During this course you will develop: problem-solving skills through the practical application of ICT by producing coursework. an understanding of the nature of information and its importance. an awareness of the role of IT in managing and conveying information effectively. an understanding of the capabilities and limitation of IT systems. an understanding of the economic, social and ethical.
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Level: AS and A2
Exam Board: OCR
Syllabus No: AS 5521, A2 6521
What will I study?
During this course you will develop:
- problem-solving skills through the practical application of ICT by producing coursework
- an understanding of the nature of information and its importance
- an awareness of the role of IT in managing and conveying information effectively
- an understanding of the capabilities and limitation of IT systems
- an understanding of the economic, social and ethical implications of the use of IT systems.
Coursework accounts for 40% of the final mark.
YEAR 1: AS
Unit 1 (G061):
Information, Systems and Applications (2 hour exam) You will understand that data collected by a business needs to be processed into effective information. You will study a wide range of IT systems. From this, you will learn which IT system is the most appropriate to deliver, the information needed for business survival. Much of this will be taught through examining real life case studies and practical use of hardware and software. You will also explore the legal, moral and social implications of using IT systems.
Unit 2 (G062):
Structured ICT Tasks (Coursework) You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your expert IT skills in designing, developing and implementing actual solutions to a set of small business problems. This will be done through a variety of common business application package such as: word processors, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, graphics etc.
YEAR 2: A2
Unit 3 (G063):
ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (2 hour exam) Here you will learn about the different stages of developing a substantial IT system (System Life Cycle) and the need for good project management. You will further study more complex computer technologies in storing and processing data (distributed databases) and in communicating information (computer networks, Internet). You will also explore the potential future developments of IT (e.g. 3D gaming, cashless society, artificial intelligence).
Unit 4 (G064):
ICT Project (Coursework) You will learn how to develop an ICT solution to a substantial client driven problem. You will carry out and document the main stages of developing a computer solution from analysing and defining the problem, to designing, building and testing the solution.
How is this course assessed?
By examination (60% of the final grade) and coursework (40%). Each year you will have one 2 hour theory exam and a coursework unit.
Any future career or study at a higher level will benefit from a good understanding of IT, in terms of practical skills and how they can be applied. This course is particularly useful if your intended degree is in Business ICT, Business Management, Economics or Accounting or for a career as a Computer/Business Analyst. See also National Cert/Diploma ICT and Computing AS/A2