DMS 103 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE.

UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS: 2015/2016
STAGE III ORDINARY EXAMINATION FOR THE DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS
MANAGEMENT
DMS 103 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE
(DISTANCE LEARNING)
DATE: AUGUST, 2016 TIME: 1 ½ Hours
INSTRUCTIONS: Answer Any Three Question.

QUESTION ONE: [20 MARKS]
a). A data bank is a large repository of data on a particular topic, sometimes formed from more
than one database, and accessible by many users. Discuss any THREE uses of data bank in a
training institution e.g. a school. [6 Marks]
b). A password is a string of characters used for user authentication to prove identity or access
approval to gain access to a resource which should be kept secret from those not allowed
access. Describe TWO types of passwords. [4 Marks]
c). A screensaver is a computer application that blanks the screen or fills it with moving images or
patterns when the computer is not in use. In this regard, describe any three uses of a
screensaver.
[6 Marks]
d). Briefly describe FOUR types of application software you know. [4 Marks]
QUESTION TWO [20 MARKS]
a). A disruptive technology can be defined as a technology or innovation that creates a new market
and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing
established market leaders and alliances. Outline any THREE technologies that can be
classified as disruptive.
[6 Marks]
b). Explain two ways you use to make a cell in a worksheet fixed such that whenever used in the
formula, the value it contains will remain the same.
[4 Marks]
c). Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available with a
license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the
software to anyone and for any purpose. Discuss any advantages presented by open source
software in the field of education. [4 Marks]
d). Discuss any TWO non-printable characters in a word processor e.g. Ms. Word.
[6 Marks]
QUESTION THREE [20 MARKS]
a). Folders are frequently used to organize files. They have property sheets which display folder
properties. Briefly outline any FOUR properties of a folder.
[4 Marks]
b). A plug-in is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program.
Explain four uses of software plug-ins.
[8 Marks]
c). Sound clips are useful tools used to accompany presentations. Explain how you may insert and
play a sound clip in a PowerPoint presentation.
[4 Marks]
d) Differentiate between backspacing and deleting as used in word processing.
[4 Marks]
QUESTION FOUR [30 MARKS]
a). People with disabilities meet barriers of all types. However, technology is helping to lower
many of these barriers. By using computing technology for tasks such as reading and writing
documents, communicating with others, and searching for information on the Internet, students
and employees with disabilities are capable of handling a wider range of activities
independently. In this regard, discuss any FOUR types of hardware devices that can assist the
physically challenged computer users.
[8 Marks]
b). Social media can be defined as a collection of technologies that enable people to share content
online with one another. Describe THREE elements of social media.
[6 Marks]
c). Email can be defined as messages distributed by electronic means from one computer user to
one or more recipients via a network. Discuss any THREE ways you can use email to market
you product(s). [6 Marks]
QUESTION FIVE [20 MARKS]
a). The Internet is the global system of interconnected mainframe, personal and wireless computer
networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link billions of devices worldwide.
Discuss FIVE challenges of internet on small businesses in Kenya. [5 Marks]
b). A presentation program is a software package used to display information in the form of a slide
show. Discuss any FIVE features you will use to create a presentation. [5 Marks]
c). In computer graphics, graphics software or image editing software is a program or collection of
programs that enable a person to manipulate visual images on a computer. Describe THREE
applications of graphics in a business. [6 Marks]
d). Antivirus software is software that checks the program first, comparing it to known viruses,
worms, and other types of malware and then destroys or neutralizes the effect of those viruses.
In this regard, outline any FOUR antivirus software. [4 Marks]

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