Madras College

S1 I.C.T. Course


This course is delivered by the Business and Computing departments.

The aim of the course is to give pupils the opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and practical ICT skills to encourage confident handling of modern computer technology. Being skilled in using ICT is essential if children and young people are to be effective contributors able to communicate and interact on a global scale. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) refers to forms of technology that are used to transmit, store, create, display, share or exchange information by electronic means.

The philosophy of this course is to equip all our pupils with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to use computer systems effectively to support them at school and beyond.

Course Content

The course covers the following topics:
  • File handling and network management.
  • The Internet and World Wide Web - including Safety and Responsibilities issues when using these.
  • Using e-mail, managing 'cloud' (online) storage and sharing documents in GLOW.
  • Presentation skills using Word Processing and PowerPoint software.
  • Making comic strips using digital cameras and Comic Life.
  • Working with simple Spreadsheets - using formulae, graphs and formatting.
  • Collaborative project utilising all of the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course.


One period a week (60 minutes) for approximately 40 weeks.


  • A short homework is issued for most of the topics mentioned above. Our philosophy about homework is 'short and sweet'. Each homework exercise should take only 10 - 15 minutes to complete and is aimed to consolidate the concepts and technical vocabulary learned in class while getting pupils into good homestudy habits.
  • Pupils will be also be expected to prepare for class tests using our online (or printed) study resources. We also encourage our pupils to refer to these if necessary when completing their homework exercises.


Pupils will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Most topics have a tasks checklist. Each pupil will have their own checklist which their teacher will fill in whenever a task is successfully completed.
  • Most topics will be formally assessed using a short 20 question multiple choice test - typically lasting about 15 minutes. This will provide information about how well pupils have understood the concepts and terminology underpinning the practical work they have been doing