Test #2 Study Guide

The basic for­mat of all tests for this course is a two-part test:

Page 1 will be mul­ti­ple choice, and must be completed before going on to page 2. Page 2 contains sev­eral free-response questions. These may be discussion ques­tions or small prob­lems to solve.

This test will be closed-book, closed-note. Calculators are not allowed on the test.

Ques­tions on the test come from mul­ti­ple sources:

  • Etext readings, including all items linked from the etext for the sections covered
  • In-class activities and homework assignments, including specific readings related to those assignments
  • Course library resources

To do well on the exam, it is impor­tant that you:

  • Read each ques­tion carefully.
  • Answer only the ques­tion that is asked; par­tic­u­larly with the sec­ond part, do not spend your time try­ing to do more than the question states.
  • Ask for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on any ques­tion that you don’t understand.

Major top­ics

  • Computer Software
    • Applications software vs. operating systems
      • Purpose of applications software
      • Types of applications software
    • Major categories of applications software
    • Utility software & device drivers
    • Basic use of word processing, spreadsheet, & presentation software
    • Spreadsheets
      • Basic construction
      • Use of data
      • Formulas and cell references
    • Use of desktop, portable, and mobile applications
    • Copyright, licensing, & fair use issues
      • Commercial vs. open-source software
      • Demoware, freeware, shareware specifics
      • Creative Commons licensing
      • Copyright
        • Length
        • Use of copyrighted material
        • Terms for “fair use” of copyrighted material
    • Malicious software & Security software
    • Operating systems
      • Purpose of operating systems
      • Difference between operating systems & applications software
      • Types & properties of operating systems
        • Batch
        • Timesharing
        • Command-line user interface
        • Graphical user interface
        • Mobile
  • Computer networks
    • Types of networks: local, wide-area, internet; wired vs. wireless; how they relate to one another
    • Methods of connecting to the Internet
    • Types of devices needed on a network
    • Development of the Internet
    • Internet security, protocols, IP addresses vs. domain names
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