It never seems to amaze me how skimpy recent ICT books are. This is just over 200 pages and represents a years work.
On the basis of 1 chapter (unit 11 Data Analysis and Design), I can conclude that the content is rubbish.
The chapter starts with a case study - someone who is supposed to be an IT Suppot/ Analyst. I suppose this sort of thing is supposed to get students thinking of possible carears in IT. Given that the persons current salary is only £10,500, although realist for many such BTEC students, it is not going to pursuade them that an IT carear is for them. The example is horribly contrived.
This is followed of a page which summarise assessment… Read more
I own and have used a number of IB maths books. Out of all the IB maths books that I have seen this is easily the most atrractive, most interesting and well organized book.
Firstly, the presentation is excellent. The contents of the book are full colour including many coloured photographs.
The book is well organized. It is split into 15 chapters. The start of each chapter begins with a section called "Before you start". This is to make sure that you have the basic knowledge to be able to make the most of the material in the chapter that follows; it includes a "skills check", where you can quickly test yourself. The chapter is split into easily manageable sections - a… Read more
To start with this book is the most attractively produced book that covers BTEC first ICT. It also covers the most specialist units. There are 12 units covered in the book (2 core and 10 specialist). There is also a CD-ROM with the book that contains additional units in PDF format.
The writing for each unit is extremely concise - typically 24 - 45 pages for the specialist units. Although I feel that they need more pages to describe the material, I do feel that the authors have done extremely well packing so much in, in so few pages. There are very few wasted words and certainly no useless waffle.
I have looked at the chapters on web site development, and software… Read more