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3.6: Study Questions

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    Study Questions

    1. Give your own definition of software. Explain the key terms in your definition.
    2. Identify the key functions of the operating system
    3. Match which of the following are operating systems and which are applications: Microsoft Excel, Google Chrome, iTunes, Windows, Android, Angry Birds.
    4. List your favorite software application and explain what tasks it helps you accomplish
    5. Explain what is a “killer” app and identify the killer app for the PC
    6. List at least three basic categories of mobile apps and give an example of each.
    7. Explain what an ERP system does.
    8. Explain the difference between open-source software and closed-source software. Give an example of each.
    9. Describe what a software license is.
    10. Explain the process of creating a software program.


    1. Go online and find a case study about the implementation of an ERP system. Was it successful? How long did it take? Does the case study tell you how much money the organization spent?
    2. What ERP system does your university or place of employment use? Find out which one they use and see how it compares to other ERP systems.
    3. If you were running a small business with limited funds for information technology, would you consider using cloud computing? Find some web-based resources that support your decision.
    4. Download and install Open Office. Use it to create a document or spreadsheet. How does it compare to Microsoft Office? Does the fact that you got it for free make it feel less valuable?
    5. Go to and review their most downloaded software applications. Report back on the variety of applications you find. Then pick one that interests you and report back on what it does, the kind of technical support offered, and the user reviews.
    6. Go online to research the security risks of open-source software. Write a short analysis giving your opinion on the different risks discussed.
    7. What are three examples of programming languages? What makes each of these languages useful to programmers?

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