Higher Education

Introduction to Computers, 8th Edition

  • Gary B. Shelly
  • Steven M. Freund University of Central Florida
  • Misty E. Vermaat Purdue University Calumet
  • ISBN-10: 143908131X  |  ISBN-13: 9781439081310
  • 40 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2006, 2003
  • © 2011 | Published
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Get ready to learn about today's digital world with Essential Introduction to Computers. This concise text provides a visually-engaging introduction to the most current information on computers and technology. Students will gain an understanding of the essential computer concepts they need to know to help them be successful in today's computing world.

Features and Benefits

  • The perfect addition to any course where basic computer concepts are covered in the first few lectures.
  • Provides students with an understanding of the components of a computer as well as covering computer concepts.
  • Completely updated for currency, ensuring your students will be introduced to the latest computer developments.
  • New Case Studies at the end of the chapter require critical thinking and reinforce the concepts learned.

Table of Contents

1. Objectives.
2. What Is a Computer?
3. What Does a Computer Do?
4. Why Is a Computer so Powerful?
5. How Does a Computer Know What to Do?
6. What Are the Components of a Computer?
7. Input Devices.
8. System Unit.
9. Output Devices.
10. Storage Devices.
11. Communications Devices.
12. Computer Software.
13. Networks and the Internet.
14. How to Purchase a Personal Computer.
15. How to Purchase a Desktop Computer.
16. How to Purchase a Notebook Computer.
17. How to Purchase a Tablet PC.
18. How to Purchase a Personal Mobile Device.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Gary B. Shelly

Gary B. Shelly wrote and published his first computer education textbook in 1969. More than twenty million copies of Shelly Cashman Series' textbooks have been sold. Gary and a talented group of contributing authors have produced books on computer programming, computer concepts, and application software that are the leading textbooks in the computer technology market today. Gary has hosted the annual Shelly Cashman Institute, a week-long training event focusing on the latest topics in technology, for the past 34 years.

Steven M. Freund

Steven M. Freund attended the University of Central Florida and serves as a leader instructor of various Microsoft® Office, computer concepts, programming, and Internet technology courses throughout Central Florida. An integral author for the successful Shelly Cashman Series since 2001, he has presented at the annual customer conference, the Shelly Cashman Series Institute, as well as other customer events. Mr. Freund has co-authored multiple editions of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, Mozilla Firefox, Windows® Internet Explorer, Windows®, Office, and Dreamweaver books. He has also written numerous successful instructor supplements.

Misty E. Vermaat

Misty E. Vermaat has more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer and information technology. In addition to consulting in the field, she was an Associate Professor at Purdue University Calumet, teaching or developing Microsoft® Office, computer concepts, database management, systems analysis and design, and programming courses. Since 1990, Ms. Vermaat has led the development of the Shelly Cashman Series and has written or co-authored numerous Series textbooks, including many editions of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, DISCOVERING COMPUTERS FUNDAMENTALS, and Microsoft® Word books.