Information Technology for CSCE Examinations 3rd Edition

Information Technology for CSCE Examinations 3rd Edition

By Howard Campbell, Alan Wood
US$ 24.25
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Book Description

Information Technology is designed to develop IT skills and knowledge relevant to the Caribbean and wider world in the 21st Century, IT for CSEC® Examinations 3rd edition focuses on helping students attain the best possible grade in their examinations while ensuring they are well equipped for further education and fulfilling careers in IT-related fields.
Syllabus match
Chapters grouped into 3 clear sections to mirror the 3 examination profiles. To aid teaching, each chapter is closely mapped to the order of the 2018 CSEC® IT syllabus.
Caribbean context
Examples and activities reflect typical Caribbean contexts, incorporating technology and resources that students can access and afford.
Active learning
Individual and group activities provide opportunities for active learning throughout the book.
Productivity tools
Provides clearly sequenced activity-based learning, exposing students to the most up-to-date version of Microsoft Office programs, ensuring work-place flexibility and transferable skills.
Python and Pascal
Python and Pascal are demonstrated side by side, offering familiarity but also industry-leading practice needed for programming careers in the 21st Century.
‘In-text questions’ (ITQs) check student understanding throughout the text, whilst multiple choice, structured questions and specimen papers provide valuable exam practice.
SBA support
SBA skills are integrated throughout using practical activities in the context of a recurring ‘real-world’
case study. The SBA chapter with sample project then guides students to gain top marks.
Online resources
Visit to find additional exam practice, Pascal, Python and other language summary sheets, extension activities and specimen solutions to activities and exam questions.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • About this book
  • Introduction
  • Theory
    • 1 Computer fundamentals
      • The concept of information technology
      • Major types of computer systems
      • The major hardware components of a computer system
      • The interrelationship of the major hardware components of a computer system
      • Evaluating the relative merits of cloud storage and local storage
      • Selecting appropriate input and output devices
      • The role of the different types of software
      • Different types of user interface
      • Evaluating the suitability of a computer system
      • Troubleshooting basic hardware problems
    • 2 Information processing
      • Information and data
      • Evaluating the reliability of information obtained from online sources
      • File organisation
      • Choosing an appropriate file access method
    • 3 Computer networks and web technologies
      • Introduction to computer networks
      • Distinguish between different types of network: LANs, MANs and WANs
      • The functions of the basic components of a network
      • The importance of mobile communications technology
      • Key web technology concepts
    • 4 Social and economic impact of Information and Communication Technology
      • Introduction to the concepts of computer security, cybersecurity and computer misuse
      • Assess the potential impact of computer misuse on the main entities impacted
      • Countermeasures to mitigate the effects of identified threats
      • Assess the effects of automation on job security
      • Describe the roles of various personnel in computer-related professions
      • Assess the impact of information and communications technology on selected fields
  • Productivity Tools
    • 5 Mastering word processing
      • Creating documents using content from a variety of sources
      • Using appropriate document-formatting features
      • Using appropriate editing features to structure and organise a document
      • Using review features to enhance document readiness
      • Appropriately using features that allow protection of a document
      • Generating a table of contents for a document
      • Using mail merge features in a range of situations
      • Creating a fillable electronic form for online use
    • 6 Mastering web page design
      • Planning a website structure and organisation of pages
      • Designing and creating simple pages
      • Inserting hyperlink into a web page
      • Testing and evaluating a website for accuracy, user-friendliness and effective display
    • 7 Mastering spreadsheets
      • The purpose of spreadsheets
      • Using appropriate terminology associated with spreadsheets
      • Using basic predefined functions
      • Creating advanced arithmetic formulae
      • Replicating (copying) formulae to other cells
      • Manipulating rows and columns: insert, delete and modify
      • Manipulating data in a spreadsheet
      • Performing charting operations
      • Manipulating one or more worksheets
    • 8 Mastering databases
      • The concept of a database
      • Terminology commonly associated with a database
      • Creating a database
      • Manipulating data in a database
  • Programming
    • 9 Problem-solving and program design
      • Outline steps in problem-solving
      • Using divide-and-conquer approach to decompose large everyday problems into smaller tasks
      • Defining a problem by decomposing it into its significant components
      • Distinguishing between variables and constants
      • The concept of an algorithm
      • Representing algorithms in the form of pseudocode and flowcharts
      • Testing algorithms for correctness
    • 10 Program implementation
      • Distinguishing between low-level and high-level languages
      • The sequence of steps in implementing a program
      • Performing checks and tests on programs to verify correctness
      • Declaring variables and constants using basic data types
      • Translating algorithmic statements into high-level language syntax
      • Documenting programs effectively
    • 11 The School-Based Assessment
  • Appendix A: Specimen Paper 01
  • Appendix B: Specimen Paper 02
  • Glossary
  • Index
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