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Ch 3: Systems Software and Application Software

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Watch video lessons that cover systems software and application software. Learn more about operating systems and common computer programs. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Systems Software and Application Software - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In order for a computer to be useful, it needs to have an operating system. In our lessons, you'll learn the basics of operating systems (OS). Find out what an OS is and what it does to make your computer function. Throughout the lessons, key terms will be identified. These key terms will aid in your understanding of the material presented; some operating system terms that you'll see include kernel, desktop, wallpaper, start menu and icons.

Do you know what system management is? Have you ever worried about your computer's security? Watch lessons that cover the five main tasks of an operating system and find out more about concepts like system management and security.

Are you a PC or a Mac? That famous commercial may have confused you if you didn't realize operating systems help to define a computer. Window, Linux, Mac and Unix are some of the different terms that will be covered in our video lessons. You'll learn about the different types of personal, workgroup or enterprise operating systems.

While having an operating system is great, most of us need a little more from our computer. This is where application software comes in. Applications allow you to do things on your computer, such as word processing, game playing or budget managing. Discover what applications do and how they help you to accomplish important tasks.

Research more about application software and discover your software options. Study shareware, freeware and off-the-shelf software. Learn about office suite applications, word processing programs, desktop publishing, presentation packages, graphics programs and more. Some of the programs covered in our lessons include Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign and CorelDraw. Lessons will also cover instant messaging software, e-mail services, computer-aided design and conferencing software. Additionally, find out how you can use your computer to do everything from maintaining a budget to designing your new kitchen to holding a meeting with individuals around the world. Thanks for watching our video lessons!

12 Lessons in Chapter 3: Systems Software and Application Software
Computer Operating Systems: Managing Hardware and Software Resources

1. Computer Operating Systems: Managing Hardware and Software Resources

This lesson will introduce you to computer operating systems and help you figure out the difference between application and operating system software. Also, we will learn the difference between a desktop and wallpaper.

OS Functions: Security, System Management, Communication and Hardware & Software Services

2. OS Functions: Security, System Management, Communication and Hardware & Software Services

The operating system, or OS, of a computer makes everything else work. Learn about the five key OS functions: system management, communication services, security, hardware services, and software services in this video lesson.

Enterprise, Workgroup & Personal Operating Systems

3. Enterprise, Workgroup & Personal Operating Systems

While every computer needs an operating system, different devices and different users need different functionalities. Learn about the different types of operating systems.

Application Software for Personal, Enterprise & Workgroup Objectives

4. Application Software for Personal, Enterprise & Workgroup Objectives

Application software is a computer program to carry out a specific task. Learn about the different types of applications at the individual, workgroup and enterprise level.

File Extensions and File Types: MP3, GIF, JPG, DOCX, XLSX, EXE, & More

5. File Extensions and File Types: MP3, GIF, JPG, DOCX, XLSX, EXE, & More

File extensions are used to indicate the format of files so operating systems know what to do with them. Learn why there are so many different file extensions. Also learn about some of the most widely used file extensions.

Microsoft Office and Open Office: Office Suite Applications

6. Microsoft Office and Open Office: Office Suite Applications

Office suite software is a collection of commonly used applications. It typically includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software. Learn how these applications work together to increase productivity in this video lesson.

Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

7. Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

Word processing software is used to manipulate text and apply a basic design to your pages. More sophisticated design can be accomplished using desktop publishing software. Learn about the functionality of these two types of application software.

Presentation Software and Graphic Suites: Illustrator, PowerPoint & CorelDraw

8. Presentation Software and Graphic Suites: Illustrator, PowerPoint & CorelDraw

To make an impact on your audience, you not only need a strong message, you also need strong visuals. Learn how presentation and illustration software helps you make an impact when showing your work.

Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3

9. Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3

Spreadsheet software and database software are both used to organize and manipulate data. Each application has its own unique strengths. Learn about the functionality of both types of software.

Communication Software: Terminal Emulator, Chat & FTP

10. Communication Software: Terminal Emulator, Chat & FTP

There are numerous ways to communicate over a computer network. Learn about a number of very specialized software applications for communication, including terminal emulator software, online chat and FTP.

Personal Application Software: Educational, Real Estate, Legal, Finance & Architectural

11. Personal Application Software: Educational, Real Estate, Legal, Finance & Architectural

Specialized software applications have been developed for different areas. Learn about the software being used by educators, real estate agents, lawyers, accountants and architects.

Workgroup Application Software for Business Teams

12. Workgroup Application Software for Business Teams

Many activities in organizations are carried out by workgroups. Learn about specialized workgroup software that makes it easier for members to communicate and collaborate more effectively in this video lesson.

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