1 2016 Suite Cambridge TECHNICALS LEVEL 3. IT. Unit 1. Fundamentals of IT. M/507/4999. Guided learning hours: 90. Version 4 February2017. *changes indicated by black vertical line Version 4: Issued February 2017. LEVEL 3. UNIT 1: Fundamentals of IT. M/507/4999. Guided learning hours: 90. Essential resources required for this unit: none This unit is externally assessed by an OCR set and marked examination. UNIT AIM. A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT.
2 After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials. Amendments made to this document will be indicated with a black line. OCR 2017 2 Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT. First teaching September 2016. Version 4: Issued February 2017. TEACHING CONTENT. The teaching content in every unit states what has to be taught to ensure that learners are able to access the highest grades.
3 Anything which follows an details what must be taught as part of that area of content. Anything which follows an is illustrative. For externally assessed units, where the content contains and under specific areas of content, the following rules will be adhered to when we set questions for an exam: a direct question may be asked about unit content which follows an where unit content is shown as an a direct question will not be asked about that example. Learning outcomes Teaching content Exemplification The Learner will: Learners must be taught: 1. Understand computer Computer hardware, : Learners should know about the different types of hardware input devices computer hardware required for a variety of computer output devices systems.
4 Communications devices benefits ( integrated devices make portable This should lead into learners developing their devices simpler to use) understanding of their benefits, limitations and uses. limitations ( voice recognition performs poorly in noisy environments). uses ( membrane keyboard could be used in harsh physical environments). Computer components, : Learners should know about the component parts of a processors computer system and their characteristics. motherboards storage ( hard drive, solid state, flash, internal, This should lead into learners developing their removable, SAS, SCSI, portable, Cloud) understanding of the purpose of each component.
5 Ports ( USB, Firewire, SATA, Network, Fibre Channel). memory ( RAM, ROM, cache). OCR 2017 3 Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT. First teaching September 2016. Version 4: Issued February 2017. Learning outcomes Teaching content Exemplification The Learner will: Learners must be taught: expansion cards ( sound, network, graphics, storage controller, fibre channel). power supplies characteristics purpose Types of computer system, : Learners should know about the different types of desktop/server computer systems. tablet/hybrid smartphone This should lead to an understanding of where and how embedded system/Internet of Things ( cars, they are used, benefits and limitations of each type of home appliances, etc.)
6 Computer system and a justification of a suitable system mainframe in a given context. quantum uses ( tablet device can be used when Learners should be aware that some devices feature travelling due to physical properties) embedded systems, such as modern cars, washing benefits ( desktop computer can have a large machines and other home appliances. screen which can improve productivity). limitations ( mainframes can be expensive to purchase and maintain). Connectivity methods, : Learners should know about different connectivity copper methods and their characteristics. fibre wireless technologies ( Bluetooth, WiFi, This should lead to an understanding of their purpose microwave, infrared, laser, Satellite, GSM, 3G/4G and justification of different methods within a given and future technologies) context.
7 Characteristics purpose OCR 2017 4 Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT. First teaching September 2016. Version 4: Issued February 2017. Learning outcomes Teaching content Exemplification The Learner will: Learners must be taught: Communications hardware, : Learners should know about different communications hub hardware and their characteristics. switch router This should lead to an understanding of their purpose modem and use. wireless access point combined/hybrid devices Learners should be aware of the difference between a characteristics combined or hybrid device, which often provides the purpose and use functionality of a modem, router, switch and wireless access point in one device, and the individual devices.
8 Hardware troubleshooting, : identifying hardware faults Learners should know about the process needed to troubleshooting tools troubleshoot common hardware problems as well as the documentation/fault management documentation involved. Units of measurement, : Learners should know about the units of measurement bit, nibble, byte used in IT. metric ( kilo, mega, giga, tera, peta). binary ( kibi, mebi, gibi, tebi, pebi) This should lead to an understanding of how to convert comparison in sizes between metric and binary between the different number systems. measurements. 1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes vs 1024 bytes Number systems, : binary decimal hexadecimal Number conversion, : converting between binary, decimal and hexadecimal OCR 2017 5 Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT.
9 First teaching September 2016. Version 4: Issued February 2017. Learning outcomes Teaching content Exemplification The Learner will: Learners must be taught: 2. Understand computer Types of software, : Learners should know about different types of software software open source and their characteristics. closed source off the shelf This should lead to an understanding of the use and bespoke justification of different types of software within a given shareware context. freeware embedded characteristics use Applications software, : Learners should know about the different applications productivity software ( word processor, software available.)
10 Spreadsheet, database, email). development tools ( compiler, debugger, This should lead to an understanding of the purpose and translator, integrated design environment) advantages and disadvantages of each application. business software ( MIS, multimedia, collaboration, project management, manufacturing, CAD/CAM, publishing, expert systems, healthcare). Utility software ( backup, anti-virus, compression). purpose advantages and disadvantages Operating systems, : single user/multiuser Learners should know about different forms of operating single processor/multiprocessor systems and their key functions.