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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. TUESDAY, 18 May 2010
1
2 /4 hours For Examiner's use only
Maximum Mark
Question
Mark Awarded
1
1 6
S10 1241 01
2 8
3 4
4 7
5 6
6 6
7 5
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. Where the space is not sufficient for your
answer, continue the answer at the back of the book, taking care to number the continuation correctly.
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 must refer to your own spreadsheet to answer Question 10.
LH(S10-1241-01)

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SECTION A
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1. A good Human Computer Interface (HCI) is important in an ICT system. For each of the following
HCI give an example of its use, and also one advantage and one disadvantage. [2×3]
(a) Command Line
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(b) Graphical User Interface
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2. (a) The performance of a company has been improved by having up-to-date, accurate and
complete information.
Other than by aiding the decision making process, describe, using different examples, two
ways in which good quality information can add value to the company. [2×2]
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3. An architect uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Describe an advantage of each
of the following features of CAD software to the architect, when designing a new building.
Rotate, stress/strain, wire drawing, walkthrough [4]
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4. Information Systems are used to process large amounts of data.
(a) Other than the quality of data being entered, describe three factors affecting the
efficiency of data processing systems. [3]
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(b) ICT systems process data faster then manual systems. Describe two additional advantages
of ICT over manual methods of data processing using suitable examples in each case. [2×2]
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5. Validation and verification are very important in online shopping systems.
(a) Explain in detail the difference between validation and verification. [2]
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(b) Describe, using suitable different examples how both validation and verification are used to
reduce data entry errors in online shopping systems. [2×2]
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6. Database programs are often used for medical record keeping. Define each of the following
functions of a database and give an appropriate example of its use in this context. [3×2]
(a) Query
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(c) Import/export
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7. A person has decided to network the standalone computers in their home.
(a) Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of networks, when used in the home. [3]
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(b) Describe the benefit of having access to the Internet at home. [2]
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8. Schools use ICT systems for administration and for teaching and learning.
(a) Discuss the different methods of registration that are used in schools, looking at both the
benefits and drawbacks that they bring to schools. [8]
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(b) Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using ICT to support teaching and learning using
appropriate examples to illustrate your answer. [10]
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