Digital Solutions


​​​​​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR?  Yes (General subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4


What is Digital Solutions?

Digital Solutions enables students to learn about algorithms, computer languages and user interfaces through generating digital solutions to problems. Students engage with data, information and applications to create digital solutions that filter and present data in timely and efficient ways while understanding the need to encrypt and protect data. They understand computing's personal, local and global impact, and the issues associated with the ethical integration of technology into our daily lives.

Students use problem-based learning to write computer programs to create digital solutions that: use data; require interactions with users and within systems; and affect people, the economy and environments. They develop solutions using combinations of readily available hardware and software development environments, code libraries or specific instructions provided through programming.

Students create, construct and repurpose solutions that are relevant in a world where data and digital realms are transforming entertainment, education, business, manufacturing and many other industries. 


What makes a student suited to Digital Solutions?

Students who achieve success in Digital Solutions are those who:

  • enjoy being creative through technology
  • want to design and create programs, apps, games and media in response to real world challenges and scenarios
  • logically work through problem solving with high attention to detail 

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

  • Year 9 - minimum C in Year 9 Core Mathematics and Core English

  • Year 11 – pass in Digital Solutions in Year 10

What is the cost of this subject?

Nil - all costs covered by Shared Resource Hire Scheme


What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • Compulsory BYOD

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1
There's an app for that!
In this unit students will use mark-up language and style sheets to design and create a prototype data-driven webpage or web app to solve an identified problem. For example, students may design an app to locate the best surfing spots in Queensland.

Working with Data
Students will learn how to create relational databases and perform searches using SQL.  Students will understand the value of data and how computer systems can be used to turn it into meaningful information for users, developing skills of data analysis.  They will be analyse complex datasets to provide meaningful insights and evidence based solutions to data problems. 

Formative assessment:

Summative assessment:
Project - Build a website                                       

Formative assessment:

Project - Build a relational database

Summative assessment:

Essay - Analyse data to provide solutions

 Semester 2
Design a solution
In this unit, students investigate and make judgments on how the characteristics and properties of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment can be combined to create designed solutions. They critically analyse factors, including social, ethical and sustainability considerations, that impact on designed solutions for global preferred futures. Students will apply design thinking as they design and produce an item that meets a community, national or global need or opportunity.

Robots are Taking Over!
Students will learn about the laws that govern robotics and try their hand at designing, building and programming their own autonomous robot.

Formative internal assessment:
• Exam

Summative internal assessment:
• Folio - Design a solution to a digital problem 

Formative internal assessment:
• Exam

Summative internal assessment:
• Project - Build a robot


Year 11Unit 1
Creating with code 
Understanding digital problems 
User experiences and interfaces
Algorithms and programming techniques
Programmed solutions 

Formative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 20% Investigation — technical proposal                  

Formative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 30% Project — digital solution  

Unit 2Application and data solutions
Data-driven problems and solution requirements
Data and programming techniques
Prototype data solutions 

Formative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 25% Project — folio        

Formative internal assessment (MOCK): 25% Examination   

Year 12Unit 3Digital innovation
Interactions between users, data and digital systems 
Real-world problems and solution requirements
Innovative digital solutions

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 20% Investigation — technical proposal                 

Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 30% Project — digital solution  

Unit 4
Digital impacts
Digital methods for exchanging data
Complex digital data exchange problems and solution requirements  Prototype digital data exchanges 

Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 25%Project — folio                                                         

Summative external assessment (EA): 25% Examination   




Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022