Computer Science

The online program in computer studies offers courses to help students develop a deeper understanding of the world of computer science and computer programming, and to help focus their interests in this area.

Online computer studies courses will appeal to any student interested in exploring how computers are used to solve problems. The courses provide students with the opportunity to develop the logical thinking processes used in designing computer solutions to problems and to acquire basic computer programming skills that will enable them to create a working computer program. Our courses provide students with a foundation in the broad spectrum of computer science concepts and applications. In these online courses, students explore the theoretical underpinnings of computer science; design software, working independently and as part of a team and using industry-standard programming tools and the software development life-cycle model; and investigate various computer science–related topics, such as cryptography and artificial intelligence.

The computer studies program is designed to enable students to select courses that relate to their interests and that will prepare them for further study or work in the field of their choosing. Whether students eventually work in the computer field or simply use computers, the computer studies program will provide them with a foundation for making informed decisions about their future plans.

ICS20 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER STUDIES, GRADE 10, (OPEN)

This course introduces students to computer programming. Students will plan and write simple computer programs by applying fundamental programming concepts, and learn to create clear and maintainable internal documentation. They will also learn to manage a computer by studying hardware configurations, software selection, operating system functions, networking, and safe computing practices. Students will also investigate the social impact of computer technologies, and develop an understanding of environmental and ethical issues related to the use of computers.

 

ICS3U INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE, GRADE 11, (UNIVERSITY)

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.

 

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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