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Computing & Business

Computing and Business Faculty

Mr M Baines- bainesm@denbigh.net
Mr D Bennett- bennettd@denbigh.net
Miss A Brown- browna@denbigh.net
Mr S Frost- frosts@denbigh.net
Mr S Hoare- hoares@denbigh.net
Mr S Hussain- hussains@denbigh.net
Mrs A Moody- moodya@denbigh.net
Mr F Sadiq- sadiqf@denbigh.net
Mrs J Siddall- siddallj@denbigh.net
Mr A Steed- steeda@denbigh.net
Ms S Tsang- tsangs@denbigh.net
Mr N Umney- umneyn@denbigh.ne

Business

The Computing and Business Faculty comprises the subjects of Computing, Information Technologies, Business, Enterprise & Marketing & Economics.

In Business, students in Year 9 to 11 will follow the OCR Business GCSE or the vocational Enterprise & Marketing Cambridge National qualification.  In the Sixth Form they will follow Edexcel A Level Business.  In Computing and Information Technologies, students in Year 9 to 11 will follow the OCR GCSE Computer Science or the vocational Cambridge National Information Technologies course.  In the Sixth Form they will follow AQA A-Level Computer Science.

Members of the Faculty contribute to running after school clubs to help develop Information Technologies skills and confidence as well as helping students to complete projects and coursework.

Key Words for Year 7 Computing – Spring

Read Only Memory (ROM)Contains the start up instructions for a computer. Does not lose its contents when the power is switched off. Cannot be changed, only read. ROM is Non-Volatile.
Random Access Memory (RAM)Contains data and programs currently in use. Loses its contents when the power is switched off. Can be changed (written to) and read from. RAM is Volatile.
Volatile / Non-VolatileVolatile means the storage and memory requires power to keep the data, non-volatile means the data and programs are not lost when the power is switched off.
Input DeviceAllows a user to enter instructions and data into the computer. Examples include: Keyboard, mouse, webcam, microphone.
Output deviceAllows the computer to see the result of processing. Examples include: Monitor (screen), printer, speakers.
Storage deviceThese are non-volatile places to keep the data and programs we use safe. We save our work into storage devices. Examples include hard disk drive, CD / DVD, solid state drive, USB Memory Stick.
Central Processing Unit (CPU)This is the part of the computer than executes all the instructions in the computer programs.
HardwareThe physical components of the computer, the things you can touch.
SoftwareThe non-physical parts of a program. The applications and apps that run on the hardware.
Operating SystemThe (large) piece of software which controls the operation of the computer and all the devices connected to it.
The Laws of ComputingThese are the laws passed by our government to enable us to use our computers and devices safely. They are:
•    The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act
•   The Data Protection Act
•    The Computer Misuse Act
Personal DataData / Information which can be used to identify a single person, e.g. name, address, phone number, school, height and many others.
ProgrammingWriting instructions for a computer to follow, to solve a problem.
BinaryA system of counting using just 0 (zero) and 1(1). Computers use binary because they are made up of switches which can either be ON (1) or OFF (0).
Bits and BytesComputer scientists measure the size of something in terms of bits and bytes. There are 8 bits in one byte. There are about 1000 (actually 1024) bytes in one kilobyte (kb). There are about 1000 (1024) kilobytes in one megabyte.  
‘bit, nibble (4 bits), byte, kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte’

Key Words for Year 8 Computing – Spring

Key TermDefinition
Read Only Memory (ROM)Contains the start up instructions for a computer. Does not lose its contents when the power is switched off. Cannot be changed, only read. ROM is Non-Volatile.
Random Access Memory (RAM)Contains data and programs currently in use. Loses its contents when the power is switched off. Can be changed (written to) and read from. RAM is Volatile.
Volatile / Non-VolatileVolatile means the storage and memory requires power to keep the data, non-volatile means the data and programs are not lost when the power is switched off.
Input DeviceAllows a user to enter instructions and data into the computer. Examples include: Keyboard, mouse, webcam, microphone.
Output deviceAllows the computer to see the result of processing. Examples include: Monitor (screen), printer, speakers.
Storage deviceThese are non-volatile places to keep the data and programs we use safe. We save our work into storage devices. Examples include hard disk drive, CD / DVD, solid state drive, USB Memory Stick.
Central Processing Unit (CPU)This is the part of the computer than executes all the instructions in the computer programs.
HardwareThe physical components of the computer, the things you can touch.
SoftwareThe non-physical parts of a program. The applications and apps that run on the hardware.
Operating SystemThe (large) piece of software which controls the operation of the computer and all the devices connected to it.
The Laws of ComputingThese are the laws passed by our government to enable us to use our computers and devices safely. They are:
•    The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act
•    The Data Protection Act
•    The Computer Misuse Act
Personal DataData / Information which can be used to identify a single person, e.g. name, address, phone number, school, height and many others.
ProgrammingWriting instructions for a computer to follow, to solve a problem.
BinaryA system of counting using just 0 (zero) and 1(1). Computers use binary because they are made up of switches which can either be ON (1) or OFF (0).
Bits and BytesComputer scientists measure the size of something in terms of bits and bytes. There are 8 bits in one byte. There are about 1000 (actually 1024) bytes in one kilobyte (kb). There are about 1000 (1024) kilobytes in one megabyte.  
‘bit, nibble (4 bits), byte, kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, terabyte’

Year 9

OCR Business GCSE

Autumn 1st half termThe role of Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Business Planning
Revenue, costs, profit and loss
Autumn 2nd half termBusiness Ownership
Business Aims and Objectives
Stakeholders in Business
Business Growth
Spring 1st half term
The role of Marketing
Market Research
Market Segmentation
Spring 2nd half termThe Marketing Mix
The role of Human Resources
Organisational Structures and Different Ways of Working
Communication in Business
Summer 1st half termRevision
Business Activity
Marketing
People
Summer 2nd half termRecruitment and Selection
Motivation and Retention

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termRecap of Year 9
Recruitment and Selection
Motivation and Retention
Training and Development
Autumn 2nd half termEmployment Law
Production Processes
Quality of Goods and Services
Spring 1st half termThe Sales Process and Customer Service
Consumer Law
Business Location
Spring 2nd half termWorking with Suppliers
The Role of the Finance Function
Sources of Finance
Summer 1st half termRevision
Business Activity
Marketing
People
Summer 2nd half termRevenue, Costs, Profit and Loss
Break-Even
Cash and Cash Flow

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termEthical and Environmental Consideration
The Economic Climate
Globalisation
Autumn 2nd half termThe Interdependent Nature of Business
Revision for PPE
Spring 1st half termRevision/ Practice papers/ Past paper feedback
Spring 2nd half termRevision/Practice papers/ Past paper feedback
Summer 1st half termExamination

Enterprise & Marketing Cambridge National

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termMarket segmentation
Primary and secondary research methods used by business
Costs of producing products/services
Break-even theory
Measurement of profits
Autumn 2nd half termProduct lifecycle, Differentiation and Development
Spring 1st half termPricing to retain customers
Customer service
Business Ownership & Start-ups
Spring 2nd half termBusiness Ownership, Sources of Capital & Business Plans
Summer 1st half termHuman Resources & Revision
Summer 2nd half termRevision

Edexcel A Level Business

Year 12

Autumn 1st half termMeeting Customer Needs
The Market
Entrepreneurs and Leaders
Autumn 2nd half termMarketing Mix and Strategy
Managing People
Globalisation
Spring 1st half termGlobalisation
Global Industries and Companies
Summer 1st half termGlobal Markets and Business Expansion
Global Marketing
Summer 2nd half termRevision for PPE
Raising Finance
External Influences

Year 13

Autumn 1st half termFinancial Planning
Managing Finance
Resource Management
Autumn 2nd half termBusiness Objectives and Strategy
Business Growth
Revision for PPE
Spring 1st half termManaging Change
Decision-Making Techniques
Summer 1st half termInfluences on Business Decisions
Assessing Competitiveness
Revision
Summer 2nd half termRevision

Information Technologies & Computing

Information Technologies Cambridge National

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termL01 – Project Life Cycle
• Project phases
• Inputs and Outputs of each Phase
• Iteration between Phases
• Initial Project Consideration
Autumn 2nd half termL03 – Uses, Storage and Collection of Data and Information
• What is Data
• What is Information
• Methods to collect data and store data/information
• Appropriate Storage Methods in Context
• Use of Applications to Process Data
• Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Data
Spring 1st half termL04 – factors to consider when collecting/storing/processing data and information
• Types of Threat
• Vulnerabilities to be Exploited
• Impacts/Consequences of Cyber-Security Attack
Spring 2nd half termL04 – Factors to consider when collecting/storing/processing data and information
• Preventative Measures
• Current relevant IT Legislation
• Importance of Reliability/Validity and Bias when collecting & Analysing Data
Summer 1st half termL06 – Different Methods of Processing and Presenting Information
• Selecting appropriate software tools and techniques
– Context
– Purpose
– Suitability
– Advantages/disadvantages
• Resources required to present information
Summer 2nd half termSoftware Skills
• Word processing
• Presentation software
• Desk Top Publishing

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termSoftware Skills
• Spreadsheets
• Databases
Autumn 2nd half termPractice Course work
• Initiation and Planning
• Initiation and Planning Phase Evaluation
Winter 1st half termPractice Course work
• Implementation – Information manipulation
• Information manipulation – Phase Evaluation
• Implementation – Information presentation
Winter 2nd half termPractice Course work
• Implementation Testing
• Implementation Phase Review
• Final Phase Review
Summer 1st half termPractice Course work
• Final Improvements
• Submission
Revision for Exam
Summer 2nd half termRevision for Exam
Software Skills
• Word processing
• Presentation software
Desk Top Publishing

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termSoftware Skills
• Spreadsheets
• Databases
Autumn 2nd half termCourse work
• Initiation and Planning
• Initiation and Planning Phase Evaluation
Spring 1st half termCourse work
• Implementation – Information manipulation
• Information manipulation – Phase Evaluation
• Implementation – Information presentation
Spring 2nd half termCourse work
• Implementation Testing
• Implementation Phase Review
• Final Phase Review
Summer 1st half termCourse work
• Final Improvements
• Submission
Summer 2nd half termStudy Leave

Computer Science OCR GCSE

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termIntroduction to programming
• Basic algorithms
• How programs are developed
• Programming in python
Autumn 2nd half termSystems Architecture
• Memory
• Storage
• The Central Processing Unit
• Fetch Decode and Execute cycle
Spring 1st half termBoolean Logic
• AND/OR/NOT
Data representation
• Binary
• Characters and character sets
• Images
Spring 2nd half termData representation
• Sound
Consequences of Computer Science
• Legal
• Ethical and moral issues
• Environmental issues
Algorithms
• Developing algorithms using flowcharts
• Developing algorithms using pseudo code
Summer 1st half termAlgorithms
• Developing algorithms using flowcharts
• Developing algorithms using pseudo code
Programming languages
• Facilities of programming languages
Translators (compilers and interpreters)
Summer 2nd half termProgramming project
• Developing programming skills

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termWired and Wireless networking
• LAN vs WAN
• Network hardware
• Protocols
• Layers
• Network topologies
System and Network security
• Protecting the system
• Cyber security
Autumn 2nd half termSystem and Network security
• Malware
System Software
• Functions of Operating systems
• Utilities
Programming
Spring 1st half termStandard Algorithms
• Sorting
• Searching
Programming techniques
• Functions
• Return values
Robusts Programs
Spring 2nd half termRobust Programs
Programming languages
• Facilities of programming languages
• Translators (compilers and interpreters)
Summer 1st half termRevision and PPEs
Programming project
Summer 2nd half termProgramming project

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termAlgorithmic thinking
• Decomposition
• Abstraction
Standard Algorithms
• Sorting
• Searching
Autumn 2nd half termUsing OCR Reference Language
• Developing algorithms
• Using Arrays
• File processing
PPE
Spring 1st half termSystem Architecture revision
• Memory
• Storage
• The Central Processing Unit
• Fetch Decode and Execute cycle
Spring 2nd half termNetworking revision
• LAN vs WAN
• Network hardware
• Protocols
• Layers
• Network topologies
System and Network security
• Protecting the system
• Cyber security
• Malware
Summer 1st half termRevision
Summer 2nd half termStudy Leave/Exams

Computer Science A Level

Year 12

Autumn 1st half termFundamentals of Computer Systems
• Hardware and software
• The processor
• Boolean Algebra
• Resource Management
Fundamentals of Programming
• Sequence
• Selection
• Iteration
• Arrays
• Subroutines
Autumn 2nd half termFundamentals of Data Representation
• Number systems
• Binary, Hexadecimal and Decimal
• Fixed- and floating-point numbers
• Binary Arithmetic
• Negative addition
Fundamentals of Programming
• Windows forms
• 2D arrays
• Tracing algorithms
• Files and records
Spring 1st half termFundamentals of Communications
• Synchronous and Asynchronous communications
• Network Hardware
• Client Server and Peer-2-peer networks
• Protocols
• How the Internet works
• Packet Switching
Software Development
• System development lifecycle
• Defining algorithms
Abstraction and automation
Spring 2nd half termFundamentals of Algorithms
• Graph / Tree traversal
• Dijkstra’s shortest path
• Search Algorithms
• Reverse Polish notation
• Sorting Algorithms 
Fundamentals of Databases
• What is a database?
• Structured Query Language
• Relational databases
• Joins, Primary and Foreign keys
• Relational Databases (3rd normal form) 
Programming Paradigms
• Imperative
• Declarative
• Object Oriented
Summer 1st half termFundamentals of Computer Organisation and Architecture
• The computer buses
• Stored Program Concept
• Components of the processor
• FDE and the registers
• Instructions sets
• Addressing modes
• Big Data
• Bitmap & Vector
• Graphics
• Error checking
Accessing databases in VB.NET
Abstract Data Types
• Queues
• Stacks
• Hash tables
• Dictionaries
Summer 2nd half termFundamentals of Computational Thinking
• Abstraction and Automation
• Finite State Machines
• The Turing Machine
• Regular and Context-free languages
• Maths for regular expressions
Big-O classification of algorithms
Year 13 Project Preparation
• Project proposals
• Project analysis
• Project design

Year 13

Autumn 1st half termConsequences of uses of computers
• Legal
• Moral / ethical
• Legal
Cultural
NEA Implementation
Autumn 2nd half termFundamentals of functional programming
• Basics of functional programming
• Writing functional programs
NEA Implementation
Winter 1st half termRevisionNEA Testing
NEA Evaluation
Winter 2nd half termRevisionNEA Final Improvement
Summer 1st half termRevisionNEA Submission
Summer 2nd half termStudy LeaveStudy Leave