Level Criteria in the Hardware Category
I can name some input and output devices
I can describe how computers collect data from various input devices, including sensors and application software.
I can explain the difference between hardware and application software, and their roles within a computer system.
I can describe why and when computers are used.
I can name what the main internal parts of basic computer architecture are and explain what they do
I can discuss the main functions of the operating system.
I can explain the difference between physical, wireless and mobile networks.
I can describe the concepts behind the fetch-
I know that there is a range of operating systems and application software for the same hardware, and can give examples
I can discuss the von Neumann architecture in relation to the fetch-
execute cycle, including how data is stored in memory.
I can describe the basic function and operation of location addressable memory.
I know that processors have instruction sets and that these relate to low-
level instructions carried out by a computer.
I have experience of a small (hypothetical) low level programming language.
I understand and can explain Moore’s Law.
I understand and can explain multitasking by computers.