Review: Practical and Practical Theory ICT books by Kakuru Benard

Many teachers are utilizing the COVID-19 School break to create educational content through doing research, updating their notes, creating video lessons (check out several tutorials ITAU members are uploading on our joint YouTube channel), etc.

One of the teachers who has utilized this break productively is Mr. Kakuru Benard, an ICT Teacher at equatorial College School – Ibanda. Recently, he took to Facebook to announce two of his latest creations, “A Comprehensive Approach to Practical SUBSIDIARY ICT First Edition, 2020” and “A Comprehensive Approach to Practical COMPUTER STUDIES First Edition, 2020”.

Screenshot of Mr. Kakuru’s Post on Facebook Advertising the Subsidiary ICT book. According the Facebook comments, several people are making orders for ebooks at an initial price of UGX 25,000.

Practical and ‘Practical Theory’

A unique feature in Mr. Kakuru’s books is the special coverage on Practical Topics examined in Paper Two plus Practical Theory Questions examined in Paper one in line with the syllabus and the UNEB guidelines.

In June 2016, Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) sent a circular to all UCE Schools Offering Computer Studies (840) in which UNEB stated that Section C of Computer Studies Paper 840/1 would consist of 3 theoretical practical questions.

UNEB Examination Format for UCE Computer Studies Paper 1

Practical Theory questions are application questions in which candidates are required to explain aspects of the practical topics on syllabus when writing their theory paper (paper one).

In his books, Mr. Kakuru has identified and compiled notes and lots of activities to guide learners to attempt theoretical practical questions as mentioned in the syllabus.

Below, I share details and tables of contents of the two books.

Succeed & Excel in UCE Computer Studies (A comprehensive Approach to Practical Computer Studies, First Edition, 2020) by Kakuru Benard

This is a new explosion of knowledge. The book is based on the 2008 Computer Studies O level syllabus is specifically based on UNEB examination requirements. The language used therein is technical for what Computer Studies examiners need. Nevertheless, it is simple, clear and straight to enable easy comprehension of the subject matter of Computer Studies.

The book content has all practical and practical theory topics to enable students grasp the Computer Studies concepts for both theory (840/1) and application/practical (840/2). The content is systematically arranged to enable coherent flow of knowledge to ensure proper understanding of Computer Studies.

This new and value added academic output will indeed be very helpful and useful to both students and teachers of Computer Studies at ordinary Level to enhance and improve performance in Computer Studies. Regularly, the readers of this book should gain insight to conceptualize the details it contains to pursue their academic and intellectual aspirations for greater success in life such as database administrators, webmasters, web designers and programmers among other professions.

CONTENTS OF THE O LEVEL PRACTICAL AND PRACTICAL THEORY BOOK

  • PREFACE — ii
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – iii
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS- iv
  • THE STRUCTURE OF COMPUTER STUDIES UNEB PAPERS – 1
  • CONNECTING A COMPUTER SYSTEM – 2
  • LOGICAL ORDER OF SWITCHING ON A COMPUTER / BOOTING A COMPUTER – 3
  • SETTING UP A LAPTOP COMPUTER- 3
  • SHUTTING DOWN A COMPUTER – 3
  • WORKING WITH FILES AND FOLDERS – 3
  • CREATING A FOLDER ON A DESKTOP – 3
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 4
  • INTRODUCTION TO WORD PROCESSING – 5
  • BASIC TERMINOLOGIES – 6
  • COMMON FEATURES OF WORD PROCESSING APPLICATIONS – 8
  • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF USING WORD PROCESSORS OVER TYPE WRITERS – 9
  • DISADVANTAGES OF USING WORD PROCESSORS – 10
  • COMMONLY USED WORD PROCESSING KEYBOARD SHORTCUT – 11
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY- 12
  • PRACTICAL THEORY WORD QUESTIONS – 23
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 27
  • INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS – 28
  • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF MANUAL SPREAD SHEETS – 28
  • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ELECTRONIC SPREAD SHEETS – 29
  • FEATURES OF ELECTRONIC SPREADSHEET SOFTWARE – 29
  • USES/APPLICATIONS OF SPREAD SHEETS – 31
  • OPERATORS – 31
  • CELL REFERENCES – 32
  • FORMULAS, LOGICAL FUNCTIONS, FUNCTIONS AND ERRORS – 32
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY- 35
  • PRACTICAL THEORY SPREAD SHEET QUESTIONS – 44
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 49
  • INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES – 50
  • INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT ACCESS – 50
  • FUNCTIONS OF A DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – 50
  • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS – 51
  • DATABASE OBJECTS – 53
  • DEFINITION OF TERMINOLOGIES – 53
  • DATA TYPES, FIELD PROPERTIES, VALIDATION CHECKS AND ERRORS – 54
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY- 58
  • CRITERIAS AND WILDCARDS – 68
  • PRACTICAL THEORY DATABASE QUESTIONS – 69
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 76
  • INTRODUCTION TO WEB DESIGNING – 77
  • DEFINITION OF TERMINOLOGIES – 77
  • WEB AUTHORING SOFTWARE – 78
  • TYPES OF WEBSITES – 78
  • FEATURES OF A WEBSITE – 79
  • ADVANTAGES AND LIMITATIONS OF WEBSITES – 81
  • INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXPRESSION WEB – 82
  • INTRODUCTION TO THE BASICS OF HTML – 85
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY- 87
  • PRACTICAL THEORY WEB DESIGNING QUESTIONS – 96
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 98
  • INTRODUCTION TO PRESENTATION – 99
  • PRINCIPLES OF A GOOD PRESENTATION – 99
  • FEATURES OF ELECTRONIC PRESENTATION SOFTWARE – 100
  • POWERPOINT BASICS – 101
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY- 102
  • PRACTICAL THEORY PRESENTATION QUESTIONS – 116
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 118
  • INTRODUCTION TO ELEMENTARY PROGRAMMING – 119
  • STAGES INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT CYCLE. – 119
  • REASONS WHY A FLOWCHART WOULD BE USED INSTEAD OF A PSEUDOCODE TO SOLVE A PROBLEM – 119
  • SYMBOLS USED IN PROGRAM FLOWCHARTS – 120
  • VARIABLES AND DECLARATION STATEMENT – 122
  • CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD PSEUDO CODE – 122
  • Example 1: Outputting A Phrase – 123
  • Example 2: Classifying People According To Age – 123
  • Example 3: Calculating Sum & Average Of Two Numbers – 124
  • Example 4: Length And Width Of A Rectangle – 124
  • Example 5: Radius Of A Circle Given Area – 125
  • Example 6: Solve Equation: X = Mc2 – 125
  • Example 7: Quotient X/Y And Error Messages – 126
  • Example 8: Diameter, Circumference And Area Of A Circle – 126
  • Example 9: Voter Eligibility – 127
  • Example 10: Olympics Medals Awarding System – 129
  • Example 11: Computerized System To Manage Students’ Results – 130
  • Example 12: Quadratic Equation – 131
  • Example 13: Supermarket Application – 132
  • Example 14: Return The First 20 Even Numbers – 133
  • Example 15: Bank Loan With Interest Rate Application – 134
  • SECTION C: PRACTICAL THEORY QUESTIONS – 135
  • COMPUTER HARDWARE PRACTICAL THEORY QUESTIONS- 135
  • SYSTEMS START-UP AND CONFIGURATION PRACTICAL THEORY QUESTIONS – 141
  • COMPUTER COMMUNICATION AND NETWORKING PRACTICAL THEORY QUESTIONS – 146
  • TRENDS IN COMPUTING PRACTICAL THEORY QUESTIONS- 151
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 156

Succeed & Excel in UACE Subsidiary ICT (A comprehensive Approach to Practical Subsidiary ICT First Edition, 2020) by Kakuru Benard

This edition comes out at a time when students are sceptical about the recent approaches and dynamics required in passing 850/1 and 850/2 and 850/3 Subsidiary ICT at “A” Level. The book thoroughly and sagaciously transcends all the parameters of the current teaching syllabus of 2013 and it is specifically based on UNEB examination requirements. The language used therein is technical for what Subsidiary ICT examiners need. Nevertheless, it is simple, clear and straight to enable easy comprehension of the subject matter of Subsidiary ICT.

The book content has all practical theory topics to enable students grasp the Subsidiary ICT concepts for both theory (850/1) and application/practical (850/2, 3). The content is systematically arranged to enable coherent flow of knowledge to ensure proper understanding of Subsidiary ICT.

CONTENTS OF THE A LEVEL PRACTICAL AND PRACTICAL THEORY BOOK

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – iii
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – iv
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS – v
  • THE STRUCTURE OF SUBSIDIARY ICT UNEB PAPERS – 1
  • CONNECTING A COMPUTER SYSTEM – 2
  • LOGICAL ORDER OF SWITCHING ON A COMPUTER / BOOTING A COMPUTER – 3
  • SETTING UP A LAPTOP COMPUTER – 3
  • SHUTTING DOWN A COMPUTER- 3
  • WORKING WITH FILES AND FOLDERS – 3
  • CREATING A FOLDER ON A DESKTOP – 3
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 4
  • INTRODUCTION TO WORD PROCESSING – 5
  • BASIC TERMINOLOGIES – 6
  • COMMON FEATURES OF WORD PROCESSING APPLICATIONS – 8
  • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF USING WORD PROCESSORS OVER TYPE WRITERS – 9
  • DISADVANTAGES OF USING WORD PROCESSORS – 10
  • COMMONLY USED WORD PROCESSING KEYBOARD SHORTCUT – 10
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY – 12
  • PRACTICAL THEORY WORD QUESTIONS – 32
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 36
  • INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS – 37
  • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF MANUAL SPREAD SHEETS- 37
  • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ELECTRONIC SPREAD SHEETS – 38
  • FEATURES OF ELECTRONIC SPREADSHEET SOFTWARE – 38
  • USES/APPLICATIONS OF SPREAD SHEETS – 40
  • OPERATORS – 40
  • CELL REFERENCES – 41
  • FORMULAS, LOGICAL FUNCTIONS, FUNCTIONS AND ERRORS – 41
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY – 44
  • PRACTICAL THEORY SPREAD SHEET QUESTIONS – 57
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 57
  • INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES – 63
  • INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT ACCESS – 63
  • FUNCTIONS OF A DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – 63
  • ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS – 64
  • DATABASE OBJECTS – 66
  • DEFINITION OF TERMINOLOGIES – 66
  • DATA TYPES, FIELD PROPERTIES, VALIDATION CHECKS AND ERRORS – 67
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY – 71
  • CRITERIAS AND WILDCARDS – 87
  • PRACTICAL THEORY DATABASE QUESTIONS – 88
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 95
  • INTRODUCTION TO PRESENTATION – 96
  • PRINCIPLES OF A GOOD PRESENTATION – 96
  • FEATURES OF ELECTRONIC PRESENTATION SOFTWARE – 97
  • POWERPOINT BASICS – 98
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY – 99
  • PRACTICAL THEORY PRESENTATION QUESTIONS – 123
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 125
  •  INTRODUCTION TO DESKTOP PUBLISHING – 126
  •  EXAMPLES OF PUBLICATION CREATED USING DTP – 126
  • COMPARING WORD-PROCESSING AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING FEATURES – 126
  •  EXAMPLES OF POPULAR DTP SOFTWARE – 127
  •  ADVANTAGES OF DESKTOP PUBLICATION – 128
  • COMMON FEATURES OF DTP SOFTWARE – 128
  • STARTING PUBLISHER – 129
  • WORKING WITH EXAMPLES PRACTICALLY – 130
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION ONE: Business Card – 130
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION TWO: FOOD MENU OF A RESTAURANT – 131
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION THREE: REPORT CARD – 132
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION THREE: CERTIFICATE – 132
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION FOUR: INVITATION CARD – 134
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION FIVE: IDENTITY CARD – 134
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION SIX: RECIPE – 135
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION SEVEN: BOOK COVER – 136
  • PRACTICAL QUESTION EIGHT: CREATIVITY – 138
  • PRACTICAL THEORY DESKTOP PUBLISHING QUESTIONS – 139
  • WORDS OF WISDOM – 141

About the Author

Mr. Kakuru in Class teaching computer studies

Kakuru Benard is a distinguished Scholar, Academician, researcher and teacher. He has taught Computer Studies & ICT at Equatorial College School – Ibanda and St. Joseph’s of Nazareth, Mpigi. He is very hardworking and many teachers have benefited from the work and resources he creates for his classes.

Also Read: Kakuru inspires fellow ICT teachers to teach Visual Basic programming.

Mr. Kakuru holds a First Class Honours Education Degree of Uganda Martyrs University. As a Degree student at Uganda Martyrs University, he gained a lot of insight in research on the assessment of the factors affecting Student’s performance in Computer Studies.

For further inquiries and orders, Mr. Kakuru can be Contacted through:

WhatsApp: +256 775 610 762
Tel: +256 758 767 895
Email: kakurubenard5[At]gmail.com

Review by Mukalele Rogers,
National Coordinator - ITAU 2018-2020

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