This Unit could be skipped if students have enough practical experience with computers coming from primary education.
Students should be able to use the main functions of the systems software environment and to utilise its features in relation to the main applications software being used. They should be able to show competence in using a computer to generate simple things such as posters, banners, signs, invitations cards, calendars and drawings.
Students should be able to:
This unit is aimed at teaching students how to use a computer system (on a need-to-know basis) so that they can use the system competently to achieve their tasks. These first experiences in using a computer should be fun and stimulating. Educational games, good computer supported learning packages and simple graphics software can give students a good introduction to using a computer for the first time.
Students should know how to operate a computer system and its peripherals as well as the commands necessary to use the software to produce the required outcomes. They should also know the various steps and commands needed to perform a variety of tasks such as formatting a disk, copying a disk, making directories and sub-directories, hard-disk management, un-formatting, saving and renaming files. Where applicable, students should also be familiar with the appropriate functions of the local or wide area network available to them.
Teachers should give a meaningful and directed exercise so that students have a definite objective to aim for. If necessary, teachers may illustrate the functions of the various components of the computer in terms of input, processing, output and memory.
Minimum necessary resources:
Computer, system software;
Easy-to-use software for designing and making simple graphics;
Optional extra resources:
Examples of various creations made with available software.
All other A-Units.
Student-centred activities, hands-on activities;
on a guided basis for the system operation activities and on a creative, self-exploratory basis for the production activities.