ECDL Module 1 – Revision 07 1 A Name a common desktop publishing application and explain its purpose.


In businesses, computers are often networked. Give three reasons why this has advantages for the organisation.



What is the reason for using passwords on computers? Why do you see **** when you type your password?



List 3 ways in which a hospital might use a computer to improve the delivery of health care.


5 A

Explain the purpose of keeping backup copies of files.


Name two sources of computer viruses. What steps can you take to reduce the risk of catching viruses?



What is the main purpose of the Data Protection Act? Give one reason why each of the following organisations might keep personal data on computer. a) Bank b) School c) Doctor’s Surgery


8 A

How does system software differ from application software? Give one example of each.


Name 5 ways you might use a computer at home.

10 Explain the term GUI. Give two advantages of GUI compared with earlier methods of working with computers. A

11 Name 3 different means of communicating using the telephone network. Which method requires the use of a computer? A

12 What might you find in the i) ii) A: Drive C: Drive


13 Name the four main stages in the development of software systems. What is the role of the programmer? A

14 What term is used to describe the setting up of a business on the Internet? List three advantages and three disadvantages of shopping online. A

15 Give two reasons for using pen drives rather than floppy diskettes for storing files. A

16 Which five steps can you take to ensure that you work safely with your computer? A

17 What is a CPU? How is its speed measured? A

18 In what ways can a floppy diskette be damaged accidentally? A

19 Describe the difference between laser and inkjet printers.


20 Give 3 reasons for using e-mail rather than the post when sending messages. A

21 What is a common name for a portable computer? Describe three ways in which it differs from a desktop system. A

22 List two input and two output hardware devices in a computer system. Select one output device and describe briefly how it works. A

23 What does RAM stand for? In which two ways does it differ from ROM? A

24 Explain what formatting does. A

25 Name three types of software commonly stored on a DVD-ROM. What is the difference between a DVD-ROM and DVD-RW? A

26 Why are pointing devices used with a computer? List four different types of pointing device and describe briefly how one of these work. A

27 Why would you use a modem? How to modems work and what is the unit to measure their speed? A

28 Explain the term ‘zipping’ A

29 What measurements units are appropriate for the following: a. Hard Disk b. RAM c. CD-ROM d. Pen Drive A

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