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Published on March 24th, 2015 | by What2Learn


INFO 3 Pre-release 2015 – Un Coup De Main

AQA have released the pre-release instructions for the 2015 summer A2 INFO 3 examination (‘The use of ICT in the Digital World’). These instructions provide clues and guidance for the likely content of the questions in Section A of the exam paper, which accounts for almost half of the marks for the total exam. As such, careful analysis of the pre-release paper alongside the specification and course textbooks can help to focus key areas for revision. Students must obtain copies of the pre-release instructions from their teacher. Teachers must obtain the instructions from the AQA secure website.

This year the theme is a charity named ‘Un Coup De Main’ (UCDM) and through a series of press-release statements students learn about the background to the organisation and the challenges they are facing. The list of topics and questions shown below can be used to provide a guide for focused revision on this scenario. Topics annmix may come up in the exam that are not listed below, but the suggestions provide a good starting point in preparing for Section A. Feel free to copy and paste them so that you can start answering the questions and building up your own revision notes.

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Suggested revision topics:

Organisation scale:
Describe the scale of Un Coup De Main

Organisation structure:
Explain the organisation structure UCDM is most likely to use (include a diagram to explain your point). Why will your hayamix.com chosen structure give them the greatest benefits?

External resources:
Definition of external resources

Online donation management
Case study of an online donation management system. Include full description of features and benefits.

Extranet Systems:
Definition of extranet.
What are the components?
What are the benefits of having an extranet?
How are they kept secure?

Accounting systems:
Case study of the features and benefits of an ICT-based accounting system such as Sage.

Definition of hacking:

Legal consequences of hacking:

Prevention of hacking by:



Secure data transfer


Development methodologies:
Linear methodologies (including advantages and disadvantages):

Iterative methodologies (including advantages and disadvantages)::

System lifecycle:
What are the eight steps in the traditional system lifecycle, and what kinds of activities happen at each of these steps?

Data warehouses:
What is a data warehouse?
What are the benefits of using one?

What is a code walkthrough?

What is functional testing?

What is the difference between black-box and white-box testing?

What is UAT?

What is direct conversion and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

What is parallel conversion and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

What is a pilot conversion and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

What is a phased conversion and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding:
Define the terms ‘crowdsourcing’ and ‘crowdfunding’.
How is crowdfunding different to online donation systems like Virgin Money Giving?
Case study of crowdfunding:

Social Media:
What are the benefits to charities of using social media?

Theft of data:
What are the internal threats which can lead to such data loss?

What are the external threats which can lead to such data loss?

Risk Analysis:
What is ‘risk analysis’ and four things does risk analysis involve?

How is a risk analysis calculated?

Security policies:
What are some key common features in security policies used by organisations?

Disaster avoidance:
What is ‘disaster avoidance’?

What is a ‘fault-tolerant computer’?

What is UPS?

What considerations should an organisation make regarding backups?

What is the role of employee awareness in disaster avoidance?

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