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Practical PC, 6th Edition

  • June Jamrich Parsons
  • Dan Oja
  • ISBN-10: 0538746726  |  ISBN-13: 9780538746724
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2011 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

Part of the Practical series, this text offers an engaging, interactive approach to teaching PC concepts. The companion BookOnCD features videos, animations, screen tours, and activities, giving students hands-on experience with their PC.

Features and Benefits

  • Addresses the specific needs of beginning computer users by focusing on essential concepts and basic practical skills, without getting bogged down in specialized terminology or technical explanations.
  • Uses a reader-friendly FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions) approach to help students focus on what they really need to know.
  • Includes coverage of buying and upgrading a PC: information students can use outside of the classroom.
  • Offers built-in assessment with updated, interactive Quick Checks and on-screen quizzes that allow students to track their progress.
  • The accompanying BookOnCD contains an electronic version of the entire textbook, filled with animation, screen tours, and hands on activities.

Table of Contents

PART A: PC BASICS.
1. Getting Started.
2. Looking at Windows.
3. Installing and Learning Software.
PART B: COMPUTER FILES.
4. File Basics.
5. Organizing Files and Folders.
6. Protecting Your Files.
PART C: THE INTERNET, THE WEB, AND E-MAIL.
7. Connecting to the Internet.
8. Browsing and Searching the Web.
9. Sending E-mail and Attachments.
PART D: APPLICATION SOFTWARE.
10. Writing and Printing Documents.
11. Working with Spreadsheets.
12. Accessing Databases.
13. Making Presentations.
PART E: GRAPHICS, SOUND, AND VIDEO.
14. Working with Graphics.
15. Recording and Editing Sound.
16. Creating Desktop Video and Animation.
PART F: UPGRADES AND EXPANSION.
17. Looking "Under the Hood".
18. Buying PC.
19. Upgrading and Expanding Your PC.

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ISBN-10: 1111869413 | ISBN-13: 9781111869410


Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429871 | ISBN-13: 9781111429874)

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429596 | ISBN-13: 9781111429591)

WebTutor™ on Angel Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429855 | ISBN-13: 9781111429850)

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0538746734 | ISBN-13: 9780538746731)

Now all instructor materials are available on one convenient, easy-to-use DVD. Designed to help facilitate classroom instruction, this DVD has instructor files unique to the textbook. A variety of ancillaries are also 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.

Student Supplements

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429871 | ISBN-13: 9781111429874)

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429596 | ISBN-13: 9781111429591)

WebTutor™ on Angel Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111429855 | ISBN-13: 9781111429850)

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.