If you are a science student preparing to take the 2024 JAMB exam, then you should have the updated JAMB Syllabus for Computer Science this year. Having this will give you an edge/advantage in the coming exam as it will serve as a guide to your study.

It's not enough to just study, you need to study the right materials and the right topics for the said subject; in this case, Computer Science.

The Computer Science syllabus also contains objectives for each topic mentioned. These objectives are what you must know for every topic you study.

With that being said, let's get to it.

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JAMB Syllabus for Computer Science Exam

JAMB Syllabus for All UTME Subjects

EVOLUTION OF COMPUTING

History of computing

Topics:

  1. Pre-Computing Age – 19th-century; Features and components of early computing devices
  2. Computing Devices – 20th Century
  3. The history behind each device

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to do the following:

  • Identify the various computing devices since the beginning of counting/computing
    • – Abacus
    • – Slide Rule
    • – Napier's Bones
    • – Pascal Calculator
    • – Leibnitz Multiplier
    • – Jacquard Loom
    • – Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine
    • – Hollerith Census machine and
    • – Burrough's machine. 
  • Discuss the contributions and uses of each of the founders of these devices:
    • – ENIAC
    • – EDVAC
    • – UNIVAC 1
    • – Desktop Personal Computers, etc 

Classification of computing devices 

Topics:

  1. By Generation
  2. By Size
  3. By Purpose
  4. By type

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to do the following:

  • Relate each generation with its characteristic feature.
    • – First, Second, Third, Fourth to the current generation.
  • Describe each generation under the following:
    • – Year of Development
    • – Basic components/Type of Technology
    • – Speed of operation
    • – Storage Capacity/Component
  • Explain the differences in the classification of computing systems by size (micro, mini, mainframe, and super)
  • Differentiate among the various types of modern computer systems in respect of sizes and basic components, data and usage
    • – Personal Computers
    • – Desktops
    • – Laptops
    • – Tablets
    • – Hand-held
    • – Servers
    • – Workstations
    • – Mainframes 
    • – Wearable
    • – Supercomputers
    • – Digital
    • – Analog
    • – Hybrid
    • – Special purpose
    • – General-purpose. etc
  • v. State the importance and use of these computing systems

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Fundamentals of Computing

Overview of Computing Systems

Topics:

  1. Two math constituents of a computer (hardware and software) 
  2. Characteristics of computers 
  3. Type, examples, and uses of computer hardware 
  4. Logic Circuits 
  5. Types, examples, and uses of software 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Computer system in relation to its nature and programmability
    • ii. List functional parts of computer systems
    • iii. Explain the characteristics of computers (Electronic, Accuracy, Speed, interactive, Reliability, Consistency, Large Storage, etc.)
    • iv. Identify the differences between hardware and software 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define and give examples of hardware devices
    • ii. List components of computer hardware, their functions, and different types -Central Processing Unit, Peripherals (Input and Output devices), and Storage media
    • iii. Explain the differences between input and output devices
    • iv. Explain the functions of major input devices and give examples of the major input devices (keyboards, mouse, scanner, joystick, light pen, voice, digital camera, etc.)
    • v. Explain the classification of keys on the keyboard (function, numeric, alphabetic, cursors.)
    • vi. Explain the features, functions, and operations of the mouse
    • vii. Explain the differences among keyboard, mouse, light pen, scanner, digital camera, and output devices.
    • viii. Define and give examples of output devices (monitor, printer, speaker, plotters)
    • ix. List the different types, features, and uses of each output device above.
    • x. Explain the similarities and differences among inkjet, laser, and line printers
    • xi. List the components of CPU — Arithmetic and Logic Unit (ALU), Control Unit (CU), and Registers.
    • xii. Explain the functions of ALU, CU, and Registers.
    • xiii. Distinguish between Primary and Secondary Memory (Storage) units
    • xiv. List the components of Primary Memory Unit (Random Access Memory (RAM), Read-Only Memory (ROM))
    • xv. Explain the uses and differences between RAM and ROM 
    • xvi. Explain the functions of secondary (auxiliary) storages
    • xvii. List different types of secondary storage
    • xviii. Give examples of secondary storages (Floppy disks, magnetic tape, hard disks, compact disk (CD), Digital Video Disk (DVD), USE, etc.)
    • xix. Carry out a comparative analysis of auxiliary storage devices in respect of size, speed, cost, and technology (access mode, component, etc.).
    • xx. List different units by which storage is measured and their relationships – bits, bytes, nibbles, words, kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, etc.
    • xxi. Relate the relationships between Micro, Mega, Giga, and Terra bytes. 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define
      • – Registers
      • – Bus
      • – Address
  • ii. Explain the functions of the following Registers:
    • – MDR (Memor• Data Register)
    • – MAR (Memory Address Register)
    • – MBR (Memory Base Register)
    • – AC (Accumulator)
    • – PC (Program Counter).
    • – CIR (Current Instruction Register), etc.
  • iii. Explain the differences between register and main memory
  • iv. State the major steps involved in how a computer converts data to required information (Input — Process — Output)
  • v. Enumerate factors affecting the speed of data transfer (bus speed and bus width) 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define different type types and uses of gates: AND, NOT, OR, NOR, NAND
    • ii. Interpret Logic equations for AND, NOT, and OR gates
    • iii. List the symbols of AND, NOT, and OR gates
    • iv. Construct Truth Table for standard logic gates — AND, NOT, OR. gates
    • v. Define comparator
    • vi. Construct a simple comparator with XOR (Exclusive OR) and NOR gate
  • Candidates should be able to:
    •  i. Differentiate between system and application software. 
    • ii. List different types of System software (Operating Systems, Utility Software, Middleware, Device Drivers, Translators, etc.)
    • iii. Define Operating System (OS) 
    • iv. List functions of OS
    • v. List different types of OS User Interfaces (Text (Command-Line and Menu) and Graphical User Interface (GUI))
    • vi. Give examples of Operating Systems (MS Windows, LINUX, UNDC, etc.)
    • vii. Discuss different OS on phones, iPad (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, etc.)
    • viii. Define Utility Software
    • ix. List functions of Utility Software
    • x. List different types of Utility Software
    • xi. Give examples of Utility Software (Editors, Anti-Virus, etc.)
    • xii. Define Translators Explain the functions of Translator Software
    • xiv. List the different categories of translators (Interpreter, Assembler, and Compiler)
    • xv. Explain the differences among the categories of translators. 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. List examples of application software and their usage
    • ii. Differentiate between open source and proprietary software
    • iii. Different methods of acquiring Application software (Built in house and Off the Shelf)
    • iv. Explain the differences between User Application program and general-purpose Application packages
    • v.  Give examples of common off Shelf Application packages and their examples.
      • – Word Processing (MS Word)
      • – Spreadsheet (Excel)
      • – Database (Access)
      • – Presentation (PowerPoint)
      • – Graphics (Adobe Photoshop)
      • – Accounting (Sage)
      • – Payroll (Sage) 
      • – Government (Remita)
      • – Banking (Fusion Banking Essence)
      • – Statistics (SPSS)
      • – Educational (School Shell)
      • – Hospital ( eHospital), etc.

Data and Information

Topics:

  1. Differences between Data and  Information 
  2. Data representation. 
  3. Methods of Digitization 

Objectives

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define data and information
    • ii. List properties of information 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. List different types of data types (integers, real numbers. strings, multimedia (image, audiovisual, signal etc.)
    • ii. Identify ways of representing and handling data, that is number bases with special reference to binary, decimal, hexadecimal, etc. 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define digitization
    • ii. Explain the process of digitalization(manual, heads-up, interactive tracing, automatic)
    • iii. List different formats of digitized data (image, audio, video, motion, text, multimedia, etc.) 

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Computer Application Packages

Word Processing package

Topics:

  1. General concept
  2. Creating and saving documents
  3. Editing, formatting, and insertion 
  4. Printing
  5. MS Word
    •   i. Features
    •   ii. Launch MS Word
    •   iii. Basic operations
    •   iv. Other operations 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define word processing, and give examples of word processing packages. (MS Word, WordStar, WordPerfect, Open Word, etc.)
    • ii. Identify features of Word Processing packages in general (create, save, edit, insert, print, share, etc.) 
    • iii. List the application areas of Word Processing packages (Office, Publishing, Journalism, Education, etc.) 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Launch effectively MS word.
    • ii. Perform MS Word basic operations- create, edit, save, retrieve, print, copy and move, etc.
    • iii. Use different types and sizes of fonts
    • iv. Perform MS Word operations
    • v. Format, justify, search/explore, etc. – Carry out spell checking and file merging operations
    • vi. Close MS Word. 

Spreadsheet package

Topics:

  1. General concept
  2. Creating and saving documents 
  3. Editing, formatting and insertion
  4. Printing
  5. MS Excel
    •    i. Features
    •    ii. Launch MS Excel
    •    iii. Basic operations
    •    iv. Other operations

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Spreadsheet and give examples of Spreadsheet packages. (MS Excel, VisiCalc SuperCalc, SPSS, Cak etc.)
    • ii. Identify features of Spreadsheet packages in general (create, save, edit, insert, print, share etc.)
    • iii. List the application areas of Spreadsheet packages (Accounting, Engineering, Statistics, Calculation, what- if-scenarios, Education, etc.) 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Launch effectively MS Excel.
    • ii. Define basic terms in MS Excel -worksheet, workbook, cells, cell ranges, etc.
    • iii. Use MS Excel to: create, edit, save, retrieve, and print spreadsheet documents.
    • iv. Use data types in MS Excel (Number, Labels, Formula, etc.)
    • v. Perform basic operations in MS excel -Data Entry, Saving, Retrieve, move, copy, etc.)
    • vi. Perform arithmetic calculations using formula and inbuilt functions, etc.
    • vii. Use different types and sizes of fonts
    • viii. Perform additional MS Excel operations (Formatting, Editing, Printing, Drawing charts etc.)
    • ix. Close MS Excel. 

Database package

Topics:

  1. Definition of Database and examples of database packages
  2. Database organizations
  3. Different features of database format 
  4. Basic operations of Database using MS Access
  5. Create a database using MS Access 
  6. Carry out operations on an existing database using MS Access. 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Database and give examples of Database packages. (Dbase, Foxbase, MS Access, Oracle, etc.)
    • ii. Define basic database terms (File, Record. Field, key, form, table, etc.)
    • iii. List and explain different types of database organization (Hierarchical, Network, and Relational.)
    • iv. List the application areas of Database in different organizations (Office, Home, Education, Government, Hospital, Agriculture, etc.) 
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Explain different features of database format in MS Access:
      • – Files designed as tables
      • – Tables comprising of rows and columns
      • – Row containing related information about a record
      • – Column containing specific type of information about a field 
    • ii. Carry out steps to create a database in MS Access to:
      • – Define the structure of a database
      • – Indicate field type (numeric, character, data, text, etc.)
      • – Enter data
      • – Save data 
  • iii. carry out basic operations on an already created MS Access database:
    • – searching, modifying, sorting, reporting, selecting, inserting, etc. 
  • iv. Close the MS Access database. 

Graphics Package

Topics:

  1. Definitions and examples of Graphic packages
  2. Features of CorelDraw
  3. Simple design using CorelDraw 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Graphics and give examples of Graphic packages (Paint, Harvard Graphics, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Autocad etc)
    • ii. Explain features of CorelDraw (LiveSketch Tool, Multi-Monitor, Healing Clone Tools, Copy Curve Segments, Gaussian Blur Feature, Touch-Friendly GU Interface, Powerful Stylus Enhancements, Import Legacy Workspaces, Prominent Interactive Sliders, Custom Node Shapes, Font Filtering and Search, Corel Font Manager, Enhanced Vector Previews, Handles and Node etc )
    • iii. Use features of CorelDraw to activate existing CorelDraw files
    • iv. Use CorelDraw to design
      • – Business card
      • – School logo
      • – National flag
      • – Invitation card
      • – Certificate, etc.

Presentation Package 

Topics:

  1. Definition of Presentation package and examples of Presentation packages 
  2. PowerPoint
    •    i. Features of PowerPoint Environment 
    •    ii. Steps in activating an existing PowerPoint 
    •    iii. PowerPoint operations 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to: 
  • i. Define Presentation and give examples of Presentation packages (MS PowerPoint, Windows Movie Maker, Micromedia Flash, impress, Apple keynotes, etc.) 
  • ii. Explain features of PowerPoint Environment (Animation Painter, Video Editor, create a video of your presentation, Automatic Ribbons Toolbars, Transitions, Sections, Cropped Tool, Mask Feature, Effective Preview, Screen Shot, Smart Guides,)
  • iii. Explain steps in activating a PowerPoint presentation
  • iv. Perform PowerPoint operations to:
  • – Create new presentation
  • – Insert pictures, text, graphs, animated contents, add new slide, etc.
  • – Save presentation, run slide show, print presentation, close presentation etc. 

Web Design Package 

Topics:

  1. Definition and examples of Web Design Packages 
  2. Uses Web Design Packages 
  3. Elements of Web design using Dreamview 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to: 
  • i. Define and Give examples of Web design packages (HTML, XML, Dreamweaver, Rapidweaver, Web Designer, Microsoft Sharepoint Designer, Net Object Fusion, Xara Web Designer etc.) 
  • ii List Elements of Web Design
  • – Navigation
  • – Visual design
  • – Content
  • – Web friendly
  • – Interaction Information Accessibility
  • – Intuitiveness 
  • –  Branding
  • – Turnaround time
  • – Conversion etc. 
  • iii. Use Dreamweaver for:
  • – Social Media Management
  • – Website Design & Web Development
  • – Pay Per Click (PPC) Management and Advert Consulting etc. 

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Managing Computer Files

Concept of Computer Files

Topics:

  1. Definitions of basic terms
  2. File organisations
  3. Methods of accessing files
  4. File classifications
  5. Criteria for classifying files 

Objectives

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define some basic terms (File, record, field, data item etc.).
    • ii. Identify and use of basic data types (numeric, alphabetic, and alphanumeric)
    • iii. Explain the relationship among file structure items (Data item — field – record-file-database)
  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Classify files according to how they are organised. (Serial, Sequential, Index and random)
    • ii. Access files as appropriate (Serial, Sequential and Random).
    • iii. Classify files into:
      •    – Master
      •    – Transaction
      •    – Reference
    • iv. Explain the criteria used in classifying files
      •    – Nature of content (Program and Data)
      •    – Organization method
      •    – Storage medium
      •    – Date
      •    – Size etc. 

Handling Computer Files

Topics:

  1. Basic operations
  2. Data Loss
  3. Security 
  4. Computer versus manual files

Objectives

  • Candidates should be able to-
    • i. Perform basic file operations – Create, Delete, Retrieve, Insert, Copy, View, Update, Open, Close etc. 
    • ii. Identify causes of data loss of:
      •    – Overwriting
      •    – Inadvertent deletion
      •    – Hardware malfunction
      •    – Virus attack
      •    – Theft
      •    – Arson
      •    – Natural Disaster etc. 
    • iii. Use different methods of securing data and maintaining its integrity
      •    – Backup
      •    – Antivirus 
      •    – Personal Identification Number
      •    – Biometrics
      •    – Passwords
      •    – Proper labelling of storage devices
      •    – CCTV Physical Security
      •    – Fire Extinguisher
      •    – Smoke Alarms etc. 
    • iv. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of computer and manual file (security, speed of access and creation cost of setup and maintenance, electricity supply, etc.)  

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Computer Maintenance and Safety Measures 

Booting and shutting down process 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Defined booting
    • ii. List the two types of booting process (cold and warm booting)
    • iii. Explain the difference between cold and warm booting.
    • iv. Explain the steps involved in booting and shutting down a computer system  

Computer Maintenance 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Perform general cleaning of the computer system
    • ii. Charge and replace battery for systems and UPS
    • iii. Clean drive lens
    • iv. Perform simple hardware and software maintenance
    • v. Recover data from a crashed system 

Computer Room Management 

Objectives

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define proper sitting arrangement
    • ii. Position the monitor, keyboard, CPU, Mouse and other peripherals appropriately
    • iii. Ensure Proper illumination of the computer room
    • iv. Maintain a dust free environment
    • v. Keep liquid away from a computer room
    • vi. Keep strictly to laboratory rules and regulations 

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Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

Communication Systems

Topics:

  1. Definitions and Acronym of ICT
  2. Types and examples of ICT 

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to: 

  • i. State the full meaning of the acronym ICT
  • ii. Define ICT
  • iii. List types of ICT.
    •    – Broadcasting
    •    – Telecommunication
    •    – Data Network
    •    – Information Systems
    •    – Satellite Communication, etc.
  • iv. Give examples of Broadcasting
    •    – Radio broadcasting
    •    – Television Broadcasting
    •    – Satellites Broadcasting etc.
  • v. List types of Telecommunications
    •    – Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN Land Line
    •    – Mobile phone system
    •    – Circuit Switched Packet Telephone System (CSPT)
    •    – Satellite Telephone System
    •    – Fixed Wireless Telephone System etc,
  • vi. List types of Data Network
    •    – Personal Area Network (PAN)
    •    – Local Area Network (LAN)
    •    – Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
    •    – Wide Area Network (WAN)
    •    – Intranet
    •    – Internet etc.
  • vii. List types of Information System
    •    – Data Processing System
    •    – Global Positioning System (GPS), etc. 

Application areas of ICT

Topics:

  1. Application areas
  2. ICT based Devices 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Applications Areas of ICT:
      •    – Teleconferencing
      •    – Video conferencing
      •    – Telecommuting
      •    – Telecomputing
      •    – Messaging
      •    – Information search, retrieval and archival systems
      •    – -Learning
      •    – Telemedicine
      •    – E-Commerce
      •    – E-Government
      •    – E-Library, etc.  
    • ii. List types of ICT Devices:
      •    – Mobile phones
      •    – Computers Automated Teller Machines (ATM)
      •    – Dispensing Machines
      •    – Point of Sale Machines Automated Cash Register (ACR)
      •    – Radio sets
      •    – Television sets
      •    – Scanners, etc. 

Internet 

Topics:

  1. Definition of terms 
  2. Internet Browsers
  3. Features of Internet Browsers
  4. Internet Services 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Internet
    • ii. Define and illustrate use of:
      •    – Home page
      •    – Browse
      •    – Browser
      •    – Chatroom
      •    – Cybercafe
      •    – Http
      •    – Html
      •    – ISP
      •    – Webpage
      •    – Website, etc.
    • iii. Access the Internet through any of the browsers
      •    – Internet Explorer
      •    – Opera
      •    – Firefox
      •    – Cometbird
      •    – tibuntu
      •    – Google Chrome
      •    – Phoenix, etc.
    • iv. Explain features of the Internet Browsers
      •    – Title Bar
      •    – Menu Bar
      •    – Tool Bar
      •    – Address Bar
      •    – Icons
      •    – Search Bar 

Electronic Mail

Topics:

  1. Definition
  2. Service 
  3. Steps involved in creating and opening mail (email box. and chatting) 
  4. Features of e-mail address 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Electronic Mail and Chatting U. List e-nuil unites.
      •    – Creating e-mail address
      •    – Composing e-mail
      •    – Sending/receiving e-mail
      •    – Adding attachment 
      •    – Chatting
      •    – Creating mailing list group etc
  • ii. Explain the features in an e-mail address e.g xyz.@jamb.org.ng (user@Domairnname). Explain the components of domain name.

Networking

Topics:

  1. Definitions
  2. Network types
  3. Network topologies
  4. Network devices 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define computer network
    • ii. List and define venous types of Networks:
      •    – PAN
      •    – LAN
      •    – WAN
      •    – MAN
      •    – Milne
      •    – Extinct
      •    – Internet
    • iii. Explain the differences in basic network topologies:
      •    – Star
      •    – Boo
      •    – Ring
    • iv. Define and explain the use of network devices:
      •    – Hub
      •    – Modems
      •    – Switches
      •    – Routers
      •    – Gateway
      •    – Repeaters
      •    – Access Points Interface (API)
      •    – Network Interface Card (MC), etc.

World Wide Web (www) 

Topics:

  1. Definition and full meanings of acronyms 
  2. Brief history of www
  3. Basic terminologies
  4. Protocol
  5. Advantages and disadvantages of 
  6. Navigation through websites 
  7. Software for web development 
  8. Differences between email and website 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Give fill meanings of www. HTTP, HTTPS, HTML, XML
    • ii. Explain the history behind www
    • iii. Explain basic terminologies:
      •    – www
      •    – website
      •    – Homepage
      •    – Protocol, etc.
    • iv. Define Protocol and list different types of protocols (http, https, fp, etc.) 
    • v. List uses and benefits of www.
      •    – Accessible from anywhere around the globe with the availability of the Internet access to information or information accessible to the world
      •    – connect to people from anywhere from home
      •    – purchase products online anywhere in the comfort of your home
      •    – create website for your business and do a lot much more than the physical office
      •    – communicate with anyone around the world through text, chats, and email
      •    – Online course can be completed using www.
      •    – Online and branding of businesses
      •    – Facilitate establishing professional contacts
      •    – Unlimited access to information, etc. 
    • vi. List disadvantages of truly
      •    – Risk of data and identity theft
      •    – Cyberbullying
      •    – Easy spread of fake news
      •    – Hacking
      •    – Spam mails
      •    – Paedophile, etc. 
    • vi. Navigate through websites.
      •    – www.jamb.org.ng
      •    – www..orz.ng
      •    – www..ng
      •    – www.ui.edu.ng
      •    – www.google.com, etc.
    • vii. Use of software for web development
      •    – Frontpage
      •    –
      •    – Dreamweaver
      •    – Photoshop
      •    – Google
      •    – Web Designer, etc.
    • ix. Differentiate between email and website
      •    – xyz@jamb.gov.ng and
      •    – www.jamb.org.ng

Cables and Connectors

Topic:

  1. Network cables and connnectors
  2. Computer cables and connectors 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Identify different network cables and connectors
      •    – Cables (Twisted Pair, Coaxial, Fibre Optics, etc.) Connectors (R.J45, 8311, T-Connectors)
    • ii Identify different types of Computer Cables and Connectors
      •    – Cables: Power Cables, Data Cables, Printer Cable, Universal Serial Bus (L'S13); Monitor Cable; Serial Cable, Parallel Cable, etc.
      •    – Connectors: Male and Female. 

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Developing Problem-Solving Skills 

Programming Language (PL) 

Topics:

  1. Derminon and Classification of PL 
  2. Advantages and disadvantages of different levels of PL 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Programming Language (PL)
    • ii. Identify different classifications of PL.
      •    – Machine Language: interpreted directly in hardware i.e, binary machine code
      •    – Assembly languages. thin swappers over a corresponding machine language i.e,  Assembly Language symbolic language.
      •    – High-Level languages: anything that is machine- independent i.e., BASIC, C, Java; Fortran 200S, Python. Pearl etc.
    • iii. Give advantages and disadvantages of Machine Language, Assembly Language, and High programming Language.

High Level Languages (HLL) 

Topics:

  1. Classifications of HLL 
  2. Characteristics of HLL
  3. Translator

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Classify High-Level programming Languages into:
      •    – Scientific
      •    – General Purpose
      •    – Business – Object oriented
      •    – Procedural
      •    – Artificial Intelligence
      •    – Suing processing
      •    – Domain Specific
      •    – Scripting
      •    – Systems
      •    – Visual
      •    – Esoteric. etc. 
    • ii Explain the characteristics of High-Level Programmes Languages:
      •    – Requires translation into machine language
      •    – Portable
      •    – Easier to read, write and maintain as commands are similar to English
      •    – Use data types and data structures, selection statements and repetition iteration constructs
      •    – Use Logic operators and functions that are built into the language.
      •    – Programmers friendly Easy to code, debug and maintain
    • iii. Define translators and its two basic types:
      •    – Interpreters
      •     – Compilers

Algorithm and Flowcharts

Topic:

  1. Definitions
  2. Functions of Algorithm
  3. Properties of Algorithm
  4. Flowchart symbols 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Algorithm and flowchart
    • ii. State functions of algorithms: They are used to perform:
      •    – Calculations
      •    – Data Processing
      •    – Automated reasoning etc. 
    • iii. State and explain the properties of Algorithm Input specified Output specified
      •    – Definiteness
      •    – Effectiveness
      •    – Finiteness etc. 
    • iv. Identify Flowchart symbols
      •    – Start Input/Output
      •    – Process
      •    – Decision Stop
      •    – loop
      •    – Continuation etc. 
    • v. Draw Flowchart of a given programming problem 

Programming Language Structure 

Topics:

  1. Basic Statements 
  2. Arithmetic/string operators
  3. Subunits
  4. Rudimentary and non-rudimentary data 

Objectives

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Identify features/syntax of a programming language
      •    – Keywords 
      •    – Variable types
      •    – Constants'literals
      •    – Numeric String/alphanumeric
      •    – Basic characteristics of the language
    • ii. Basic statements of a high-level programming language
      •    – Input
      •    – Output
      •    – Processing
      •    – Comments Subunits (Functions, Procedure, Methods, Subroutines etc.)
      •    – Statements (Iteration/Loop, Conditional, Assignment, Dimension, etc.)
    • iii. Arithmetic operators and expressions
    • iv. String operators and expressions
    • v. Built in functions
    • vi. Rudimentary data (Integer, float, Boolean, character, etc.)
    • vii. Non-Rudimentary Data Types (Arrays, classes, string, etc.)
    • viii. Complex data structures (Trees, graphs, linked lists, objects etc.)

Program Development

Topics:

  1. Definition
  2. Characteristics of programs 
  3. Precautions
  4. Steps involved in developing program 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define a program
    • ii. List characteristics of a good program
      •    – Accuracy
      •    – Readability 
      •    – Maintainability
      •    – Efficiency
      •    – Generality
      •    – Clarity etc.
    • iii. State the precautions required in the development of a program
      •    – Be stable, steady and patient
      •    – No step skipping
      •    – Follow order of execution etc.
    • iv. Steps involved in program development
      •    – Problem definition
      •    – Problem analysis
      •    – Design (Flow charting/ algorithm) development
      •    – Program coding
      •    – Program compilation
      •    – Program testing/debugging
      •    – Program documentation
      •    – Program Maintenance
    • v. Examples of:
      •    – Interpreted program (BASIC, Java, python)
      •    – Compiled Program (COBOL, FORTRAN, C, C-H-, Java etc.) 

System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Topics:

  • Definition of SDCL
  • Stages of SDLC 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define SDLC
    • ii. Describe SDLC
    • iii. Explain stages in SDLC
      •    – Preliminary study (Identification of the problem, Recognition of the Need)
      •    – Feasibility Analysis
      •    – Design Implementation (coding, testing, documentation and delivery )
      •    – Maintenance Review
    • iv. Draw a diagram of a SDLC 

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics 

Topics:

  1. Definition of AI 
  2. Branches of AI 
  3. Applications of AI

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define AI
    • ii. Identify branches of AI
      •    – Machine Learning unsupervised, reinforcement) (supervised).
      •    – Neural Network
      •    – Expert Systems
      •    – Fuzzy Logic
      •    – Natural Language Processing
      •    – Deep Learning etc.
    • iii. List Application Areas of AI
      •    – Robotics
      •    – E-Commerce
      •    – Navigation
      •    – Human Resource
      •    – Healthcare
      •    – Agriculture
      •    – Gaming
      •    – Automobiles
      •    – Social Media
      •    – Marketing, etc. 

Fundamentals of Robotics

Topics:

  • Definition of Robotics
  • Main Components of Robotics
  • Types of Robots
  • Application Areas of Robotics
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Robots

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define Robots
    • ii. Define Robotics
    • iii. Identify main components of Robots
      •    – Control system
      •    – Sensors
      •    – Actuators
      •    – Power Supply
      •    – End Effectors etc.
    • iv. Mention types of Robots Robots
      •    – Humanoid Robots
      •    – Autonomous Robots
      •    – Teleoperated Robots
      •    – Augmenting Robots etc.
    • v. Itemize application areas of Robots
      •    – Logistics
      •    – Manufacturing
      •    – Home
      •    – Travel
      •    – Healthcare
      •    – Security
      •    – Space exploration
      •    – Entertainment
      •    – Agriculture
      • –    Food Preparation
      •    – Manufacturing
      •    – Military
      •    – Customer Service etc.
    • vi. State advantages and disadvantages of using Robots 

Computer Ethics and Human Issues 

Ethical issues 

Computer Security 

Cyber risks and protection

Topics:

  1. Computer-related crime
  2. Responsibility for computer failure
  3. Protection of computer property, records, and software
  4. Privacy of the company, workers, and customers. 

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. Define computer-related crime.
    • ii. State examples of computer-related crime. (Compromising computer systems, hacking, theft, etc.)
    • iii. List methods to prevent unauthorized use of computer system (user identification, Passwords etc.)
    • iv. List methods to protect computer resources using both electronic and manual methods. 
    • v. List methods to Protect privacy of individuals (workers, companies, customers, government etc.) by law and electronically.
    • vi. Define computer security
    • vii. Identify different types of computer security and their characteristics. Network security Internet security (cyber)
      •     – Application Security
      •    – Data security
      •    – Information security
      •    – End user security etc.
    • viii. Identify appropriate security tool to use for the different types of computer security (Firewalls, antivirus software, encryption, etc.)
    • ix. Identify categories of application threats and their characteristics (Input, authorization, session management, parameter tampering,
    • x. Identify basic dimensions of Information Security (Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA))
    • xi. Mention Network security Issues (unauthorized, intrusion, rules and configurations that protect confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility using both software and hardware.)
    • xii. Mention Network security methods (antivirus software, application security, behavioural analytics, data loss prevention, email security, firewalls, mobile device security, network segmentation, security, and event management (SEIM), Virtual Private Network (VPN), Web security, wireless security; Network Access Control (NAC).
    • xiii. List Types of cyber security threats (Cyberaime, cyber-attack, cyber terrorism, malware, virus, trojans, spyware, Ransomware, Adware, Botnets, SQL injection, Phishing, Man-in-the-middle attack, Denial of Service, Dridex, Romance scams, Emotet malware 
    • xiv. List Cyber security safety tips
      •    – Regular update of software and operating systems
      •    – Use of anti-virus software
      •    – Use of strong passwords
      •    – Do not open email attachments from unknown senders
      •    – Do not click on links in entails from unknown senders or unfamiliar websites
      •    – Avoid the use of unsecure WIFI networks in public places etc. 

Potentials for Higher Studies in Computing

Objectives:

  • Candidates should be able to:
    • i. List possible career paths in computing Software Developer Software Test Engineer Programme Analyst
      •    – System Developer Web Developer Software Development Engineer,
      •    – Computer System Analyst
      •    – Database Administrator
      •    – System Administrator
      •    – System Engineer
      •    – System Analyst
      •    – Network Engineer
      •    – Business Analyst
      •    – Program Manager
      •    – IT Specialist
      •    – Data Analyst/Scientist
      •    – AI and Robotics
      •    – System Security Analyst
      •    – Digital Forensic Analyst
      •    – Mobile App Developer
      •    – ICT Manager
      •   – Blogger
      •    – E- Marketer
      •    – Social Media Manager
      •    – ICT Educator
      •    – Career in Academia
      •    – Private Entrepreneurship
      •    – Internet Police
      •    – IT User Support: Desk Officer
      •    – ICT Librarian
      •    – Computer Instructor, etc. 

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  • “Fundamentals of Computing” – This book typically covers the basics of computer operations, hardware, and software. It's an essential read for beginners.
  • “Computer Studies for Senior Secondary School” – A popular choice for its comprehensive coverage of the .
  • “Advanced Computing Concepts” – Ideal for students who want to delve deeper into complex topics.
  • “Programming and Problem Solving with C++” – A must-read for those interested in coding and software development.

In Summary

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