ICT

Mr McCarron (Subject Leader)

All students in St. John’s have access to the latest in Information Technology which is available through our four state of the art computer suites, equipped with 70 high specification PC”s, digital projectors, interactive whiteboards and broadband connection for quick internet access. We also have a number of iPads at our disposal.

What will I study?

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Introduction to Network & Application Software

Internet Safety

Powerpoint

Game Making

Publisher Booklet

Spreadsheets

Comic life

Movie, Sound & Picture Editing

Photoshop

Web design

Databases

Mediator

Game Maker

Web Design Extended

Gimp (Gif Design)

Databases (Extended)

Audacity

How will I be assessed?

Assessments (Practical and Theory)

 

Useful links

http://www.teach-ict.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsk

GCSE Information Communication & Technology

Through studying our GCSE in ICT, students become more independent and discerning users of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use. They have opportunities to acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts. They also develop their understanding of new technologies and their impact on society. They take a practical approach, developing and evaluating ICT-based solutions of their own to solve problems. At the same time, they focus on ensuring that their practice is safe, secure and responsible.

Our GCSE ICT is a practical, skills-based qualification that builds on our Key Stage 3 Curriculum and provides a foundation for students intending to study ICT at a higher level.

Content Assessment Weighting Availability
 Unit 1: Tools and Applications Controlled Assessment  30%  Summer
Unit 2: Using Multimedia and Games Technology  Controlled Assessment  30%  Summer
Unit 3: Theory
Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World
External Exam (2 hours)
Terminal
Synoptic
 40% Summer

What will I study?

Year 11

Unit 1: Tools and Applications

Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: Theory

Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life

Three practical controlled assessment tasks need to be completed.

Task 1: Information Storage & Retrieval (Database task).

Task 2: Numeric Manipulation and Modelling (Spreadsheet task).

Task 3: Presentation (PowerPoint Task).

Topics Studied:

Data & Information

Input & output Devices

Storage & Memory

Database

Spreadsheets

Networks

Communication security

Mobile Digital communication

Internet & Intranet

Health & Safety

Legal Implications

Environmental implications of ICT

 

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Controlled Assessment tasks will be completed in class. Each task is worth 10% of the overall GCSE grade.

 

Year 12

Unit 2:

Using Multimedia & Games Technology Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: Theory

Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life

 

Task 1: Developing a multimedia website (FrontPage )

Task 2: Game Technology (Game Maker)

 

Topics Studied

Data portability

Systems software

Computer Control & Data logging

Virtual reality & simulation

Billing systems & batch processing

Mobile communication devices

Internet services

Globalisation

E-commerce

How will I be assessed?

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment tasks will be completed in class. Each task is worth 15% of the overall GCSE grade.

Unit 3: Externally assessed 2 hour exam worth 40%

 

Useful Links

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/ict/rev_gcse_fc/index.asp

http://www.teach-ict.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

http://www.reviseict.co.uk/

Applied ICT prepares students for a world increasingly dominated by the use of ICT systems. It is an ideal subject for students who want a broad education in ICT as well as those looking to develop skills needed in a vocational or work context. Applied ICT’s practical and skills-based approach ensures that students develop a real understanding of ICT that directly relates to the needs of employers.

What will I study?

Year 13

Unit 1 –Information Communication Unit 2 – Software Applications & Tools Unit 3 – Organisations & Information Systems
You will need to understand:

why information is so important in an organisation;

the use of Internet and intranet technology in organisations;

how to collect information and produce different types of document;

how to use different styles of writing to suit different purposes;

the importance of accuracy;

how to present information;

what are the standard ways of working.

You will need to understand:

the role of an operating system and utility software applications;

the facilities provided within a GUI operating system for disk management, memory management and file management;

the effective use of word processors, spreadsheets and databases in task automation;

how data can be transferred and used between database, spreadsheet and word processing software applications;

how presentation software can be used to disseminate information effectively;

the role of communication technologies and the Internet within an organisation;

 

You will need to understand:

how organisations are structured and managed;

why information is necessary to make an organisation work;

the role of ICT in an organisation;

the role of Management Information Systems (MIS) in an organisation;

the legal issues surrounding information systems;

the standard ways of working.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Internally assessed portfolio that explains the nature, importance and use of information in a business organisation and the importance of ICT in documenting and communicating this information. This portfolio is worth 16 2 /3% of the overall A2 grade.

Unit 2: This unit will be externally assessed by a 2½ hours computer-based examination. The exam is worth 16 2 /3% of the overall A2 grade.

Unit 3: Internally assessed portfolio based on an industry case study, (Perfect Pets). This portfolio is worth 16 2 /3% of the overall A2 grade.

 

Year 14

Unit 9 – Web Design Unit 2 – Software Applications & Tools Unit 10 – Multimedia Presentation
In this unit candidates will learn why it is important to fully understand the systems development process, the role of Systems Analysis and Design and the importance of the User, in the creation of the best working solutions to business problems. This unit will help develop analysis and design skills using a range of tools and techniques that can be applied in the investigation of systems.

Candidates will examine the stages involved in the systems development process and consider the associated documentation including, project plans, feasibility reports, systems specifications and test plans.

Candidates will examine and evaluate a range of methods and tools used in the systems investigation process. They will consider alternative solutions and recommendations and appreciate the risks and costs involved.

Candidates will be required to work with others to examine issues and to enhance their understanding of possible systems solutions.

They will be required to develop and apply project management skills to their work.

In this unit candidates will learn how to develop and design websites using appropriate tools. They will have the opportunity to work with others to examine issues, to determine requirements and to examine possible solutions.

In this unit candidates must understand performance considerations, how to use a range of media and how to develop interactive features.

They will experience the use of advanced and/or dynamic content on both website presentation and management.

Candidates will study a number of different site models and evaluate site structure, ease of navigation and dynamic content where applicable.

They will learn how to determine user requirements, to develop, test, document, maintain and evaluate websites.

Candidates will be required to: 

Develop and apply project management skills to their work.

Examine and apply standard ways of working in this context.

In this unit candidates will be asked: to undertake a task in which they will:

Design and create an interactive presentation which is based on a chosen business.

Use storyboarding as a design tool

To consider interaction with the user

To develop user interface design and utilise the software to produce digital assets.

 

Candidates will

Develop a presentation which meets a set of user requirements.

Be required to examine and apply standard ways of working in this context.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 7: This unit will be externally assessed by a 2 hours written examination. The exam is worth 16 2 /3% of the overall A2 grade.

Unit 9: Internally assessed portfolios were students will be required to design and create a website. This portfolio is worth 16 2 /3% of the overall A2 grade.

Unit 10: Internally assessed portfolios were students will be required to create  Multi Media presentation. This portfolio is worth 16 2 /3% of the overall A2 grade.

 

Useful links

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/ict/rev_gcse_fc/index.asp

http://www.teach-ict.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

http://www.reviseict.co.uk/