Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Digital Technologies and
Hangarau Matihiko 2020

General information

Domain

Technology

Mode of assessment

Digital common assessment task

Submission to NZQA

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Standards

91908, 91909

Information relating to both achievement standards

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT&HM) common assessment tasks (CATs) will be available online. The CATs will ask candidates to respond to a series of prompts or questions drawn from the achievement standards. Candidates should aim to write between 800 and 1500 words in total.

In each following year, the questions, prompts and range of samples may change.

Schools will download the CATs, test them and make them available to individual candidates at the start of the scheduled assessment session(s).

Schools must choose when their candidates will undertake the DT&HM CATs and inform NZQA via an online form. Schools will choose dates within the time period notified to them at the start of Term 1.

Candidates must complete DT&HM CATs under supervision. Candidate assessment responses may be sampled digitally to test authenticity requirements are met.

Each candidate’s assessment responses will be uploaded to an NZQA drive as a single portable document format (.pdf) file. NZQA markers will mark an exact copy of the file. The uploaded file and the marked file will remain online until the completion of the reconsideration process.

Administration instructions will be published on the subject page at the end of Term 2 each year. Detailed explanations of processes are provided in the administration instructions.

Exemplars from the 2019 papers will be provided in Term 1 2020.

Specific information for individual achievement standards

91908: Analyse an area of computer science

Candidates must respond to a series of questions or prompts.

Candidates will choose from:

  • complexity and tractability
  • formal languages 
  • computer vision. 

The Digital CAT questions will select from the full list of insightful conclusions.

Only work directly keyed by the candidate into their computer or device during the assessment session will be used in the assessment response. The candidate will not use hard copy, online course resources or notes of any type to complete this assessment. The candidate will not access internet resources, except the CAT.

NZQA may digitally sample the candidate’s work to test its authenticity.

By saving an assessment response at the end of the assessment session, the candidate verifies the work is their own.



91909: Present a reflective analysis of developing a digital outcome

Candidates must present a reflective analysis of developing a digital outcome. The digital outcome must have been developed by the candidate, within the past 12 months.

Except as stated below, only work directly keyed by the candidate into their computer or device may be used in the assessment response.

Candidates may access their digital outcome and may copy from the digital outcome and paste into their assessment response. Candidates will not use hard-copy or online course resources, or notes of any type, to complete this assessment. Candidates will not access internet resources, except the CAT and the outcome(if the outcome is web-based or saved on the internet).

Digital outcomes developed in an electronics context: in addition, candidates may access digital copies of schematics and digital images of the outcome produced during the development of the outcome.

The Digital CAT questions will select from the full list of decisions and conclusions (Explanatory notes 4 and 5) and from two of the following implications:

  • legal
  • sustainability and 
  • health and safety.

The school may be required to provide a link to the candidate’s digital outcomes.

By saving an assessment response at the end of the assessment session, the candidate verifies the work is their own. NZQA may digitally sample the candidate’s work to test its authenticity.

Digital Technologies subject page

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