Higher Education

Understanding Computers: Today and Tomorrow, Comprehensive, 14th Edition

  • Deborah Morley College of the Sequoias
  • Charles S. Parker University of Colorado
  • ISBN-10: 1133190243  |  ISBN-13: 9781133190240
  • 792 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2009, 2008
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $152.75
  • Newer Edition Available
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Overview

Understanding Computers: Today and Tomorrow gives your students a classic introduction to computer concepts with a modern twist! Known for its emphasis on industry insight and societal issues, this text makes concepts relevant to today's career-focused students.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • Updated to cover current and emerging technologies and how they affect students' lives today!
  • CAUTION boxes offer practical tips that students can use immediately to protect themselves from hardware, security, or privacy problems.
  • CHAPTER FEATURE BOXES give students a look at future technologies, as well as how computers and technology are used in everyday life.
  • MODULAR ORGANIZATION emphasizes the relationship among topics and chapters.
  • "ASK THE EXPERT" BOXES offer career advice and technological insights from industry leaders.
  • "EXPERT INSIGHT" ARTICLES provide students with personal insights on the module's topics, including how they impact IT careers and advice for the future.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the World of Computers.
2. The System Unit: Processing and Memory.
3. Storage.
4. Input and Output.
5. System Software: Operating Systems and Utility Programs.
6. Application Software.
7. Computer Networks.
8. The Internet and the World Wide Web.
9. Network and Internet Security.
10. Multimedia and the Web.
11. E-Commerce.
12. Information Systems and System Development.
13. Program Development and Programming Languages.
14. Databases and database Management Systems.
15. Computer Security and Privacy.
16. Intellectual Property Rights, Ethics, Health, Access, and the Environment
References and Resources Guide.
Glossary/Index.

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  • Emphasis throughout the book on societal issues such as ethics, intellectual property rights, security, and privacy keeps students informed on topics that are relevant to their lives today.

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Prepare for today’s workplace with SAM 2010, the premier testing and training tool for Microsoft® Office 2010. Build your skill and confidence with a variety of real-life simulations and engaging SAM projects’ assignments. This product also gives you access to the MindTap Reader eBook for UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS: TODAY AND TOMORROW, COMPREHENSIVE, which helps you master computer concepts and introductory Office 2010 skills through video, audio, annotations, activities, and applications.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Deborah Morley

Deborah Morley has authored more than ten popular computer textbooks, including UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS: TODAY AND TOMORROW and UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS IN A CHANGING SOCIETY. Professor Morley earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Business Information Systems from California State University, Fresno. Today, she offers more than ten years of experience teaching at the college level.