Storing and Retrieving

 Students learn about:
 Students learn to:
storing and retrieving
  • storing and retrieving the two-step process by which data or information can be saved and reloaded to allow for:
    • other processing to take place
    • a temporary halt in the system
    • backup and recovery
    • the transfer of data or information
  • hardware for storing and retrieving
    • hardware devices (See Course Specifications Document)
    • the characteristics of hardware, including:
      • random or sequential access
      • volatile or non-volatile
      • permanent or non-permanent
  • the trend to faster and greater storage capacity over time
  • software for storing and retrieving
    • hardware interface software
    • file management software
    • database management systems
    • file formats for different data types
    • Internet browser
      • used to access a machine - independent data store 
      • using search engines to access data
    • encryption/password protection
    • security of stored data whether stored centrally or distributed
  • non-computer tools, including:
    • paper based storage systems
    • microfiche
    • libraries
  • social and ethical issues, including:
  • the security of stored data unauthorised retrieval of data advances in storage and retrieval technologies and new uses such as data matching


  • document the storage and retrieval
  • process in an information system
  • describe the characteristics and operation of hardware devices used for storage and retrieval
  • use a range of hardware devices and associated software to store and retrieve information and data
  • store and retrieve data using a network
  • compare different file formats for storing the same data, explaining the features and benefits of each
  • use software features to secure stored data and information
  • retrieve and use data in an ethical way


a) Minor changes have been made to original dot points to tighten and clarify definitions of terms and concepts and to remove ambiguities