Introduction to Computing – KASNEB 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 in an organisation.

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 of computer hardware

Computer software

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

Computer start up/booting

  • Types of power supply
  • Power supply unit
  • Power protection
  • Booting process
  • BIOS setup

Keyboard and mouse skills

  • Types of keyboards
  • Keyboard layout
  • Typing skills
  • Keyboard ergonomics
  • Mouse skills

Software installation

  • Installation procedures
  • Operating system installation
  • Application software installation
  • Types of installations
  • Installers
  • Configuration
  • Uninstalling software

Number systems, computer arithmetic and set theory

  • Computer codes (BCD, ASCII, UNICODE and EBCDIC)
  • Zoned decimal and packed decimal formats
  • Number systems
  • Number systems conversions and compliments
  • Binary arithmetic
  • Sets and set theory
  • Error codes

Data processing cycle

  • 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

Logic, truth tables and circuits

  • Statements
  • Conjunction
  • Disjunction
  • Negation
  • Propositions and truth tables
  • Tautologies and contradictions
  • Logical equivalence
  • Conditional and bi-conditional statements
  • Arguments and logical implications
  • Simplification of logic circuits: Boolean expressions AND,OR and NOT circuits

Basic computer networking

  • Networking terms
  • Components of computer networks
  • Types of computer networks
  • Advantages and disadvantages of networking
  • Internet use and benefits

Basic troubleshooting

  • Hardware errors
  • Hardware troubleshooting techniques
  • Hardware troubleshooting tools
  • Software errors
  • Software trouble shooting techniques
  • Software troubleshooting tools

Emerging issues and trends



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