Unit 4: Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Specification J276 from 2016



This free unit is subdivided into three learning hours plus an end of unit assessment. It is a theoretical unit covering the OCR GCSE Computer Science specification section 1.8. It begins by describing excellent examples of ethical, cultural and environmental considerations in relation to selected Computer Science technologies. The unit continues to focus on licencing and specific legislation related to Computer Science.

None of the lessons requires access to a computer and as such, they may be useful as “backup lessons” when the school network is down or unavailable for some reason. Each lesson is standalone and can be delivered at any convenient point in the course, or used as a revision lesson.

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Inside the Unit...

  • Lessons Covered

    • Lesson 1 Ethical and cultural issues
    • Lesson 2 Computer systems in the modern world
    • Lesson 3 Legislation and privacy
    • Lesson 4 Assessment

    There are 3 worksheets, 3 homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

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