BINC Information Technology Syllabus – Basic

Concepts in Computing

Overview and functions of a computer system

Input and output devices

Storage devices: Hard Disk, Diskette, Magnetic Tape, RAID, ZIP devices, Digital Tape, CD-ROM, DVD, etc (capacity and access time)

Main Circuit Board of a PC: Chips, Ports, Expansion slots, etc

Memory: Register, buffer, RAM, ROM, PROM, EPROM, EEPROM (comparison)

Types of Processing: Batch, Real-Time, Online, Offline

History of Computers: Evolution, Generation of computers (I, II, III, IV, V), Classification of computers (mainframes, mini computers, microcomputers, special purpose) – comparison with memory, power, cost, size – then and now

Types of modern computing: Workstations, Servers

An overview of computer viruses: What is a virus? Virus symptoms, How do they get transmitted? What are the dangers, General Precautions?

Introduction to operating systems: Operating System concept, Windows 2003/XP, Windows Vista, UNIX/LINUX

The Internet and its Resources, World Wide Web (WWW): Associated tools, services, resources and various terminologies

Programming in C

Introduction to Database Systems

Concepts of various types of databases

Data Abstraction

Data Models

Instances and Schemes

E-R Model: Entity and entity sets; Relations and relationship sets; E-R diagrams; Reducing E-R Diagrams to tables

Network Data Model: Basic concepts

Hierarchical Data Model: Basic Concepts

Text Databases

Multimedia Databases – Basic Concepts and Applications; Indexing and Hashing

Bio-Informatics National Certification (BINC) 2010 Syllabus