Higher Education

Computer Concepts BASICS, 4th Edition

  • Dolores J. Wells Hillsborough Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1423904613  |  ISBN-13: 9781423904618
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2001
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $113.50
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This best selling book from our BASICS Series has been thoroughly updated with the latest information your students need to know. Computer Concepts BASICS, 4E covers the most important computer literacy topics including computer hardware and software, application skills, keyboarding skills, the Internet, Web page creation, computer ethics and more. Students will gain a strong understanding of the basics of computers, how technology is changing the world in which we live, and the importance of the Internet.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides extensive hands-on exercises and projects that inform and entertain.
  • Offers cross-curricular activities that integrate science, language arts, social studies, and mathematics into the classroom.
  • Examines important topics including online research, solving problems, ethical issues, and finding information.
  • Includes non-software-specific instructions so exercises can be used with any software version.
  • Covers applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, and e-mail.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Computers and Computer Literacy.
2. The Internet and the World Wide Web.
3. The Internet and Research.
4. How a Computer Processes Data.
5. Input, Output, and Storage.
6. Operating Systems and Software.
7. Networks.
8. Windows and File Management
9. Email and Electronic Communication.
10. Word Processing.
11. Presentation Graphics.
12. Spreadsheets.
13. Databases.
14. Integration Feature
15. Evaluating Electronic Information.
16. Creating a Web Page.
17. Technology, the Workplace, and Society.
Appendix: Keyboarding.

What's New

  • Offers video links which engage students and enhance their understanding and knowledge of concepts, in the NEW Student Online Companion site.
  • Includes Google Activities for Internet research as well as Image Identification exercises in the end-of-lesson material.

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  • Paperbound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1423904621 | ISBN-13: 9781423904625

    List Price = $129.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $97.50


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor Resources  (ISBN-10: 0324598947 | ISBN-13: 9780324598940)

Now 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.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dolores J. Wells

Dr. Dolores J. Wells has taught business and computer science at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa for 29 years. She teaches a variety of distance learning courses, participates on several committees assisting with the creation of new AS degrees for Florida community colleges, and has created numerous e-packs and authored or contributed to several textbooks, including Discovering Computers. More recently, she has authored three editions of Shelly Cashman Series' Dreamweaver books. Dr. Wells also created the first WebCT e-packs for the Shelly Cashman Series.