ST GEORGES RC
BTEC First Diploma for I
Introduction to Computer
recommended that a minimum of 6
0 hours should be spent working on this brief.
It is vital that
before the next one is begun.
Date Started: ……………………
General rules for
rules for scoring
a merit or better
be saved in an ordered
contain a front page with relevant information (name, course
, centre number
etc..) and have your name and centre number in a footer on every printout.
action plan dated with
be very well ordered with a contents pages
have every task completed
and signed by
contain before and after screen shots fully explained
contain no more that 4 screen shots per page.
contain in depth reports and evaluations (w
resented in a
treasury tagged portfolio.
Produce an Action Plan detailing the order you will complete each section. Use the grid
below to help you.
It is vital that you complete this action plan
task by task
rather than attempt to com
at the end.
Produce an Action Plan
Different Computers (P1)
The Personal Computer (P3)
Find Suitable Systems (P4)
Justify Your Choices (M2)
final system (D1)
Interface Options (P2, M1)
Configure the Hardware Devices (P5)
Configure the Software (P6, M3)
Concerns for the Business (P7, M4)
Security Recommendations (D2, D3)
is a record company run by
Malcolm and Angus Young
. The business
mainly buys and sells new and used music records, CDs etc.
And it has also organized
special music events in local clubs and private parties.
In the past the
father and son
business using a simple cash register and paper based records. However,
due to recent increase in sales they want to invest in a proper computer system.
will discover their knowledge on computers is very limited.
They’ve spoken to a few of
friends about this and you have been
an expert who can solve all
In this project you will need to evidence
The purpose of different computers
The parts of a computer system
ecification of a computer system to suit
Evaluation of a Command Line Interface and a Graphical User Interface
Evidence of connecting computer peripherals
Configuration of software for
ting security risks and le
gal implications for
Making recommendations to protect
Follow the tasks in
this booklet to build your evidence file.
St Georges RC
My name is
m writing to
your help in setting up a computer system for
record shop called
. My da
) and I
need to improve our business by investing in a
The business is mainly a
shop selling old music records and CD’s to the public, but I am also a part
time DJ and often
organise events at clubs.
ave a bit of knowledge about
dad doesn’t know the difference between a mouse and a monitor
so any work you do for us will
have to explain everything in detail
The problem we have at the moment is that everythin
g is done on paper. Paper label
receipts, paper accounts, I’m surprised the shop’s not made of paper!
Anyway, here’s what we
to hold records
for all our customers, stock, and sales
Some software to help with the record keeping and accounts and some software to
marketing material for my gigs
you know flyers, posters, etc
eed some sort of printing facility to help with the advertising
likes to collect and sell old records
he wants to make the record covers
available to see
so he can advertise them without having to ruin
Can you suggest how we might achieve this?
I think that should be enough information to get you started. If you nee
d to ask me anything
just send us
ail address is above
and I’ll get back in touch as soon as possible.
By the way there’s one more thing I forgot to mention. About two years ago my dad had a big
fire in the shop and all his accounts were destroyed, the police said that some youths had b
in and stolen some of the customers account details too. We think that this new computer
system needs to be very safe to stop that from happening again. I’ll leave that one with you too.
Right then, I’m off to some
he said his name was. I’ll have
to dig out some of them “classics” from the
0’s. I’ll speak to you
hopefully you should
have something to show me next time.
Produce an Action Plan
Before you begin any of the tasks for
this unit you must produce a detailed action plan for
Your action plan must contain the following information:
A full list of al
l the tasks/activities you need to do for the project (read the whole
A number for each task to show th
e order you will complete them
When you expect to complete the task (Date)
Actual completion date (after you finish the task)
Additional notes to comment on
any changes to the tasks
or your plan
need to know a little bit more about your skills and they have asked
you to produce a presentation about computers. You must include the following
A list of the different types of computers available including:
Computers in other devices e.g. washing machines.
For each of the above describe the main functions, processing power, and
their application in real life
For additional marks you may expand your presentation t
o include a brief
history of each type of computer listed above
(no more than 1 slide each)
The Personal Computer
little about computers they are fascinated by them
and want to know more about a PC before
they invest any money. You must produce a
simple help guide (in the form of a booklet) so that
can refer to this in
their own time. You must follow these guidelines:
The booklet should be no more than
6 pages of A4 (double
You may choose to make this a pocket
sized booklet with A5 pages.
Explain in detail
at least 4
parts of a PC
i.e. monitor, mouse, etc.
card, CPU, RAM etc.
at least 3
i.e. printer, scanner etc.
Include a bibliography for
terms associated with a PC
to show how data is input, processed,
output and stored
in a computer system. Use examples for
the binary nature of storage and associated terminology (Bit,
Byte, Kilobyte etc)
. Give examples of storage capacities of some
Choosing the Right System
are now fairly knowledgeable about computers and are keen to see
what you would recommend for their business.
o back to the original letter from
Musik and highlight the business’ main
Now you must create
computer system specifications
that could be suitable for
to use for their needs
. Use a table to list the
hardware and the
for both computer
systems you create.
b) Label each component to show which category it belongs to i.e input, processing,
Do some research to find realistic
for the components
then add these to your table for par
t a) above
Make sure you total up the
costs at the end for each system.
Justify Your Choices
more knowledge now than before, so they are likely to
question why you chose these two
systems. Write a
the choices you have made for each computer system.
You may wish to discuss each part separately in terms of its speed, cost, capacity,
availability, compatibility with other parts, durability, industry reputation, how quickly
(life), reliability, ease of use, additional functionality, etc.
Choose the Final System
You must now make a decision to choose the right system for
Musik. In the
conclusion of your report for Task 5 you must comp
are the two systems in terms of their
to do the required tasks for
Musik, and their
Choose one system to recommend
write an email to
including your final report.
e a copy of the reply you receive
in your evidence file.
has been seeing computers around for a long time and is wondering
if it would be
better to use a
cal User Interface (GUI)
a) Find and write a
of the two types of
systems mentioned above (CLI and GUI).
a removable media devi
e such as a Floppy Disk or
CLI and then a GUI. Take screenshots/pictures when conducting these tasks.
c) Using both a CLI and then a GUI system again,
create a new directory
removable device used in task b) above and
copy a single file
s/pictures when conducting these tasks.
) Write a brief
of the process you followed for each task
in part b)
include screenshots to help describe the process to
) Explain in a
be more efficient
than a GUI
Configuring the System
Following on from your recommendations
have now purchased a
computer system with a scanner and a printer. However, there are really struggling to get
the printer and scanner w
orking properly and change settings
section you must
produce a step
Configure the Hardware
a) Attach a
to a PC and
write a full account of how you did this
step). Allow a co
lleague to take pictures whilst you do this and include these in
your final guide.
b) Once you have attached the peripherals you wil
l need to follow the on
install and configure the devices so they can be used
. Take screenshots of
s when installing these devices and include them in your final guide.
c) Get your teacher to complete a witness statement sheet, proving that you have
achieved this task.
Configure the Software
As you may remember
now getting very old and he is quite conscientious about
his health. He has recently attended a computer health and safety class and would like
you to help make some necessary adjustments to his computer system to help him use it
eft handed and so you must change the
can use it with his left hand.
suffers from Presbyopia (also know as being long
sighted) this means he
needs to see things bigger when they are up
close (like the monitor). Ch
to help make everything bigger for
spends a lot of time looking at the dictionary to check the spellings for words in
English. You must change the computers
so that they are in English
d) Write a
to explain how the changes you have made will benefit
Keep a record of how to make these changes
Law and Security
Concerns for the Business
ioned in his letter he would like the new computer system to be secure.
You must produce a s
hort presentation to show
, here are the
a) Your presentation must be no longer than
b) You must detail the
for any computer system
to be aware of when using a computer in his
business. Think about the customers
, the music records/CDs
, and the users of the new syste
(Health & Safety)
in which any computer system can be protected from potential
threats (both the hardware and the software).
) Produce notes to accompany your presentation and then
present this to the class.
Allow other colleagues
to ask you questions at the end.
a) Add an additional slide to the presentation which highlights the
Top 5 current threats
computer system. In
your presentation notes
of each threat
each threat on the business
you chose these
As a final part of your presentation propose some solutions for
will help to protect the busine
ss from the security threats and legal issues you identified
You must explain in detail whi
ch threat each of your solution
is designed to tackle
and also how it will achieve this.
Include these details in the form of
to accompany you
r presentation; these
notes are intended for
so make them simple to read
Command Line Interface is a type of system that uses only text based instructions
for its functionality.
A person/persons that have requested your business
The settings of a piece of hardware/software
Information in its most basic form
Electronic mail, used to communicate using the PC over the internet
user Interface, a common type of software that uses a mouse pointer,
buttons, links, and other such features for its functionality.
The physical devices associated with a given system.
Requirements from the government (Law)
A central computer used as a main source of processing and storage for
Personal Computer usually associated with desktop computer systems use in homes
Additional devices such as printers, scanners,
A device that can be easily moved/transported and is often used in mobility
The main reasons or aims of something
The needs and wants of a client or system
The electronic applications found o
n computer systems that help to run certain
functions of the computer and perform specific tasks.
The table show
the assessment criteria used.
To achieve a
evidence must show that the
learner is able to
To achieve a
evidence must show that
addition to the pass criteria
learner is able to
To achieve a
grade the evidence must show
in addition to the pass
and merit criteria
the learner is
describe the purpose of
ferent types of computer
describe how a command line
and GUI operating system can
perform the same task
describe a standalone
personal computer (PC) and
show how data flows around the
specify suitable hardware and
application software to
given user need
safely connect and test at
least two peripherals to a
configure defined software
for a given user need
list the possible data security
and legal issues when using a
computer in a given situation
ain circumstances when it
is more efficient to use a
command line interface rather
than a GUI interface
justify choice of hardware and
software to meet a given user need
explain how the configuration
of software will help a given user
describe how hardware,
software and data can be protected
from potential threats.
evaluate two possible
computer systems (hardware and
software) that meet a given user
need in terms of both performance
and value for
nt threats to the
security of data stored in
recommend measures in a
given situation that will protect
the commercial systems and
comply with legal requirements.