HOD: Mrs Mokwatedi
CAT is a valuable subject that deals specifically with end user computer applications. The subject gives a good grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of computer use. IT (Information Technology) learners, are the learners going to university to study engineering, sciences and medicine and obviously Computer technology.
Computer Applications Technology is the study of the integrated components of a computer system (hardware and software) and the practical techniques for their efficient use and application to solve everyday problems. The solutions to problems are designed, managed and processed via end-user applications and communicated using appropriate information and communication technologies.(ICTs).
ICTs (Information and communication technology) are the combination of networks, hardware and software as well as the means of communication, collaboration and engagement that enable the processing, management and exchange of data, information and knowledge. The main topic areas of Computer Applications Technology are:
- Solution Development
- Systems Technologies
- Internet Technologies
- Network Technologies
- Information Management
- Social Implications
- Human Computer Interaction
- Presentation and Communication
- Proficient Use of Hardware and Software
The practical applications / techniques that we will cover in Computer Applications Technology are:
- Word Processing (Microsoft Word)
- Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel)
- Databases (Microsoft Access)
- Presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint)
- HTML coding / Web Design using Notepad
Do you know what HTML is: HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) this is a set of markup symbols or codes inserted in a file intended for display on a World Wide Web browser page. The markup tells the Web browser how to display a Web page’s words and images for the user. Each individual markup code is referred to as an element (but many people also refer to it as a tag). Some elements come in pairs that indicate when some display effect is to begin and when it is to end.
Therefore leaners using HTML can also go into Web Designing.
Value of CAT (Study Opportunities)
Learners doing CAT are at such an advantage. In the same way that English or another language counts for university APS scores so does CAT. CAT is the language of the 21st century and of academia.
Tourism is a fun and interesting subject to take, which will open your eyes to a world waiting to be discovered. It is a subject which could open many doors for learners and will allow you to live your dream. There are so many career opportunities related to tourism that one can follow in the hospitality industry, for example; tour guide, tour operator, travel agent, air hostess, events planner, hotel management, entrepreneur and many, many more. On top of that your general knowledge about real life issues will be enriched.
Tourism is a good choice. If you get a distinction in Tourism you automatically score a 7 towards your APS score. Come and experience a tour of the world in one class.