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9IPT: The Final Prelim Term

posted Jul 16, 2012, 3:07 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Jul 16, 2012, 3:27 PM ]
This is your last term as a prelim IPT student. "What? I've only had two so far!" Well, yeah... the preliminary course is only three terms long! So, to get your head into the right space for what you're going to be doing over the next few weeks, here's a little timeline showing what we'll be doing as we lead up to your final prelim exam.

What will we be doing? 
Transmitting & Receiving
Group Project (work + interviews)
Exam preparation: revision and past papers
Exam preparation: mini-exam setting task
8Preliminary exam*

* A note of warning here - the prelim exams actually start on the Friday of week 7, so there is a slim chance that your exam will be in week 7 and not 8. But just by the numbers, there's an 83% probability that it'll be in week 8, which is why I've listed your exam in that week.

One last piece of housekeeping before we get stuck into today's lesson. Next Thursday will be your parent-teacher interview night, so if you're keen to get an interview spot you should come and talk to me. Older grades get priority, so I'll be giving appointments to year 10 first, but I'll take names for you guys today and get you to talk to your parents about it.

Introduction to Transmitting & Receiving
  1. Define transmitting and receiving.

  2. Identify five examples of this process that occur in your day-to-day life. In each case, identify:
    • The data being transmitted
    • The source and destination of data
    • The information technology involved in the transfer

  3. Define a "bus", and describe the primary types of internal and external buses (make sure to refer to the main kind of data that each bus is intended to transfer).

  4. Explain the role of a modem in transmitting and receiving.

  5. Identify four distinct methods of connecting to the internet. For each method, describe:
    • Unique benefits
    • Relative cost
    • Infrastructure required
    • Approximately when it became mainstream (i.e. easily available to consumers and affordable)