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Information and Creative Technology


Unit 2: Technology Systems
Practice Examination 3

This practice examination is 1 hour in duration and contains 50 marks.


Please write your name at the top of this page and answer all questions on the
following pages using the spaces provided. There are 18 questions in total.

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Question 1 of 18
Some input-output devices can simulate real sensations, such as vibrations in
gaming devices. These devices are known as haptic.

What other term is used to describe this feature?

[1]

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Feedback Loop
Force Majeure

Force Feedback
Ford Field

Question 2 of 18
Question 2 of 18
A college has introduced an automated procedure to capture the results from
multiple-choice assessment papers. The results will be saved onto a storage
device. The diagram below shows the process.
Complete the process below to create the automated marking process.
Light Pen

OMR Scanner

Printer

Choose an item.

Hard Drive

Choose an item.

Input Device

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OCR Scanner

[2]

Output Device

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Question 3 of 18
Loyalty cards are supplied by a retail organisation in order to reward a customer's
loyalty.
Loyalty cards are swiped at point of sale using a magnetic stripe reader to read
the data stored on the strip on the back of the card. The points gained from the
transaction are added to the receipt.
The image below shows the setup.

(a) Which of the following statements is correct about the magnetic card
reader?

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It inputs data from the card to the till


It outputs data in the form of a receipt
It inputs data to the till and produces output as a receipt
It scans bar codes on supermarket products

(b) In the diagram above, which of the components is an output device?

[1]

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Magnetic Card Reader


Point of Sale Till

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Printer
Keyboard

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Question 4 of 18
Fibre-optic cables are capable of transferring data in the
form of pulsing light, and is has become increasingly used
for delivering high-speed broadband Internet.
From the list below identify two disadvantages of using optical fibre cables
compared to traditional cable methods.

[2]

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The bandwidth of the signal reduces with increased distance


Fibre-optic cables are immune to electromagnetic interference
unlike coaxial cable
Fibre-optic can span longer distances than other types of cable
Fibre-optic cables have a lower level of interference and better
performance than traditional transmission methods
Transmission is faster than other cable transmission methods
Fibre-optic cables can be more fragile than other copper cables
and therefore prone to transmission losses

Question 5 of 18
Computers generate heat which can potentially damage its internal components.
(a) Identify the dedicated heat dispersal mechanism from the hardware
components shown below.

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(b) Give one function of the CPU Control Unit.

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Question 6 of 18
Ahmed is choosing which games console to buy. The main features of four are
shown below.

Featur
e
Wi-Fi
3D

Console

Console

Console

Console

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

320 GB
built-in
hard drive

40 GB add
on hard
drive and 8
MB memory
card

512 MB
250 GB
Storag
internal
built-in hard
e
storage plus
drive and
Capacit
32 GB SDHC
512 MB
y
card
memory
card
Memor
y
USB
Ports
HDMI

88 MB

512 MB

256 MB

32 MB

No

Yes

Yes

No

(a) Answer the following questions to help Ahmed choose the right console. [2]
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This feature determines the amount of


peripherals that can be attached to the
console.
This feature affects the amount of games and
other files Ahmed can store on the console.

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(b) Which console does not provide a wireless Internet connection?


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Console A
Console B

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Console C
Console D

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Question 7 of 18
In programming, data types are used to structure data within records.
(a) Explain the difference between a real data type and an integer data type.
[2]
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(b) Below is a snippet of code from a longer program. Explain what these lines
of code are doing.
[2]

Total=value1+value2+value3
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(c) Identify how a programmer makes code easier to understand for future
maintenance and development by others.

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By creating a glossary of terms


By annotating the code using comments
By using double line spacing and a clear font style
By using superscript

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Question 8 of 18
The Internet is a network of interconnected computers which communicate
globally with each other via an IP (Internet Protocol) address.
Accessing the Internet enables a user to access the World Wide Web (WWW).
The World Wide Web is a collection of websites which are available on the Internet.
(a) The Internet is an example of which of the following network types?

[1]

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LAN
WAN

WLAN
PAN

(b) The diagram below shows the setup of a typical wireless home network via
a router. Which connection method is used in the home network below? [1]

Tick one box

Infrared
Wi-Fi

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Bluetooth
Satellite

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An operating system performs many tasks.
Identify from the list below two functions of an operating system.

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Keeps the temperature of the computer below a certain level


Provides an interface between the user and the computer
Reads and writes data to and from optical storage media
Increases the resolution of photographs
Manages hardware and allocates resources such as memory and
CPU

Question 10 of 18
(a) Explain one feature of a Graphical User Interface (GUI).

[2]

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(b) Identify the task that would be performed by a multimedia application.

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A typed report containing a chart


A presentation containing audio and video clips
A formatted spreadsheet
A database containing a list of music track titles

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A binary number is a number expressed in a base-2 number system.


Explain which two symbols are used in binary number system and what
each represents.

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Question 12
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The amount of data stored or transmitted
is of
described
in terms of number of
bytes including kilobytes, megabytes, terabytes, etc.
(a) A petabyte is the equivalent of which of the following?

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1000 (or 1024) megabytes


1000 (or 1024) kilobytes

1000 (or 1024) terabytes


1000

(or 1024) gigabytes

(b) Which of the following types of digital content is the most likely to
require 2 megabytes of storage space.

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A shopping list
A photograph

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A cookie
A high definition movie

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Question 13 of 18
Bluetooth (which uses a PAN) enables hands-free use of a mobile phone and
enables communication between devices over short ranges.
Explain below how a Bluetooth connection differs from a Wi-Fi connection.

[2]

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Question 14 of 18
A software suite contains a set of related multiple applications. Well known
examples include Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.
Give two advantages of using application suites.

[2]

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Two types or memory used by computer systems include Random Access Memory
(RAM) and cache memory.
Explain how a computer system utilises RAM and cache memory.

[4]

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RAM:

Cache:

Question 16 of 18
Explain one feature of a CPU which affect its performance.

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Flow charts are used to represent the underlying algorithms within a system or
computer program.
Identify the flow chart symbols below.

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Question 18 of 18
Discuss the differences, including at least one advantage and disadvantage,
of using off-the-shelf software compared with custom-built software.
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