BCS Glossary of Computing and ICT

BCS Glossary of Computing and ICT

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By (author) Aline Cumming, By (author) John Jaworski, By (author) Marianne Scheer, By (author) Arnold Burdett, By (author) Diana Burkhardt, By (author) Alan Hunter, By (author) Frank Hurvid, By (author) Thomas Ng, By (author) John Southall, By (author) Alfred Vella

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  • Publisher: British Computer Society
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 253mm x 9mm | 290g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Swindon
  • ISBN 10: 1906124000
  • ISBN 13: 9781906124007
  • Edition: 12, Revised
  • Edition statement: 12th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 529,923

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The BCS Glossary is the most authoritative and comprehensive glossary of its kind on the market today. This unrivalled study aid and reference tool has newly updated entries and is divided into themed sections, making it more than just a list of definitions. Written in a style that is easily accessible to anybody with an interest in computing, it is specifically designed to support those taking computer courses or courses where computers are used, in schools and Further Education colleges.

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Compiled by members of the BCS Education and Training Expert Panel, many of whom are teachers. In creating the glossary, they have drawn heavily upon their many years' experience in the education sector, as well as their detailed knowledge of computing.

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Praise for previous editions: "Should be available in all schools and tertiary institutions teaching courses in computing and IT" (Physics Education) "A thoroughly useful publication" (Schools Science Review) "Very highly recommended to all whose activities bring them anywhere within spitting distance of computers" (Physics Bulletin) Rapid advances in technology mean developments at the cutting edge ot It are changing computers and generating new terminology and jargon. Keeping up with new technologies and their impact on computing is vital if you want to gain the knowledge needed in this fast-moving world. Leading experts from the British Computer Society have compiled this 12th edition of the most authoritative and current guide to ICT and computing terms available. Divided into themed sections, it builds your understanding of computing in 4 key areas - what computer systems are made of, how they are developed, how they work, and how they are used. Contains over 3,400 terms and definitions Fully indexed and cross-referenced throughout Supports the National Curriculum and National Qualifications Framework Ideal fo GCSE, A-level, ECDL, 14-19 Diplomas and other courses The authors are members of the BCS Education and Training Expert Panel, many of whom are teachers. In compiling this glossary, they have drawn upon their experience in the education sector and their detailed knowledge of computing, producing the most up-to-date glossary of its kind.

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Praise for previous editions: "Should be available in all schools and tertiary institutions teaching courses in computing and IT" (Physics Education) "A thoroughly useful publication" (Schools Science Review) "Very highly recommended to all whose activities bring them anywhere within spitting distance of computers" (Physics Bulletin)

Table of contents

Figures and tables Introduction Acknowledgements Disclaimer How to use this Glossary Part A: How Computer Systems are Used A1 General Computing Terms Information Processing Parts of the Computer System A2 Using your computer System software Organising data The size of things Operation A3 Word Processing and Text Manipulation Software Processes Elements of print Layout Styles A4 Graphics, Design and Digital Imaging Image data formats Graphic design applications Digital still imaging Digital video A5 Sound Characteristics of sound Sound processing Devices A6 User Interface and Documentation Graphical interfaces Other interface styles Set up documentation A7 Commercial Data Processing (DP) A8 Spreadsheets A9 Data Handling and Information Retrieval A10 Modelling and Simulation A11 Internet Accessing the Internet Organising the Internet WorldWideWeb Electronic mail Other Internet applications Internet problems A12 Networking A13 Control and Monitoring Virtual reality A14 Artificial or Machine Intelligence A15 Computer Personnel A16 Computer Security, Abuse and Related Law Data Security Viruses and Malicious code Copyright A17 Specialised Computer Applications Part B: What Computer Systems are Made of B1 Types of Computer B2 Input Manual input Automated input B3 Memory Concepts Disk Tape Semiconductor Memory General B4 Output Colour Quality Display Printing B5 Communications Components Part C: How Computer Systems are Developed C1 Systems Design and Life Cycle Concepts Stages Project Management General C2 Describing Systems C3 Programming Concepts Object Oriented Techniques Traditional programming techniques C4 Programming (Flow of Execution) C5 Programming (Subprograms) C6 Program Syntax C7 Describing Programs C8 Testing and Running Programs C9 Programming Languages Levels of language Types of Language Miscellaneous Specialised Languages C10 Data Representation Concepts Structures Elements C11 Numeric Data Representation C12 Managing Data files Files Operations General Part D: How Computers Work D1 Systems Software Concepts Development Operations D2 Machine Architecture The Processor Memory General D3 Interfaces and Buses D4 Physical Components D5 Communications Technology Transmission Protocols Signals D6 Truth Tables and Logic Gates Binary Logic Gates Part E: Appendices E1 Acronyms and Abbreviations E2 Units E3 Filenames and Filename Extensions E4 Geographic Domain Identifiers E5 ASCII Character Codes Index