Computer Studies Paper 2, May/June 2015

Question 1

  1.  Define the term operating system.
  2.  State two functions of an operating system.
  3.  List two types each of:
  4. (i) Application software; (ii) Translators
  5. You were asked as a school prefect to compile the personal data of final year students in your school. State two suitable software that could be used to perform the task.



The expected answers were:
(a)        Operating system is a collection of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs.

(b)        -Controls hardware resources
-Diagnoses disk error
-Format new disk
-Controls assembler, interpreter, compiler and utility software.

(c)        (i)         -Special ort Specific purpose                                                             
-General purpose                                                                                

            (ii)        -Compiler

(d)       -MS-Access

The candidates were expected to have good knowledge of software but most of them could not differentiate between operating system and software.