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Applied Information and Communication Technology

Why Applied Information and Communication Technology? 

The WJEC GCE in Applied ICT has been written so as to offer students a highly contemporary experience in ICT. It seeks to provide innovation in its delivery and promotes student creativity through the paperless scheme of assessment. Real world problems require real world solutions, solutions that acknowledge the multi-faceted nature of ICT in society today.

This course contains a mixture of practical and theoretical skills that will provide a good understanding of ICT in the 21st Century. Tasks set follow real life scenarios, making it an ideal course for learners who are considering university after sixth form or for those who wish to go into employment.

Summary of content

The aims of the GCE qualification in Applied ICT are:

  • Developing a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts
  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop sufficient depth of understanding to inform their choices between further study or training
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations
  • Developing an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding
  • Encouraging learners to acquire the following range of skills through the study of realistic contexts: practical skills; presentational skills; personal skills; interpersonal skills; cognitive skills
  • Encouraging learners to develop knowledge and understanding of: the broader environment in which ICT is used including the impacts of legislation, ethics, society and the international / global dimension and emerging technologies

Units

AS - AICT 1 – eBusiness – Gaining skills in eBusiness

The assessment of this unit is by external on-screen examination, set and marked by WJEC.

We all know that ICT is constantly changing - hardware and software is forever developing and evolving. Businesses also have to change in order to remain competitive and many adopt developments in ICT to gain a competitive advantage. The ways in which we need to work and interact with others have changed: email; mobile communications; videoconferencing; home working and hot-desking are but a few of these changes. We need to be competent users of a variety of different devices and software applications: computers; laptops; smartphones all use a variety of software essential to the eBusiness. New jobs have developed as a result of eBusiness, such as web designers and database managers. Nearly all businesses demand ability in ICT these days, and for many jobs specific ICT skills are essential.  eBusiness needs eCompetent employees.

The content is focused on the following areas:

  • Background
  • Information and organisations
  • How organisations collect information
  • How organisations use information
  • Information flows
  • Big data
  • Communication
  • Networks
  • The Internet
  • Working styles and new opportunities
  • ICT skills
  • Standard ways of working - Safe working and Ergonomics
  • Cybersecurity

AS - AICT 2 – eSkills - Managing eBusiness data

Candidates will be required to produce database and spreadsheet solutions to suit business related situations described in the WJEC set assessment. The scenario will provide background information to the problem and will describe current working practices and their associated problems.

For eBusinesses to succeed they must make a profit – forecasting and data management is critical to success. eBusinesses use ICT to plan, monitor and forecast their daily progress and require experts in the use of spreadsheets and databases to manage this process. The ability to effectively interpret situations; forecast events and monitor data trends will offer the eBusiness the potential to succeed.

The content is focused on the following areas:

  • Background
  • Analysis
  • Database design
  • Spreadsheet design
  • Software development
  • Testing
  • Documentation
  • Evaluation
  • ePortfolio

A2 - AICT 3 – eProject – Project planning for ICT

The assessment of this unit is external, through the use of a controlled assessment written by the WJEC.

A project of any size needs effective planning to maximise success. Managing eProjects are no different. In fact effective project management is essential to the completion of any ICT based project. eProject managers need to be skilled in applying their knowledge and eSkills to solve problems and be able to manage available resources. Team-working skills are essential. Self-discipline to complete individual tasks is a prerequisite. eBusinesses need good eProject managers.

The content is focused on the following areas:

  • Background
  • Stakeholders
  • Analysis
  • Project proposal
  • Project definition
  • Project organisation
  • The project – design, development, testing
  • Review
  • ePortfolio
  • Standard ways of working

A2 - AICT 4 – eStudio – ICT Marketing communications (optional unit which candidate must choose)

Candidates are required to develop a set of graphic and multimedia products to support a promotional campaign.

In the eMarketplace, price alone cannot be the only factor when comparing similar products or service. The strength of product branding and image is critical. Driving promotional campaigns to raise consumer awareness is necessary when marketing new or re-launching existing products or services. The effective eStudio must provide accurate information; communicate effectively with its audience whilst maintaining a superior product image whilst meeting their client’s expectations. The successful eStudio must be equipped with eCompetent employees complete with imagination, foresight and up to date graphics and multimedia skills.

The content is focused on the following areas:

  • Background
  • Promotion
  • Requirements specification
  • Graphic products
  • Multimedia products
  • Overall review
  • ePortfolio

A2 - AICT 5 – eCode – Producing Software Solutions (optional unit which candidate must choose)

Candidates are required to develop a solution to a given scenario using a high level programming language.

Computer coding is the universal language of the planet. People who know how to code will be able to communicate across countries and cultures, be innovative, and solve problems more efficiently, with no barriers to impede their success.

The content is focused on the following areas:

  • Background
  • Programming
  • Problem Definition
  • Design
  • Software development
  • Testing
  • Documentation
  • Review
  • ePortfolio

A2 - Unit 6 – eTransact – Selling and ICT (optional unit which candidate must choose)

Candidates are required to develop a transactional website for a given scenario using appropriate web authoring and data handling software.

eTransactions are already commonplace in the world of eCommerce. Buying and selling over the internet is becoming second nature to the many people. Effective eBusinesses need competent web designers and database managers as it is the database that works behind the scenes of the website, holding stock data, customer details and order processing data.

eBusinesses need efficient back-office systems that ensure that the product ordered reaches its destination rapidly. All of this without the overheads of expensive retail space certainly makes this an exceptionally competitive environment.

To compete in the world of eCommerce - you need eSkills!

The content is focused on the following areas:

  • Background
  • eCommerce
  • Cybersecurity
  • Transactional websites
  • Legislation
  • Design
  • Software development
  • Testing
  • Review
  • ePortfolio

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