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Candidate Centre Candidate
Name Number Number
2
GCE AS/A level
1241/01
INFORMATION AND
COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
IT 1
INFORMATION SYSTEMS
P.M. THURSDAY, 14 January 2010
1
2 /4 hours For Examiner's use only
Maximum Mark
Question
Mark Awarded
1
1 6
W10 1241 01
2 8
3 3
4 6
5 6
6 6
7 7
8 18
9 4
10 16
Total 80
INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES
Write your name, centre number and candidate number in the spaces at the top of this page.
Answer all questions.
Write your answers in the spaces provided in this booklet.
The intended marks for questions or part questions are given in brackets [ ]. You are advised to divide
your time accordingly. The total number of marks available is 80.
You are reminded of the necessity for good written communication and orderly presentation in your
answers.
Quality of written communication will be assessed in question 8.
You will need to refer to the spreadsheet you have prepared to answer question 10.
LH(W10-1241-01)

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SECTION A
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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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(b) Encoding value judgements from a questionnaire can often lead to inaccurate results.
Explain with the use of two appropriate examples why this may happen. [2x2]
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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 must be kept up-to-date. [2x2]
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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 verification methods to reduce data entry errors in their online banking
systems.
(a) Define the term validation. Name and describe one validation method used in online
banking systems. [3]
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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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(c) Mailmerge [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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(b) Discuss the advantages and disadvantages that the use of email brings to the organisation.
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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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QUESTION.
IF NO SPREADSHEET EVIDENCE IS SUBMITTED THEN NO MARKS CAN BE AWARDED.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU NUMBER THE PAGES OF YOUR EVIDENCE AND REFER
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