Hi, as a newbie this year with SQA Computing Science I have one or two questions about the assignment. My Higher students are currently doing the 2022 assignment for practice before they start the real one. In Task 1A they must design a function to capitalise an input string. If students submit Python code for that type of design task will that be deemed acceptable? Or must it be in pseudocode, structure chart or flowchart form? There are clearly Python string methods that would accomplish the task easily. Can they be used in the design? If so, what is the best way of describing them?
I’m also wondering what other teachers do about maintaining security during the assignment. The pupils should not be able to work on the assignment out of school time. Yet it is open-book and they can access other resources to help them, such as code examples, online documentation, etc. Our students are using Exam logins rather than their own logins on school PCs. These still give them access to Internet and a matching Google account, which I’m using to share the necessary assignment files with them via Google Drive when required. The students don’t know the passwords for these accounts so can’t sign in at home. But it’s clearly still rather easy for them to be able to send their work somewhere to be accessed later, if that’s what they want to do. Clearly some element of trust is involved here. If there is no Internet access allowed it would be easier to manage. So just wanted to know what is happening elsewhere regarding assignment security. Thanks.