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KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Computer Science
Term 1System Architecture and Memory   
In this unit students will learn what an algorithm is and be able to create algorithms to solve specific problems using sequence, selection and iteration. Students will learn how to express algorithms using flow diagrams and pseudocode, using suitable variables and arithmetic, relational and Boolean operators. They will also be able to analyse, assess and compare different algorithms for given scenarios.
Assessment: Students will sit a written End of Unit assessment and complete a programming challenge including a written report. This topic is part of Unit 2. Unit 1 is 50% of the whole qualification and is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Algorithms and Producing Robust Programs   
In this unit students will learn about computational thinking where they need to use abstraction decomposition and algorithmic thinking They also look at the standard searching algorithms and sorting algorithms. They learn how to produce algorithms using pseudocode and flow diagrams.
Assessment: Students will sit a written End of Unit assessment and complete a programming challenge including a written report. This topic is part of Unit 2. Unit 2 is 50% of the whole qualification and is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination.Key Words and Terms
 
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
In this unit students will learn about types of networks, factors that affect the performance of networks and the different roles of computers in a client-server and a peer-to-peer network. They also learn about the hardware needed to connect stand-alone computers into a Local Area Network and the internet as a worldwide collection of computer networks.
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 5Network Topologies and Data Representation    
In this unit students will learn about different network structures such as star and mesh network topologies, different protocols when sending and receiving data. They also learn how the computers stores different types of data in binary form and how the data compressed
Assessment: Students will sit a written End of Unit assessment. This topics are part of Unit 1 and Unit 2. Unit 1 and Unit 2 are 50% of the whole qualification and are 1 hour 30 minute written examinations.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Programming Development    
In this unit students will apply their knowledge and understanding using computational thinking. They will use algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational, logic translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation.
Assessment: Students will sit a written End of Unit assessment and complete a programming challenge including a written report. This topic is part of Unit 2. Unit 2 is 50% of the whole qualification and is a 1 hour 30 minute written examination.Key Words and Terms
 

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