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Investigate Online Services and Online Communication
Online Services
Topic Objectives:
  • Understand how and why online services can be used
  • The features of online advertising designed to capture attention and retain interest
  • The affiliate model of pay-per-click direction of traffic to websites
  • The services provided for online data storage including data backup, file access and file sharing
Online Documents
Topic Objectives:
  • The need to compress (.zip) files for download/upload
  • How files are compressed and expanded
  • The advantages of using online software to create documents, including collaborative working, sharing documents and automatic backup
  • Comparing the use of online software with standalone software for the creation of documents
  • The need for version control, levels of access and file permissions, including read only, read/write and full control when sharing documents online
Online Communication
Topic Objectives:
  • Understand how and why online communication can be used
  • Recognise and use appropriate key terms in online communication
  • Understand the implications of online communication
  • Understand and compare the issues involved when communicating and working online, including
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The Online World
The Internet
Topic Objectives:
  • The internet as a global network of interconnected computers
  • Internet infrastructure in terms of clients, servers, routers, networks and connecting backbones
  • Internet Protocols (IP), including Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • The role of an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Worldwide Web
Topic Objectives:
  • The worldwide web (WWW) as the collection of information on computers connected to the internet
  • The components of a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and the roles of each component
  • The function of HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • The main features of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) source code
Topic Objectives:
  • Email as a system for sending messages through the internet from user to user
  • Email protocols including Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3), Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)
  • The ‘store and forward’ email model and describe its role in sending messages from user to user through the internet.
Data Exchange
Topic Objectives:
  • Data exchange as the passing of data between computers in a network including the internet
  • Transmission modes (simplex, half-duplex and duplex) used by digital devices including smart phones, printers, computer processors, remote controllers (e.g. for TVs)
  • Main characteristics of alternative transmission methods
  • Parallel and serial transmission of data, and bi-directional transmission
  • The contents of a packet as a group of bits that include packet identification, error control bits, coded data, destination address
  • Understand the concepts, structures and implications of wireless networks
Data Storage
Topic Objectives:
  • A database structure in terms of tables, records, fields, data types and relationships
  • The roles of a Database Management System (DBMS) and structured query languages in the manipulation of data stored in an online database.
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Issues with Operating in the Online World
Possible threats to data
Topic Objectives:
  • Malicious and accidental damage to data and situations where either could occur
  • Security measures taken to protect data that is transmitted and stored digitally
  • Measures taken to protect the security and integrity of data
  • The need to backup data and identify and describe different procedures for backing up data
  • How data might be recovered if lost
  • The importance to individuals of the management of their e-reputation
Subject Overview:

Students in Year 9 have 3 ICT lessons each week.

In Year 9 students have homework set every week. Homework consists of revision of existing topics and preparation for smaller, internal assessment


Smaller, internal assessments are carried out throughout Year 9 to gauge ability and set target grades.