CAT

Computer Applications Technology (CAT)

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Mrs Lynne Thackray Smith
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Mrs Jenny Rishwworth
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Overview

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 should a student learn in CAT?

 

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 presentation media.
• recognise the legal, ethical, environmental, social, security and health issues related to the use of ICTs and learn how use ICTs responsibly.

 

 

Computer Applications Technology (CAT) is a new subject which draws from subjects such as Computyping and Computer Studies. It further originates and is a subset of the broader knowledge domain of 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.

CAT is learning about ICTs, working with ICTs and using ICTs in an end-user environment to solve problems relating to the processing, presentation and communication of information.


Grade 10 Information

Curriculum 

How Computers Work, and Working with Computers

  • Computers in everyday life
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • The Internet
Application Packages
  • Wordprocessing
  • Working with text
  • Adding graphics
  • Tables
  • Tab stops & columns
  • Electronic business communication
  • Spreadsheets
  • Processing numbers
  • Integration of Word and Excel
Information Management
  • Encarta
  • Acknowledge sources
  • Search for information on the Internet
Self Study Section:Paint
  • Powerpoint

Practical Assessment Task

The Practical Assessment Task (PAT) assesses two distinct aspects:

  • Information management skills
  • End-user application skills to find and present information.

Tests and Assignments

Term 1: Test and Practical test or assignment
Term 2: Assignment and mid-year Examination
Term 3: Assignment and Test
Term 4: End-of-year Examination

Homework

Due to the practical nature of the subject, the majority of the work is completed in the computer labs and homework is limited. Class tests are written on a regular basis.

Textbooks

Computers, part of your life - A textbook for Computer Applications Technology – Part 1 Sandra Jacobs, et al



Grade 11 Information

Curriculum

How Computers Work, and Working with Computers
  • Getting more out of your software
  • Using the Internet
  • Housekeeping
  • Mobile technology
  • Computers in the workplace
Application Packages
  • Wordprocessing
  • Understanding and using sections
  • Working with paragraphs
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presenting spreadsheet data and results
  • Analysing spreadsheet data
  • Databases
  • Introduction to Access
  • Queries and reports
  • Forms
  • Powerpoint
  • Creating and editing a presentation
  • Adding multimedia
  • Interactive presentations
Information Management
  • Working with information
  • Collaboration and integration

Practical Assessment Task

The Practical Assessment Task (PAT) assesses two distinct aspects:

  • Information management skills
  • End-user application skills to find and present information.

Tests and Assignments

Term 1: Test and Practical test       or assignment
Term 2: Assignment and mid-      year Exam
Term 3: Assignment and Test
Term 4: End-of-year Exam

Homework

Due to the practical nature of the subject, most of the work gets done in the computer labs and homework is limited. Class tests are written on a regular basis.

Textbooks

Computers, part of your life - A textbook for Computer Applications Technology – Part 2 Sandra Jacobs, et al

 


Grade 12 Information

Curriculum

You and your Computer
Upgrading your computer
Buying a computer
Internet connection choices
Some problems and solutions
Problems with I/O devices and storage
Computers in Modern Society
Communication and networks in modern society

Security, legal and ethical issues
Impact of ICT
Application Packages
Wordprocessing
Mail merge
Using styles
Working with long documents
Forms created in Word
Spreadsheets
Working with dates and times
Text and statistical functions
Worksheets and choices
Databases
Designing a simple database
Calculations in queries and reports
Powerpoint
Effective presentations
Information Management
Successfully working with information
Test and improve your knowledge
Practise makes perfect


Practical Assessment Task

The Practical Assessment Task (PAT) assesses two distinct aspects:
Information management skills
End-user application skills to find and present information.


Tests and Assignments

Term 1: Test and Practical test or assignment
Term 2: Assignment and mid-year Exam
Term 3: Trial Exam
Term 4: End-of-year Exam

Homework

Due to the practical nature of the subject, most of the work gets done in the computer labs and homework is limited. Class tests are written on a regular basis.


Textbooks

Computers, part of your life - A textbook for Computer Applications Technology – Part 3 Sandra Jacobs, et al

 

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