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Level 3 IT Principles Overview

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Overview of the e-Quals Advanced Diploma mandatory unit - IT Principles (Level 3)

Overview of the e-Quals Advanced Diploma mandatory unit - IT Principles (Level 3)

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    • 1. IT Principles Level 3
    • 2. Unit Aims
      • To provide candidates with an advanced level of skills and knowledge to:
      • competently prepare for, perform or supervise the performance of others in a variety of system related tasks using ICT
      • develop an in depth understanding of the costing, acquisition and operation of computers and the operating system in everyday usage
      • work in a supervisory role performing advanced tasks with a high degree of competence
      • use ‘problem solving’ skills
      • give direction to others.
    • 3. Learning Outcomes
      • There are five outcomes to this unit. The candidate will be able to:
      • Plan and cost for hardware acquisition
      • Plan and cost for application acquisition
      • Plan, use and maintain files and directory structures on networks
      • Use networks to gather, collate and distribute information
      • Identify health and safety issues and good practice
    • 4. How it fits in with your ITQ
      • The good news is this e-Quals unit also fully covers the following Level 3 ITQ units:
      Use IT systems Evaluate the impact of IT IT security for users IT Maintenance for users Operate a computer Unit title 318 315 305 304 302 Unit no.
    • 5. Assessment
      • Once you have developed your skills in this unit your competency will be assessed, as follows:
      • A practical assignment which will cover your practical skills
      • A multiple choice test (online) which will cover your underpinning knowledge.
    • 6. Practical Skills
      • Practical skills are what you can evidence by ‘doing’.
      • The IT Principles assignment will offer you a scenario where you will prove your competency in the carrying out realistic tasks based on the five learning outcomes.
    • 7.
      • Produce, interpret and discuss specifications for systems or systems upgrades
      • Describe the process for acquiring hardware
      • Plan and cost the acquisition of, or upgrades to suitable stand alone computers to meet a given specification
      Plan and cost for hardware acquisition Practical activities Outcome 1
    • 8.
      • Produce, interpret and discuss the plan to, and cost of, the acquisition of applications for use with different specifications of computer and operating systems
      • Identify hardware requirements/upgrades to enable installation and use of the applications.
      Plan and cost for software acquisition Practical activities Outcome 2
    • 9.
      • Plan suitable directory structures for local and remote use
      • Use file compression and file expansion techniques
      • Select and modify attributes
      • Use searches by: name, date, size, text, extension attribute, use the *wildcard to refine searches
      • Manage directory/folders remotely e.g. copy, move, rename and delete.
      Plan, use and maintain files and directory structures on networks Practical activities Outcome 3
    • 10.
      • Search networks with internet/intranet facilities, for files e.g. documents, graphics, charts, databases, installed applications to maintain libraries
      • Distribute documents and software electronically and install applications using networks
      • Place documents on networks giving access permission to others
      • Produce logs of information sources used for copyright permission purposes.
      Use networks to gather, collate and distribute information Practical activities Outcome 4
    • 11.
      • Maintain and use a safe working environment and equipment for self and others e.g. storage of consumables, cabling
      • Use safe working practices at all times e.g. operating procedures for visual safety, ergonomics for positional safety, lifting & handling
      • Identify and report any faults or hazards e.g. equipment, fixtures or fittings.
      Identify health and safety issues and good practice Practical activities Outcome 5
    • 12. Underpinning Knowledge
      • Your underpinning knowledge is your understanding of the theory behind the practical skills required.
      • The online multiple choice exam will test your knowledge outlined in the five learning outcomes.
    • 13. Theory - Plan and cost for hardware acquisition
      • Explain the purpose and use of hardware
      • Explain the purpose and uses of peripheral devices
      • Explain the purpose and use of drivers and codecs
      • Explain the purpose and use of surge protection devices and uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
      • Describe how to prepare and set up a computer for use including basic input/output settings (BIOS) where necessary
      • Describe the tests necessary to ensure that a specification is met
      • Review the features and settings of hardware to improve economy, efficiency and performance
      • State the faults that can occur in setting up a new computer.
    • 14. Theory - Plan and cost for software acquisition
      • Explain the benefits of customisation within and between applications
      • State the faults that can occur when installing applications
      • Identify and describe appropriate help resources
      • State the benefits of testing newly installed applications
      • Explain the need to comply with application End User License Agreement (EULA) with reference to copyright
      • Describe the problems associated with uninstalling applications whilst maintaining system integrity
      • Explain the need to ensure planned hardware upgrades are compatible with existing hardware
      • Identify training methods that could be employed to ensure that users are able to use the new applications effectively and recognise skill gaps and learning needs eg CDROMS, mentors, group training sessions etc.
    • 15. Theory - Plan, use and maintain files and directory structures on networks
      • Explain the purpose and use of file attributes and file compression and expansion techniques
      • Explain the purpose and use of access rights/permissions
      • Explain the purpose and use of username/passwords in terms of security and how they can be used
      • Explain the purpose and use of back-up systems
      • Describe the media options available for back-up systems
      • Explain the importance of using ’off site‘ storage
      • Explain the purpose and use of file extensions and file associations
      • State the methods of recovering backed-up material
      • Explain the purpose and use of application based facilities for system diagnosis and virus checking
      • Explain the need to maintain applications with regular supplier upgrades
      • Explain the need to maintain system integrity at all times
    • 16. Theory - Use networks to gather, collate and distribute information
      • Identify the main hardware components of a network including servers and terminals, PCs and peripherals
      • Describe and explain the benefits and limitations of peer to peer networks and server based networks including the effects of data transmission speeds over the network in connection with connection type, architecture and peripheral connections
      • Explain the need to maintain an audit of system and applications material to comply with licensing
      • Identify and explain the conventions for the use of email and browsing on intranet/Internet
      • Explain the following terms: Local Area Network (LAN); Wide Area Network (WAN); domain; network operating system; protocol, firewall; proxy server.
    • 17. Theory - Identify health and safety issues and good practice
      • Identify what creates a good working environment (ergonomics) and good practice
      • Identify good health and safety precautions
      • Identify injuries common in a bad working environment due to poor usage
      • Identify cleaning precautions related to ICT equipment
      • Identify what constitutes a hazard and what action should be taken.
    • 18. Self assessment
      • You may already know some of the skills and knowledge required for this unit.
      • Look through your syllabus and tick all the criteria you feel comfortable either doing or explaining.
      • Anything you are not able to tick informs you which areas you will need to study further.

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