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I.B Information Technology in a Global Society at The Skinners' Kent Academy

Course description

This course involves the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access to and use of digitised information at the local and global level.

ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts. The ITGS framework is modelled on a ‘triangle’. It uses an integrated approach, encouraging students to question the role of information and communication technologies in contemporary society.

The course is composed of three strands, with interrelating topics within each:

  • Social and ethical significance

  • Application to specified scenarios of IT systems

  • IT systems

Students also complete a project that assesses their practical application of IT skills developed during the course.

Course content

Teachers are entrusted to use professional judgement in determining the best delivery of the ITGS course.

The ITGS triangle

Composed of three strands, with interrelating topics within each:

  • Social and Ethical Significance
  • Application to specified scenarios
  • IT Systems

Key features of the curriculum and assessment models

  • Two courses are offered, Standard Level (SL) that requires 150 hours of teaching time over two years, and Higher Level (HL) that requires 240 hours.

 

  • The ITGS course is based on three interconnected strands; Social and ethical significance, Application to specified scenarios, IT systems.

 

  • The ITGS triangle lies at the heart of the pedagogy.  With an understanding of the information technologies, students must be able to evaluate social/ethical issues in specified scenarios.

 

  • The course is continuously reviewed to ensure it is current and relevant.  Minor changes in syllabus content may be introduced each May, for first examinations two years later.

 

  • ITGS requires students to have strong research and higher order thinking skills.

 

  • Teachers may choose any relevant contemporary article to illustrate scenarios. A vibrant wiki has been developed to help teachers share resources.

 

  • Collaboration between schools, teachers and students is encouraged. Teachers need to keep abreast of emerging online tools, applications and hardware.

 

  • A component (HL only) is linked to the annually issued case study. This requires students to investigate a new topic related to the subject in greater depth.

 

  • ITGS requires students to develop a product that would be suitable for a client.  The aim of this assessment is to support and prepare students for the workplace.

 

  • ITGS is the perfect platform to study social informatics at university level.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirement for The Skinners’ Kent Academy Sixth Form

Minimum of GCSE grade 4 (G4) in English and Mathematics plus 3 other GCSEs at grades 9-4

Subject specific minimum entry requirements are:

ITGS: G5 English and G5 Mathematics

 

 

 

Assessment

Internal Assessment 30%

External Assessment 2 Papers 70%

Future opportunities

ITGS covers a wide range of I.T. topics and is suitable for those who are interested in these areas.

Further information

See

SL: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/3_itgssl.pdf

HL: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/3_itgshl.pdf

and

Contact Skinners’ Kent Academy 01892 534377

email info@skinnerskentacademy.org.uk

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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