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Computer Applications


Introduction


Computer Applications syllabus aims to prepare students to be technologically adept citizens, and to function and contribute effectively in an increasingly technologically-driven world. The syllabus emphasises fundamental knowledge and skills, and includes the appreciation and use of several software application packages for word processing, computer drawing and image editing, multimedia presentations and documents, spreadsheet calculations and charts, game design, programming; as well as, applications on the Internet.  It is a compulsory subject for all Normal Technical (NT) students from Secondary one to four. 

Student Outcomes


Students will
  1. acquire skills in using a variety of application software and associated computer hardware to accomplish tasks, communicate, and facilitate activities;
  2. develop an awareness of how computing technology are used in the home, school, workplace and community;
  3. appreciate the role computers play in everyday life and recognise the impact computers have on society and people;
  4. develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Approach and Pedagogy

  • Adoption of Mixed Mode Delivery (MMD) such as problem-based learning, demonstration and explicit teaching, mind-mapping, team-based learning and think-pair-share  
  • Self-directed learning and collaborative learning    
  • Usage of Differentiated Instructions (DI)    Usage of AFL tools to have learners-centred learning    
  • Participation in competitions                 
  • Collaboration between schools on the sharing of question papers

Refer to the link for further information.


Assessment Criteria

Prelim Examination

Summary of details for each paper:

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Paper 1 (Written) - 1 hour 15 minutes

 This paper will assess knowledge, understanding and application of concepts and skills in all the six modules;

 •  Computer Fundamentals (CPF)

•  Media Elements (MEL)

•  Document Processing (DOP)

•  Spreadsheets (SST)

•  Multimedia Communication (MMC)

•  Media Computing (MEC)Refer to the link for further information.

Paper 2 (Lab-based) - 1 hour 30 minutes

Module

Description of Task

Weighting

Marks

Media Elements

Candidates will use computer graphics software to create a given drawing according to specifications given in the question paper; fill the drawing with colours; and submit the drawing. The drawing will be used for the 2nd or 3rd task.

30%

21

Document Processing

Candidates will use word-processing software to format and edit a given document according to specifications given in the question paper. Candidates are expected to demonstrate skills like importing text and images; page layout with columns, tables and/or text boxes; adding headers, footers and footnotes; as well as submit the required work.

40%

28

Multimedia Communication

Candidates will use presentation software to create a

multimedia slide presentation with given media elements and according to specifications described in the question paper; and submit the required work.

30%

28

TOTAL

100%

70



Paper 3 (Lab-based) - 1 hour 30 minutes

Module

Description of Task

Weighting

Marks

Spreadsheet

Candidates will use spreadsheet software to work on a given data table, by creating and completing columns in the data table and performing specified tasks like:

• using operators, formulas and functions for      calculations;

•   plotting and labelling charts;

•   data validation;

•   conditional formatting;

•   sorting and manipulating data;

as well as submit the required work.

40%

28

Media Computing

Candidates will use programming software to work on a given game scenario to demonstrate skills in selecting suitable pictures for background(s) and characters, creating scripts to animate characters, allowing user interaction through keyboard and/or mouse, as well as submit the required work.

40%

28

Flowchart

Candidates will create a flowchart to represent the

algorithm for the problem solution of either the first or

second task, which will be specified in the question paper; and describe the method of solution in short sentences; as well as submit the required work as a word-processed document.

20%

14

TOTAL

100%

70




Assessment for Sec 1-3

Level / Stream

Duration

Format

Marks Allocation

Secondary 1-2

45 minutes

Paper 1

Section A:

20 Multiple Choice Questions

 

Section B:

There will be 6-9 short-response and structured questions

(i)         with helping words;

(ii)        requiring short answers, not necessarily in complete sentences

Activity type and pictorial questions may be included.

TOTAL:

 

 

20 marks

 

30-40 marks

 

 

 

50-60 marks (30%)

1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2

The lab-based  requires candidates to complete 3 related tasks namely, MEL, DOP and MMC.

70 marks

(70%)

 

Level / Stream

Duration

Format

Marks Allocation

Secondary 3

1 hour

Paper 1

Section A:

20 Multiple Choice Questions

 

Section B:

There will be 6-9 short-response and structured questions

(i)         with helping words;

(ii)        requiring short answers, not necessarily in complete sentences

Activity type and pictorial questions may be included.

TOTAL:

 

20 marks

 

40 marks

 

 

 

60 marks (30%)

1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2

The lab-based  requires candidates to complete 3 related tasks namely, MEL, DOP and MMC.

70 marks (35%)

1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3

The lab-based  requires candidates to complete 3 related tasks namely, SST, MEC and Flowchart.

70 marks (35%)


National Examination Syallbus

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Tips for Parents

We would like to suggest to parents to encourage your child to download the free software below so that they can build up on their practical skills. We hope we will be able to work in partnership to help heighten your child's passion for this subject.