Computers

Computers

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For an introductory course in computers and information technology (IT) or in computer competency, often offered in Business, CIS, or Computer Science. The comprehensive version is appropriate for a full-semester course while the brief version meets the necessary requirements for a shorter course or a course combined with a lab component. Designed to accommodate the computer competency needs of students from a broad spectrum of disciplines and interests, this best-selling text/supplements package provides an exceptionally well-illustrated overview of computing concepts and IT applications-all in a format that allows instructors the flexibility to meet their courses' educational objectives. It strikes a good balance between efficiency of presentation and content that holds students' interest and invites learning. Only concepts critical to general information technology competency are covered in order to provide the breadth of topics necessary to the understanding that is applicable today and in the future.show more

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 215.9 x 276.86 x 17.78mm | 4,762.7g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 8th Revised edition
  • Illustrations (some col.), col. map, ports. (some col.)
  • 0130831905
  • 9780130831903

Table of contents

(NOTE: Comprehensive Edition consists of Chs. 1-13; Brief Edition consists of Chs. 1-8) I. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONCEPTS. 1. Information Technology in Perspective. The Information Society. Networking: Bringing People Together. Computers: The Essentials. Personal Computers to Supercomputers. A Computer System at Work. How Do We Use Computers? 2. Using the PC: Popular Productivity Software. Personal Computing With Popular Productivity Packages. Word Processing: The Most Popular PC Application. Desktop Publishing: Freedom of the Press. Presentation Software: Putting On the Show. Spreadsheet: The Magic Matrix. Database: A Dynamic Data Tool. 3. Inside the Computer. Going Digital. The PC System Unit: Looking in the Box. Describing the Processor. Processor Design. 4. Storing and Retrieving Information. Mass Storage and Files. Magnetic Disks. Backup: Better Safe than Sorry. Optical Laser Disks: High-Density Storage. Storage Forecast: Is There a Disk in Your Future? 5. Information Input and Output. I/O Devices: Let's Interface. Traditional Input Devices. Source-Data Automation. Output Devices. Terminals: Input and Output. 6. Networks and Networking. Our Weird, Wild, Wired World. Data Communications Hardware: Making It Happen. The Data Communications Channel: Data Highways. Networks: Connecting Nodes. Networks: The WAN, MAN, LAN, and TAN. 7. Going Online. The Online World. Information Services: America Online, CompuServe, and More. The Internet: A Worldwide Web of Computers and Information. Browsers: The Information Tool. Internet Resources and Applications. Internet Issues. 8. The Windows Environment. The Operating System: Directing the Action. Platforms: Homes for Software. Windows Concepts and Terminology. Sharing Information Among Windows Applications. Interacting With the PC and its Software. II. LIVING IN AN INFORMATION SOCIETY. 9. PC Software for Every Application. Graphics and Multimedia Software. Personal Information Management Software. Home and Family Software. Education and Edutainment Software. Reference Software. Business and Management Software. Utility Software. 10. Computers in Society: Today. The Information Technology Paradox. Working in the Information Society. The Work Place: Ergonomics and Green Computing. The Question of Ethics. Computer, Internet, and System Security. 11. Computers in Society: Tomorrow. The Virtual Frontier. The Wake Up Call. Artificial Intelligence. Down the Road: The Information Superhighway. Your Challenge. III. BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS. 12. Information Systems. An End to Business As Usual. Information and Decision Making. All About Information Systems. Data Processing Systems. Management Information Systems. Decision Support Systems. Expert Systems. Intelligent Agents: Working For Us. 13. Developing Business Information Systems. The System Life Cycle. System Development Techniques and Concepts. Computer-Aided Software Engineering: The Case Tool Kit. Prototyping: Creating a Model of the Target System. System Conversion and Implementation: Making the Transition. Programming: Making it Happen. Answers to Self-Check Questions. Glossary. Index.show more

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