• CTE Computer Science


    Recommended: 9th – 12th grade.Insert Directory

    Course Description:

     In this course students will learn important topics of computer concepts, including defining and categorizing computers and operating systems, purchasing and installing software, understanding files and data storage options, exploring computer architecture and using the Internet.  The class will also be covering the issues surrounding technology use in society and the ethical ramifications for that technology.


    Students will take part in “hands-on” projects as directed including assisting in the constructions and troubleshooting of computers used in the Sedro-Woolley School District.  Many of these projects will be assigned on an “as needed” basis when the work demands.




    Test Out: A simulated, online program that provides industry-leading IT certification training through interactive, hands-on lab exercises, video training, written lessons, and practice certification exams.


    Video/Tutorials: Video content and tutorials from Intel, Microsoft, and other assorted content providers will be used throughout the course when applicable.


    Recommended Student Materials:


    1.    Headphones:  Many of the software applications that we use have an audio component.  Although headphones are available on loan in the classroom, the quality cannot be guaranteed, thus students may opt to bring their own headphones.

    2.    Note Taking Materials:  Although much of our work I s done on the computer, some notes will have to be take with pen and paper Students are required to bring note taking materials to class always.

    3.    Students are encouraged to obtain a flash memory stick or “thumb-drive”. Machined do not have floppy drives and if they wish to save or open projects from outside of class they can use these devices.  Students are NOT to use these drives until they have received permission from either Mr. Slough or Mr. Wayman.


    Teaching Methodology


    1.    Lectures/ Demonstrations:  Some class time will be used to highlight the important material within each unit using interactive discussions, group work, handouts, and computer demos.

    2.    Ethics:  We will focus on ethical issues of technology and computer use in today’s society.  Homework or other work outside of class may be assigned.

    3.    Labs: An effort will be made to use as many “hands on” projects as possible.  Labs will be graded on effort, task management skills, teamwork, as well as project completion.  Work skills are a very important component and will carry substantial weight in the grading process.

    4.    Quizzes: Assessments for understanding will be used when needed to ascertain the level of understanding and competence that a student has achieved.  Feedback from these assessments will be used to make adjustments in student and class goals.

    5.    SAMS: SAMS is an online learning and assessment environment for training students in several software applications.

    6.    Test Out: this is an online learning environment used to train and assess students in several aspects of computer operations, assembly, and repair. Its primary focus is to prepare students for A+ Certification.

    7.    Projects:  Projects will be assigned when students have reached a level of competency that allows them to become self directed and work with a minimum of supervision these projects will be as individualized as possible and will be discussed in detail when the schedule allows.



    Daily work and production= 50% of grade

    Tests and Quizzes = 30% of grade

    Work Maturity = 20% of grade

Last Modified on August 23, 2010