Unit 1 (Year 13) – Information Technology Systems

IT systems are involved in almost everything we do in society.  In this unit you will be learning about hardware and software and how they form an IT system.  You will learn about the relationship between users and systems.  You will also learn about the decisions that individuals and businesses must make, the impact of IT systems on individuals and also how they affect business practices.

This unit will give you an understanding of all areas of IT.  The topics covered include:

A Digital Devices in IT Systems

B Transmitting Data

C Operating Online

D Protecting Data and Information


E Using and Manipulating Data


F Issues

This unit is externally assessed by means of a written examination which will last for 2 hours.  You will be assessed on your understanding of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.

Grade Descriptors
To achieve a grade, you will be expected to demonstrate the following attributes across the essential content of the unit.  The maximum number of marks for this unit is 90.

To pass this unit:
– You will be able to apply knowledge and understand of key information technology concepts to a range of familiar vocational contexts.
– You will apply knowledge and understanding of IT systems to deconstruct problems in common situations and apply standard IT conventions to produce solutions with supporting reasoning.
– You will be able to identify the impact of effective and ineffective uses of IT systems and recommend ways in which IT can be developed and/or improved.
– You will explore and make judgments on the impact of the use of IT on individuals and organisations.

To achieve a distinction:
– You will be able to analyse complex information, data and situations, in vocational contexts, in order to draw conclusions and make valid observations.
– You will be able to synthesise your knowledge and understanding of IT systems to deconstruct complex problems, drawing on various sources of information to develop effective solutions.
– You will evaluate the effectiveness of IT systems and make justified recommendations for further developments and future actions.
– You will make valid, justified judgments on the impact of IT on individuals, organisations and wider society.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts & processes.
Marks ranges from 1 to 6 marks.
Command words Identify, give, state, name, complete, draw
AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts & processes.
Marks  ranges from 1 to 10 marks
Command words Complete, draw, describe, explain, calculate, produce, demonstrate.
A03: Select & use information technologies & procedures to explore likely outcomes & find solutions to problems in context.
Marks ranges from 1 to 6 marks
Command words explain, calculate, produce, develop, demonstrate
AO4: Analyse and evaluate information technologies and procedures in order to recommend and justify solutions to IT problems.
Marks ranges from 6 to 12 marks
Command words discuss, demonstrate, analyse, produce, write
AO5: Make connections between the application of technologies, procedures, outcomes and solutions to resolve IT problems.
Marks ranges from 6 to 12 marks
Command words write, produce, evaluate