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Module 1 – Concepts of Information Technology (IT)
The following is the Syllabus for Module 1,
Concepts of Information Technology (IT),
whichprovides the basis for the theory-based test in this module domain.
Module 1 Concepts of Information Technology (IT)
requires the candidate to have anunderstanding of some of the main concepts of IT at a general level. The candidate is required tounderstand the make-up of a personal computer in terms of hardware and software and tounderstand some of the concepts of Information Technology (IT) such as data storage andmemory. The candidate shall also understand how information networks are used withincomputing and be aware of the uses of computer-based software applications in everyday life. Thecandidate shall appreciate health and safety issues as well as some environmental factorsinvolved in using computers. The candidate shall be aware of some of the important security andlegal issues associated with using computers.
CATEGORY KNOWLEDGE AREA REF. KNOWLEDGE ITEM
1.1.1 Hardware, Software,Information Technology
126.96.36.199 Understand the terms hardware, software,Information Technology (IT).
1.1.2 Types of Computer
188.8.131.52 Understand and distinguish betweenmainframe computer, network computer,personal computer, laptop, personal digitalassistant (PDA) in terms of capacity, speed,cost, and typical users.
1.1.3 Main Parts of a Personal Computer
184.108.40.206 Know the main parts of a personal computersuch as: central processing unit (CPU), harddisk, common input and output devices, typesof memory. Understand the term peripheraldevice.
1.1.4 Computer Performance
220.127.116.11 Know some of the factors that impact on acomputer’s performance such as: CPUspeed, RAM size, and the number ofapplications running.
1.2.1 Central Processing Unit
18.104.22.168 Understand some of the functions of the CPUin terms of calculations, logic control, andimmediate access memory. Know that thespeed of the CPU is measured in megahertz(MHz) or gigahertz (GHz).
22.214.171.124 Understand different types of computermemory such as: RAM (random-accessmemory), ROM (read-only memory) anddistinguish between them.126.96.36.199 Know how computer memory is measured:bit, byte, KB, MB, GB, TB. Relate computermemory measurements to characters, filesand directories/folders.
1.2.3 Input Devices
188.8.131.52 Identify some of the main devices for inputtingdata into a computer such as: mouse,keyboard, trackball, scanner, touchpad,lightpen, joystick, digital camera, andmicrophone.
1.2.4 Output Devices
184.108.40.206 Identify common output devices for displayingthe results of processing carried out by a