• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain the component parts of a computer system - Include both hardware, software and the types of printer available.

Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9
  10. 10
    10
  11. 11
    11
  12. 12
    12
  13. 13
    13
  • Essay length: 4192 words
  • Submitted: 11/11/2003
Share this essay:
AS and A Level Computer Science

The first 200 words of this essay...

ANNIE MACKENZIE

HE ACCESS TO BUSINESS STUDIES & COMPUTING

USING BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

ASSIGNMENT NO.1A

TASK ONE - Explain the component parts of a computer system. Include both hardware, software and the types of printer available.

A computer is a machine that processes information and is made up of different components. A computer system can be divided into hardware and software.

Hardware

Hardware is the name for all the parts of a computer system that can be touched, for example the mouse or keyboard. Basically these devices can be split into:

* Central Processing Unit (CPU)

* Input devices

* Output devices

* Backing store (Memory)

The central processing unit

The CPU is the brain of the computer. It is responsible for processing the data and turning it into information that we can understand. There are three main elements of the CPU:

* The control unit which co-ordinates the input and output devices.

* The arithmetic and logic unit, which performs all the calculations and makes all of the logic decisions.

* The immediate access store, which provides immediate memory for holding

Read more
The above preview is unformatted text

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • Over 150,000 essays available
  • Just £6.99 a month

  • "
    Certainly, the advantage of being able to see such a vast collection of examplars which comes with being a member of Markedbyteachers.com is astounding.
    "
    Telim Dars. Chemistry, Physics and English Literature. A Level Student.
  • "
    This website has been a major help to me--I don't know what I would have done without it. You can depend on Markedbyteachers.com for solid, dependable essays.
    "
    Sabrina, Washington. IB English, History, Chemistry, Anthropology.

Marked by a teacher

This essay has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the essay.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the essay page.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review under the essay preview on this page.