Higher Education

Practical PC, 7th Edition

  • June Jamrich Parsons
  • Dan Oja
  • ISBN-10: 128507730X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285077307
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2009, 2006
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $85.75

About

Overview

Recipient of the 2014 TAA Textbook Excellence Award Part of the Practical series, this text offers an engaging, interactive approach to teaching PC concepts. With a Frequently Asked Questions format, this text provides information on concepts, skills, and tips on becoming a more proficient computer user in a friendly, accessible approach. The companion BookOnCD features videos, animations, screen tours, and activities, giving students hands-on experience with their PC.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • The Seventh Edition will cover Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013. Additional "practical" material, such as visual examples of formatting(hanging indents, business memos, worksheet templates, etc.) The idea is to show "what" as well as "how." Please note that we will not be creating an IR CD for this version; all supplements will be available via the Instructor and Student Companion Sites on Cengage.com and cengagebrain.com.
  • 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

Preface.
Before You Begin.
PART I: PC BASICS.
1. Getting Started.
2. Looking at Windows.
3. Installing and Using Software.
PART II: COMPUTER FILES.
4. File Basics.
5. Organizing Files and Folders.
6. Protecting Files.
PART III: 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 IV: APPLICATION SOFTWARE.
10. Writing and Printing Documents.
11. Working with Spreadsheets.
12. Accessing Databases.
13. Making Presentations.
PART V: GRAPHICS, SOUND, AND VIDEO.
14. Recording and Editing Sound.
15. Working with Graphics.
16. Creating Desktop Video and Animation.
PART VI: CHIPS AND CODE.
17. Looking "Under the Hood".
18. Computing Programming.
Index.

What's New

  • 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.

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.