Unit I Essay / CS 1010, Computer Essentials
Your paper should be at least three pages in length, double-spaced. Format your paper using APA style guidelines. Use
your own words and include citations and references as needed to avoid plagiarism. You are required to use your
textbook and another scholarly source as a reference. The title and reference pages do not count towards the minimum
Your essay needs to address the following:
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of magnetic storage, optical storage, and solid state storage using
criteria such as versatility, durability, capacity, access time, and transfer rate.
Briefly describe what a microprocessor is and explain its relationship to software.
List the four types of memory and briefly describe how each one works.
Describe the differences between a computer program, system software, operating system, and application
software. Give examples of each type.
Finally, wrap up your paper with a discussion on the significance of digitization and its impact on the digital
revolution in reference to data representation, processing, and security.