KCSE Computer Studies course outline: Computer Studies Project

COMPUTER PROJECT

14.0.0 PROJECT (50 LESSONS)

The Computer Project is a crucial component of the KCSE/KICD Computer Studies course. It comprises 50 lessons and aims to develop the learners’ practical skills and knowledge in problem-solving, system design, implementation, and documentation.

14.1.0 Specific Objectives

By the end of the Project, learners should be able to:

a) Identify and define a problem
b) Carry out fact-finding using investigation, observation, interviews, and questionnaires
c) Define system hardware and software requirements
d) Design a system
e) Construct a system that includes data input, modification, deletion, validation, search, and report generation
f) Test the system
g) Prepare a project report that includes a user manual, technical manual, and test data.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

To offer Computer Studies, schools should have the following minimum equipment:

  • Computer Laboratory classroom(s)
  • Computer desks at eye level for comfortable use
  • At least one computer for every four students (1:4 ratio)
  • At least one printer for every four computers (1:2 ratio)
  • Printing stationery
  • Storage devices such as memory sticks and CD-RWs
  • Storage facilities for memory sticks and CD-RWs, like DVD jackets
  • Appropriate software for the curriculum
  • Relevant reference materials

It is preferable to use IBM or IBM-compatible computers due to their low maintenance costs and the availability of spare parts.

Additionally, the following facilities, though not mandatory, can greatly enhance the course objectives:

1. HARDWARE

  • PCs with a minimum of Pentium II or higher processor
  • PCs with CD-ROM drives
  • At least one PC in the school with multimedia capabilities
  • A networked environment
  • Internet connectivity
  • Printers with graphic capabilities (color not necessarily required)

2. SOFTWARE

  • It is recommended, but not necessary, to use a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the operating system.
  • Application software packages can also be GUI-based, supporting pointing devices.
  • An up to date anti-virus software is highly recommended
  • Suggested teaching methods

By following the outlined objectives and requirements, learners will gain practical skills in problem-solving, system design, implementation, and documentation. The Computer Project allows learners to apply their knowledge and creativity in real-world scenarios, preparing them for future challenges in the field of computer studies.

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