About NPA Level 5 PC Passport

UNITS

UNIT TITLE

CODE

SCQF CREDIT POINTS

NOTIONAL LENGTH

IT Systems

FIFA 11

3

20 Hours

IT Software – Word Processing & Presenting Information

FIFC 11

6

40 Hours

Internet & On-line Communications

FIFD 11

6

40 Hours

IT Software – Spreadsheets & Database

FIFB 11

6

40 Hours

 

The above units are mandatory, therefore you must successfully complete each of the units to achieve the award.  Completion of all units gives an NPA with a value of 21 SCQF credit points at level 5.

This award is designed to develop routine IT skills in a number of areas.  The award builds upon basic skills involved with the use of a number of application packages used by employers.  The range of applications used includes:

  • Word Processing
  • Presentation
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases

You will also develop skills in the effective use of the Internet and more advanced information handling and e-mail skills.  You will be introduced to range of IT systems available and suitability of their use for different purposes.  On completion of this ward you are expected to have a range of routine IT skills that will be relevant in the workplace or in day to day life.

UNITS OF STUDY

Internet and On-line Communications

1

Describe components, services and issues relating to the use of on-line communications.

2

Carry out searches for information using the Internet/Intranet.

3

Send and receive e-mail using routine Internet/Intranet facilities.

4

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of variety of on-line communication methods.

IT Systems

1

Investigate and recommend a range of computer hardware for a given specification.

2

Connect and configure different peripheral devices to a computer system.

3

Identify precautions to reduce known health risks associated with the use and disposal of computer systems.

4

Identify security issues and safeguards associated with the use of computer systems.

Word Processing and Presenting Information

1

Identify routine software application package functions.

2

Identify uses of information produced by different software application packages.

3

Use routine software application package functions.

4

Produce solutions to specified tasks using software application packages.

Spreadsheets and Databases

1

Identify routine computer application software functions.

2

Identify information requirements to meet the needs of different audiences.

3

Use routine computer application software functions.

4

Produce solutions to specified tasks using functions of software application packages.

Most of the learning activities in PC Passport will be practical.  Each of the units will mostly be assessed individually, although some assessments will be integrated over the units.

Each unit has a knowledge and understanding assessment which will assess your understanding of the content of the unit.  This will be assessed by questions.  Practical skills and tasks will be assessed by assessor observation.  There will also be some project based assessments.

TABLE OF ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS

UNIT

KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

ASSESSOR CHECKLIST

PROJECT

MAKING SELECTIVE USE OF IT

Internet & On-line Communications

15 Questions

Research presented as 500 word report

 

IT Software – Spreadsheets & Databases

 

15 Questions

 

IT Software – Word Processing & Presenting Information

 

15 Questions

 

IT Systems

12 Questions

Research and completion of pro-forma

 

PROGRESSION

Completion of this award will allow candidate to progress to Level 6 PC Passport or to a full NC Award in college.

PC Passport also contributes to vocational IT awards.  On successful completion at Level 5 SCQF achieves a vocational award at level 2 and confers eligibility to progress to level 3.

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