1 796 Information and Communication Technologies ICT

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3 Progression Opportunities and Career Prospects,3 1 Progression Opportunities. The syllabus for GCE Advanced Level ICT lays a foundation for. Universities and professional institutions of higher learning. Professional certifications such as Advanced ICDL A N Microsoft Cisco LINUX etc. Enhanced educational research,Global ICT trends,3 2 Career prospects. Employment prospects as Advanced Computer Operators Database Administrators. Desktop Support Operators Assistant Business Executives Assistant Programmers. Self employment in areas such as Documentation Multimedia business centres etc. General Aims The general aim of this syllabus is to prepare candidates to use the computer. and its most popular application software to perform both personal and professional tasks In. pursuance of this goal the candidate should be able to. Advanced data management and Information processing skills. Advanced presentation and communication skills, Acquire the skills necessary for them to apply advanced computer based solutions. to problems, Prepare the candidates for the industries and higher institutions of learning. NB Specific Aims This syllabus is prepared with specific aims at the beginning of each. section making it easier to identify and understand information items on the one hand and. skilled tasks that are expected of each candidate on the other hand. 5 Assessment Objectives, Cognitive Skills and Specific learning outcomes which are going to be assessed are.
found at the beginning of each section of this syllabus and detailed in the column. Knowledge Item Learning Outcome Candidates will be assessed using all six levels of. Bloom s Taxonomy i e knowledge comprehension application analysis synthesis and. evaluation, Psycho motor skills which are going to be assessed are found at the beginning of each. section of this syllabus and detailed in the column Task Item Learning Outcome. 6 1 The examination structure and weighting of assessment objectives. The examination will comprise three papers as follows. Description Exam Duration Composition Remarks,This paper will have 50 multiple. Paper 1 MCQ 1hr 30mins 30 choice questions covering the entire. This paper will consist of 8 questions,of which candidates will be required to. answer five Section A of this paper,will comprise two compulsory. Paper 2 Essay 2hrs 30mins 30,questions while Section B will require.
candidates to answer any three out of,six questions. This paper will consist of practical,tasks testing candidates on Section 2. Paper 3 Practical 2 hours 40 and any other two sections ranging. from the sections AW3 AS4 AD5 to,6 2 Table of Specifications. Level of difficulty,Type of Questions,Weighting in. Objective to be questions,No to answer,tested for each.
Knowledge 15,Comprehension 15,Application 30,1 MCQ 50 50 1 Hours 30 30 60 10. Analysis 20,Synthesis 15,Evaluation 5,Knowledge 15. Comprehension 15,Section A Application 30,Stimulus 2 2 30 60 10. Questions Analysis 20,Synthesis 15,Evaluation 5,2 2 Hours 30. Knowledge 15,Comprehension 15,Section B Application 30.
Essay Type 5 3 30 60 10,Questions Analysis 20,Synthesis 15. Evaluation 5,Application 01 1 1,3 2 hours 40 30 60 10. Application 02 1 1,7 0 Curricular Recommendations,English Language Requirement. Candidates taking this examination are expected to have passed English Language at least. at the GCE Ordinary Level or equivalent,Restrictions on Subject Combinations. A pass in Ordinary Level Information and Communication Technologies is a recommendation. and not an obligation to sit for this examination, Candidates sitting for Advanced Level Computer Science may not sit for this examination.
Examination Centre Approval, Centres wishing to offer this subject are expected to apply to the Cameroon GCE Board for. an inspection of its computing facilities and subsequent approval well before the registration. of candidates begins For a list of centre requirements and standards see Cameroon GCE. 8 0 Syllabus Content, SECTION 1 Concepts of Information and Communication Technologies. Section Goals, In this section the candidate is required to understand the main concepts of ICT at a general. level and to know about the different parts of a computer The candidate shall be able to. Understand what hardware is know about factors that affect computer performance and. know about peripheral devices, Understand what software is and give examples of common applications software and. operating system software, Understand how information networks are used within computing and be aware of the.
different options to connect to the Internet, Understand what Information and Communication Technology ICT is and give examples. of its practical applications in everyday life, Understand health and safety and environmental issues in relation to using computers. Recognize important security issues associated with using computers. Recognize important legal issues in relation to copyright and data protection associated. with using computers, CATEGORY KNOWLEDGE AREA REF KNOWLEDGE ITEM LEARNING OUTCOMES. 1 1 Hardware 1 1 1 Concepts 1 1 1 1 Understand the term hardware. 1 1 1 2 Understand and distinguish between mainframe. computer network computer personal computer laptop. personal digital assistant PDA in terms of capacity. speed cost and typical users Understand what a,personal computer is Distinguish between desktop. laptop notebook tablet PC in terms of typical users. CATEGORY KNOWLEDGE AREA REF KNOWLEDGE ITEM LEARNING OUTCOMES. 1 1 1 3 Identify common handheld portable digital devices like. personal digital assistant PDA mobile phone,smartphone multimedia player and know their main.
1 1 1 4 Know the main parts of a computer like central. processing unit CPU types of memory hard disk,common input and output devices. 1 1 1 5 Identify common input output ports like USB serial. parallel network port FireWire, 1 1 2 Computer 1 1 2 1 Know some of the factors that impact on a computer s. Performance performance like CPU speed RAM size graphics card. processor and memory the number of applications, 1 1 2 2 Know that the speed operating frequency of the CPU. is measured in megahertz MHz or gigahertz GHz, 1 1 3 Memory and 1 1 3 1 Know what computer memory is RAM random access. Storage memory ROM read only memory and distinguish. between them, 1 1 3 2 Understand number systems Binary octal decimal.
and hexadecimal Addition subtraction and,conversion from one system to another. Know some basic codes used in computing ASCII BCD,EBCDIC UNICODE. 1 1 3 3 Basic notions of digital electronics Identify and sketch. logic gate symbols OR AND NOT NAND NOR and,XOR Demonstrate an understanding of Boolean. Algebra and Boolean expressions and truth tables, Determine the output of a simple digital circuit with. two inputs, 1 1 3 3 Know storage capacity measurements bit byte KB.
MB GB and TB Relate computer memory, measurements to characters files and directories folders. 1 1 3 4 Know the main types of storage media like internal. hard disk external hard disk network drive CD DVD,USB flash drive memory card online file storage. cassettes zip disks floppy disks, 1 1 3 5 Understand the purpose of formatting a disk Differentiate. between tracks and sectors, 1 1 3 6 Differentiate between sequential and random. access storage and magnetic Optical storage, 1 1 4 Input and Output 1 1 4 1 Identify some of the main input devices like mouse.
devices keyboard trackball scanner touchpad stylus joystick. web camera webcam digital camera and,microphone, Understand the use of other data capture devices like. MICR OMR Magnetic Stripes Smart Cards barcode,readers etc. 1 1 4 2 Identify common output devices for displaying the results. CATEGORY KNOWLEDGE AREA REF KNOWLEDGE ITEM LEARNING OUTCOMES. of processing carried out by a computer like,screens monitors printers plotters speakers. headphones Differentiate between hardcopy and,softcopy output devices including their types and. functions Know where they are used, 1 1 4 3 Understand some devices are both input and output.
devices like touchscreens modems etc, 1 1 4 4 Differentiate between serial and parallel interfaces for. input output devices Differentiate between an internal. and external bus, 1 1 4 5 Understand the difference between buffering and. spooling and state their different roles in relation to. CPU and output devices, 1 1 4 6 Understand the role of device drivers to the effective. functioning of input output devices, 1 2 Software 1 2 1 Concepts 1 2 1 1 Understand the term software. 1 2 2 Systems Software 1 2 2 1 Understand what system software is and identify the. different programs that make up system software,Understand what an operating system is and name.
some common operating systems Understand the,reasons for software versions Describe the main. functions of an operating system Differentiate between. Graphical User Interface GUI and Text User Interface. TUI and identify operating systems with such interfaces. 1 2 3 Applications 1 2 3 1 Identify and know the uses of some common software. Software applications word processing spreadsheet database. accounting desktop publishing presentation e mail,web browsing photo editing and computer games. 1 2 3 2 Distinguish between operating systems software and. applications software,1 2 3 3 Know some options available for enhancing. accessibility like voice recognition software screen. reader screen magnifier on screen keyboard, 1 3 Networks 1 3 1Network Types 1 3 1 1 Understand the terms local area network LAN. wireless local area network WLAN wide area network. WAN Understand the different types of network,topologies that exist including advantages and.
disadvantages, 1 3 1 2 Understand the term client server identify common. examples Understand a peer to pear network and,identify common examples. 1 3 1 3 Understand what the Internet is and know some of its. 1 3 1 4 Understand what an Intranet Extranet is and outline. their differences with the Internet, 1 3 2 Data Transfer 1 3 2 1 Understand the concepts of downloading from. uploading to a network Cite common examples of, transactions involving downloading from and uploading. CATEGORY KNOWLEDGE AREA REF KNOWLEDGE ITEM LEARNING OUTCOMES. to a network, 1 3 2 2 Understand what transfer rate means Understand how.
it is measured bits per second bps kilobits per,Kbps megabits per second mbps giga bits per. second Gbps Understand the term bandwidth and,cite common operations involved. 1 3 2 3 Know about different Internet connection services dial. up broadband, 1 3 2 4 Know about different options for connecting to the. Internet like phone line mobile phone cable wireless. 1 3 2 5 Understand some of the characteristics of broadband. always on typically a flat fee high speed higher risk of. intruder attack, 1 3 2 6 Understand the use of the telephone network in. computing Understand the terms Public Switched, Telephone Network PSTN Integrated Services Digital.
Network ISDN Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, 1 3 2 7 Understand the terms analogue digital modem. 1 4 ICT in 1 4 1 Electronic World 1 4 1 1 Understand the term Information and Communication. Everyday Life Technology ICT, 1 4 1 2 Know about different Internet services for consumers. like e commerce e banking e government, 1 4 1 3 Understand the term e learning Know some of its. features like flexible learning time flexible learning. location multimedia learning experience cost,effectiveness. 1 4 1 4 Understand the term teleworking Know some of the. advantages of teleworking like reduced or no, commuting time greater ability to focus on one task.
flexible schedules reduced company space,requirements Know some disadvantages of. teleworking like lack of human contact less emphasis. on teamwork etc, 1 4 1 5 Know some of the uses of large scale computer. applications in business such as business administration. systems airline booking systems insurance claims,processing online banking. 1 4 1 6 Know some of the uses of large scale computer. applications in government such as public records, systems census vehicle registration revenue collection. electronic voting, 1 4 1 7 Know some of the uses of large scale computer.
applications in hospitals healthcare such as patient. records systems ambulance control systems diagnostic. tools and instruments specialist surgical equipment. 1 4 1 8 Know some of the uses of computer applications in. CATEGORY KNOWLEDGE AREA REF KNOWLEDGE ITEM LEARNING OUTCOMES. education such as student registration and timetabling. systems computer based training CBT distance,learning homework using the Internet. 1 4 2 Communication 1 4 2 1 Understand the term electronic mail email. 1 4 2 2 Understand the term instant messaging IM, 1 4 2 3 Understand the term Voice over Internet Protocol. 1 4 2 4 Understand the term Really Simple Syndication RSS. 1 4 2 5 Understand the term web log blog,1 4 2 6 Understand the term podcast. 1 4 2 7 Understand the term e Commerce Understand the. concept of purchasing goods and services online, including giving personal details before a transaction can. 1 796 Information and Communication Technologies ICT Multimedia business centres etc 4 Aims General Aims The general aim of this syllabus is to prepare candidates to use the computer and its most popular application software to perform both personal and professional tasks In pursuance of this goal the candidate should be able to Advanced data management and Information processing

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