NB. Although A level ICT no longer exists, I have left these materials in case they are useful for other courses.

Below is a list of the topics examined by the ICT1 theory paper. By the end of the course, there will be entries in the Materials column for all sections of the course. Note that if there are Word documents and PowerPoint presentations with the same name, the content is not necessarily the same.




Knowledge, information and data

Understand the distinction between data, information and knowledge

Understand how data are captured (direct and indirect)

Factors affecting the quality of information

Encoding information

Data, Information and Knowledge

Binary convertor

Revision slides

Value and Importance of Information

Information is a commodity and has a value

Factors affecting the quality of information

Data, Information and Knowledge

Control of Information

Describe the legal rights and obligations on holders of personal data to permit access.

Understand that the sale of entitlement to access to data may mean paying for a more convenient form of access, the right of which already exists.

Understand that files on individuals and on organisations that are non-disclosable have commercial value.

Control of Information PowerPoint presentation

Capabilities and Limitations of Information and Communication Technology

Understand that ICT systems offer fast repetitive processing, vast storage capability and the facility to search and combine data in many different ways that would otherwise be impossible.

Understand that the response speed of technology within ICT systems facilitates the use of feedback, e.g. maintenance of optimum stock levels, electronic fund/money management systems.

Understand that there are limitations in the use of ICT systems and in the information they produce. Factors could include limitations in hardware, software and communications, in addition to inappropriate data models and data control mechanisms.

This section is covered indirectly throughout the other sections of ICT1, including:

Data, Information and Knowledge

The social impact of information and communication technology

Explain the benefits and drawbacks of the use of information and communication technology in manufacturing, industry, commerce, medicine, the home, education and teleworking

ICT in Education PowerPoint presentation

ICT in Commerce PowerPoint presentation

ICT in Entertainment PowerPoint presentation

Role of Communication Systems

Explain the use of global communications

Describe the hardware, software and services required to access the internet

Describe the facilities offered and relative merits of different communication methods

Explain the different uses of the internet

Candidates should be aware of recent developments in the area of communication systems

Communication Methods

ICT and the Professional

Recall the personal qualities and general characteristics necessary for a person to work effectively within the ICT industry and as part of an ICT team.

ICT and the Professional PowerPoint presentation

British Computer Society

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Information Systems, Malpractice and Crime

Explain the consequences of malpractice and crime on information systems.

Describe the possible weak points within information technology systems.

Describe the measures that can be taken to protect information technology systems against internal and external threats.

Describe the particular issues surrounding access to, and use of the Internet, e.g. censorship, security, ethics.

Malpractice and Crime PowerPoint presentation

Laptop Users Pose Serious Security Threat To Businesses

Google censors itself for China

Iran blocks BBC Persian site

The Legal Framework

Software and Data Misuse

Data Protection Legislation

Describe the provisions of the Computer Misuse Act.

Describe the principles of software copyright and licensing agreements.

Recall the nature, purpose and provisions of the current data protection legislation of the Public Register.

Recall the type of data covered and various exemptions from the legislation.

Recall the definitions of processing and consent to process.

Explain how the requirements of the legislation impact on data collection and use.

Describe the obligations of data users under the legislation.

Recall the rights of individuals under the legislation.

Recall the role of the Commissioner in encouraging good practice, acting as Ombudsman and enforcing legislation.

The Legal Framework (PowerPoint presentation)

Information Legislation (Word document)

Health and Safety

Describe the provisions of the current health and safety legislation in relation to the use of information systems.

Recognise that health and safety guidelines cover the design and introduction of new software.

NB. To move through a PowerPoint presentation that runs in a window (rather than full-screen), you need to use the PgUp and PgDn keys - don't ask me why!