a one-credit course that introduces students to the knowledge base and technical skills for information technology careers. Students study the nature of business and demonstrate knowledge of the functions of information systems in business. Emphasis is placed on maintaining a safe working environment and on building interpersonal skills needed for working in the information technology environment. Students demonstrate appropriate knowledge and behaviors regarding legal responsibilities of information technology professionals. They explore a variety of information technology career opportunities and develop a personal career plan to meet career goals and objectives. Students will take the TestOut PC Pro Certification at the end of the course. 

 

Credential: TestOut PC Pro Certification (which leads to Comptia A+).

Information Technology Fundamentals 

Software Development

Software Development is a one-credit course designed to provide students with an introduction to programming, classes, data, abstractions, inheritance, polymorphism, storage management, and a programming environment. This course contains many simple programming exercises to reinforce the theory and to stimulate understanding. The Instructor will use block-based programming language and an object-oriented programming language to teach these programming concepts.  

Credential: Microsoft Technology Associate-Introduction to Programming

Prerequisite: Information Technology Fundamentals

Programming with Robots (Robotics Team)

is a one-credit course designed for students on the Vestavia Hills High School Robotics Team. Students will be working with VEX robots and RobotC programming software. These students will be expected to participate in Vex Robotics Competitions. This course counts as a CTE credit. 

Prerequisite: Information Technology Fundamentals; Application process.

AP Computer Science Principles

This course introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, instilling the ideas and practices of computational thinking and inviting students to understand how computing changes the world. The rigorous course promotes deep learning of computational content, develops computational thinking skills, and engages students in the creative aspects of the field. The course is unique in its focus on fostering students to be creative. Students are encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using simulations to explore questions that interest them. Rather than teaching a particular programming language or tool, the course focuses on using technology and programming as a means to solve computational problems and create exciting and personally relevant artifacts. Students will design and implement innovative solutions using an iterative process similar to what artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers use to bring ideas to life. The course requires students to complete two performance tasks for assessment in addition to the AP exam in May. This course satisfies either one of the four math units required for graduation or one CTE credit. This course counts as one of three courses for National Business Honor Society. The AP score for this course is as follows:

  • Create Performance Task-24%

  • Explore Performance Task-16%

  • AP Exam-60%

Senior Pathway Project - IT

Senior Career Pathway Project (SCPP) is a capstone one credit course designed for career and technical education students interested in the Computer Science or IT field. Students must have completed two or more Computer Science and IT courses. This course allows students to utilize their secondary coursework through an experience that showcases their learning. It provides an opportunity for a student to choose an area of interest and engage in an in-depth exploration of the area while demonstrating problem-solving, decision-making, and independent-learning skills. The SCPP contributes to an educational plan of challenging courses and practical experiences that prepares students for the workplace or for pursuing further education.

 

During the SCPP the student works with his or her coordinating teacher, academic teachers, and with a product or process mentor who has expertise in the student’s field of study. At the conclusion of the SCPP, the student presents or demonstrates knowledge gained to an audience consisting of the coordinating teacher, academic teachers, the product or process mentor, peers, and community and business representatives. This course counts as one of three courses for National Business Honor Society.  

Prerequisite: Have completed two IT courses

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