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Computing Studies


Computing Studies is an elective subject that can be chosen from Year 9 through to Year 12 and builds upon skills gained in Years 7 and 8 Technology courses.

The Computing Studies courses encourage students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the discriminating, ethical, innovative, creative and imaginative use of a range of information technologies and the processes through which they can create, design, develop and produce inventive computing solutions. 

Years 9-10

The Stage 5 Information and Software Technology (IST) course for students in Years 9 and 10 includes internet and website development, digital media and programming, robotics and multimedia projects. A project-based approach to their study is adopted for their course work.

Years 11-12

In Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12) students can chose Software Design and Development (SDD) and/or Industrial Technology: Multimedia Technologies.

Software Design and Development (SDD) provides students with a systematic approach to designing their own software providing an opportunity to be creative, excellent career prospects and interesting content. At Tara we continue to enrol external students to study SDD online. External students complete the majority of their HSC at their own school but may choose to study SDD through Tara to widen their subject choice.

The Industrial Technology: Multimedia Technologies course, teaches students the content related to hardware and software of multimedia computer systems, including a wide range of peripheral devices such as cameras (still, video and drone), scanners, projectors etc. and software appropriate to the processes of authoring, publishing, creating and editing digital content. The students are given the opportunity to learn how to design, create and present a host of multimedia projects. This course prepares students for further study in design and visual communication courses at university and other tertiary institutions.


Tara students take part in the National Computer Science School Challenge run by The University of Sydney. The overall aim of the competition is to raise awareness amongst high school students of the craft of programming and to encourage students to develop and apply their computing knowledge and skills.

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