(Original post by ANTI-GADDAFI)
I decided to do INFO 3 in January as opposed to June, why? Because I can and because I enjoy ICT
Not many people choose ICT A level for some reason, but for those of us who have, here is my contribution to helping us ace the exam!
The January 2012 Pre Release material should be available on the AQA website OR your teacher should have a copy. Either way, it’s the 12th of January now and I assume everybody has had a good old look at it.
The paper tends to be based on the Pre Release material! At least the first part of it anyway, so it shouldn’t be taken lightly at all. There will most certainly be questions on “Training and Supporting Users” because the company Eurotradeon is finding problems with its staff as they have no experience! The insert mentions “Modern training methods” so hint, hint:
I would assume that modern training methods would include CBT, or Computer Based Training, and that’s where there would be software which guides you through learning how to use a software of some sort. Furthermore, Online Video Conferencing is another useful training method. You talk to a real life person who could be located miles away but you get an online one-one lesson! You could also use a standard online chat which is less interactive but still a modern training facility.
Next up, laws and regulations. The Electronic Commerce Regulations 2012 isn’t mentioned in the INFO3 syllabus but it would do no harm to read about it. Basically, the act covers contracts between the electronic communications between client and consumers. I assume that the exam will ask about “Other” acts such as data protection act, copyrights, designs and patents act, computer misuse act, freedom of information act, health and safety at work act. Make sure you know about them.
There is without a doubt, going to be a question about Chief Information Officer. It will probably be a big question with 10+ marks probably, asking “Explain the characteristics of a CIO to hire” and obviously you would need to include things like, a lot of ICT experience, good communication skills, making decisions about procurement, good with budgeting, responsible for technological direction of organisation, and many more! Remember to explain in detail.
The pre release mention Outsourcing being scrapped, it might still ask you about Outsourcing. Remember it is hiring an external company to carry out a specific job for your company. Eurotradeon wants to start using Cloud Computing! Think of it as the iCloud by Apple! In fact, think of it as a cloud, in the sky, EVERYTHING related to the company is inside there, and wherever you are – as long as you have an internet connection, you can access your files! There are a lot of advantages to this. Cloud Computing is the way forward.
Lastly, you could see a visual organisational structure which is hierarchical. David Bowen is at the strategic level making the big decisions. The people under him are at the Tactical level, they make decisions to do with their departments.
I hope that helped! Good luck and please, please, if you reckon there are more guesses as to what the questions will entail based on the Pre Release, please share.
Good luck to all.