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KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 11 Computer Science
Term 1Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns   
In this unit students will learn how to investigate and discuss Computer Science technologies while considering ethical, legal, cultural, environmental issues and privacy issues. Students will also learn how key stakeholders are affected by technologies. The environmental and cultural implications of Computer Science. They will also look at the legislation relevant to Computer Science such as The Data Protection Act 1998, Computer Misuse Act 1990,Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, Creative Commons Licensing and Freedom of Information Act 2000.
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Term 2NEA Programming Project   
In this unit students will complete their Programming Project which requires learners to use skills from Component 01 and Component 02 to create a solution to a set problem. They will code their solution in a suitable programming language. The solution must be tested by the students to ensure they solve the stated problem. They will create a suitable test plan with appropriate test data. The code they have written will be suitably annotated to describe the process
Assessment: The Programming Project does not count towards a candidate’s final grade, but is a requirement of the course.Key Words and Terms
Term 3System Security   
In this unit students will learn the forms of attack, threats posed to networks which can be malware, phishing, people as the ‘weak point’ in secure systems (social engineering), brute force attacks and denial of service. They will also learn how to identify and prevent vulnerabilities by penetration testing, network forensics, network policies, anti-malware software, firewalls, user access levels, passwords and encryption.
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 4Revision   
This term students will revise the Component 1 and Componenet 2. In Component 1 - Computer systems where they been introduced to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. They will also look at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.In Component 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming where students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation.
Assessment: Unit 1: Computer Systems 1 hour 30 minutes examination.Unit 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 1 hour 30 minute examination.Key Words and Terms