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Unit 4: Hardware and software

AQA Paper 2

 
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Inside the Unit...

Areas Covered

This unit consists of six topics, each more substantial than a single lesson and intended to be covered over the course of a week.

  • Topic 1: Hardware and software
  • Topic 2: Role of an operating system
  • Topic 3: Programming language classification
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  • Topic 4: Programming language translators
  • Topic 5: Logic gates
  • Topic 6: Boolean algebra
  • End of unit assessment

There are worksheets, homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

Summary

The unit is subdivided into six topics (plus a test). Some topics may occupy more than one lesson, especially if time is taken to go over homework.

It is a theoretical unit covering all of Section 3.6 (Fundamentals of Computer Systems) in the AQA AS Level Specification 7516. The unit begins with a lesson on hardware and software and the classification of software. The role of an operating system is then covered, followed by lessons on the classification of programming languages as low-level and high-level, and programming language translators. The last two topics deal with logic gates and Boolean algebra.

The unit is designed to allow AS students to be taught at the same time as students taking the full A Level.

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Toolkit

The AS Level units have been written to satisfy the specification for Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the AQA 7516/7 Computer Science AS/A Level. Each unit contains:

  • PowerPoint slides for each topic
  • Detailed lesson plans
  • Learning objectives and outcomes
  • Worksheets and homework activities with answers
  • End-of-unit, exam-style assessment test with answers
  • Other material and links to online resources

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Inside the Unit...

  • Areas Covered

    This unit consists of six topics, each more substantial than a single lesson and intended to be covered over the course of a week.

    • Topic 1: Hardware and software
    • Topic 2: Role of an operating system
    • Topic 3: Programming language classification
    • Download free sample below
    • Topic 4: Programming language translators
    • Topic 5: Logic gates
    • Topic 6: Boolean algebra
    • End of unit assessment

    There are worksheets, homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

    Download Free Sample 3.3mb

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