Thursday, February 28, 2013

Table of analysis of GCSE examination syllabuses

Table of analysis of examination syllabuses

Number of written papers set

Number of papers candidate takes

Syllabus summary

Time per candidate (hours)

Some multiple choice set

Case Study done:

in a written examination a complete paper

details known beforehand

from syllabus

OR given to candidates Coursework must include

Percentage of marks for coursework

1 Information Processing

1.1 The Data Processing Cycle

1.2 Encoding and Decoding

1.3 Data Collection and Input

1.4 Processing

2 Representation of Data

2.1 Binary Representation of Numbers

2.2 Binary Conversion

2.3 positive and Negative Integers

2.4 Representation of Fractions in Binary

2.6 Accuracy

2.6 Octal and Hexadecimal

2.7 Binary representation of Characters

3 Digital logic

3.1 Truth Tables

3.2 Simple Gates-NOT, AND and OR

4 Computer Hardware

4.l Digital Computers

4.2 Microprocessors and Microcomputers

4.3 peripheral Device

5 The Central Processing Unit

5.1 The Fetch-execute Cycle

5.2 registers

5.3 Typical Instruction set

5.4 Typical Instruction Format

6 Communications Hardware

6.1 Visual Display Terminals

6.2 Other Terminals

6.3 connection Terminals to Computers

7 Data Preparation and Input

7.1 use of Keyboards

7.2 Document Readers

7.3 Bar Codes, Tags and Magnetic Stripes

7.4 Input at Terminals and Microcomputers

7.5 Other Input Devices

7.6 Comparison of Input Methods

8 OutPut

8.1 OutPut on Screens

8.2 printers

8.3 Plotters

8.4 Other Output Methods

8.5 Comparison of Output Methods

Computer Studies-3_03



Computer Studies-4_03


Computer Studies-5_03


· Candidates are not given details of the Northern Ireland case study beforehand. Candidates for paper 2 are told the general topic for the case study in the syllabus. Candidates for paper 4 are not.

· Scottish Standard Grade: for candidates awarded grades 1 to 5, the teacher's assessment of coursework counts as 25% of the total but it will also be used as a check on the 75% of the marks which are allocated to the written papers. For candidates awarded grades 6 or 7, the coursework marks will count towards all sections of the syllabus to give altogether 62.5% of the total mark.

· Section is only needed for higher grades, namely for:

LEAG-grades A,B,C; MEG-grades A,B,C,D; SEB Standard-grades 1,2,3,4.

P Section is not needed for written papers but is useful if you are doing a programming project.