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Lesson 4 - Networks and servers

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the concepts of peer-to-peer and server–client network models. First, they will create a virtual peer-to-peer network, and gain an understanding of how data is shared in such a network and what the pitfalls of this network model are. Then, they will be able to connect...

Lesson 3 - Real-world networks

In this lesson, learners will further develop their understanding of networks. They will look at the three main types of networks, LAN, WAN, and PAN, and at the different topologies that these networks can use in their design. Learners will carry out an activity in which they will plan a business network to meet...

Lesson 2 - Basic networks

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the ways that computers can be connected together in a network that is either wired or wireless, and they will identify the type of connectivity that different networks use. They will be introduced to MAC addresses and relate this to the need for having unique...

Lesson 1 - What are networks?

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to computer networks and learn a little about the history of computer networking. They will learn about the different parts of computer hardware involved in creating computer networks, and then identify some of the advantages and disadvantages of using computer networks...

Networks Overview

This resource provides a unit overview for the Years 10 and 11 ‘Networks' unit of work. It gives a clear overview of objectives to be covered within each session and a learning graph to show the range of skills being developed through this computing unit. Also included is a summative assessment, with answers, to...

Lesson 6 - Assessment

In this lesson learners will complete an assessment which incorporates questions from all lessons and covers many skills covered in the lessons. An example spreadsheet is given, one that has not been used before.

This is the final lesson in a six session teaching unit provided by the National Centre for...

Lesson 5 - RSC stock control

This lesson will involve creating a database of RSC merchandise, assigning unique item numbers, and using these to look up values for each item. Discuss the use of barcodes and QR codes (2D codes), and the different kinds of data they can hold. The spreadsheet will be used to track stock and notify users when items...

Lesson 4 - RSC data visualisation

In this lesson learners will use the spreadsheets created in previous lessons to create charts to visualise the data in the spreadsheets. Learners who were absent for previous lessons could be given the completed versions of the spreadsheets from Lessons 1–3. Charts are often used to quickly give information and to...

Lesson 3 - RSC merchandise

In this lesson learners will be given a partly completed spreadsheet which shows items of merchandise to be sold at the RSC Live event. Learners will research the kinds of merchandise available at events and some prices, and this information will be used to populate a financial model. They will complete the...

Lesson 2 - The RSC Live event

In this lesson learners will be given a partly completed spreadsheet which represents seating for the live event of Rock Star Challenge. There are different seat prices for adults, students, and over 60s. Users will select seats from a drop-down list and formulae will be used to calculate the price; by using...

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