AQA Information and Communication Technology/ICT3

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ICT 3 is a compulsory module in AQA AS syllabus. It is a coursework unit whereby candidates should approach a 'problem' that they can solve via the use of ICT software.

Sections[edit | edit source]

The coursework unit is marked according to a number of different sections, listed below.

Specification[edit | edit source]

In this section, the candidate is expected to explain the requirements of the end user and produce a list of requirements. At this state, they should also develop a test plan.

Implementation[edit | edit source]

This is when the candidate should produce the working system that should meet the end users requirements, if designed correctly. This section should contain screen prints to document the candidates work, partly to prove that it is their own work.

Testing[edit | edit source]

For this stage of the coursework the candidate is required to use their test plan, which may have been altered or extended as necessary for this stage, to test whether their system meets requirements of the user and functions properly. Testing generally includes the use of valid, invalid and extreme data.

Evaluation[edit | edit source]

This is where the candidate should critically analyse their solution in accordance with the requirements of the end user- 'does the system do what the end user required?'.

User Guide[edit | edit source]

The user guide section may vary greatly in its depth and layout depending on each individual's problem that they are solving. However, essentially the user guide is like an instruction manual for the end users of the candidates solution. It should include information on how the user should use the system as well as including a list of common problems, and how the user can solve them.