Department Chair: Beckie Rago

Department Purpose: To deliver 21st century technology learning opportunities that foster academic excellence, leading to global collaboration, digital citizenship, and a love for learning.


Computer Technology
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Computer Programming I

Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

Computer Programming I is a one semester course in the study of the Visual Basic programming language. Students will learn to write basic computer programs using Visual Basic Express Edition. Commands, procedures, and logic will be introduced through the textbook and sample programs, and students will practice the concepts in small programs throughout the semester. The culmination of the course is a final project in which the student combines the skills learned in the semester into a program which entertains, educates, and/or accomplishes a task.

Computer Programming II

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Computer Programming I

Course Description:

Computer Programming II is a one semester course which continues the study of the Visual Basic programming language. Students will continue to add to their knowledge of Visual Basic through the use of more complex computer science topics including: procedures and functions, arrays, sorting and searching, a more in-depth use of strings, and beginning data structures. The culmination of the course is a final project in which the student combines the skills learned in the semester into a program which entertains, educates, and/or accomplishes a task.

Digital Image I

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Art Foundations or Honors Art I

Course Description:

Creation of digital images is the focus of this technology class. Students will explore digital photography and the Adobe Creative Suite editing programs. A good quality digital camera is recommended for class projects, but students may use the ipad to create their images. A school camera may be checked out overnight with parent permission. Students will practice the fundamentals of good photography and make use of the art elements and principles in each project. Editing is done on MAC computers and students will be graded on their competence using editing tools such as adjustments and layer masks, cropping, and color balancing to enhance their images. Some projects will involve drawing with graphics tools in Photoshop. Students will work in a variety of formats for different purposes and presentations. This class will emphasize visual literacy and analysis of images in both history and popular culture.

Digital Image II

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Digital Image I

Course Description:

Students will expand their knowledge of digital photography and graphics by creating visual products. There will be an emphasis on creating work that can be shared with the larger community. Students are expected to submit their work to contests. Projects will involve photography, graphics, and animation. Students will expand their knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. This class also has an emphasis on current technology and careers in the arts.

Honors Computer Programming III - C++

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, Sophomores allowed only with the permission of the instructor

Course Description:

Honors Computer Programming III is designed to rigorously challenge students. This course concentrates on learning and applying the structures of the C++ programming language. The course will cover the basics of C++ and will study more advanced topics such as object oriented programming, data structures, and pointers. Students have the option of taking this course for college credit through dual enrollment at UNO.

Advanced Placement Computer Science A

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, sophomores allowed only with the permission of the instructor, Programming III C++ is encouraged

Course Description:

This course is designed to challenge students by concentrating on learning and applying the structures of the Java programming language. The course will cover the basics of Java programming and will study more advanced topics such as object orientated programming, data structures, and classes. The course will also touch on applet construction and graphics. Students have the option of taking this course for college credit through dual enrollment at UNO or by taking the Advanced Placement exam. This class mirrors a first semester college class in computer programming in the Java language.

Computer Programming - Independent Study

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Honors Computer Programming III and Advanced Placement Computer Science

Course Description:

Computer Programming - Independent Study is a full year programming course with a concentration on developing apps for smart phone and tablet devices. Students should possess a strong interest in continuing the development of their programming skills and be able to independently manage a heavy course workload.

Microcomputer Applications

Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This one semester course provides students with an overview of the Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Students concentrate on using each application to create business documents based on simulated real-life situations and data. This course is expected to give students a basic knowledge of the most common business applications used today, as well as prepare them to use these applications in courses at Skutt Catholic.

Multimedia Applications

Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

The focus of this course is using the Sony Vegas and ACID software packages to introduce students to entertainment based multimedia applications. This course is designed to take students’ knowledge of computer technology and expand it as they create music mixes, slide shows, and short video presentations. Students will also learn basic DVD menus and rendering, using Sonic Foundry’s DVD Architect software.

Newspaper II and Yearbook II

Course information in non-departmental section of the Program of Studies.