Introduction to IGCSE ICT
We will be taking a look at the very Introduction to IGCSE ICT (0417)
ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
CAIE recommends that candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to use a range of software packages in practical and work-related contexts, also candidates should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the structure of ICT systems, the roles of these systems in organisations and their impact on society.
Why study ICT?
- Information Communication Technology (ICT) is a constantly developing subject within society.
- Areas within ICT are vital to our everyday lives, and sometimes we forget that we live in an Information age.
- By understanding and been able to use the tools that ICT provides, we are better able to solve problems and work more efficiently.
- Technology has become apart of our culture therefore it is very important that we are educated in how to use it, not only for the classroom but also for the workplace.
- The majority of employers will expect ICT skills along with literacy and numeracy. With the increased interest by employers into the area of ICT it has become important for the majority of students to insure that they at least have a basic understanding how to use basic ICT packages.
Why Cambridge IGCSE ICT?
The ability to understand and implement new and emerging technologies within a business environment.
How to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Systems.
Considering the impact which new technologies will have on ways of working and the social, economic and ethical issues associated with them.
Awareness of the ways ICT can help in practical and work-related scenarios.
Is ICT a good option for you?
If the answer to the following questions is YES, then ICT is maybe right for you.
- Are you interested in understanding how technology has affected your life?
- Are you concern about security issues that we face regarding your personal data?
- Are you interested in solving problems with different software packages?
Another good reasons for picking IGCSE ICT?
- I enjoy working on computers.
- I am confident talking about technologies.
- I think it will help me in the future.
- I believe I will succeed in ICT if I work hard enough.
- I think it is an easy option.
- My mum wants me to take it.
- My friends have picked it.
- It is my least worst option.
Paper 1: Theory | Contents
Covers all theory topics, short written answers, 2 hours, 40% of final grade.
- Components of Computer Systems
- Input and Output Devices
- Storage Devices
- Data Types
- Uses of ICT
- Effects of ICT
- System Analysis and Design
Paper 2: Practical
Website Authoring (HTML)
Covers email, word processing, databases, charts and integrations, 2 ½ hours, 30% of final grade.
Example of Short Answer Questions
Paper 3: Practical
Covers internet, spreadsheets, web authoring & presentations, 2½ hours, 30% of final grade.
Example of questions requiring longer descriptions
- Communication, Internet and Email
- Document Production (MS Word)
- Data Analysis, Spreadsheet (MS Excel)
- Data Manipulation, Database (MS Access)
- Website Authoring (MS Frontpage)
- Presentations (MS Powerpoint)
- Integration (Using application together)
Whatever you decide to do, ICT will equip you with invaluable skills that are transferable to any subject or career option you might pursue.
List of Topics that you must cover for IGCSE ICT
1. Types and Components of Computers
2. Input and Output Devices
3. Storage Devices and Media
4. Computer Networks
5. Data Type and Organisation
6. The Effects of Using ICT
7.1 ICT Use in Everyday Life
7.2 ICT Use in the Workplace
8 Systems Analysis & Design