Specific Objectives and Content Covered in the Computer Systems Course Outline

Specific Objectives:

  1. Describe a computer system.
  2. Explain the functional organization of the elements of a computer system.
  3. Describe input devices of a computer system.
  4. Describe the central processing unit (CPU).
  5. Describe output devices of a computer system.
  6. Distinguish between power and interface cables.
  7. Explain basic computer set-up and cabling.
  8. Describe types of secondary storage devices and media.
  9. Distinguish between system software and application software.
  10. Evaluate criteria for selecting a computer system.

Content Covered:

  1. Description of a computer system.
  2. Functional organization of the elements of a computer system:
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Live-ware
  3. Input devices:
    • Keying devices
    • Pointing devices
    • Scanning devices
  4. Central Processing Unit (CPU):
    • Control Unit
    • Arithmetic and Logic Unit (ALU)
    • Memory
    • Processors
  5. Output devices:
    • Speech recognition devices
    • Other digital devices
  6. Soft copy output devices:
    • Visual display unit (LCD, flat panel, CRT)
    • Sound output
    • Light emitting diodes (LED)
  7. Hard copy output devices:
    • Printers (impact, non-impact)
    • Plotters
  8. Secondary/auxiliary storage devices and media:
    • Fixed (e.g., hard disk)
    • Removable (e.g., floppy disks, tape, optical disks)
  9. Power and interface cables:
    • Power cable
    • Parallel cable
    • Serial cable
  10. Basic computer set-up and cabling.
  11. Classification of software:
    • System software (firmware, networking software, operating system, utilities)
    • Application software (standard software, user-developed)
  12. Criteria for selecting a computer system:
    • Hardware considerations (processor speed, memory capacity, warranty, user needs, cost, portability)
    • Software considerations (authenticity, user needs, user-friendliness, system requirements, cost, compatibility, portability, documentation)

Citation: Courtesy of Computer Studies Notes

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