Computers, Brief Edition

Computers, Brief Edition

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This text covers all introductory IT concepts topics and is appropriate for a full semester course, with or without a lab component.

Designed to accommodate the computer competency needs of students from a broad spectrum of disciplines and interests, this best-selling text 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' education objectives. It strikes a good balance between efficiency of presentation and content that holds students' interest and invites learning. Only topics 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 210.82 x 271.78 x 22.86mm | 975.22g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 9th edition
  • 0130929891
  • 9780130929891

Table of contents

Getting Started.

The Personal Computer. The Microsoft Windows Operating System. Going Online. Popular Applications (Word Processing, e-Mail, Browser).

1. The Technology Revolution.

The Information Society. Data and Information. Going Online. Hardware and Software Essentials. Personal Computers to Supercomputers. Computer System Capabilities. How Do We Use Computers?

IT Illustrated: The History of Computing.

2. Software.

The Operating System. Windows Concepts and Terminology. Word Processing Software. Presentation Software. Spreadsheet Software. Database Software.

3. Inside the Computer.

Going Digital. The PC System Unit. Describing the Processor. Processor Design.

4. Storing and Retrieving Information.

Mass Storage and Files. Magnetic Disks. Backing Up Files. Optical Laser Discs.

IT Illustrated: The Computer on a Chip.

5. Information Input and Output.

Input Devices. Output Devises. Terminals.

6. Networks and Networking.

Our Wired World. The Data Communications Channel. Data Communications Hardware. Networks.

IT Illustrated: PC Buyers' Guide.

7. Going Online.

The Internet. Internet Browsers. Internet Resources and Applications.

8. Exploring the Cyberworld.

Internet Issues. E-Commerce. Creating a Web Site. Electronic Publishing. Working at Home.

9. IT Ethics and Healthy Computing.

The Information Technology Paradox. The Workplace. Ethics in Information Technology. Computer, Internet, and System Security.

10. Personal Computing.

System Software for Your PC. Applications Software for Your PC. Sharing Information Among Applications.
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About Nancy Long

Dr. Larry Long and Dr. Nancy Long have written more than 30 books, which have been used in hundreds of colleges throughout the world. Larry is a lecturer, author, consultant, and educator in the information technology fields. He has served as a consultant to all levels of management in virtually every major type of industry. He has over 25 years of classroom experience at IBM, the University of Oklahoma, Lehigh University, and the University of Arkansas. Nancy has teaching and administrative experience at all levels of education.
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