Year 10

Technologies Support Materials

Assessment Principle 2

Assessment should be educative

Digital Technologies snapshot: Database

Technologies/Digital Technologies/Processes and production skills/Collecting, managing and analysing data/Digital implementation/Creating solutions by Collaborating and managing

Content Description

Apply techniques for acquiring, storing and validating quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources, considering privacy and security requirements

Design algorithms represented diagrammatically and in structured English, including iteration

Implement data storage and organisation techniques within a programming environment

Use appropriate interactive digital technology to plan and manage projects, using an iterative and collaborative approach; identifying risks and analysing time, cost, production processes, safety, sustainability and legal responsibilities

Nature of the assessment

Individual student activity

Purposes of the assessment

To check students’ ability to design a survey and a process and mechanism for the collection of data and their ability to collect the data

Stage in the Teaching sequence

At the end of the learning cycle – summative assessment

Assessment task

The students were provided with the following scenario:

The school has participated in a number of inter-school sporting competitions and we want to evaluate our participation in these competitions.

We would like to find out:

  • which sports students have previously represented the school in
  • which sports students participate in, outside of school
  • which sports they may like to represent the school in
  • how likely they are to offer to represent the school
  • whether there are different attitudes to inter-school competitions between girls and boys and year levels (Year 7 to 12)
  • the extent to which the students value inter-school competitions.

The students were required to:

  1. Devise the survey questions and develop the survey tool.
  2. Design an algorithm to demonstrate the steps involved in the storage and retrieval of the information.
  3. Plan the data collection, including software and hardware requirements.
  4. Determine how the information would be accessed and kept secure.
  5. Provide a draft of the layout of the collection page (user interface) and a demonstration of how the information will be presented.
  6. Determine their sample size and how they would recruit students to participate in the survey.
  7. Collect the data.
  8. Provide a brief report of their findings to the school administration.

Using the information

The teacher used the activity to assess the students’ ability to carry out a complete project and provide evidence of their management of a project.