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Cambridge International AS and A Level Computing Coursebook

Cambridge International AS and A Level Computing Coursebook
Written for the University of Cambridge International Examinations' AS and A Level Computing syllabus (9691) by experienced authors and a CIE examiner. It is written with clear explanations using diagrams, screenshots and photos, making it accessible for International students.

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Self-assessment questions in each chapter and answers at the back of the book give students the opportunity to assess their own revision needs. Exam questions at the end of each Module give the students plenty of practice and a chapter devoted to exam preparation will help them get ready. A detailed Glossary allows quick access to key and/or difficult terms.




Module 1. Computer Systems, Communications and Software:

1.1. Components of a computer system and modes of use;

1.2. System software;

1.3. Data: its representation, structure and management;

1.4. Hardware;

1.5. Data transmission and networking;

1.6. Systems development life cycle;

1.7. Choosing appropriate application software;

1.8. Handling of data in information systems;

1.9. Designing the user interface;

1.10. Logic gates;


Module 2. Practical Programming Techniques:

2.1. Designing solutions to problems;

2.2. The structure of procedural programs;

2.3. Data types and data structures;

2.4. Common facilities of procedural languages;

2.5. Writing maintainable programs;

2.6. Testing and running a solution;


Module 3. Systems Software Mechanisms, Machine Architecture, Database Theory, Programming Paradigms and Integrated Information Systems:

3.1. The functions of operating systems;

3.2. The function and purpose of translators;

3.3. Computer architectures and the fetch-execute cycle;

3.4. Data representation, data structures and data manipulation;

3.5. Programming paradigms;

3.6. Databases;

3.7. Simulation and real-time processing;

3.8. Networking;


Module 4. Computing Project:

4.1. Report;

4.2. Definition, investigation and analysis;

4.3. Design;

4.4. Software development, programming, testing and implementation;

4.5. Documentation; 

4.6 Evaluation.

  • Publisher Cambridge University Press
  • Pub Year 2012
  • Language English
  • ISBN 9780521186629
  • Format Paperback
  • Author Chris Leadbetter, Roger Blackford and Tony Piper