ICS3U Computer Science
Ministry of Education Course Title: Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation
Course Code: ICS3U
Grade Level: 12
Department: Computer Studies
This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields.
Total Time: 110 hours
Unit 1 Programming Concepts and Skills
A1. demonstrate the ability to use different data types, including one-dimensional arrays, in computer programs;
A2. demonstrate the ability to use control structures and simple algorithms in computer programs;
A3. demonstrate the ability to use subprograms within computer programs;
A4. use proper code maintenance techniques and conventions when creating computer programs.
Unit 2 Software Development
B1. use a variety of problem-solving strategies to solve different types of problems independently and as part of a team;
B2. design software solutions to meet a variety of challenges;
B3. design algorithms according to specifications;
B4. apply a software development life-cycle model to a software development project.
Unit 3 Computer Environments and Systems
C1. relate the specifications of computer components to user requirements;
C2. use appropriate file maintenance practices to organize and safeguard data;
C3. demonstrate an understanding of the software development process.
Unit 4 Topics in Computer Science
D1. describe policies on computer use that promote environmental stewardship and sustainability;
D2. demonstrate an understanding of emerging areas of computer science research;
D3. describe postsecondary education and career prospects related to computer studies.