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Cambridge O Level Computer Studies Syllabus code 7010 For examination in June and November 2012

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Cambridge O Level Computer Studies Syllabus code 7010
1. Introduction ..................................................................................... 2 1.1 Why choose Cambridge? 1.2 Why choose Cambridge O Level Computer Studies? 1.3 How can I find out more?

2. Assessment at a glance .................................................................. 4 3. Syllabus aims and objectives ........................................................... 6 3.1 Aims 3.2 Scheme of assessment 3.3 Assessment objectives and their weighting in the exam papers

4. Curriculum content ........................................................................ 11 Section 1: Applications of computers and their social and economic implications Section 2: Systems life cycle Section 3: Problem solution including algorithm design, programming techniques and logic gates Section 4: Generic software and the organisation of data Section 5: Hardware, systems and communications Section 6: Topics to be covered in Paper 3 – Alternative to coursework

5. Appendix ....................................................................................... 30 5.1 Notes for the guidance of teachers 5.2. Forms 5.3 Assessment criteria for coursework (school-based assessment)

6. Additional information.................................................................... 41 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Guided learning hours Recommended prior learning Progression Component codes Grading and reporting Resources

Cambridge O Level Computer Studies 7010. Examination in June and November 2012. © UCLES 2009

1. Introduction

1.1 Why choose Cambridge?
University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications. Around 1.5 million students from 150 countries enter Cambridge examinations every year. What makes educators around the world choose Cambridge?

Developed for an international audience
International O Levels have been designed specially for an international audience and are sensitive to the needs of different countries. These qualifications are designed for students whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. The curriculum also allows teaching to be placed in a localised context, making it relevant in varying regions.

Recognition
Cambridge O Levels are internationally recognised by schools, universities and employers as equivalent to UK GCSE. They are excellent preparation for A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. CIE is accredited by the UK Government regulator, the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual). Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/recognition.

Support
CIE provides a world-class support service for teachers and exams officers. We offer a wide range of teacher materials to Centres, plus teacher training (online and face-to-face) and student support materials. Exams officers can trust in reliable, efficient administration of exams entry and excellent, personal support from CIE Customer Services. Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/teachers.

Excellence in education
Cambridge qualifications develop successful students. They not only build understanding and knowledge required for progression, but also learning and thinking skills that help students become independent learners and equip them for life.

Not-for-profit, part of the University of Cambridge
CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit organisation and part of the University of Cambridge. The needs of teachers and learners are at the core of what we do. CIE invests constantly in improving its qualifications and services. We draw upon education research in developing our qualifications.

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