The aim of this module is equip learners with the fundamentals and the practical applications of computational thinking and practical approaches within the problem-solving process. Computational thinking and problem solving skills ensure good practice in programming and general computations which are consistently required throughout the module and the programme.
This module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:
- Understand the steps in the problem-solving process.
- Construct Boolean logic circuits from a mathematical perspective and evaluate how Boolean searches are used in the real world.
- Create algorithms.
- Build flowcharts.
- Devise logical arguments in the wider ICT context.
- The Problem-Solving Process
- Defining the Problem
- Analysing Problems
- Gathering Information
- Interpreting Data
- Finding Solutions
- Introduction to computational thinking
- Set Theory
- Introduction to Boolean algebra
- Boolean operators OR, AND NOT
- Logic gates, Truth tables and Boolean expressions
- Basic rules of Boolean algebra
Data Representation and Number Systems
- Binary, octal and hexadecimal notation
- Conversion from one data representation to another
- Simple binary and hexadecimal arithmetic
Algorithms and Flowcharts
- Introduction to algorithms
- Algorithm analysis
- Data structures
- Sorting and searching
- Flowchart symbols and their meaning
- Drawing flowcharts
Critical thinking and Writing
- Finding evidence
- Analysing evidence
- Facts and opinions
- Common errors in reasoning
- Valid and invalid arguments
- Using critical thinking to make decisions
- Analysing arguments in the writing of others