Computer Concepts: Illustrated Essentials, 4th Edition

  • Katherine T. Pinard
  • ISBN-10: 1285092783  |  ISBN-13: 9781285092782
  • 48 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2007
  • © 2014 | Published
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Praised by instructors for its concise, focused approach and user-friendly format, the Illustrated Series engages both computer rookies and hot shots in exploring computer concepts quickly and efficiently. Information is accessible and easy-to-follow thanks to the Illustrated Series' hallmark 2-page layout, which allows students to see an entire topic in one view. New Learning Outcomes outline the concepts covered in each lesson, and larger full-color images help students visualize and contextualize ideas. Each unit begins with a brief overview of the principles of the lesson, and introduces a case study for further application.

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Features and Benefits

  • Concise, to-the-point instruction helps students of all levels explore essential computer concepts—examining different types of computer systems, and understanding input and output, memory, storage, security and applications software.
  • Unique 2-page spread keeps learners of all levels engaged and on track by presenting one topic in a single view.
  • Makes concepts relevant with end-of-chapter Independent Challenges and Visual Workshops.
  • Serves as a great reference both during and after the course.

Table of Contents

Unit A: Understanding Essential Computer Concepts.

What's New

  • Completely updated to reflect the latest changes in technology.
  • New! Learning outcomes for each 2-page lesson mapped to assessments.
  • New! Design improvements help keep students engaged and on track.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"I like the very user-friendly approach and layout of the Illustrated book, as well as the pedagogy – the review skills and concepts. The students are reading and using the extra tips and information in the margins, which is a surprise to me because with the previous book I used they were overwhelmed by too much information. This 'hits it'."

— Linda Baier, Mayville State University

"My custom Illustrated books cover the material well. My students tell me that they are written in a way they can understand. The books give excellent material but leaves the instructor room for innovative projects. The exercises are great learning tools. When the students tell me they are reading the text, I know we have made a good choice."

— Melisa "Joey" Bryant, Forsyth Technical Community College

"Very user-friendly for students. Good graphics and activities. Provides the concepts in a way students understand."

— Deborah Peairs, Clark State Community College

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Katherine T. Pinard

Katherine T. Pinard has more than 25 years of experience writing and editing books about computer concepts, applications, and technology. She has co-authored or contributed to over 20 successful books and has edited or managed more than 60 titles. She is MOS certified in Word and PowerPoint.