Internet - Home
The candidate must demonstrate knowledge and understanding, practical skills and problem solving based on the following content statements:
Description and explanation of the following concepts in relation to Internet operation and usage:
- Internet hosting, packets, TCP/IP, IP addresses and routing, bandwidth, hardware components (router, switch, multiplexer), physical structure and topology of the Internet.
- Description of the need for protocols.
- Description of the purpose of the following protocols: http, FTP, POP/SMTP.
- Description and explanation of the social, ethical and legal implications of the Internet including effects on: family, employment, information rich and poor.
- Explanation of issues related to censorship and privacy.
Services and resources provided by the Internet
- Description of the main features of the following Internet services and resources, or
contemporary replacements: World Wide Web (WWW), e-mail (web and client based), conferencing and newsgroups, file transfer and file updating, chat/instant messaging.
- Exemplification of the uses of these services in business, educational and personal contexts.
- Description and effective use of internet browser software, including navigation, search and save facilities.
- Description and effective use of search engines, including Boolean searching.
- Description of main features and uses of a range of Internet advanced search services.
- Explanation of the need for and use of virus protection, including the need for regular updating of virus protection software.
- Description of current trends in Internet development with regard to the influence of the following on system performance: communications hardware, browsing software, security software.
Construction of Internet web pages
- Description of the main features of web authorising packages (icon based, web tools, scripting tools, hyperlinks, file structure).
- Description and exemplification of: absolute page addressing, relative page addressing, picture compression.
- Explanation of the problems associated with absolute addressing, and the need for picture compression.
- Demonstration and exemplification of the creation of web page with links to other pages on same site.