Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation (ICS3U)




This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields.

Prerequisite : No Prerequisite

Grade : 11

Credit value : 1

Unit One

Programming Concepts and Skills

  • Demonstrate the ability to use different data types, including one-dimensional arrays, in computer programs
  • Demonstrate the ability to use control structures and simple algorithms in computer programs
  • Demonstrate the ability to use subprograms within computer programs
  • Use proper code maintenance techniques and conventions when creating computer programs

Unit Two

Software Development

  • Use a variety of problem-solving strategies to solve different types of problems independently and as part of a team
  • Design software solutions to meet a variety of challenges
  • Design algorithms according to specifications
  • Apply a software development life-cycle model to a software development project

Unit Three

Computer Environments And Systems

  • Relate the specifications of computer components to user requirements
  • Use appropriate file maintenance practices to organize and safeguard data
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the software development process

Unit Four

Topics In Computer Science

  • Describe policies on computer use that promote environmental stewardship and sustainability
  • Demonstrate an understanding of emerging areas of computer science research
  • Describe post-secondary education and career prospects related to computer studies