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GCE AS/A level
1241/01
INFORMATION AND
COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
IT 1
INFORMATION SYSTEMS

P.M. THURSDAY, 14 January 2010
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1. Data is often coded before being entered into a computer. This saves time typing in the data.

(a) Give two other advantages of encoding data before entering it into a computer. [2]

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2. A school's administration system contains information about pupils. Personal details such as a
pupil's contact details, are stored as well as some very personal information such as ethnicity,
religion and medical information that the school might need.

(a) Describe why the data contained in this system…

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3. The Chief Executive of a chain of supermarkets believes that his company's information system
always provides him with good quality information.
Other than up-to-date describe three characteristics of good quality information. [3]

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4. Banks use validation and…

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5. ICT systems offer many advantages over corresponding manual methods of processing data.
Describe three such advantages and illustrate each with a distinctly different example. [3x2]

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6. A firm of solicitors' uses word processing software to produce documents. Define each of the
following facilities offered by the software and give appropriate examples of how each could be
used by the firm.

(a) Templates [2]

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7. An organisation has decided that it needs a network.

(a) Other than sharing hardware devices and the sending and receiving of e-mail, describe in
detail three benefits that networking would give the organisation. [3]

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8. ICT is widely used in the Health Service.

(a) Extensive use is made of Expert Systems. State the three main components of every expert
system and then describe with examples the advantages and disadvantages of using an
expert system in medicine. [7]

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SECTION B

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9. Describe what is meant by simulation modelling and give two advantages and one disadvantage of
using simulation models. [4]

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