Computer Application Technology is a new subject to be introduced in 2006 at Grade 10 level. According to the national Curriculum Statement, CAT is the effective use of information and communications technologies in an end-user computer applications environment in different sectors of society. Even thou CAT are not a required subject to go to university it contributes to the APS score.
Computer Application Technology equips learners with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to create, design and communicate information in different formats. It also makes it possible for learners to collect, analyse and edit data and to manipulate, process, present and communicate information to different sectors of society. CAT will ensure that learners are equipped with marketable skills to cope in an information society. Although CAT is located within the Information Technology and Computer Sciences sub-field, this subject is complementary to all other subjects in the Further Education and Training band.
At the moment we are using Microsoft 2007 but next year we are switching to 2013 and Windows 7. In this package the learner learn to work with the word processor, spreadsheets and Access that is a database program. All these programs can be of considerable value in any work environment.
The subject is divided into 3 main outcomes:
1. OPERATIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
- computer hardware and software
- operating systems and file management
- computer and network troubleshooting
- security and viruses
- ergonomics and safety issues
- social, legal and environmental issues
- END-USER COMPUTER APPLICATION SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE IN PROBLEM SOLVING
- competence in input and manipulation of data
- end-user computer application programs: word programs; internet and e-mail
- processing; spreadsheets; databases; graphics
- problem solving and creative thinking
- integration of end-user application in a variety of
- effective communication
- INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
- find, collect, analyse and critically evaluate data
- organise and process information in various formats
- present and communicates information
Computer Application Technology is a practical subject. The number of learners able to select CAT will be limited by the number of computers that are available. It is anticipated that this subject will have more learners wanting to do the subject than places available. An entrance exam may have to be applies. Learners opting to do CAT must have access to a computer at home in order to complete assignments. An Internet connection is desirable but not essential, as it will be provided in the classroom.