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KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Computer Science
Term 1System Architecture and Memory   
In this unit students will be learning about the purpose of the central processing unit (CPU) , the Von Neumann arhitecture and common components and their functions. The students also look at the effect of CPU on performance and the embeded sytems. Students learn about the differences between RAM and ROM and puposes of them in computers. They also learn about the need for virtual memory and the flash memory.
Assessment: Students will sit a written end of unit assessment.This topic is part of Unit 1. Unit 1 is 40% of the whole qualification and is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Algorithms and Producing Robust Programs   
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Term 3Storage and System Software
In this unit students will learn about the need for secondary storage where they need to look at data capacity and calculation of data capacity requirements They also learn about common types of storage, suitable storage devices and storage media for a given application, and the advantages and disadvantages of these, using characteristics. In the System Software unit, they learn about the purpose and functionality of systems and utility system software
Assessment: Students will sit a written End of Unit assessment. This topic is part of Unit 1. Unit 1 is 50% of the whole qualification and is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Wired and Wireless Networks
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Term 5Network Topologies and Data Representation
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Term 6Programming Development
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