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Computer Applications Technology (CAT) based on the curricullum for grade 10 South Africa,  is one of the subjects that equip learners with the new technological skills that are needed in today’s life. In the past, many schools used computers only for administrative purposes. This is the case even today in some schools. Very few schools in the rural areas offer Computer Applications Technology. Those that do, face many challenges including a lack of electricity. Computer Applications Technology helps learners acquire computer skills that improve their performance when they enter tertiary institutions. It can also help them to find jobs in companies that need people who are able to operate computers. The number of years of experience and teachers’ status in a school has a significant relationship to familiarity with Computer Technology. A lack of hardware and software; and a lack of knowledge and skills in using computers is a challenge. A lack of or insufficient training opportunities and crowded classrooms are one of the important problems that Basic Education schools face. Insufficient guidance and help in instructional use, insufficient technical assistance, and an insufficient number of computers are other important problems.


CHAPTER 1-CONCEPTS OF COMPUTING • Introduction Unit 1.1: Information and communication technology; ICT systems used in everyday life; Activity 1.1 Unit 1.2: Data and information; The GIGO principle; The information-processing cycle; Activity 1.2 Unit 1.3: Computers and ICT; Activity 1.3 Unit 1.4: Types of computers; Multi-purpose devices; Dedicated (embedded) devices; Activity 1.4 Unit 1.5: Economic benefits of computers; Revision activity; Revision activity of TERM 1; Activity 1.5 REVISION ACTIVITY OF TERM 1
CHAPTER 2-USING A COMPUTER • Introduction Unit 2.1: Operating a computer; Switching the computer on; Using the mouse; Using the keyboard; Using the desktop; Activity 2.1; Getting to know Windows; File management Unit 2.2: Posture and ergonomics; Social implications: Correct typing posture; Ergonomics; Prevention; Activity 2.2 CHAPTER 3 FILE MANAGEMENT • Introduction Unit 3.1: Basic concepts of file management; Folders; File path; Activity 3.1; Organizing files and folders; Using a file manager (This PC) Unit 3.2: File types; Text files; Document files; Locked document files; Web pages; Archives and compressed files; Presentation files; Spreadsheet files; Database files; Image files; Animation files; Video files; Sound files; Portable document format (PDF); Activity 3.2 CHAPTER 4 FILE & PRINT MANAGEMENT • Introduction Unit 4.1: File management skills; Creating shortcuts; Taking screenshots; Activity 4.1 Unit 4.2: File compression; Compressing and decompressing files and folders; Activity 4.2 Unit 4.3: Print management; Adding a new peripheral; Changing the default printer; Basic printing; Printer queue management; Activity 4.3 CHAPTER 5 HARDWARE • Introduction Unit 5.1: What is hardware?; Ports and connectors; Adapters and converters; Activity 5.1 Unit 5.2: Input devices; Common input devices; Pointing devices; Activity 5.2 Unit 5.3: Output devices; Common output devices Activity 5.4: Storage devices; Concepts used in storage capacity; Common storage devices; Capacity and robustness of storage devices; Connecting peripherals Unit 5.5: Green computing; Going green when printing; Activity 5.5 CHAPTER 6 EXTENDED HARDWARE CONCEPTS • Introduction Unit 6.1: More about input devices; Pointing devices; Digital camera; Scanning and reading devices; Video input devices; Audio input devices; Biometric input devices; Activity 6.1 Unit 6.2: More about output devices; Audio output; Other output; Activity 6.2 Unit 6.3: Storage media and devices; Activity 6.3 Unit 6.4: Processing devices; Motherboard; Central Processing Unit (CPU); Memory; Activity 6.4 Unit 6.5: Caring for your PC and storage devices CHAPTER 7 COMPUTER SOFTWARE • Introduction Unit 7.1: Basic software concepts; Application software; Accessories; System software; Activity 7.1 Unit 7.2: Operating system; The role of the operating system; The operating system and GUI; Different operating systems; Mobile operating systems; Activity 7.2 Unit 7.3: Being more secure; Create a password; Other authentication methods; Activity 7.3 CHAPTER 8 EXTENDED SOFTWARE CONCEPTS • Introduction Unit 8.1: Types of software; Freeware, shareware and proprietary software Unit 8.2: System software; Drivers; Activity 8.2 Unit 8.3: Licensing and licensing agreements; Software licensing and licence agreements; Software piracy; Activity 8.3 CHAPTER 9 INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKS AND NETWORKING CONCEPTS • Introduction Unit 9.1: Concepts used in networks; Activity 9.1 Unit 9.2: Uses of networks; Aims and objectives of networks; Advantages and disadvantages of networks Unit 9.3: Social implications: Networks; Viruses; Licensing contracts;User policies;Ownership of electronic material;Activity 9.2 REVISION ACTIVITY OF TERM 2
CHAPTER 10 TYPES OF NETWORKS: PAN/HAN • Introduction Unit 10.1: PAN/HAN; Wired and wireless networks; HANs and PANs Unit 10.2: Creating a PAN/HAN; Requirements; Connecting to the internet; Activity 10.1 CHAPTER 11 THE INTERNET AND WORLD WIDE WEB • Introduction Unit 11.1: The internet; Internet address; Activity 11.1 Unit 11.2: The world wide web; Important concepts used with the world wide web; Using a web browser; What is the difference between a web page and a website?; URLs, URL shortener and the address bar; Links; Navigation buttons; Tabbed browsing; Activity 11.2 Unit 11.3: Search engines; Searching for information; Basic browsing and searching techniques; Refining your search; Activity 11.3 Unit 11.4: Downloads and uploads; Downloading; Uploading; Activity 11.4 CHAPTER 12 INTERNET COMMUNICATION • Introduction Unit 12.1: Electronic communication devices; E-communication using a PC or mobile device; Activity 12.1 Unit 12.2: Email as a form of e-communication; Components of an email address; ISP versus web-mail; How email works; Activity 12.2 Unit 12.3: Basic emailing; Email interface; Sending emails; Replying to emails; Hyperlinks in emails; Etiquette in emails; Activity 12.3 CHAPTER 13 SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS: EMAIL AND INTERNET • Introduction Unit 13.1: Social implications: Email and internet safety; Computer crimes; Safe internet and email use; Activity 13.1 REVISION ACTIVITY OF TERM 3
CHAPTER 14 INFORMATION MANAGEMENT • Introduction Unit 14.1: Concepts used in information management; Activity 14.1 Unit 14.2: Practical Assessment Task (PAT) overview; Techniques used in information management; Activity 14.2 Unit 14.3: Sifting data; Information versus knowledge; Sifting information; Activity 14.3 Unit 14.4: Processing data; Knowledge versus insight/decision making; The importance of information manipulation; Data handling using a spreadsheet; Processing data using a spreadsheet; Activity 14.4 Unit 14.5: Presenting data; Graphs and tables; Reports; Slide show presentation; Finalizing the PAT; Activity 14.3 REVISION ACTIVITY OF TERM 4
Chpaterwise main terms used with their meanings and definitions
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