Computer Applications Technology (CAT)

Computer Applications Technology is the study of practical techniques for the efficient use of computers and computer software applications to accomplish common workplace
tasks.

You will learn how to apply your knowledge and the skill you gain to solve everyday problems. The solutions involve the use of either computers and software applications, or computers and telecommunication systems, or both. In other words, the solutions involve the use of ICT systems. ICT systems are the combination of telecommunication networks, computer hardware and computer software. Together, they provide the means of gathering and processing data, managing information and communicating and exchanging knowledge.

Who should take this subject?

Computer Applications Technology (CAT) has been reintroduced to Maritzburg College for the boy who is passionate about technology and possesses a good work ethic to meet the requirements of a demanding syllabus. This subject is a good alternative for those who enjoy working independently in both theoretical and practical tasks. The approach is more practical, and centres around both relevant and current ICT topics.

Specific aims of CAT

In Computer Applications Technology, a learner will:

  • use end-user software applications proficiently to produce solutions to problems within a defined scenario;
  • understand the concepts of ICTs with regard to the technologies that make up a computing system;
  • understand the various technologies, standards and protocols involved in the electronic transmission of data via a computer-based network;
  • use the internet and understand the role that the internet plays as part of the global information superhighway;
  • find authentic and relevant information, process the information to draw conclusions, make decisions and communicate the findings in appropriate presentation media; and
  • recognise the legal, ethical, environmental, social, security and health issues related to the use of ICTs and learn how to use ICTs responsibly.

 

Skills Required

  • Sound communication skills
  • Language proficiency
  • Fine motor skills
  • Logical and practical thinking skills
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Visual literacy
  • A willingness to learn and apply skills in dierent situations
  • A willingness to engage in lifelong learning
  • Higher order thinking skills

 

Software used in CAT:

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Presentations
  • Web Design (HTML)

Assessments:

Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Term 1:
Two tests (one theory and one practical)
Term 1:
Two tests (one theory and one practical)
Term 1:
Two tests (one theory and one practical)
Term 2:
One test (Theory or Practical)
Two examinations (one theory and
one practical)
Term 2:
One test (Theory or Practical)
Two examinations (one theory and
one practical)
Term 2:
One test (Theory or Practical)
Two examinations (one theory and
one practical)
Term 3:
Two tests (one theory and one practical)
Term 3:
Two tests (one theory and one practical)
Term 3:
One test
(Theory or practical, two examinations.
Trials – one theory and one practical)
Term 4:
Two examinations
(One practical and one theory)
Term 4:
Two examinations
(One practical and one theory)
Term 4:
Two examinations
(One practical and one theory)

Practical Assessment Task (25% of the total mark for CAT)

The Practical Assessment Task (PAT) is a project that assesses the learner’s procedural
skills and individual interaction with data and information as well as the way he processes,
manipulates and presents the information. The information will finally be presented in a
number of documents. These must be presented in the application programs studied.

The final mark for CAT is made up of
• 25% from the assessments
• 25% from the PAT
• 25% November Paper 1
• 25% November Paper 2