Higher Education

Discovering Computers, Complete: Your Interactive Guide to the Digital World, 1st Edition

  • Gary B. Shelly
  • Misty E. Vermaat Purdue University Calumet
  • ISBN-10: 1111530327  |  ISBN-13: 9781111530327
  • 904 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $174.75

About

Overview

DISCOVERING COMPUTERS: COMPLETE provides students with a current and thorough introduction to computers. This Shelly Cashman Series® text offers a dynamic and engaging solution to successfully teach students the relevancy of computer concepts in their personal, professional and academic lives through exciting new exercises that focus on problem solving and critical thinking.

Features and Benefits

  • Illustrate the relevance of computer concepts to your students with Computer Usage @ Work boxes and Problem Solving @ Work exercises providing examples of how any career path you chose will involve technology in some way.
  • Start relevant discussions in your course using the Ethics & Issues boxes to debate how technology is affecting the world we live in.
  • Engage your students in the content by integrating the online companion games and activities that make learning fun!

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Computers.
Special Feature: Timeline.
2. The Internet and World Wide Web.
Special Feature: Making Use of the Web.
3. Application Software.
Special Feature: Digital Communications.
4. The Components of the System Unit.
5. Input.
6. Output.
Special Feature: Digital Video Technology.
7. Storage.
8. Operating Systems and Utility Programs.
Special Feature: Buyer's Guide.
9. Communications and Networks.
10. Database Management.
11. Computer Security and Safety, Ethics, and Privacy.
Special Feature: Digital Forensics.
12. Information System Development.
13. Programming Languages and Program Development.
Special Feature: Web 2.0 Program Development.
14. Enterprise Computing.
Special Feature: Enterprise Order Processing: A Case Study.
15. Computer Careers and Certification.
Special Feature: Living Digitally.
Appendices.
A: Quiz Yourself Answers.
B: Computer Acronyms.
C: Coding Schemes and Number Systems.

What's New

  • Coverage has been updated to include Microsoft® Office 2010 and new innovations in technology, such as the iPad, to ensure the most current coverage of today's technology and trends.
  • The optional integration of the new Cengage Learning's Computer Concepts CourseMate for Discovering Computers brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook–specific website. The Computer Concept CourseMate for Dicsovering Computers goes beyond the book to deliver what you need!

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  • Discovering Computers, Complete: Your Interactive Guide to the Digital World
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  • Microsoft® Office 2010 180-day Subscription
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  • Microsoft® Office 2010: Introductory
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  • Computer Concepts CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card, Complete
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  • Microsoft® Office 2010: Introductory
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  • Discovering Computers, Complete: Your Interactive Guide to the Digital World
    List Price = $231.95  | CengageBrain Price = $231.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $174.75
  • Computer Concepts CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code, Complete
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ePack: Discovering Computers, Complete: Your Interactive Guide to the Digital World + SAM 2010 Assessment, Training, and Projects v2.0 Instant Access + Microsoft® Office 2010: Brief

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"DISCOVERING COMPUTERS offers students a basic understanding of computers that they can take with them once this course is completed. The most important thing to me is being able to teach the most current information about computers because computers are used EVERYWHERE! DISCOVERING COMPUTERS offers up-to-date information and provides my students with the basic understanding of computers that they need to be successful in their future."

— Sandy Keeter, Seminole Community College

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Computer Concepts CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code, Complete  (ISBN-10: 1111353018 | ISBN-13: 9781111353018)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.

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SAM 2010 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader for Discovering Computers, Complete ©2012  (ISBN-10: 1285195639 | ISBN-13: 9781285195636)

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 DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, COMPLETE, which helps you master computer concepts and introductory Office 2010 skills through video, audio, annotations, activities, and applications.

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Computer Concepts CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code, Complete  (ISBN-10: 1111353018 | ISBN-13: 9781111353018)

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LMS Integrated for CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285370511 | ISBN-13: 9781285370514)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your computers course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, view videos, and take practice quizzes—all online with MindLink for CourseMate.

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WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code, Complete  (ISBN-10: 1111736057 | ISBN-13: 9781111736057)

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WebTutor™ on Angel, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Complete  (ISBN-10: 1111736081 | ISBN-13: 9781111736088)

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Complete  (ISBN-10: 111173609X | ISBN-13: 9781111736095)

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SAM 2010 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader for Discovering Computers, Complete ©2012  (ISBN-10: 1285195639 | ISBN-13: 9781285195636)

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 DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, COMPLETE, 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

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.

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.