INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: (ICT)
“Acquiring preemptive knowledge about emerging technologies is the best way to ensure that we have a say in the making of our future.” Catarina Mota
- Help candidates to develop and consolidate their knowledge, skills and understanding in ICT and be aware of new and emerging technologies;
- Encourage candidates to develop further as autonomous users of ICT;
- Encourage candidates to continue to develop their ICT skills in order to enhance their work in a variety of subject areas;
- Provide opportunities for candidates to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems;
- Encourage candidates to consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working in the outside world and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues;
- Help candidates to improve their skills and increase their awareness of the ways in which ICT is used in practical and work-related situations.
Mount Kenya academy currently offers Cambridge IGCSE from year 9 to year 11. This prepares students to sit the three ICT Cambridge O levels examinations; two of which are practical.
Students are exposed to research and practical work to help them cultivate competence in the subject. Students find this a more refreshing and enjoyable method to learn ICT.
IGCSE ICT is split in two parts each consisting of 8 chapters:
Part one: Theory topics
1. Types and components of computer systems
2. Input and output devices
3. Storage devices and media
4. Computer networks
5. Data types
6. The effects of using ICT
7. The ways in which ICT is used
8. Systems analysis and design
- The first three topics majors in introduction to computing where the basic computing principle of input, processing, output and storage are discussed.
- Topic four gives an insight to computer networking where key concepts such as types of networks, networking devices among others.
- Topic five which acts as a prerequisite to the practical topic 11(data manipulation). This topic prepares a student with relevant skills to design database structure.
- Topic 6 and 7 majors in elaborating Effects, both positive and negative effects of ICT. They elaborate the shift in way of doing things brought about by technology.
- Topic 8 shines the light on System Development Life cycle.
Part two: Practical topics:
10. Document production
11. Data manipulation
13. Output data
14. Data analysis
15. Website authoring
16. Presentation authoring
- Topic 9 and 10 provides insight on the basics of communication and document production. The learner gets acquainted with emailing concepts such as creating an address book, file attachments, fundamentals of word processor.
- Topic 11 entails database design and creation. Learners are exposed to various database objects such as tables, queries and reports. This topic builds on the theoretical knowledge acquired from topic 5.
- Topic 12 equips candidates with ability to integrate data from different sources into a single document, presentation, web site, spreadsheet or report.
- Topic 13 equips candidates with necessary skills to produce output in a specified format.
- Data analysis topic allows candidates to use a spreadsheet to create and test a data model, extract and summarize data, and to represent this data graphically while website authoring acquaints the student with knowledge to design and develop a static website.
- Finally, presentation authoring give students a change to create and control an interactive presentation.
Paper1: Theory paper that is partial multiple choice questions. It examines topics one through to 8.
Paper 2 and Paper 3: practical papers drawn from the second section of the syllabus.
The school also offers the Kenyan Curriculum of education from form one to form four. The syllabus and curriculum guideline from Kenyan Ministry of Education guides on the content to be delivered in each level.
- Form 1: The form one syllabus is basically, theoretical and covers the introduction to computing.
- Form2: The form two syllabus is mainly practical with the last two topics being theoretical. It gives a learner the opportunity to develop hands on the keyboard skills in different areas such as word production, data analysis, database design and development as well as publications.
- Form 3: The is theoretical with the following topics:
- Data presentation in a computer
- Data processing
- Elementary programming principles and
- System development
Form 4: contains four theory topics. Other than networking and data communication, the other topics help the students appreciate ICT capabilities by learning its application areas, impacts and career opportunities.
Paper1: This is theory paper which consists of both structured and questions requiring short answers.
Paper2: This is practical paper drawn squarely from Practical topics in form two syllabus. This prepares the students not only to sit the computer studies papers in the final exams but also to acquaint them with relevant ICT knowledge that is essential in the modern days.
Paper3: This practical project which is developed within 7 months. The students are required to develop a system using any DBMS preferably Microsoft Access.