Computers, Brief Edition

Computers, Brief Edition

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For a brief introductory course in computers, computer literacy, or information systems in departments of CIS, CS, or Business. Often used in courses combining a brief coverage of concepts with a text(s) presenting Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Designed to meet the computer literacy needs of students from many disciplines or majors. Hundreds of applications are included from on-line universities to telemedicine to robotics to pique the students interests. Informative boxed features, photo essays, and Memory Bits (key points) compliment the running text. A complete supplements package supports the instructor and student. The Brief Edition is part of the core module in the Right PHit custom binding program and may be combined with application software texts from the Grauer/Barber Series. Would you like a concepts book that is so current that it is updated monthly? (Point to Internet Bridge Tech Updates).show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 205.74 x 274.32 x 12.7mm | 612.35g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 6th edition
  • 0130962546
  • 9780130962546

Table of contents

CORE MODULE. 1. The World of Computers. The Information Society. Networking: Bringing People Together. Computers: The Essentials. Personal Computers to Supercomputers: Capabilities and Uses. A Computer System at Work. How Do We Use Computers? Focus on IT: The History of Computing: An Overview. 2. Inside the Computer. Data Storage: A Bit About the Bit. Encoding Systems: Bits and Bytes. Analyzing a Computer System, Bit by Bit. Describing the Processor: Distinguishing Characteristics. Inside the PC. Focus on IT: The Computer on a Chip. 3. Software: Telling Computers What To Do. Software in Perspective. System Software: Maintaining Control. The Operating System: Directing the Action. Programming Languages: Computertalk. Platforms: Homes for Software. Interacting with the PC and Its Software. 4. Storing and Retrieving Information: Disks and Tape Backup Units. Secondary Storage and Files: Data Keepers. Sequential and Random Access: New Terms for Old Concepts. Magnetic Disks: Round and Round. Magnetic Tape: Ribbons of Data. Backup: Better Safe than Sorry. Optical Laser Disks: High-Density Storage. Storage Forecast: Is There a Disk in Your Future? 5. Input/Output: Computers In Action. I/O Devices: Let's Interface. Traditional Input Devices: Key, Point, and Draw. Source-Data Automation: Getting Closer to the Action. Output Devices: Computers Communicate with Us. Terminals: Input and Output. 6. Networks and Networking: Linking the World. Our Weird, Wild, Wired World. Data Communications Hardware: Making It Happen. The Data Communications Channel: Data Highways. Networks: Connecting Nodes. Local Area Networks: Local Nets. 7. Going Online: The Net, Information Services, and More. The Online World. Information Services: American Online, CompuServe, and Many More. The Internet: A Worldwide Web of Computers and Information. Appendix: The Windows Environment. Concepts and Terminology. Sharing Information Among Applications. Migrating to Windows 98. Glossary. more