General Purpose Software - Main Topics of Study
- Layout of a spreadsheet screen. Help features. Loading/saving models.
- Cell formatting. Font/size. Alignment. Column width, row height. Boxing grouped cells. Moving/copying/deleting cell(s).
- Data types including NUMBER, TEXT, CURRENCY, SCIENTIFIC, DATE, TIME
- Data formatting – decimal places. Alignment. Date/time options.
- Formulae. Cell addresses. Absolute and relative addressing. Replicating a formula to a block of cells.
a. Number: SUM, COUNT, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, INT, ROUND, RANDOM, SQRT, ODD, SIN, COS, TAN, POWER.
b. Text: CHAR, VALUE, TRIM, RIGHT, LEFT, UPPER, LOWER.
c. Decision: IF, AND, OR, NOT
Nesting functions within functions.
- Lookup tables and their use.
- Design and construct spreadsheet models for a given problem. Layout design.
- Print data, print formulae adjusting column widths as necessary. Print with/without grid lines. Print with/without row/column labels. Fitting to a page.
- Charts. Pie chart, histogram, bar chart, line graph. Customising output.
- “What-if” models for the determinations of best results. Practical use in business.
- Exporting/importing data to/from other packages.
- Layout of a word processing screen. Help. Loading/saving documents. Multiple documents.
- Document formatting. Margins. Alignment. Indentation. Bullet points. Page breaks.
- Font/font size. Varying fonts/size to add effect to a document. Bold/italics/underline.
- The concept of hidden embedded control characters to format. e.g. underlining.
- Block editing. Copy/cut blocks of text. Tabs. Changing case.
- Search and replace in lengthy documents. Use of previous documents to create an updated version such as a newsletter, catalogue.
- Spell check and the options IT offers. Grammar checking. Limitations of both. AutoCorrect.
- Creating a table.
- Mail merge. Realistic business examples of its use.
- Quick entry of commonly use/local words/phrases using a few keys. Macros.
- Final checks on a document. Print preview.
- Printing. Sections or entire document. Choosing quality of print. Multiple copies.
- Columns – newspaper style. Choosing column options.
- Inclusion of clip art. Artistic lettering. Exporting/importing data to/from other packages.
- Concept of a database as a single system with multiple users and uses.
- Relational databases and their advantages – single entry, consistency, integrity, redundancy, independence of data and programs.
- Concept of normalisation of data.
- Creation of a database. Defining the data structure. Tables/columns.
- Key fields. Primary key. Secondary key. Foreign key.
- Data modelling. E-R diagrams.
- Entering data. Editing data. Searches/enquiries. SQL. Basic SQL statements – SELECT…FROM…WHERE, CREATE TABLE…, INSERT INTO…
- Report generation. Customisation of reports. Ordering. Column totalling.
- Printing reports.
Graphics and Presentation Packages
- Means of producing graphics – limited drawing in word processing, charts in spreadsheets to drawing packages and commercial CAD packages.
- Typical uses of packages by industrial/commercial users.
- Layout of a graphics package screen. Help features.
- Main features. Line drawing. Line selection. Boxes. Shapes. Text. Libraries of objects.
- Manipulating the drawing features. Moving, extending, copying, rotating, hatching.
- 3-D effects. A drawing as a series of levels.
- Printing. Saving/loading.
- Presentation package (eg PowerPoint) as a combination of text/graphics.
- Features of a presentation package. Creating slides and a slide show. Customising to house style.
- Purposes of an operating system. GUI operating systems. Comparison between GUI and command control.
- General features of operating systems – folders, files. Types of files for program, data, text, email, pictures etc.
- File manipulation – copying, moving, deleting, printing.
- Batch files.
- Customising the desktop.
- Installing and customising software packages.
In addition, Computer manuals for specific computer packages can be used.