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    (Original post by KAKAKA17)
    Emerging technlogies and social networking would be the general predictions IMO, but maybe something about the different ICT systems and reliability and testing? What does everyone else think?
    What could they ask about emerging technology?
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    (Original post by KAKAKA17)
    Data warehouse:


    A data warehouse is a relational database that is designed for query and analysis. This is mostly done using the data that it has stored from past transactions. Its main purpose is to separate the analysis workload from the transaction workload and therefore helps the organisation to understand data from various sources - once data is entered into the warehouse, it should not change.

    Advantages:

    - Users have access to large amounts of information
    - Data within data warehouses can be easier to analyse than analysing data in seperate locations individually
    - A data warehouse makes it easier to provide secure access to those that have a legitimate need to access specific data

    Disadvantages:

    - Before data can be stored within the warehouse, it must be cleaned, loaded or extracted - which is time consuming and complicated if data is from legacy systems
    - Users must be sufficiently trained to use them effectively
    - Warehouses are difficult to maintain; there will be ongoing maintenance costs.


    That's what I have for data warehouses, hopefully its all right.

    What are people revising in terms of emerging technologies and social networking? Either of these two topics could be the 20 marker and it'd be nice if somebody could list a few examples of emerging tech and pros and cons of the tech and social networking
    Maybe automated cars- Good in the way that there is no need for people to have driving licenses and even disabled workers for an organisation can travel. Can also prevent accidents involving tired workers

    Bad in the way that they can put driving schools out of business
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    (Original post by HarpZsc)
    What could they ask about emerging technology?
    I have no idea, they could link emerging technology to almost anything :/
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    What hierarchical structure is the charity likely to choose?
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    My prediction of some of the potential topics going off the case study (quote me on how likely you think some of them could come up):

    Page 4:

    'an extranet facility for volunteers' - Extranet (2-4 marks) - IMO pretty likely

    Page 5:

    'UCDM has stocks of emergency supplies' - Stock control system (2 marks?) - Pretty unlikely but just know databases in general

    'Direct Debit Mandate - What is it and describe other means of donating (6 marks?) - I have no idea how likely

    'Prevent any unauthorised access' - Security policies and measures ( 8 marks?) - I'd like to say pretty likely

    'Data Protection Act 1998' - Would be a general question and up to 8 marks if we were lucky

    Page 6:

    'Both organisations have similar aims' - ICT strategy and factors that influence it (6-9 marks?) - idk

    'data warehouse' - Define and explain (4 marks?) - I'd say pretty likely because otherwise they wouldn't have included it

    'formal project management methodology will be used' - Compare linear and iterative methods (8-12?) - idk

    'testing and installation' - maybe a question/s on any of the types of testing or installation methods?

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    'social networking will be used to keep volunteers informed' - Can anybody think of a potential question? If social networking isn't the topic on the 20 marker I'd say it's very likely to come up as a 6-12 marker

    'system development' - Any question on system development life cycle and its stages

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    'security breach' - Any question on the policy, threats, measures etc.

    'Risk analysis' - Maybe something to do with backup and recovery strategy?

    'prevent unauthorised internal or external access' - Measures to prevent internal and external access



    Some of the points may be way off and I might have tried to read between the lines too much. It'd be nice if someone could take the time to write a few bullet points for each of the questions I proposed above, because when I proposed them myself, I did wonder which points would be best to make...
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    (Original post by Historyfrenchfan)
    What hierarchical structure is the charity likely to choose?
    can someone answer this please?
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    (Original post by KAKAKA17)
    My prediction of some of the potential topics going off the case study (quote me on how likely you think some of them could come up):

    Page 4:

    'an extranet facility for volunteers' - Extranet (2-4 marks) - IMO pretty likely

    A network that allows for those outside the organisation to login and use resources. Supports volunteers.

    Page 5:

    'UCDM has stocks of emergency supplies' - Stock control system (2 marks?) - Pretty unlikely but just know databases in general

    Stock control system keeps an inventory of items, alerts can notify managers when supplies need reordering.

    'Direct Debit Mandate - What is it and describe other means of donating (6 marks?) - I have no idea how likely

    Way of regular payments. Have to sign a contract with the company and decide how much to pay and how frequently. Money is automatically moved into company's accounts Other methods: one-off donation via website, physical donation if presence in shops/on street

    'Prevent any unauthorised access' - Security policies and measures ( 8 marks?) - I'd like to say pretty likely

    Access levels, passwords, biometric devices, CCTV, locks, security guards, firewalls...

    'Data Protection Act 1998' - Would be a general question and up to 8 marks if we were lucky

    Keep data secure, procedures if transferred outside EU, not kept longer than necessary, procedures if data subject asks for their data...

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    'Both organisations have similar aims' - ICT strategy and factors that influence it (6-9 marks?) - idk

    Geography of clients, legacy systems, legislation, compliance, ...
    Strategy: procurement, future tech developments, tech life cycle...

    'data warehouse' - Define and explain (4 marks?) - I'd say pretty likely because otherwise they wouldn't have included it

    Above in comments.

    'formal project management methodology will be used' - Compare linear and iterative methods (8-12?) - idk

    Linear- easy, good if clear objectives, emphasis on documentation...
    Iterative- flexible, for experienced teams, more user involvement

    'testing and installation' - maybe a question/s on any of the types of testing or installation methods?

    Testing parts: user, operational, system, functional
    Techniques: volume, scalibility, performance, test harnesses
    Installation: phased, parallel, pilot and direct

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    'social networking will be used to keep volunteers informed' - Can anybody think of a potential question? If social networking isn't the topic on the 20 marker I'd say it's very likely to come up as a 6-12 marker

    Sounds plausible, not sure what else. Could be anything,

    'system development' - Any question on system development life cycle and its stages

    Investigation (TELOS), analysis (problems, background), design (plans), implementation (tailoring packages, writing code), testing (techniques, parts), installation, maintenance (perfective, corrective, adaptive) and evaluation/review (client happiness accessed, if matches system requirements).
    (Just some of the things for these stages are in brackets)

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    'security breach' - Any question on the policy, threats, measures etc.

    Mentioned this above.

    'Risk analysis' - Maybe something to do with backup and recovery strategy?

    Risk analysis- identify information, place value, access threats, access possibility of this occurring
    Backup strategy- who? when? to what? how? where is it kept?...

    'prevent unauthorised internal or external access' - Measures to prevent internal and external access

    Mostly security things

    Some of the points may be way off and I might have tried to read between the lines too much. It'd be nice if someone could take the time to write a few bullet points for each of the questions I proposed above, because when I proposed them myself, I did wonder which points would be best to make...
    Thanks very much for the ideas.
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    (Original post by Historyfrenchfan)
    can someone answer this please?
    Isn't hierarchical a type of organisational structure? I would have said the charity would go for this as unlike flat, there is clear authority, staff are more loyal to departments and allows for specialised departments.
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    (Original post by Faded-Pi)
    Isn't hierarchical a type of organisational structure? I would have said the charity would go for this as unlike flat, there is clear authority, staff are more loyal to departments and allows for specialised departments.
    Yes that's what I meant lol. I'm so tired.
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    (Original post by Historyfrenchfan)
    Yes that's what I meant lol. I'm so tired.
    No problem
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    If the exam was tommorow do you think you guys would be ready?
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    (Original post by Historyfrenchfan)
    If the exam was tommorow do you think you guys would be ready?
    Depends what the questions were. :/ And I need to go over some exam questions tomorrow.
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    (Original post by Faded-Pi)
    Depends what the questions were. :/ And I need to go over some exam questions tomorrow.
    Yeh same
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    Techniques: volume, scalibility, performance, test harnesses


    Completely forgot that I have no notes on the above :/ could somebody briefly explain each of them?
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    (Original post by KAKAKA17)
    Techniques: volume, scalibility, performance, test harnesses


    Completely forgot that I have no notes on the above :/ could somebody briefly explain each of them?
    Volume: testing when amount of data to be processed is increased.
    Scalailibty: system still works correctly under high amount of work load
    Performance: system performs fast enough to the workload.
    Test harness: Automated testing process uses a program to run the code under different conditions.
    Brief explanations, all in the book.
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    (Original post by Historyfrenchfan)
    If the exam was tommorow do you think you guys would be ready?
    No way! I've gone over all of the past papers and done some predicte q's, but haven't give over content!

    Tomorrow is going to be full of cramming
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    (Original post by KAKAKA17)
    Techniques: volume, scalibility, performance, test harnesses


    Completely forgot that I have no notes on the above :/ could somebody briefly explain each of them?
    Volume- tests if the system can handle the large amounts of data/ transactions/logs

    Scalibility- if the system can cope with increases of workload

    Performance- determine how fast a system performs under a particular workload

    Test harnesses- automate the testing process, consist of software and test data that runs under different conditions. Saves devs time.

    Ha, beaten to it. Still good revision!
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    The bad thing about info 3 is that a lot of questions are essay based unlike info 1 and 2
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    Anyway let's look at the positives, what's everyone going to do after? I'm going to have a few drinks lol
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    For a question that refers to testing, how do you guys know which types to talk about - since there are so many..?

    Requirements based testing
    Program testing
    System testing
    Regression testing
    Alpha testing
    Beta testing
    Hardware testing
    Software testing
    Functional testing
    User testing
    Operational testing
    White box testing
    Black box testing


    Way too many types, can you use any of them to answer a generic question about testing or are there keywords that tell you which to talk about?
 
 
 
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