Purpose of Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to understand what basic hardware and software
components make up a computer. Students will research hardware components, operating
system software, and application software to determine how they work together to process
information. Students will use a word processing tool to demonstrate how to correctly format
a paper in APA style using skills learned in readings and MindTap simulations.
Research computer hardware and software and how they work together to process user
Develop a 1,050-word summary describing the role of hardware components and operating
system software on a computer:
Discuss what hardware components should be considered when deciding what applications
Sum up the key utilities in operating system software allowing users to customize their
desktop and keep their PC maintained and optimized.
Include the following in the summary:
Format paper using APA Guidelines found in the link Writing and Style Guidelines (APA) for
100-299 classes on the lower right side of the Class Home page.
Use what you learned in Word Modules 1 & 2 to insert in-text citations and references using
Use the Word Bulleted feature to list basic hardware components and define their function.
Insert a picture or image of your PC, or one that you found on the internet. Type the make and
model of PC under the picture and apply Word features to bold and highlight