- Background: As mentioned in Topic 5 (Computer Hardware), computer software is compared to your mind. Each and everything that happens inside the computer is controlled by some form of software: from the high level word processors, games and other applications, to the low-level device drivers that tell your hardware exactly what it has to do to make them work properly.Software is a collection of computer programmes and related data that provides instructions to computer hardware. It is these instructions which tell the hardware that it needs to print a document or save a file or display a webpage, etc.
- Learning Outcome: The learner should be able to describe the major categories of software and their functions.
- Guidance to the Teacher: There is need to have a variety of application and systems programmes for practice. You are advised to create an activity that introduces the learner to the distinction between system software and application software.
Application software is designed to help the user to perform specific tasks while system software is responsible for managing and controlling computer hardware.
Using a variety of files with different file types, create an activity that requires a learner to determine the appropriate application software to use for each of the files.
- Suggested Competences for Assessment:
Assess the learners’ ability to determine the appropriate application software for each of the files and the skill to navigate and use the different application software.
- Recommended Coverage Duration:8 periods (1 1/3 weeks)Senior Five Term II
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