The candidate must demonstrate knowledge and understanding, practical skills and problem solving based on the following content statements:
Data and Information
Definitions and exemplification of the following terms in the context of an information system:
Organisational Information Systems
- Explanation of the following concepts in relation to Information Systems: speed, accuracy, efficiency, volume.
- Descriptions and exemplification of the functions of organisational information systems:
- gathering information, storing information, processing information, outputting information.
- Explanation of the need for organisational information systems
- management strategies: network strategy, security strategy, backup strategy, software strategy.
- Description of the impact and advantages of a centralised database within an organisation.
Information Management Software
- Description and exemplification of personal and organisational uses of the following types of applications software:
- Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database, Graphics Design, Browsers, E- mail clients, chat clients, DTP, Presentation, Financial, Reference, Web Authoring.
- Description of standard word processing software in terms of data objects, operations and formatting functions.
- Description of standard spreadsheet software in terms of data objects, operations and formatting functions.
- Evaluation of software in terms of:
- range of data objects, range of operations, formatting functions, HCI (including use of keyboard commands, menus and toolbars/icons), online help and online tutorials.
Implications of ICT
- Description and exemplification of the social implications of ICT in terms of:
- ease of access and availability of IS,
- information rich/poor and the impact of IS on social structures,
- educational qualifications and the need for citizens to be ICT aware,
- the range of jobs in industries that employ knowledge worker,
- online retail and changing shopping habits.
- Description and exemplification of the legal implications of:
- Data Protection Act (1998):
- data protection principles;
- rights of data subject:
- responsibilities of data controller;
- role of the Information Commissioner
- Computer Misuse Act (1990): offences
- Copyright, Designs & Patents Act (1988): works covered;
- copyright ownership;
- use of copyrighted material
- Health & Safety regulations: seating, lighting, RSI, eye strain and radiation
- Description and exemplification of the economic implications of ICT in terms of:
- the type of jobs and associated costs within various modern organisations,
- the effect of new ICT on business and individuals productivity and profitability.
- Description and exemplification of the ethical implications of ICT in terms of:
- netiquette in both personal and business contexts,
- Information Intellectual Property Rights.