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What is the course like and what will be studied?

 

Component 1: Computers Systems Architecture

This is an exam assessed component. The aim of this component is to assess students’ knowledge on the software, hardware and network technology. Students will cover a range of topics including:

Characteristics of processors, software and software development, exchanging data, data types, data structures, legal issues, moral issues, cultural issues and ethical issues. 

Component 2: Algorithms and Programming

This is an exam assessed component. The aim of this component is to provide the theoretical content to support with component 3. This identifies the use of computational thinking and understanding of a range of standard algorithms. Students will practice a range of programming techniques used to create computer programs as well as understanding the basics regarding standard algorithms used in everyday life. Some of the topics covered are:

Computational thinking, programming techniques, standard algorithms and implementation of data structures. 

Component 3: Programming Project

This is a project-based assessment which requires students to identify, plan, create, test and evaluate a solution for a client. The project requires students to document their progression through the project to explain and demonstrate all key decisions taken along the way to ensuring success of the project. This will use the knowledge gained from Component 2 in order to support the creation of a solution. 

How will the course be assessed? 

 

Component 1: Computer Systems Architecture

Assessment is by exam which lasts 2 hour 30 minutes. 

The exam is worth a total of 140 marks. 

Component 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Assessment is by exam which lasts 2 hour 30 minutes. 

The exam is worth a total of 140 marks. 

Component 3: Programming Project

Assessment is by coursework which consists of a project. 

The project is worth 70 marks.