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Applied ICT A Level Unit 3 - Database Design

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 This exam was withdrawn in 2012, with final exams in 2013.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 imagePart 7 - Evaluating

The final things to do are to evaluate your work and to check that you've got everything evidenced (not just done it, but evidenced it!)

I'd suggest getting a copy of the markscheme and going through it section by section. Use the checklist page to help you do this. You can get a markscheme from the AQA Applied ICT areaExternal link icon or from school in shared documents (or, what the heck, e-mail me and I'll send you a copy!).

You should already have a set of evaluation criteria which you've tested. Don't forget to include the evidence of the tests as a set of screenshots. You may want to think about a screenshot library.

Overall Evaluation - AO4 row 4:

You need to start by evaluating your solution:

Once you've done this, you can identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvements (I'd strongly suggest clear sub-headings for this).

Be realistic in these. I doubt your work is fantastic and I doubt it's awful either. There are probably things that worked well and things that you might have done better. Here are some examples:

Make you you deal with the strengths and weaknesses in clearly seperate sections!

You then need to develop a set of areas for improvement. Hopefully these come out of the evaluation, the testing and showing your database and it's outputs to the client. This is a really important aspect. Ideally you want your client to "sign off" your work and make some comments on print outs of the reports and forms.

For the final mark you need to have acted on some of the areas for improvement - this means you need to have made some improvements based on the feedback from your client and your evaluations.

Here's the markgrid for AO4 row 4:

Markgrid AO4 row 4
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...

Time Management - AO4 row 2:

Make sure you go back to your timeplan and check you have it all filled in with plenty of detail. In particular I want to know whether you've met deadlines or not and have fully explained any deadlines which weren't hit.

These are easy marks to get if you put the detail in.

Managing your work - AO1 row 6:

These are easy marks as well. You need to show things like:

One of the key points is actually having backed up using suitable file names - e.g. dBPainters version 1 etc...

For the third mark (check the markgrid back on the planning page) you need to have explained why you've done all this - showing, for example, that you understand about things like the importance of using standardised naming conventions in case someone else has to try to use your database at any point in the future.

Odds and Ends:

Make sure you've told the story of the work - AO4 row 1. This should be covered by your implementation section, but it would be worth reading it through and checking that you've done that. Note that for the third mark you need to be clear about what you have done and why you've done it.

There are two marks for using technical terms and structuring your work with half decent spelling, punctuation and so on (these are AO4 row 6). Technical terms being used effectively are the key to getting these.

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