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GCSE Computing#BristolMet Session Objectives# 14 Describe the purpose and use of different types of software programs ( including common utility programs)

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1 GCSE Computing#BristolMet Session Objectives# 14 Describe the purpose and use of different types of software programs ( including common utility programs) Discuss the benefits/drawbacks of custom written, off the shelf, open source and proprietary software Explain the need for the following functions of an operating system: user interface, memory management, peripheral management, multi-tasking and security

2 GCSE Computing#BristolMet Types of Software There are 2 main groups of software: Operating Systems (or systems software)- these are the programs that allow the hardware to work. Applications Software – these are a set of programs which allow users to do something useful on a computer. TASK Go through the Boardworks Intro to Software presentation making notes and completing the activities as you go. TASK – Add to your key terms definitions for open source and proprietary software Key Term – Kernel – the lowest level of an operating system that controls the hardware.

3 GCSE Computing#BristolMet Utility Programs As you will have read, these programs perform all the essential systems maintenance tasks to optimise the computers’ performance. These include the following tasks but what do they mean? Research and write explanations for the following: a)Disk Formatting b)System CleanUp c)File Transfer d)De-fragmentation e)Automatic Updating

4 GCSE Computing#BristolMet Operating Systems Go For 5 – can you name 5 o/s’s in 30 secs?? Read and take notes from the Boardworks Presentation on Operating Systems – complete all activities as you go.


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