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Unit 1 Fundamentals of algorithms

Specification 8520 from 2016

 
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Inside the Unit...

Areas Covered

  • Lesson 1 Algorithms, decomposition and abstraction
  • Lesson 2 Developing algorithms using flowcharts
  • Lesson 3 Developing algorithms using pseudocode
  • Download free sample lesson below
  • Lesson 4 Searching algorithms
  • Lesson 5 Sorting algorithms
  • Lesson 6 Assessment

There are 5 worksheets, 5 homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

Summary

This unit focuses on Section 3.1 Representing algorithms of the AQA specification, and begins by covering decomposition and abstraction. Further lessons in the unit cover algorithms, flowcharts and pseudocode, before looking at specific algorithms for sorting and searching, including the bubble and merge sorts. A final lesson covers the efficiency of algorithms, comparing the processing time and results of different algorithms on the same data sets.

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The GCSE units have been written to satisfy the specification for Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the AQA 8520 Computer Science GCSE. 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

    • Lesson 1 Algorithms, decomposition and abstraction
    • Lesson 2 Developing algorithms using flowcharts
    • Lesson 3 Developing algorithms using pseudocode
    • Download free sample lesson below
    • Lesson 4 Searching algorithms
    • Lesson 5 Sorting algorithms
    • Lesson 6 Assessment

    There are 5 worksheets, 5 homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

    Download Free Sample 4.7mb

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