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CARIBBEAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

Caribbean Advanced
Proficiency Examination

Computer Science
Syllabus

Effective for examinations from May/June 2009

Correspondence related to the syllabus should be addressed to:

The Pro-Registrar
Caribbean Examinations Council
Caenwood Centre
37 Arnold Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica, W.I.

Telephone Number: (876) 920-6714
Facsimile Number: (876) 967-4972
E-mail address: cxcwzo@cxc.org
Website: www.cxc.org

Copyright © 2008 by Caribbean Examinations Council
The Garrison, St. Michael BB 11158, Barbados

This document CXC A19/U2/08 replaces CXC A19/U2/03 issued in 2003.

Please note that the syllabus was revised and amendments are indicated by italics and vertical lines.

Revised 2008

Please check the website, www.cxc.org for updates on CXC’s syllabuses.

Contents ContentsIntroduction

RATIONALE1

AIMS 2

SKILLS AND ABILITIES TO BE ASSESSED2

PRE-REQUISITES OF THE SYLLABUS4

STRUCTURE OF THE SYLLABUS4

UNIT 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

MODULE 1: COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE AND ORGANISATION5
MODULE 2: PROBLEM-SOLVING WITH COMPUTERS 8
MODULE 3: PROGRAMMING11

UNIT 2: FURTHER TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

MODULE 1: DATA STRUCTURES 13
MODULE 2: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING15
MODULE 3: OPERATING SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS19

OUTLINE OF ASSESSMENT23

REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES35

REGULATIONS FOR RESIT CANDIDATES35

ASSESSMENT GRID36

LOGIC SYMBOLS36

GLOSSARY37

Introduction

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he Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) is designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of students in the Caribbean who, having completed a minimum of five years of secondary education, wish to further their studies. The examination addresses the skills and...