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General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level COMPUTER STUDIES 7010 For examination in June and November 2009

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COMPUTER STUDIES
GCE Ordinary Level/SC (7010) CONTENTS
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NOTES INTRODUCTION AIMS ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES ASSESSMENT CURRICULUM CONTENT NOTES FOR THE GUIDANCE OF TEACHERS ASSESSMENT CRITERIA FOR COURSEWORK (SCHOOL-BASED ASSESSMENT)

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Notes
1 Projects (a) Ordinary Level Computer Studies (June examination). Forms will be sent to schools in March with instructions for the completion of the assessments and the despatch of projects to CIE. All project work will be required and must reach CIE by 30 April in the year of the examination. (b) SC/Ordinary Level Computer Studies (November examination). Forms will be sent to schools in August with instructions for the completion of the assessments and the despatch of projects to CIE. All project work will be required and must reach CIE by 31 October in the year of the examination. Alternatively, candidates who have also entered for the June examination may carry forward their mark for this examination.

2 Private Candidates Private candidates are not accepted for Computer Studies. 3 New Overseas Centres Previously, new Overseas Centres were required to give advance notification of their intention to enter Computer Studies. This advance notice is no longer required, provided the new Centre is already registered with CIE. However, such Centres are recommended to seek advice on the suitability of their equipment for these courses. Such requests for advice should normally be channelled through the Ministry or Examination Office in their country of origin. 4 Regulations CIE’s regulations do not permit candidates to take Computer Studies and Computing together in the same examination with any other syllabuses with this title offered by CIE or with titles including the words, Computing, Information Technology or Information Systems.

Exclusions
This syllabus must not be offered in the same session with any of the following syllabuses: 0418 Information Technology 0420 Computer Studies

COMPUTER STUDIES 7010 O LEVEL 2009

COMPUTER STUDIES
(7010) GCE ORDINARY LEVEL/ SCHOOL CERTIFICATE INTRODUCTION
This syllabus is designed for candidates taking Computer Studies as a single subject. excluded combination with other subjects, see International Examination Regulations. For This Computer Studies syllabus is independent of other syllabuses at this level and it includes no significant mathematical or numerical content. The intention of the syllabus is that students should gain knowledge of the nature of information processing and the broad range of its applications, together with a general understanding of how an information-processing system is designed to suit a particular application and how such a system works. The syllabus concentrates on the principles of information processing so that, although students will study contemporary hardware, software and applications as examples, they should be well equipped to appreciate future developments in the technology and its applications. Computing is an applied subject and, to reinforce the practical aspects, all candidates are expected to do practical work.

AIMS
The aims of the curriculum are the same for all candidates. These are set out below and describe the educational purposes of a course in Computer Studies for the examination. They are not listed in order of priority. The aims are to: 1 2 3 4 5 6 develop in students an appreciation of the range and power of computer applications foster an interest in, enjoyment of, and confidence about computing develop students' ability to solve problems using computing techniques develop an awareness in students of the place of computing in society and...
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