Computer Applications Technology (CAT)



Mrs Lynne Thackray Smith
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Mrs Jenny Rishwworth
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Computer Applications Technology is the study of the integrated components of a computer system (hardware and software) and the practical techniques for their efficient use and application to solve every day problems. The solutions to problems are designed, managed and processed via end-user applications and communicated using appropriate information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs are the combination of networks, hardware and software as well as the means of communication, collaboration and engagement that enable the processing, management and exchange of data, information and knowledge.



What will a student learn in Computer Applications Technology?


The following are the main topic areas of Computer Applications Technology:

Solution Development, System Technologies, Internet Technologies, Network Technologies, Information Management and Social Implications.


 In Computer Applications Technology a learner will
• use end-user software applications proficiently to produce solutions to problems within a defined scenario.
• understand the concepts of ICTs with regard to the technologies that make up a computing system.
• understand the various technologies, standards, and protocols involved in the electronic transmission of data via a computer-based network.
• use the Internet and the WWW and understand the role that the Internet plays as part of the global information superhighway.
• find authentic and relevant information, process the information to draw conclusions, make decisions and communicate the findings in appropriate formats.
• recognise the legal, ethical, environmental, social, security and health issues related to the use of ICTs and learn how use ICTs responsibly.


Software used in CAT

Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Presentations, Web Design (HTML) 



Term 1: Two Tests (One Theory, One Practical)

Term 2: One Test (Practical or Theory)
               Two Examinations (One Practical and One Theory)

Term 3: Grade 10 and 11 - Two Tests (One Theory, One Practical)
               Grade 12 - One Test (Practical/Theory)
                                - Two examinations (Trials – One Practical, One Theory)

Term 4: Two examinations (One Practical and One Theory)


Practical Assessment Task (25% of the total mark of CAT)

The Practical Assessment Task is a project that assesses the learner’s procedural skills and individual interaction with data and information as well as the way in which he or she processes, manipulates and presents the information. The information will finally be presented in a number of documents. These must be presented in the application programs studied. The PAT is done in class facilitated by the teacher and it is done over an extended period of approximately 3 months.


Admission Requirements

Because of the nature of the subject, class numbers are limited and certain criteria have to be met.

·        A learner’s Grade 9 Mathematics marks and English marks will be a consideration

·        A learner’s performance and interest in Grade 9 ICT will be taken into account

·        A learner must have access to a computer and the Microsoft Office Suite at home so that practical homework can be done

·        A fast, reliable internet connection at home is a recommendation.

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