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What is ICT?


ict1ICT concerns the development or procurement of information technology to fulfill useful roles in people’s lives and in organisations. As such it is concerned with the application of ICT by people in various contexts including the home, general society, work, and business in order to achieve useful goals or outcomes.

Therefore ICT encompasses a wide variety of processes and technology. It involves an understanding of the processes behind the building of IT artifacts (systems, infrastructure, software etc.) and also an understanding of the organisational and social processes involved in their procurement, deployment, and effective use.

 

Staff


  • Ms Donna Quinn (HOD)
  • Miss Emer Campbell
  • Mr Declan Morgan

 

Careers


ICT professionals are in great demand by a wide range of organisations today. Providers such as software houses and user organisations alike are employing ICT graduates extensively. Opportunities also exist across retail, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, transport and the public sector. Some graduates also enter computing or management consultancy firms.

Some job titles within ICT are:

  • Applications Programmer
  • Games Developer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Technology Consultant
  • Multimedia Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Web Developer

 

Useful Websites


http://ccea.org.uk/ict/ 

http://bringitonni.info/ 

http://www.teach-ict.com/index.html 

 

Key Stage 3

All students in years 8, 9 and 10 receive two periods per week of ICT delivered by a team of ICT specialists who are suitably qualified and experienced teachers.

Year upon year the program of study at key stage 3 is updated and modified to reflect the ongoing advances in technology. This effective and creative use of ICT in our key stage 3 POS ensures that our students will develop the necessary skills for learning, life and work needed by young people in this digital age.

During the current academic year 2015 – 2016 we offer the following POS at key stage 3:

 

 Year  Term 1  Term 2  Term 3
 8 (on a 6 week carousel)  Introduction to ICT
 Health and Safety in using ICT Digital
 Communication -Email
 Online collaboration and
 Communication
 Internet Safety
 Repeated for second group
 Text based Communication
 - use of Word processing software
 9
 Presentation of Information
 Desk top publishing
 Introduction to 
 spreadsheet software
 Investigating QR Codes
 Data Handling -
 Introduction to Databases
 10
 Investigating Technology of the
 future
 Modelling - use of Spreadsheet
 software
 Gaming - creating an
 interactive game using
 Scratch OR Game Maker
 Web design

 

GCSE

We follow the CCEA Specification which consists of two controlled assessment tasks each worth 30% and one written externally assessed examination worth 40% of the total mark for the subject.

 

 
 Assessment
 Weighting of GCSE
 Unit 1 - Year 11
 Tools and
 Applications
This is a controlled 
assessment task. There are three
tasks for Unit 1, which are set by
CCEA. Students must complete
all three tasks.
These tasks are externally
moderated by CCEA in
June 2016
 30%
 Unit 2 - Year 12
 Using Multimedia and 
 Games Technology
This is a controlled
assessment task. There are two
tasks for Unit 2, which are set by
CCEA. Students must complete
both tasks.
These tasks are externally
moderated by CCEA in
June 2017
 30%
 Unit 3 - Year 12
 Understanding ICT
 Systems in Everday Life
 and It's Implications for
 Individuals,
 Organisations, Society
 and the Wider World
May/June 2017
Year 12
Unit 3 is a written
examination and will be
assessed by a 2 hour paper.
 40%

 

Link to Awarding Body Specification / website – http://ccea.org.uk/ict/


Assessment

Summative assessment will take place through formal examination in December. On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and submission of controlled assessment tasks.

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AS

We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two internally assessed practical components and one externally assessed written examinations. The structure of the AS course is summarised in the table below:

 

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting
 Unit 1 Components of ICT
 2 hour external
 examination
 60%
 Unit 2 Approaches to system development
 Interal assessment of 2
 compulsory tasks
 40%

 

 

The table below shows the outline of the AS ICT course as it will be delivered in St Patrick’s:

 

   Topics  Teaching Time
 Term 1
 Unit 1:
1.5 Developing ICT Systems
1.1 Data and Information
 4 periods per week
 on theory
 Unit 2:
Task 1 Data Processing Task (60 marks)
 5 periods per week 
 on coursework
 Term 2
 Unit 1:
1.2 Hardware and Software Components
1.3 Network Communication
1.4 Applications of ICT
 4 periods per week
 on theory
 Unit 2:
Task 2 Multimedia Task (60 marks)
 5 periods per week
 on coursework
 Term 3
 1.4 Applications of ICT
 Recap of all Unit 1 topics
 9 periods per week

 

The learning objectives for each topic can be found in the CCEA Specification - http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/ict/rev_gce/index.asp

 

Assessment

Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 

Controlled Assessment/Coursework

The deadline for submission of coursework is Friday, 11th March.

 

AS Applied ICT

 

ict7We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two internally assessed practical components and one externally computer based examination.

There are four assessment objectives:

  • Must demonstrate practical capability in applying ICT (A01)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ICT systems and their roles in organisations and society (A02)
  • Apply knowledge, skills and understanding to produce solutions to solve ICT problems (A03)
  • Students evaluate ICT solutions and their own performance (A04)

The structure of the AS course is summarised in the table below:

 

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting

 Unit 1 Information and Communication

 Internal Assessment
 33.3%
 50 marks

 Unit 2 Software applications and tools

 External computer based examination
 2.5 hours
 33.3%
 50 marks
 Unit 3 Organisation and Information Systems  Internal Assessment
 33.3%
 50 marks

 

The table below shows the outline of the AS ICT course as it will be delivered in St Patrick’s:

 

   Topics  Teaching Time
 Term 1  

 Unit 1:

This unit will be internally assessed by the presentation
of a portfolio of work:
- Why information is important in an organisation
- The use of Intranet and Internet in an organisation
- How to collect information and produce different types of documents
- How to use different types of writing styles to suit different purposes
- The importance of accuracy
- How to present information
- What are standard ways of working
 

 

 

 

 9 periods per week

 7 weeks

 Term 2

 

 Unit 3:

This unit will be internally by the presentation of a
portfolio of work:

- 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 MIS in an organisation
- The legal issues surrounding information systems
- The standard ways of working

 

 

 

 9 periods per week

 7 weeks

 Term 3  

 Unit 2:

This unit will be externally assessed by a 2.5 hours
computer-based examination:
- The role of an operating system and utility software applications
- GUI
- Effective use of software in task automation
- Data transfer between application
- Presenting and dissemination information effectively
- Communication technologies and the Internet
- Standard ways of working
 
 

 

The learning objectives for each topic can be found in the CCEA Specification - http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/ict/rev_gce/index.asp 

Assessment

Formative assessment will take place throughout each section of portfolios and will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 

Controlled Assessment/Coursework

The deadline for submission of all coursework is Friday, 11th March. 

 

A2

We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two internally assessed practical components and one externally assessed written examinations. The structure of the A2 course is summarised in the table below:

 

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting
 Unit 1
 Information
 Systems

 2 hour external examination

 60% of A2
 30% of A Level
 Unit 2
 Approaches to
 System
 Development

 Internal assessment of 1 compulsory task

 40% of A2
 20% of A Level

 

The table below shows the outline of the AS ICT course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's:

 

   Topics
 Term 1

 Unit 1 Topics:

- 3.1 Database Systems
- 3.2 Networked Systems
- 3.3 Software Development

 Unit 2:

- Analysis
- Design
 Term 2 

 Unit 1 Topics:

- 3.4 User Interface
- 3.5 User Support and Training
- 3.6 Legal and Professional Issues

 Unit 2:

- Testing and Implementation
- User Guide
- Evaluation
 Term 3 

 Unit 1 Topic:

- 3.7 Implications of ICT
- Revision of previous topics

 

The learning objectives for each topic can be found in the CCEA Specification -

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

 

Assessment

Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 

Controlled Assessment/Coursework

The deadline for submission of coursework is Friday, 11th March.

 

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