Higher Education

Discovering Computers Fundamentals: Your Interactive Guide to the Digital World, 8th Edition

  • Gary B. Shelly
  • Misty E. Vermaat Purdue University Calumet
  • ISBN-10: 1111530459  |  ISBN-13: 9781111530457
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2010, 2009
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $167.75

About

Overview

DISCOVERING COMPUTERS FUNDAMENTALS 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 and Output.
Special Feature: Digital Video Technology.
6. Storage.
7. Operating Systems and Utility Programs.
Special Feature: Buyer's Guide.
8. Communications and Networks.
9. Database Management.
10. Computer Security and Safety, Ethics, and Privacy.
11. Information System Development and Programming Languages.
12. Enterprise Computing.
Special Feature: Living Digitally.
Appendix A: Quiz Yourself Answers.

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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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

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Computer Concepts CourseMate with eBook Instant Access 1 term (6 months)  (ISBN-10: 1111738564 | ISBN-13: 9781111738563)

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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Instructor's Resource CD-ROM Presenter  (ISBN-10: 1111531188 | ISBN-13: 9781111531188)

WebTutor™ on Blackboard®, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111725918 | ISBN-13: 9781111725914)

Succeed in your computers course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111725934 | ISBN-13: 9781111725938)

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WebTutor™ Angel Cartridge, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111725950 | ISBN-13: 9781111725952)

Succeed in your computers course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback, and keeps you connected to your instructor and classmates.

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SAM 2010 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader for Discovering Computers, Fundamentals  (ISBN-10: 128519568X | ISBN-13: 9781285195681)

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, FUNDAMENTALS, 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 1 term (6 months)  (ISBN-10: 1111738564 | ISBN-13: 9781111738563)

Cengage Learning's Computer Concepts CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with DISCOVERING COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS: YOUR INTERACTIVE GUIDE TO THE DIGITAL WORLD, 8th Edition.

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MindTap® Introduction to Computers, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access with Selections from Shelly/Vermaat's Introduction to Computers  (ISBN-10: 1133999174 | ISBN-13: 9781133999171)

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WebTutor™ on Blackboard®, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111725918 | ISBN-13: 9781111725914)

Succeed in your computers course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

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This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap™ Introduction to Computers resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111725934 | ISBN-13: 9781111725938)

Succeed in your technology course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies complex concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback and other online learning tools, and keeps you connected to your textbook, instructor, and classmates.

List Price = $58.00  | CengageBrain Price = $58.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.00

WebTutor™ Angel Cartridge, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111725950 | ISBN-13: 9781111725952)

Succeed in your computers course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback, and keeps you connected to your instructor and classmates.

List Price = $58.00  | CengageBrain Price = $58.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.00

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SAM 2010 Assessment, Training, and Projects with MindTap Reader for Discovering Computers, Fundamentals  (ISBN-10: 128519568X | ISBN-13: 9781285195681)

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, FUNDAMENTALS, 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.