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 Mathematics

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 internal assessment:
• Exam Summative internal assessment:
•Project - Build a 
website                                        Formative internal assessment:
• Project - Build a relational database
Summative internal 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:

• ExamSummative 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 (EA): 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 06 May 2021
Last updated 06 May 2021