There are five worksheets and other resources included with the unit. A 40-question multiple choice test forms the final assessment.
Summary - New: 3rd Edition
This is a theoretical unit covering the basic principles and architecture of local and wide area networks. Pupils will learn that the World Wide Web is part of the Internet, and how web addresses are constructed and stored as IP addresses using DNS. Pupils will learn about data transmission and through an understanding of different network topologies and network hardware, they will plan the structure of a local area network. Client-server, peer-to-peer networks and the concept of cloud computing are all described. Ways of keeping data secure and simple encryption techniques are also covered. In the final lesson, pupils will sit a multiple choice test which will form the Unit assessment.
This unit will form a very good introduction to the topic of networks at GCSE level.
What's included in the toolkit?
The currently available units have been written to satisfy the new National Curriculum for Computing, they are designed for teaching at KS3 but individual lessons in some units may also be appropriate for teaching Key Stages 2 or 4, particularly where Year 10 students may not previously have been exposed to certain topics.
It has been really refreshing to teach actual computing and IT concepts rather that un-engaging office based lessons. I have tried out the Networks unit with two year 9 groups and they are completely absorbed in the content.