Data and computer systems in GCSE computer science CP201

Help your students understand computer systems, binary code and processor performance.


Summary

This course is delivered as part of the National Centre for Computing Education, and forms part of the Computer Science Accelerator programme.

By booking on this course you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the National Centre for Computing Education. These can be found here https://teachcomputing.org/privacy.html

Computer programs are written in a language that humans understand, but what about the computer itself? Every piece of software, and the instructions and data it contains, is made up of 1’s and 0’s, pushed around the parts of a computer system.

This course opens the box, looking at the components of a computer, what they do and how they work together in computer systems. You’ll learn about the processor that sits at the centre, as well as memory, storage and the other key pieces of hardware.

Mapped closely to the specifications of GCSE computer science, the course will provide you with deepened knowledge and confidence to equip your students with for their exams.

If you are interested in this course please register your interest by following this link https://www.stem.org.uk/register-your-interest-computing-cpd

Bursaries exist to support you through 40 hours of CPD to complete the CS Accelerator programme. If you don’t complete the programme, we reserve the right to reclaim any bursaries paid.

Outcomes

You will gain the required knowledge to help your students:

  • know the function of the main parts of a computer system, including detailed knowledge of the processor
  • develop a firm understanding of the fetch-decode-execute cycle
  • follow how high-level programming languages translate to machine code, represented in binary
  • understand how changes to processor architecture, storage and memory affect the performance of a computer

Notes

This course is free to all eligible teachers (from English state maintained schools, holding no relevant post A Level qualification).  Ineligible teachers will pay the same fee as a non-maintained school and will not receive a bursary.  Please contact info@teachcomputing.org for more information.

Examples of ‘related subjects’ include Information Systems, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Health Informatics. For clarity, in this context, post A level qualifications in Computing or ICT are not considered ‘related subjects’.

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