About This Chapter
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!
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.
2. OS Functions: Security, System Management, Communication and Hardware & Software Services
The operating system (or OS ) is the brain of a computer and manages its functions, including systems management/monitoring, communication/networking services management, security services management, and hardware/software services management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. Presentation Software & Graphic Suites: Purpose & Examples
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.
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.
10. Communication Software: Purpose & Examples
You use communication software every day, from E-mail to texting. In this lesson, we'll review the purpose of communication software and provide examples of its use in modern systems.
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.
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.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Business 104: Information Systems and Computer Applications course
- Information Systems in Organizations
- Hardware and Systems Technology
- Internet, Intranet, and Extranet
- Network Systems Technology
- Enterprise Business Systems
- Decision Support Systems and Specialized Information Systems
- Systems Development
- Data Management
- Business, Social, and Ethical Implications and Issues
- Introduction to Programming
- Studying for Business 104