Introduction to Computing – KASNEB DICT Syllabus

PAPER NO. 1 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

This paper is intended to equip the candidate with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable him/her to apply computing skills.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A candidate who passes this paper should be able to:

  • Select appropriate computer hardware and software
  • Apply data processing principles
  • Demonstrate competence in basic computer operations
  • Select appropriate information systems in an organisation
  • Control information systems

CONTENT

Introduction to information communication technology (ICT)

  • Components of a computer system
  • Classification of computers
  • Evolution of computers
  • Computer peripherals and interfaces
  • Application areas of computer systems
  • Impact of ICT in society
  • Careers in ICT

Computer hardware

  • Input devices
  • Processing devices
  • Memory
  • Storage devices
  • Output devices
  • Communication devices
  • Selection and acquisition of computer hardware

Computer software

  • Classification of computer software
  • Systems software
  • Application software
  • User interface
  • Selection and acquisition of computer software

Basic data processing

  • Introduction to data processing
  • Stages in data processing
  • Data input, output and control
  • File organisation and access
  • Data collection methods
  • Data capture methods
  • Methods of data processing
  • Data processing systems
  • Data processing modes
  • Data hierarchy
  • Data security

Introduction to information systems

  • Information system concepts
  • Components of an information system
  • Types of information systems
  • Information centres

Information systems in an organisation

  • Definition of an organisation
  • Organisation levels
  • Roles of information systems in an organisation
  • Benefits and challenges of information systems

Information system security

  • Information system integrity
  • Information system threats and controls

Emerging issues and trends



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