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Your Office: Getting Started with Computing Concepts, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Patti Hammerle, Amy S. Kinser

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: May 31, 2012

Description

For introductory computer courses on Microsoft Office 2010 or courses in computer concepts with a lab component for Microsoft Office 2010 applications.

 

Your Office is the Office Applications textbook written for instructors who want more than a ‘skill & drill’ book that enables students to learn discreet tasks but fails to illustrate the big picture of how these skills work together.  Your Office bridges the gap between skill and application, and empowers students to master Office 2010 as a tool to solve problems and make decisions.


The cases progress students from learning the skills in each Office Application to using the applications as tools to make business decisions.


The unique modular structure provides a strong foundation for students through practice in each workshop and then synthesizes the objectives covered over two workshops, challenging students to really retain what they learned as opposed to learning and then forgetting soon after.

 

The series scenario introduces a large global business (the resort and spa) made up of smaller businesses (golf pro shop, spa, restaurants, event planning, etc) featured in the cases that run throughout all four applications.  This approach gives students a solid understanding of how an organization works by exposing them to how individuals in all facets of a business interact with tools like Microsoft Office and use information to make decisions.


For a behind-the-scenes look at Your Office, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/YourOffice2010


**This is a one-chapter supplement.**

Table of Contents

Applied Computer Concepts

CASE

Painted Paradise Golf Resort and Spa's New Internet Café

Summary of Case

Workshop 1: Computer Basics

The Nuts and Bolts

Objectives

Computer Literacy

Real World Advice

Digital Natives

Why You Need to be Tech Savvy

Ability to make good buying decisions

Ability to troubleshoot common problems

Ability to effectively integrate the latest technology

Ability to protect your privacy

To quiz how computer savvy you are:

Compare Personal and Enterprise Computing

Similarities and differences in computer usage

Quick Reference

Enterprise computing systems

Decision Making

Real World Advice

Metrics

To compare personal and enterprise computing:

Not your Parents’ Cafe

Generational differences

Consider This

What generation do you identify with?

System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Hardware and Software

Consider This

Artificial Intelligence

Make Software Decisions

Real World Advice

Windows versus Mac

Consider This

Mac or Windows PC?

System Software

Side Note

Specialized Operating Systems

Real World Advice

What operating system is right for you?

Quick Reference

Different Utility Programs

Side Note

Highly Rated Utility Suites

Side Note

Highly Rated Antivirus Programs

Side Note

Protect yourself and your computer

Application software

Quick Reference

What software do you really need?

Real World Advice

Purchasing software economically

Not your Parents’ Café

Real World Advice

Where to buy software

Side Note

Smartphones are computers too!

To decide which software to purchase:

Make Hardware Decisions

Side Note

Check combined requirements

Types of computers

Quick Reference

Types of Computers

Consider This

Reading the label

Machine language:  Bits and Bytes

Side Note

Count to ten

Side Note

Bit and Byte Math

Real World Advice

How many bits is enough?

Consider This

Which would you pick?

Explore the System Unit

Quick Reference

Different System Units

Consider This

System Units

Side Note

Flash options

Real World Advice

How much RAM is enough?

Side Note

Different kinds of RAM

Quick Reference

Bits and Bytes

Identify Input Options

Quick Reference

Types of Input Devices

Side Note

QWERTY

Quick Reference

Special keyboard keys

Quick Reference

Mouse clicks

To choose input devices:

Identify Output Options

Quick Reference

Monitor Features

Quick Reference

Types of printers

Quick Reference

Printer Features

Identify Ports and Slots

Quick Reference

Different types of ports

To understand output device specifications:

Understand Storage Options

Quick Reference

Types of storage options

Side Note

Reliable Backup

Read, Write, or Both

Quick Reference

Read and Write options

Not your Parents’ Café

Real World Advice

Special Needs

Concepts Check

Key Terms

Practice 1

Student data files needed:

You will save your file as:

Practice 2

Student data files needed:

You will save your file as:

Technology Terminology

Workshop 2: Next Steps

Networks, Privacy, and Security

Objectives

Computer Networks

Real World Advice

Why bother with a network?

 

Identify Network Architecture

Side Note

Other network types

Identify Network Components

Transmission Media

Quick Reference

Transmission Media options

Network Adapters        

Data transmission

Network Software

Real World Advice

How a home network works

Connect to the Internet

Quick Reference

Internet connection speeds

Real World Advice

Transmission Speeds

 

To determine your connection options:

Navigate the Web

Real World Advice

Intranet versus Internet

Quick Reference

Top level domains

 

Finding Information on the Web

 

Quick Reference

Boolean operators

To utilize different search options:

Explore Telephony and Other Uses of the Internet

Podcasts, Webcasts, and Blogs

Social media

Understanding E-commerce Options

Quick Reference

E-commerce options

Not your Parents' Café

Additional Hardware Requirements

To promote the network services of the café:

Privacy and Security

Protect Your Privacy

Real World Advice

Your electronic profile

Consider This

Google Yourself

Privacy Online

Side Note

History File

Real World Advice

Protecting yourself from spyware

Maintain Security

Theft of hardware and software

Side Note

Free Music?

Online threats

Viruses and worms

Protecting your Computer and Yourself

Passwords

Avoid Scams

Encryption

Not your Parents' Café

To summarize privacy and security issues:

Concepts Check

Key Terms

Practice 1

Practice 2

Capstone Workshop

Practice 1

Problem Solve 1

Problem Solve 2

Perform in Your Life

 

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