Computer Studies

Teacher: Mr. Delaney

The program in computer studies offers a variety of courses to help students develop a deeper understanding of the world of computer science and computer programming, and to help focus their interests in this area. 

Grade 10

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to computer programming. Students will plan and write simple computer programs by applying fundamental programming concepts, and learn to create clear and maintainable internal documentation. They will also learn to manage a computer by studying hardware configurations, software selection, operating system functions, networking, and safe computing practices. Students will also investigate the social impact of computer technologies, and develop an understanding of environmental and ethical issues related to the use of computers. 

Grade 11

ICS3U - University Preparation
Prerequisite: None

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. 

Grade 12

ICS4U - University Preparation
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation

This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.

Some Postsecondary and Career Areas Related to Computer Science

Apprenticeship Training

  • Computer Network Technician
  • Help Desk Technology Support Analyst
  • Telecommunications Installation and Repair/Network Cabling Specialist
  • Telecommunications Line and Cable Worker

College Pathway

  • Applied Computing
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologist and Technician
  • Electronic Service Technician
  • Engineering
  • Game Level Design
  • Game Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Systems Testing Technician
  • User Support Technician
  • Web and Multimedia Design

University Pathway

  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Programmer and Interactive Media Developer
  • Computer Sciences
  • Game Design
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Software Engineer and Designer
  • Technical Sales Specialists