AQA Computer Science GCSE
Modern computer systems almost always work as a part of a network of devices.
This can be true even of a simple standalone machine - if it's connected to a printer or scanner, for example, it's part of a network. If it's connected to the internet then it's certainly part of an incredibly powerful network.
Networks are everywhere:
- at school devices are linked together to form a network
- in offices devices will be linked
- at home you may have devices linked to access the internet or to share resources like a printer. If your games console accesses the internet, it's part of a network
- you might create a small network by linking devices together using Bluetooth - a phone to a speaker or a controller to a games console, for example
School networks connect devices together throughout a site. They allow you, usually, to move from machine to machine and pick up your work, access printers and other resources and generally make things a lot easier.
I remember using computer rooms which didn't do this: you had to physically take your work with you from machine to machine (using floppy disks) and it was only possible to print from one machine. Nothing was connected to the internet and software had to be installed one each machine separately.
There are three main parts of the syllabus here:
There are quite a lot of key terms to learn in this unit, but none of it's all that complex. There are links to units 6 and 8 which deal more with security.