Group 4 subjects detailed below are:
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Design Technology, Computer Science
The Group 4 Project
Group 4 Project Information
Information about the Group 4 Project can be found on the IB zine.
Biology, the study of life, is TBD
Chemistry – content is TBD
Physics content is TBD
Design Technology will teach the students how design is applied to technological products, and how ergonomics helps these products to sell in a competitive marketplace. The latest tools will be available to create their own computer-based graphic designs, which can then be built on our 3-D printer.
The Pre-IB Design Technology course will introduce students to the computer, how it works, and the basics of modelling and simulation. The 3dsMax and Mudbox animation and modelling tools are introduced, and students are encouraged to experiment in creating their own 3 dimensional sculptures.
In Computer Science, students will learn how computers work, how a computer has a brain and a memory component.
Focusing on simplicity, the students will learn how to engineer software solutions, from problem analysis to design documentation to building and testing the software product.
We will look initially at the Java software language, building up from simple basic operations, ensuring the students develop a thorough understanding of the use of languages and logical analysis to break problems into simple design structures which will provide easy to read, easy to understand, easy to test software solutions.
The Pre-IB Computer Science course is an extra-curricular activity. It will introduce students to the computer, how it works, and the basics of programming. An introduction to structured problem solving, and the use of tools to aid this process will be given. Students will also have an introduction to the use of languages in computing, and how to use the basic elements that will allow them to write their own programs.
In IB 1 Computer Science, students will learn how to approach problem solving in a structured way, through the use of flow-charting and pseudocode, and will be taught the use of implementation tools (in Java and Ada) to build their own solutions on the PC.
As a group, our students will also build an informative system for the Group 4 project.
For the IB 2 Computer Studies course, students will learn how to integrate software tools to engineer a structured software solution. This engineering approach to computing will help them produce simple solutions and to document and test in such a manner as to aid understanding of a delivered product by the end user. These tools and instruction in their use will meet (or exceed) syllabus requirements.
The school computer lab provides an environment where students can work on new and modern hardware (PC’s and servers), which is friendly and yet instructive.