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Applied ICT A Level Unit 10 - Advanced Spreadsheets

Note: this page applies to the AQA Applied ICT A level specification. This exam was withdrawn in 2012, with final exams in 2013. The content will be retained as an archive and because it has some stuff that might be quite useful for someone or other

Circuit board imageSection A & I - Timeplans:

There are 4 marks for timeplans - two in row A and two in row I.

You need to produce a detailed timeplan which:

Timeplans are a fact of life in ICT courses I'm afraid. They're designed to make sure that you've developed some of the longer term planning skills that you'd need in the ICT industry (or, for that matter, any industry involving long or complex tasks). They're good skills - promise.

More importantly, they're easy marks to grab, so don't lose any of them!

Timeplan Layout:

I suggest a simple tabular layout along these lines:

Task/Sub TaskEstimated TimeStart DateEstimated date of completionActual time takeActual date of completionComments
Investigation Time
Read exam paper30 minutesNov 1Nov 1---
Create timeplan1 hourNov 1Nov 1---
Create Ongoing Timeplan5 minutesNov 1Nov 1---

Obviously this would work best A4 landscape...

Note: your timeplan should start on November 1st - or whatever date the exam paper actually becomes available. Just because you might have started work on some of the principles for the unit a bit earlier doesn't matter - you can't officially start work on the portfolio until then!

Initial and Ongoing Plans:

Once you have an initial plan, a copy of it needs to kept. You then need to update a new copy as an ongoing timeplan to show the dates you actually completed each task.

The comments column needs to specifically deal with tasks taking more or less time or tasks which weren't completed on the set dates - this is the 2nd mark in row i of the markgrid. Comments need to be more detailed than just "completed on time" or "this took longer than I expected" if you want that second mark.

You can do this by typing during the investigation time, but you need to then print the ongoing plan and update it by hand at the end of each controlled conditions session.

Note: the chances are that time planning may be a strength, weakness and/or area for improvement that you can relate to the evaluation of your own performance (that's row J of the markgrid). It may also be necessary, to get the second mark in row I, to write an evaluation of your used of time. This could reference your other evaluation work rather than needing to repeat it.

The Markgrid:

Markgrid Row A
Markgrid row I
Note: this markscheme is a copy of one available freely on the AQA Applied ICT webpages. It is copyright AQA and reproduced here simply to make access easier for students. No attempt to claim copyright is being made, although I could have copied the text into my own interpretation...

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