IT hardware and software


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A very basic introduction to Information Communication Technology designed for learners with little or no knowledge of using IT.

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IT hardware and software

  1. 1. Information Communication TechnologyHardware and Software Stonemasonry Department 2012
  2. 2. IntroductionWelcome to the SQA Core Skills Unit: InformationCommunication Technology. In this unit you will learn aboutthe following topics:•Types of ICT•Legislation and Regulations•Word Processing•Spreadsheets•Using the Internet
  3. 3. What do you use ICT for? The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) inmodern society is widespread. Can you think of ways you use ICT in your every day life? Did you know: The ICT devices you use are supported by hardware and software.
  4. 4. Hardware ‘Personal computer hardware are the component devices that are the building blocks of personal computers. These are typically installed into a computer case, or attached to it by a cable’ Wikipedia 2012
  5. 5. Types of HardwareNow that you can describe what hardware is can you think of any examples of hardware you may use in everyday life? Images owned by Apple, Logitech, Monster, Sony and Hewlett Packard
  6. 6. Types of Hardware Single function hardware can be categorised as either an input, output, processing or storage device. Processor Output Input Storage Graphic adapted from Wikipedia Did you know: Some hardware will have multiple functions e.g a mobile phone has input (mic), output (screen), a processor (to make it work) and storage (to store music)
  7. 7. Desktop Computers Desktop Computers are constructed using various types ofhardware. Can you identify whether each component below is input, output, processing, storage or multifunction? Output Processor and Storage Input Input Image from
  8. 8. Types of hardware How many types of single function hardware can you thinkof? Place each type of hardware into its appropriate category in the table below. Input Output Processor Storage
  9. 9. Types of hardware Can you think of any multifunction hardware devices? Images owned by Apple, Hewlett Packard and Turtle Beach
  10. 10. Software ‘Computer software or just software, is a collection of computer programs and related data that provides the instructions for telling a computer what to do and how to do it.’ Wikipedia 2012
  11. 11. Types of SoftwareNow that you can describe what software does can you think of any examples of software you use in everyday life? Images owned by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, EA and Apple
  12. 12. Developed by The Stonemasonry Department City of Glasgow College 2012