19 – Long Answer Questions (Legal)

19 – Long Answer Questions (Legal)

This week we will be using our time to consider some of the more challenging questions in the A Level papers – the long answer questions. As these take time and practice, we have divided these over three separate areas. This week we will be focusing on questions around legislation in computing.

What do I need to know?What will I be tested on?What kind of questions will I get?
AQAYou must be able to identify current UK laws and discuss the challenges facing legislators in the digital age.Your ability to apply your knowledge of UK law to a variety of scenarios both fictitious and real.Essays tend to be between 9 – 12 marks. These require in-exam planning with responses of 2 – 3 pages.
CIELegal questions with be geographically ambiguous and will focus on ethics and ownership.Your ability to consider ethical implications in computing and the importance of professional bodiesLonger questions of 8 – 9 marks. Case studies are provided within the exam.
OCRSpecific understanding of four UK laws:
(a)The Data Protection Act 1998. (b) The Computer Misuse Act 1990. (c) The Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988. (d) The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
Your ability to describe how these laws may impact of the development of computer hardware & software.Essays tend to be between 9 – 10 marks and several may appear in 1 paper. These require in-exam planning with responses of 2 – 3 pages.

Task 1 – Student Essay 1

Download the first essay below and annotate it to identify where they have met the assessment objectives from your exam board.

Consider the following:

  • Have they answered the question?
  • What sources were used? Would this be possible in an exam?
  • Why might this essay cause concern?

Task 2 – Student Essay 2

Download the second essay below and annotate it to identify where you think they have or have not met the assessment objectives from your exam board. What mark would you award to this essay?