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Practical Computer Literacy, 3rd Edition

  • June Jamrich Parsons
  • Dan Oja
  • ISBN-10: 0538742151  |  ISBN-13: 9780538742153
  • 438 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2005
  • © 2011 | Published
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About

Overview

PRACTICAL COMPUTER LITERACY, Third Edition, provides clear, comprehensive instruction on the basics of computer literacy. This convenient, reader-friendly text integrates computer concepts, Microsoft Office 2010 applications, and Internet essentials within a streamlined package. Concise lessons within each chapter, usually one page in length, are presented in an appealing Frequently Asked Questions format and include full-color screenshots or diagrams. Additionally, the textbook comes with a robust BookOnCD, which is a digital version of the textbook that brings the book to life with videos, animated diagrams, software tours and provides assessment opportunities via WebTrack technology.

Features and Benefits

  • This convenient text provides thorough, effective instruction on basic computer skills by integrating coverage of essential computer and Internet concepts and Microsoft Office 2010 skills within a streamlined, reader-friendly package.
  • The accompanying Book-on-CD features animations, screen tours, and hands-on activities in a simulated environment, providing an ideal complement to the text and an appealing way to enhance learning.
  • WebTrack enables instructors to easily track student activities in order to monitor progress, assess learning, and make adjustments as needed throughout the course.
  • Nearly fifty projects in the back of the book allow students to develop their skills by applying what they learn to real-world scenarios they are likely to encounter in their personal and professional lives.

Table of Contents

1. Computer Hardware.
2. Peripheral Devices.
3. System and Application Software.
4. Installing Software.
5. Getting Started with Windows 7.
6. Working with Windows Settings and Accounts.
7. Working with Files.
8. Getting Started with Application Software.
9. Creating a Document.
10. Formatting a Document.
11. Finalizing a Document.
12. Creating a Worksheet.
13. Formatting a Worksheet.
14. Finalizing a Worksheet.
15. Creating a Presentation.
16. Finalizing a Presentation.
17. Creating a Database.
18. Finalizing a Database.
19. Networks.
20. Working with E-Mail.
21. Browsing the Web.
22. Computer Benefits and Risks.
23. Introduction to Projects.
24. Submitting an Assignment as a Printout or on a Removable Storage Device.
25. Submitting an Assignment as an E-mail Attachment.
26. Microsoft Office 2007 Configuration.
27. Windows and File Management Projects.
28. Projects for Windows Application Basics.
29. Projects for Microsoft Word.
30. Projects for Microsoft Excel.
31. Projects for Microsoft PowerPoint.
32. Projects for Microsoft Access.
33. E-mail Projects.
34. Web Projects.

What's New

  • Chirps: Would you like to know the questions that students have while reading their textbooks? Now, Chirps let you find out! Similar to tweets, our Chirps features allows students to send you questions from within their digital textbook. You can also use Chirps as an in-class polling system or as an asynchronous polling tool for online students.
  • Clicker Questions: We've added clicker questions for each chapter from simple definitions to thought-provoking issues. If you don't have an in-class response system, students can use the new clicker feature that's built into their digital books.
  • Software Coverage: We've heavily revised the software installation coverage in Chapter 4.
  • Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7: This text has been updated to cover Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Windows 7, keeping students fully up-to-date.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

ISBN-10: 1111869405  | ISBN-13: 9781111869403


Practical Computer Literacy, 3rd + SAM 2010 Assessment, Training, and Projects v2.0 Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305605659 | ISBN-13:  9781305605657


Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 053874216X | ISBN-13: 9780538742160)

All instructor materials are available on one convenient and easy-to-use CD. Designed to help facilitate classroom instruction, this CD has instructor files unique to the textbook. A variety of ancillaries are included such as data and solution files, syllabi, and PowerPoint presentations. All of these tools can help motivate students and enhance their knowledge and course appreciation.

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Student Supplements

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0538742178 | ISBN-13: 9780538742177)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

June Jamrich Parsons

June Parsons purchased her first computer, an Apple II+, in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year she opened a successful small computer retail store with Dan Oja that also offered software instruction to children and adults. Dr. Parsons taught at the university level for more than 20 years. She holds a doctorate in Educational Technology and was certified by the ICCP in 1995. Dr. Parsons began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. She contributed to the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series and developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. She works via the Internet with a team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces.

Dan Oja

An esteemed professional and respected author, Dan Oja, along with June Parsons, purchased an Apple II+ in 1981 and quickly became fluent in BASIC, dBASE II, Lotus 123, WordStar, and a variety of accounting programs. The next year, he and Dr. Parsons opened a successful small computer retail store that offered software instruction to children and adults. With Dr. Parsons, Mr. Oja began writing and creating educational software for Course Technology in 1992. Together, they contributed to the leading success of the Windows for Business and Illustrated Series. They also developed the New Perspectives, e-Course, and Practical series. Today, Mr. Oja's and Dr. Parson's team of highly skilled media specialists and desktop publishers located in various states and provinces work together via the Internet to deliver exceptional texts.