Higher Education

Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials, 1st Edition

  • Misty E. Vermaat Purdue University Calumet
  • ISBN-10: 1285845536  |  ISBN-13: 9781285845531
  • 350 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2013, 2012
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $113.25
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ENHANCED brings the wealth of learning materials available for DISCOVERING COMPUTERS together into an easily usable toolkit and provides students with actionable direction for maximizing Web 2.0 tools in their pursuit for employment or growing their careers. The full online course lends structure to the wide variety of practice and reinforcement opportunities and begins each chapter with a self-assessment, enabling learners to target their study: learning more in less time. The practice questions and crossword puzzles in the back of the print book enable quick skill-and-drill opportunities and the Web 2.0 appendix shows learners how to use tools available to them to their full potential. DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ENHANCED offers not only the content students need to succeed in the introductory computing course, but provides it in a way that helps ensure success for all students.

Features and Benefits

  • Feature 1: Book content structured and organized to improve student retention of material and promote transference of knowledge: Chapter structure presents topics where the information is most relevant and in the format that is most appropriate for student learning. Chapter organization presents topics students need to know for success at home, at school, and at work. End-of-chapter student assignments help students to be more successful in the course.
  • Feature 2: Themes help students and instructors use in-chapter boxes, marginal elements, and accompanying digital only content effectively: Broaden Your Knowledge: Mini Features, How To boxes, Secure IT boxes, BTW elements, and High-Tech Talk articles. Critical Thinking: Consider This boxes, Ethics & Issues boxes, and questions posed in every mini feature and box throughout the book. Currency: Internet Research elements, Technology @ Work boxes, Innovative Computing elements, Technology Innovators, and Facebook posts/Twitter tweets. Self-Assessment: Chapter Objectives, Now You Know boxes, Quiz Yourself Online, Chapter Summary, Chapter Study Guides, Flash Cards, and Practice Tests.
  • Unique supporting and enriching content is available only in the e-book to enhance student knowledge and understanding through links to content and interactive media embedded at locations most appropriate for learning: Author-developed content that expands on in-book chapter topics by presenting current or technical information. Author-directed animations and interactive figures. Relevant and timely access to third-party websites or videos. This digital only content provides up-to-the-minute news and currency by way of High-Tech Talk articles, the Innovative Computer feature, and articles and topics delivered via Facebook and Twitter. Additional digital only content, such as Quiz Yourself Online, Chapter Study Guides and the Flash Cards, provides review and practice opportunities anytime, anywhere.
  • Feature 4: End-of-chapter student assignments, along with the accompanying MindTap website, offer students an exceptional learning solution.

Table of Contents

Focus On: Purchasing the Right Computer.
1: Digital Literacy: Introducing a World of Technology.
2: The Internet: Accessing, Searching, Sharing, and Communicating.
3: Computers and Mobile Devices: Evaluating the Possibilities.
4: Programs and Apps: Using Software at Work, School, and Home.
5: Digital Safety and Security: Identifying Threats, Issues, and Defenses.
Focus On: Troubleshooting Computer and Mobile Device Problems.
Focus On: Jump Starting Your Technology Career.
Focus On: Workbook.

What's New

  • Understand Computing Careers and Harness Web 2.0 Tools to Take Control of Your Professional Opportunity.
  • Build upon existing Computing Careers content to create a career toolkit / professional portfolio within the context of a computing career.
  • Student Workbook.
  • Practice test questions and crossword puzzles for each chapter enforce learning.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + CourseMate Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1305427955  | ISBN-13: 9781305427952

List Price = $178.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $134.21

This Bundle Includes:

  • Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials
    List Price = $150.95  | CengageBrain Price = $150.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $113.25
  • CourseMate Printed Access Card
    List Price = $105.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $113.25


Bundle: Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials + SAM 2013 Assessment and Training v1.0 Multi-Term Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  130562081X  | ISBN-13:  9781305620810

List Price = $180.95  | CengageBrain Price = $180.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $135.71

This Bundle Includes:

  • Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials
    List Price = $150.95  | CengageBrain Price = $150.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $113.25
  • SAM 2013 Assessment and Training v1.0 Multi-Term Printed Access Card
    List Price = $108.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $81.00


Printed Text + Microsoft Office 2013 180 Day Trial, PC Version Printed Access Card + SAM 2012 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader for Enhanced Discovering Computers

ISBN-10:  1337199397 | ISBN-13:  9781337199391

List Price = $224.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $168.71

This Bundle Includes:

  • Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials
    List Price = $150.95  | CengageBrain Price = $150.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $113.25
  • Microsoft Office 2013 180 Day Trial, PC Version Printed Access Card
    List Price = $18.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $18.00
  • SAM 2012 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader for Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials
    List Price = $146.00  | CengageBrain Price = $146.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $146.00


Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

SAM 2012 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader for Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials  (ISBN-10: 1305403169 | ISBN-13: 9781305403161)

SAM trains, and tests essential Microsoft Office and computer concepts skills. Students engage in a hands-on environment, then apply their skills to real-world applications. SAM’s auto-graded assignments and flexible reporting tools saves instructors time and energy.

List Price = $146.00  | CengageBrain Price = $146.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $146.00

Student Supplements

SAM 2012 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader for Enhanced Discovering Computers, Essentials  (ISBN-10: 1305403169 | ISBN-13: 9781305403161)

Go from Office user to Office expert SAM –Skills Assessment Manager – is the top online training resource for Microsoft Office suites. No matter what your skill level, SAM helps you learn with confidence so you have a better chance to make better grades. Navigate easily from day one SAM has all your course content in one easy location, offering an intuitive homepage which ensures you always get where you need to go. See how Office is used in the real world SAM training and assessments simulate the real MS Office environment, which will prepare you for more workplace success. Set yourself up for better grades Automatic feedback on assignments and a personalized study plan help you stay on track for improved grades. Student Testimonials: “My course experience using SAM has been great. It has actually helped me more in class because it lets us do an unlimited amount of training. If we do need help with something, we can just log onto SAM and do it.” - Student Westchester Community College “[SAM] told me all of the mistakes I made, and when I saw the mistakes, it allowed me to use critical thinking of what I could do to make that problem 100% correct.” - Student Hutchinson Community College CTA: Ask your instructor about SAM for this course. Visit us online: sam.cengage.com

List Price = $146.00  | CengageBrain Price = $146.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $146.00

LMS Integrated for SAM 2013 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader, 1 term Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305395794 | ISBN-13: 9781305395794)

Go from Office user to Office expert SAM –Skills Assessment Manager – is the top online training resource for Microsoft Office suites. No matter what your skill level, SAM helps you learn with confidence so you have a better chance to make better grades. Navigate easily from day one SAM has all your course content in one easy location, offering an intuitive homepage which ensures you always get where you need to go. See how Office is used in the real world SAM training and assessments simulate the real MS Office environment, which will prepare you for more workplace success. Set yourself up for better grades Automatic feedback on assignments and a personalized study plan help you stay on track for improved grades. Student Testimonials: “My course experience using SAM has been great. It has actually helped me more in class because it lets us do an unlimited amount of training. If we do need help with something, we can just log onto SAM and do it.” - Student Westchester Community College “[SAM] told me all of the mistakes I made, and when I saw the mistakes, it allowed me to use critical thinking of what I could do to make that problem 100% correct.” - Student Hutchinson Community College CTA: Ask your instructor about SAM for this course. Visit us online: sam.cengage.com

List Price = $146.00  | CengageBrain Price = $146.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $146.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.