INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ELECTIVE)

WAEC SYLLABUS ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ELECTIVE)

AIMS

The aims of the syllabus are to:
(1) test candidates’ appreciation of the concepts of Information and CommunicationTechnology (ICT);
(2) test the capabilities of candidates in the application of ICT skills in education andbusiness;
(3) verify candidates’ potential for higher studies in Information andCommunication Technology and related areas.

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION


There will be three papers, Papers 1, 2 and 3 all of which must be taken. Papers 1 and 2will be a composite paper to be taken at a sitting.

PAPER 1:

Will consist of fifty multiple-choice objective questions all of which must beanswered within 1 hour for 25 marks.

PAPER 2:

Will consist of five essay-type questions. Candidates will be required to answerthree questions within 1 hour for 30 marks.

PAPER 3:

Will be a practical test consisting of three questions all of which must beanswered within 2 hours, for 45 marks.


DETAILED SYLLABUS

TOPICSNOTES

1. DATA REPRESENTATION

1.1 Data types e.g integers, real numbers,strings etc

1.2 Number bases with special reference tobinary, decimal and hexadecimal.

1.3 Units of data storage.

2. INTRODUCTIONTO INFORMATIONSYSTEMS

2.1 Meaning of information system

2.2 Knowledge of the differenttypes of information systems.

2.3 Attributes of good information.

2.4 Internal and external informationeg. intranet, extranet, memos, intercom,talking drum, mobile phone etc.

2.5 The role of information in society.

3. INTRODUCTIONTO DIGITAL TECHNOLOGYCULTURE

3.1 The Internet

3.2 Computer crime

3.3 The role and impact of Information

Technology on everyday life e.g
e-business, e-health, e-mail,e-learning, Computer BasedTraining, Computer AssistedManufacturing, Computer Aided Design, etc.

4. WORDPROCESSING

1.4 Knowledge of media types e.g digital videosand

1.5 digital sounds, voice over internet protocol(VOIP),voice recognition system, etc.

4.1 Creating, editing and formatting documents.

4.2 Business documents eg. memos, reports etc.

4.3 Mail merge.

4.4 Printing of documents.

5. DESKTOPPUBLISHING

5.1 Creating, editing and formatting documents.

5.2 Printing publications.

6. SPREADSHEET

6.1 Creating, editing and formatting documents.

6.2 Sorting and querying for information.

6.3 Creating graphs and charts to represent data inworksheets.

6.4 Working with functions

6.5 Data security: use of passwords.

7. HARDWARE

7.1 External components and their functions.

7.2 Internal components and their functions.

7.3 Computer Diagnostics and Maintenance.

8. SOFTWARE

8.1 System software e.g operating systems andtheir functions.

8.2 Utility programmes and their uses.

8.3 Types of application programs.

8.4 Software licensing considerations.

8.5 Installation and upgrading of computersoftware.

8.6 Software terminologies and concepts:
- machine language;
- high-level versus low level;
- use of fourth generation language;
- use of language translators;
- source code;
- Error messages;
- Software portability;
- Compilers;
- Interpreters;
- Assemblers, etc.

9. NETWORKING

9.1 Network concept.

9.2 Types of networks.

9.3 Network Topology

9.4 Network Architecture.

9.5 Network configuration.

9.6 Communication of data on networks.

9.7 Data security on networks.

10. INTRODUCTIONTOPROGRAMMING

10.1 Flow charts

10.2 Algorithms and data structures

10.3 Program development life cycle.

10.4 Programming languages.

10.5 Web design using HyperTextMark-up Language (HTML).

10.6 Practical knowledge of BASIC and HTMLprogramming languages. Questions willhowever be limited to QBASIC.

11. DATA BASEMANAGEMENTSYSTEM

11.1 Designing and creating data bases.

11.2 Working with queries.

11.3 Working with forms.

11.4 Working with reports.

12. APPLICATIONOF ICT TOOLSIN EDUCATION

12.1 Types of tools.

12.2 Learning with ICT tools

12.3 Advantages and disadvantages ofusing ICT tools in learning.

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