ICT

The ICT Department aims to support and enhance the whole curriculum, whilst still providing opportunities for ICT as a subject in its own right. We aim to teach in a meaningful context, providing pupils with experiences of using ICT creatively and with confidence.

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The ICT Department aims to:

  • develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in using ICT;
  • develop pupils to a suitable level of competence in a range of ICT skills;
  • encourage pupils to develop personal qualities such as initiative, self-confidence and independence;
  • develop pupils’ ability to manage and present information effectively through the use of ICT; and
  • enable pupils to develop transferable ICT skills that can be applied to problem solving situations across all subjects.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 3, iMedia is delivered over three lessons per fortnight. The course is taught using iPads and PCs. The course aims to introduce pupils to a range of creative Apps as well as equipping pupils with appropriate ICT skills in a wide range of application areas.

YEAR 8 CURRICULUM

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

• Moviemaking

• Working with Sound

• Comic Creation

 

YEAR 9 CURRICULUM

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

• iBook Creation

• Moviemaking

• Numeric Manipulation and Modelling

YEAR 10 CURRICULUM

In Year 10, pupils study the following topics:

• Game Technology

• Web Design

• Information Handling

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 4, the ICT Department offers ICT at GCSE Level. Pupils follow the CCEA specification. ICT is delivered over six lessons per fortnight.

Unit 1: Tools and Applications – Controlled Assessment (30%)

This unit focuses on how to use different software packages to solve given problems. In this unit, pupils are required to develop their practical skills in the following areas:

  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • Numeric Manipulation and Modeling
  • Presentations

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 22 hours and 30 minutes to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place throughout Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2: Using Multimedia and Games Technology – Controlled Assessment (30%)

This unit aims to develop pupils’ skills in designing websites and games. Pupils will also develop skills that will enable them to use graphics, digital video and sound effectively.

In this unit, pupils are required to develop their practical skills in the following areas:

  • Using Multimedia Assets
  • Games Technology

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 22 hours and 30 minutes to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place throughout Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 3: Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World (40%)

This unit aims to equip pupils with the knowledge and understanding of how ICT systems work and how they are applied to everyday life. In this unit, pupils are required to demonstrate an understanding of ICT systems in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of ICT Components
  • Data and Information
  • Digital Communication Systems
  • Applications of ICT

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 5 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 5, the ICT Department offers ICT and Applied ICT at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the CCEA specification. At AS and A2 Level, ICT and Applied ICT are delivered over eleven periods per fortnight.

For ICT at AS Level, students must successfully complete two modules. A further two modules must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

For Applied ICT at AS Level, students must successfully complete three modules. A further three modules must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

AS ICT Unit 1: Components of ICT (60%)

This unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of components of ICT which can then be applied to solving practical problems.In this unit, pupils are required to demonstrate an understanding of ICT systems in the following areas:

  • Data and Information
  • Hardware and Software Components
  • Network Communications
  • Applications of ICT
  • Developing ICT Applications

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Developing ICT Solutions (40%)

This unit aims to develop practical aspects of the subject and to apply prior knowledge and understanding of ICT. In this unit, students are required to develop their practical skills in the following areas:

  • Data Processing
  • Multimedia

This unit is assessed in the form of Coursework. Assessment of this unit will take place throughout Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

A2 ICT Unit 3: Information Systems (60%)

This unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of Information Systems. In this unit, students are required to demonstrate an understanding of ICT systems in the following areas:

  • Database Systems
  • Networked Systems
  • Software Development
  • The User Interface
  • User Support and Training
  • Legal and Professional Issues
  • Implications of Information Systems

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 4: Approaches to System Development (40%)

This unit aims to develop students’ ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems

In this unit, students are required to identify and research an open-ended realistic problem for which there must be an end-user. The problem should be of a substantial nature requiring them to integrate the various skills acquired during the course.

This unit is assessed in the form of Coursework. Assessment of this unit will take place throughout Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

AS APPLIED ICT (Single Award)

Unit 1: Information and Communication (16⅔%)

This unit aims to help students to understand the importance of information and communication within an organisation. In this unit, students are required to:

  • produce a report for management that explains the nature, importance and use of information in a business organisation and the importance of ICT in documenting and communicating this information;
  • demonstrate four different ways in which information can be communicated for a range of different purposes in an organisation.

This unit is assessed in the form of Coursework.  Students will have 60 hours to complete the assessment for this unit.  Assessment of this unit will take place throughout Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2: Software Applications and Tools (16⅔%)

This unit aims to develop students’ skills and understanding in the most commonly used systems and applications software and communications technology.

In this unit, students are required to develop their practical skills in the following areas:

  • Word Processing
  • Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentations

This unit is assessed in the form of a computer-based exam. Students will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 3: Organisations and Information Systems (16⅔%)

This unit aims to help students to understand how information and ICT systems support the business function.

In this unit, students are required to research a case study thoroughly and apply knowledge and understanding to a range of business solutions. Students must produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their understanding of the unit material by practically applying it to the case study.

This unit is assessed in the form of Coursework. Students will have 60 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place throughout Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

A2 APPLIED ICT

Unit 7: Investigating Systems (16⅔%)

This unit aims to help students to 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.

In this unit, students are required to:

  • examine the stages involved in the systems development process and consider the associated documentation including project plans, feasibility reports, systems specifications and test plans;
  • consider alternative solutions and recommendations and appreciate the risks and costs involved;
  • work with others to examine issues and to enhance their understanding of possible system solutions;
  • develop and apply project management skills to their work.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written exam. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 8: Database Development (16⅔%)

This unit aims to develop database skills. In this unit, students are required to develop a working relational database system which captures data and validates, stores and processes data to produce information. The system must be fully tested and assessed in the following areas:

  • Organisation of Data
  • Quality of User Interface
  • Use of Error Messages
  • Quality of Output

This unit is assessed in the form of Coursework. Assessment of this unit will take place throughout Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 9: Website Design and Management (16⅔%)

This unit aims to enable students to develop and design websites using appropriate tools. In this unit, students are required to produce:

  • a professional functional website that fully meets client needs and includes evidence of advanced content such as dynamic scripting or media;
  • a project plan outlining the website specification, page layout ideas, content guidelines, dynamic content, remote management ideas and feasibility.

This unit is assessed in the form of Coursework. Assessment of this unit will take place throughout Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

The ICT Department has four fully equipped ICT suites. All ICT classes are taught in one of the suites. Each suite provides access to an extensive range of both hardware and software including:

  • Web Authoring
  • Multimedia
  • Imaging
  • Gaming
  • Desk Top Publishing
  • Relational Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • Internet

CAREERS INFORMATION

Careers associated with ICT include:

  • Games Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Network Engineer
  • Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Systems Analyst

University Pathways for students interested in pursuing ICT-related courses include:

Queen’s University, Belfast:

  • MEng in Software Engineering / BEng in Software Engineering
  • MEng in Computer Science / BSc/ BEng in Computer Science
  • MEng Computer Games Development
  • BSc in Computing and Information Technology
  • BSc Business Information Technology
  • MEng in Software and Electronic Systems Engineering
  • BEng in Software and Electronic Systems Engineering

University of Ulster:

  • BEng Hons Computer Games Development
  • BEng Hons Electronics and Computer Systems
  • BEng Hons Software Engineering
  • BSc Hons Computer Science
  • BSc Hons Computer Science (Embedded Computing)
  • BSc Hons Computer Science (Intelligent Systems)
  • Bsc Hons Computer Science (Mobile Computing)
  • BSc Hons Computer Science (Robotics)
  • BSc Hons Computer Science (Software Systems Development)
  • BSc Hons Computing (Artificial Intelligence)
  • BSc Hons Computing (Digital Games Development)
  • BSc Hons Computing Science (Network Technologies)
  • BSc Hons Information and Communication Technologies
  • BSc Hons Interactive Multimedia Design
  • BEng Hons Mobile Robotics

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