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Greetings,

I'm about to start the IB program in a few months and I have a few questions about the Computer Science HL Course. I want to go to a decent engineering university and study software engineering - so I thought Computer Science HL would be a good idea in IB.

What exactly do you study in the course? Do you learn different programming languages or just Java?

Thanks!
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Anyone? I'd really like an answer! Thanks
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(Original post by AbhiKap55)
Anyone? I'd really like an answer! Thanks
I think it depends on the school but at my school, we did mostly Java and touched on Little Man Computer (although that was only for two or so lessons so I don't think it was part of the course).

You might be able to find out more information if you look up the HL computer science syllabus online.
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(Original post by AbhiKap55)
Greetings,

I'm about to start the IB program in a few months and I have a few questions about the Computer Science HL Course. I want to go to a decent engineering university and study software engineering - so I thought Computer Science HL would be a good idea in IB.

What exactly do you study in the course? Do you learn different programming languages or just Java?

Thanks!
So I am about to finish my first year of Computer Science HL.
For Topic 1 there is a lot of theory about the system life cycle and ethical implications and usability issues etc. It's kind of boring but it's easy.
Topic 2 is system fundamentals where you basically learn about hardware components like memory (RAM,ROM) and CPU and things like that.
Then topic 3 is networks and you learn about the different types, how they work (packet switching etc.) and wireless networks.
Topics 4 and 5 which are like half a year are all programming. With the current syllabus we get taught in pseudocode which isn't really a language but in most schools as well as mine we get taught Java as well. It's not mandatory though, some schools might teach C++ or other higher lever languages.
Hope this helped.
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I am finishing my first year of Computer Science HL and here is what we did:
Topic 1 is just theoretical staff about usability issues and ethics in computing which was not very interesting but it was easy overall.
Then Topic 2 is system fundamentals and you basically learn about the hardware components of the computer like memory (RAM,ROM) and CPU. You also do the binary and hexadecimal system which are so easy and some diagrams.
For topic 3 you study networks like various types of networks and wireless ones and network security.
And topics 4 and 5 are all programming. In the current syllabus you get taught in pseudocode which isn't really a language and that's what you are tested on. But in most schools and mine too we do Java as well.
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