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Applied ICT A Level Unit 3 - Database Design

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Circuit board imageTimeplans and Management:

Oh, timeplans - how much I love you...

Yes, you need a timeplan. Again. Three marks for it. Make sure you do everything - including the evidence that you met deadlines and explain why you missed deadlines clearly.

I would suggest a standard table design for this:

Task/Sub TaskEstimated TimeEstimated Start DateEstimated date of completionActual time takeActual start dateActual date of completionComments
Defining the system
Brainstorm client possibilities30 minutesJan 18Jan 18----
Create timeplan1 hourJan 18Jan 18 ----
Meet with client to discuss system1 hour Jan 20jan 20 ----
Write up client background and software specification1.5 hours Jan 21Nov 1----
List client needs30 mins Jan 24 Jan 24----
Check needs with client15 mins Jan 28 Jan 28---Contact via e-mail

The sorts of task you'll need to include are:

PDF icona list of possible tasks/subtasks. I wouldn't expect you to have exactly the same tasks at all - in fact, you'd be better off having your own plan so long as you follow the same basic structure.

It's the monitoring of the timeplan which gets you the second and third marks - so you need to make sure you keep it up to date and add notes as required. Don't skimp on this!

This is AO4 Row 2 by the way. It wants to go on the front of the portfolio. You only need one plan - no need for an initial and an ongoing divide in this unit.

Markgrid Timeplans
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...

Managing your work - AO1 Row 6:

There are also three marks, in AO1 Row 6, for managing your work. These are gained throughout the project so it's worth mentioning them up front.

You can get these marks by:

You'll need to provide screenshots to show this, but will also need to make sure that any screenshots you use at any point in the project have the evidence of it as well - there's no point having six screenshots which call a table Table1 and then one at the end which renames it tblCustomer to try to get the marks there!

For the third mark you need to explain why you've done this.

Markgrid AO1 Row 6
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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