Unit 3B Applied Information Technology




Course Introduction

Scheme of Assessment 3B

Overview of course of study unit and assessment requirements


Hardware and Software

Hardware components and functions
• identify and describe the components, concepts and terminology for the establishment of a small-scale networked computer hardware system
• network topologies for LANs (star, wireless)
• network devices (network interface card, switch, router, modem)
• protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP, SMTP, WAP)
• transmission media (coaxial, twisted pair, optical, wireless)
• describe the major factors affecting the functioning of ICT equipment within a networked environment e.g. transmission rates, bandwidth limitations

• Information Sourcing
• Creation of unit file structure on network drives
• Text - Discovering Computers, Chapter 9

• Advanced Software Tutorials

Adobe Flash

Actionscript 2

Actionscript 3


Weeks 1–2

Due at the end of Week 2


Digital Data and Information

Processing and Managing Data

• information processing cycle
• specific techniques for manipulating, validating, managing, archiving and presenting a range of types of digital data
• characteristics of information produced for these purposes, including structure, nature of output and method of acquiring data
• organisational culture, processes and procedures to record, store, search, retrieve, backup and archive data
• minimisation of threats to the integrity and security of data and information.


• Advanced Software Tutorials

Adobe Flash


Actionscript 2

Actionscript 3


Weeks 1–2

Due at the end of Week 2


Workplace, Practices and Careers

Work Environment and Legislation
• the economic effects on industry resulting from the implementation of ICT
• social, economic and technological impetus for change in industry associated with the use of ICT
• awareness of ethical practices and issues or legislation related to health and safety, copyright and intellectual property.

Digital Data and Information

The Nature, Forms and Transfer of Digital Data
• technologies to organise, process and store data
• forms, standards and ways of transfer or distribution of data and how this is influenced by the nature and type of data, the intended audience and factors or constraints e.g. size, time, cost, resources, security, locality, access and availability
• major skills, techniques and processes to collect, evaluate and store data from a range of sources and interrogate the accuracy, reliability and validity of these sources.

Task 1—Investigate Restaurant Management Systems
Investigation Task

Restaurants are becoming far more technology savvy. Using a WiFi network within the building space allows for ordering to be conducted on PDA’s instantly communicating with the kitchen, the bar, the manager’s accounts and stock ordering system and the front of house for billing.

Investigate the types of hardware and software required to run a system that would be suitable for a restaurant.

Task1— Investigate Table Top Ordering Interfaces


Weeks 3 - 4

Due at the end of
Week 5


Hardware and Software

Computer Hardware Components and Functions
• capabilities and limitations of the common types of components used in multimedia systems
• major factors affecting the functioning of ICT equipment within a networked environment
• operation of peripheral devices (e.g. input, output and storage) within industry.

6 Design and Acquisition of Hardware and Software
• the design features, functions and technical capabilities of the software and how the software is configured with the hardware to form a useful system
• constraints and compromises required in the acquisition and installation of hardware.

Digital Data and Information

Creative Application of Information Design Principles
• application of information design principles
• development of strategies for applying technologies and consideration of purpose, meaning, audience and client specifications
• characteristics of information produced for purposes
• independent use of standards and conventions to create multi-tiered solutions
• techniques and terminology for representing the design of solutions and output for those purposes
• common formats and conventions
• criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of a solution.

Task 2 – Restaurant Menu Interface
Production Task

A popular and forward thinking local restaurant has decided to a table based ordering system.

They need a customised customer interface that reflects their restaurant culture, the food they serve and their cliental.

You are required to prepare a design proposal for the restaurant manager

Task 2— Restaurant Menu Interface


Weeks 7–9

Due at the end of Week 9


Digital Data and Information

Creative Application of Information Design Principles
• Conventions applied to information
• Principles and Elements of Design
• Influence of the intended audience
• Navigation techniques—hyperlinks, buttons and icons
• Use of specific criteria for evaluating information solutions


Social Implications and Trends

Values, Ethics and Inclusivity
• responsibility of industry for the access, availability and security of information and their potential misuse
• relevant legislation and other protective measures adopted by industry.

Evaluation Tool / Testing of Design

Develop an appropriate evaluation tool, to test your design, based on developed criteria to suit the intended audience and the requirements of the client.

Include this in your Task 2 folio.

Evaluation Tool/Testing of Design


Week 9

Due at the end of Week 9


Workplace, practices and career

Technology Processes in the Workplace
• the requirement for people to work individually with minimal supervision, to work cooperatively and collaboratively in teams, and to exercise responsibility, integrity, initiative and resilience
• project management, managing change and system change within a problem-solving methodology
• expectation within industry that ICT development systems will be used to increase efficiency and quality through enterprise (e.g. initiative, flexibility, responsiveness to change, ingenuity and risk-taking) and creativity e.g. originality and inspiration

Workplace Practices and Career

ICT requirements of career work and jobs
• work and career opportunities that arise in industry from the development of skills and awareness of the qualifications, experiences and personal attributes required for entry into these areas of work
• various pathways in the transition from school to jobs within the ICT development industry.

Task 3—Restaurant Menu Interface Development
Production Task

Your proposal (Task 2) was a success and the restaurant owner would now like to see a working product. Using the proposal as a working plan, utilise the appropriate software necessary to develop a functional Restaurant Menu Interface.

Task 3— Restaurant Menu Interface


12 hrs

Due at the end of Week 12


Exam Weeks



15-16 Revision Weeks    

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