Computer systems and system software

In this lesson, we will discover two types of computer systems: general purpose and embedded. Following this, we will explore the need for system software to facilitate communication between software and hardware in computer systems. We will explain the role of an operating system in controlling a computer while it is running.

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Quiz:

Computer systems and system software

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Q1.Which of the following is only true of general purpose computers?

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Q2.What do embedded systems have in common?

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Q3.Which of these are examples of embedded systems? (Tick 3 boxes)

Select three (3) boxes

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Q4.What is the main role of an operating system?

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Q5.Which of these is not an operating system?

5/5

This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Computer systems and system software

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.Which of the following is only true of general purpose computers?

1/5

Q2.What do embedded systems have in common?

2/5

Q3.Which of these are examples of embedded systems? (Tick 3 boxes)

Select three (3) boxes

3/5

Q4.What is the main role of an operating system?

4/5

Q5.Which of these is not an operating system?

5/5

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