Essay about Computer and Aunt Mavis

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CIS Foundation Studies

STUDENT NAME_____________________________
Date Due: 3.00 pm, Monday, 15 October 2012
Your Aunt Mavis has decided to return to university and she thinks that a computer would be useful to help with her assignments and note taking. However, she does not know a lot about computers and has written a letter to you for advice about what to buy.

Dear Niece / Nephew,
I write this in the great hope that you can help me. As you may know, I have decided to return to university next semester to study Marketing and I think that I will need a computer to type my assignments and for researching. I’m sure that there are other uses that I could put the computer to, but I don’t know of any.
My old school friend, Shelley, has offered to sell me her old computer, which is about 8 years old.
She said that I would have to buy the software for it, but I don’t understand why she just can’t give me the software. I don’t even know what she means by software! Should I buy this? Your cousin Michael doesn’t think so – he says that it won’t be powerful enough – but do I need lots of power?
As you can tell from this letter, I’m in a fix. I don’t know what to buy and I’m scared of being sold the wrong thing by a shop assistant. I do know that you are studying computers and I hope that you can set me right by explaining what the terms mean in some of the advertisements that I see in the newspapers and what you think that I will need.
Thank you, dear niece/nephew. I wait with eager anticipation for your reply. Give my love to your family.
Regards and many thanks,
Your Aunt Mavis

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Your tasks:
1. Reply to her letter:
a. Include an explanation of why she should or should not buy her friend’s old computer. Explain to her what software is and why she can’t use her friend’s software. (10 Marks)
b. Include a simple explanation of the main technology terms that she should know about when looking at advertisements and a recommendation of what she should look for when purchasing her computer. (10 Marks)
c. Include the peripherals and software that she will need. (10 Marks)
2. The letter should be at least three pages in length. Include diagrams if you feel that they may help