit and use queries
  • search and filter records
  • perform calculations
  • create and edit formatted reports
  • sort records or index on different fields.

Unit 3: Drawing or graphics software

Students are expected to apply functions that provide the ability to:

  • create/select a range of shapes
  • use symbols/images
  • show relationships and directions
  • enter, edit and format text and other content
  • use colour/shading.

Unit 4: Multimodal authoring software

Authoring software does not require the need to write programming code. Students are expected to apply functions that provide the ability to:

  • import/enter, edit and format content
  • structure screen layout
  • create links
  • provide navigation
  • create buttons
  • create tags (alt tags)*
  • incorporate images (still and moving), text and sound.

*My Note: While most students will naturally use a webpage editor for the MMOS, a Microsoft Powerpoint (and perhaps other slideshow software) qualifies for selection. It can obviously carry out all the functions including “create tags (alt tags)”.

While you might not have known it, if you go to an image’s properties in Powerpoint, you will find an “Alt Text” property, comprising “Title” and “Description” fields.

Alt text in Powerpoint

And in CMS web page editors like WordPress, alt tags can also be entered for images.