Technology

Program Goal:  To inspire creativity and foster life-long technological skills through the creation of innovative, challenging, global and ethical computing experiences. The student will: 

  • Develop organizational techniques, research strategies and evaluation skills.
  • Create original works (documents, webpages, programs, images, videos and presentations).
  • Communicate and collaborate on multi-media projects.
  • Teach values and foster the ethical usage of technology.

All Technology courses are elective courses; however, students must earn a minimum of 1 credit hour in either Technology courses, Fine Arts courses or a combination of the two prior to graduation. 

See specific course information below:

Computer Applications

Course Number:  C110
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course teaches the effective use of a variety of computer applications. The Microsoft Office Suite, the Windows environment and various online and Web 2.0 tools will be learned in this course. Students will create professional documents and multimedia projects for both personal and business related tasks. Spreadsheets, databases and presentation programs will be used throughout this course.

Computer Essentials

Course Number:  C109
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course teaches basic computer knowledge and skills for everyday life. Typing skills will be practiced and reinforced throughout the course. Computer hardware and computer networking will be learned along with basic troubleshooting methods. Additionally, internet security, internet search strategies and digital citizenship will be taught and practiced. Web-based tools will be used throughout the course both to deliver instruction and to create student work.

Visual Basic Programming I

Course Number:  C130
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Offered:  Even-Numbered Years
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course introduces computer programming in the Visual Basic.NET language. It begins with the study of logic as applied to computer programming and basic computer design. Programs are created which teach various computer commands, programming structures, mathematical operations and foundations to programming. Highly recommended for students interested in pursuing engineering, mathematics, computer programming or other technical careers.

Visual Basic Programming II

Course Number:  C131
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Offered:  Even-Numbered Years
Prerequisite:  Visual Basic Programming I
Course Description:  This course is an extension of Visual Basic.NET Programming I. Students will expand on concepts learned in Visual Basic I and learn advanced programming concepts. Application of knowledge will be tested through hands-on activities. Comparisons will be made with other languages and practical programming applications will be examined.

C# Programming I

Course Number:  C115
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Offered:  Odd-Numbered Years
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course introduces computer programming in C# Programming language. It begins with the study of logic as applied to computer programming and basic program design. Programs are created which teach various computer commands, programming structures, mathematical operations and foundations to programming. Highly recommended for students interested in pursuing engineering, mathematics, computer science, or other technical careers.

C# Programming II

Course Number:  C116
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Offered:  Odd-Numbered Years
Prerequisite:  C# Programming I
Course Description:  This course is an extension of C# Programming I. Students will expand on concepts learned in C# Programming I and learn advanced programming concepts. Application of knowledge will be tested through hands-on activities. Comparisons will be made with other languages and practical programming applications will be examined.

AP Computer Science Principles

Course Number:  C121
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Offered:  Odd-Numbered Years​
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the internet, cyber-security concerns and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.

AP Computer Science 

Course Number:  C120
Open to grades:  10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Offered:  Even-Numbered Years​
Prerequisite:  Students must take one of the following courses prior to taking AP Computer Science: Visual Basic Programming I, C# Programming I or AP Computer Science Principles
Course Description:  This course emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology with a concentration on problem solving and algorithm development and is meant to be the equivalent of a first-semester college-level course in computer science. Students will design and implement solutions to problems by writing, running and debugging computer programs, use and implement commonly used algorithms and data structures to solve problems, and code fluently in an object-oriented paradigm using the programming language Java.

Video Production

Course Number:  C117
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course is for students who have an interest in working with digital media. The course incorporates filming techniques, video editing, sound editing and movie production. Students will also learn broadcasting techniques and periodically create special features.

Webpage Design

Course Number:  C114
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This course teaches how to create and develop a webpage. Webpage construction techniques, page layouts, common languages and technology will be used to develop web pages. A variety of webpage development software will be learned. Dreamweaver and Fireworks will be used to design web pages, animations and graphics.

Engineering Design

Course Number:  C140
Open to grades:  9, 10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite:  None
Course Description:  This is a hands-on course in which students employ the design process to solve problems. Students will explore various technologies through problem-based projects. Professional communication, collaboration, prototyping, design ethics, emerging technologies and programmable/robotic devices will be major areas of focus for the course. Students will have the opportunity to work with new technologies, tools and machines in this course.

Note: All students must sign a waiver to acknowledge that West Catholic High School is not liable for any accidental or negligent injuries that may occur while working with tools or machinery.

Yearbook

Course Number:  C140
Open to grades:  10, 11, 12
Credit Hours: 1 Credit
Prerequisite:  A “B” average in English
Course Description:  The annual publication of the WCHS Yearbook offers students the opportunity for involvement in every facet of yearbook production, including writing, photography, editing, layout-design, finance and advertising. Academic success on the yearbook staff requires a strong work ethic, diligence and responsibility in completing deadlines, attention to detail and, above all, organization. Students will be required to sell advertising as well.