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Understanding computer science for advanced level : the study guide

Author: Ray Bradley
Publisher: Cheltenham : Nelson Thornes, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Provides concise coverage of Advanced Level Computer Science specifications. Organised in short 'bite-sized' chapters to facilitate rapid learning, this book is also suitable as a main text for  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Problems and exercises
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Bradley
ISBN: 0748761470 9780748761470
OCLC Number: 47869750
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 286 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Part 1 AS computer systems, programming and network concepts: data, information and coding; images, sound and analogue data; microprocessor fundamentals; fundamental ideas about software; programming fundamentals 1; programming fundamentals 2; programming fundamentals 3; communication basics; networking basics. Part 2 AS principles of hardware, software and applications: a first look at operating systems; operating system security and management; input techniques and data collection 1; input techniques and data collection 2; output devices and data presentation; primary and secondary storage devices; further secondary storage and tape systems; file organization and structure; security and integrity of data; backup strategies and file management; simple database concepts; database relationships and minimizing errors; database queries and reports; basic computer applications; further application areas; practical systems development; further systems development; systems development - final phases. Part 3 AS project and examination work: example of an exam-board exercise; starting the design work; finalizing the design; successful project implementation; further development and debugging; the final implementation and testing; examination questions (AS). Part 4 A2 examination material: lists, trees and queues; stacks and linked lists; further data structures; searching and sorting; recursion; maintenance of tree structures; further high-level language concepts; further high-level language development; machine code and assembly language; further machine code and assembly language ideas; a final look at operating systems. Part 5 A2 examination work: advanced database ideas; relational databases; further normalization; further systems development; the user interface and design; advanced testing methods; system implementation and maintenance; further system implementation and maintenance; basic internet structures; further web site organization; search engines and browsers; further internet-based technologies; banking, shopping and the VPN; issues arising from the internet; communications and networking basics; networking device and media; network topologies and the Internet; connecting to the Internet; embedded systems and data logging; further ethical issues and legislation. Part 6 A2 project work: A2 project work - getting started; further A2 project work; A2 project work - wrapping it up; examination questions (A2); appendices.
Responsibility: Ray Bradley.


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