The aims are to:
1. help students to develop and consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding in Information and Communication Technology;
2. encourage students to develop further as autonomous users of Information and Communication Technology
3. encourage students to continue to develop their Information and Communication Technology skills in order to enhance their work in a variety of subject areas
4. provide opportunities for students to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate Information and Communication Technology systems
5. encourage students to consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working in the outside world and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues;
6. help students to grow in their awareness of the ways in which Information and Communication Technology is used in practical and work-related situations.
The course is partly theoretical , but mostly practical in nature. The final examination is based on 3 papers. Paper 1 is a theory paper that lasts 2 hours and is worth 40% of the final mark. Papers 2 and 3 are practical, last 2 1/2 hours and are each worth 30% of the final mark.
The two assessment objectives in Information and Communication Technology are:
A Practical Skills
B Knowledge and Understanding
A PRACTICAL SKILLS
Students should be able to efficiently:
1. use e-mail and the Internet to gather and communicate information;
2. use word processing facilities to prepare documents;
3. use database facilities to manipulate data to solve problems and represent data graphically;
4. integrate data from different sources into a single document or report;
5. produce output in a specified format;
6. use a spreadsheet to create and test a data model, extracting and summarising data;
7. represent data as information in a variety of chart formats;
8. create a structured website with style sheets, tables and hyperlinks;
9. create and control an interactive presentation.
B KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in relation to:
1. the functions of the main hardware and software components of computer systems;
2. the networking of information-processing systems;
3. the ways in which information and communication technology is used and the effects of its use;
4. the stages and methods of system analysis and design;
5. computing terminology.