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Ch 4: Social Impacts and History of Computing

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Watch online video lessons and learn the history of computers, the impact of technology in our lives, and issues that arise as technology progresses. These engaging lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Social Impacts and History of Computing - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Before learning how to use or control information technology, it's important to understand the evolution of it. This course takes you through the history of computers and examines some impacts technology is having on our economy, culture, and security. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • The evolution of the computer
  • Impacts of technology
  • Career opportunities in information systems
  • Security threats and preventative measures
  • Open source software concerns

Video Objective
History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution Explore the history of computers and how they have progressed over time.
Information Technology: Impact on the Economy Understand how information technology impacts the economy.
Globalization, Outsourcing & Insourcing: Impact of Technology on Careers Look at how organizations have used technology.
Ergonomics, Telecommuting, Virtual Teams & Job Design: Technology Effects on Careers Review effects technology has had on the workplace as well as career options.
Impact of Technology on Privacy Realize the concerns regarding privacy that technological advancement brings.
Management Information Systems: Using Data to Manage Operations Recognize how management information systems use data in operations management.
Information Systems Jobs & Career Options Explore career opportunities in the field of information systems.
Information Systems Resources: Networks, Hardware, Software, Data & People Learn about the five main resources of an information system.
Computer Security & Threat Prevention for Individuals & Organizations Learn the various types of computer security employed by individuals and organizations.
Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns Look at who has control over, who determines the availability of, and who has the rights to digital property.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Social Impacts and History of Computing
History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution

1. History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution

Modern computing has a rich history. Learn about the earliest computing devices developed by humans, the first electronic computers and the development of modern computer components, such as microprocessors and the graphical user interface, in this video lesson.

Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

2. Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

Information technology has impacted the economy in a number of ways. The most noticeable changes involve e-commerce, marketing tactics, facilitation of globalization, job insecurity, and job design. This lesson will explore a variety of concepts pertaining to the changing economy, including downsizing, outsourcing, the use of cookies, the benefits and costs of globalization, and the impact of e-commerce.

Globalization, Outsourcing & Insourcing: Impact of Technology on Careers

3. Globalization, Outsourcing & Insourcing: Impact of Technology on Careers

This lesson discusses the impact information technology has on careers. Globalization has been driven by advances in technology and has impacted job security and wages. We will specifically look at downsizing, insourcing and outsourcing.

Ergonomics, Telecommuting, Virtual Teams & Job Design: Technology Effects on Careers

4. Ergonomics, Telecommuting, Virtual Teams & Job Design: Technology Effects on Careers

This lesson explores the impact of information technology on job design, teamwork, health and safety and how we commute to work. Specific topics discussed are telecommuting, virtual teams, job design and ergonomics.

Impact of Technology on Privacy

5. Impact of Technology on Privacy

Technology has a number of social and ethical implications that cause debate and concern. One specific issue is privacy. Information technology has opened up society and decreased privacy. This lesson will explore a number of privacy issues that are of concern, including electronic surveillance, availability of personal information, cookies and spyware, and workplace monitoring.

Management Information Systems: Using Data to Manage Operations

6. Management Information Systems: Using Data to Manage Operations

Management information systems (MIS) are an important source of data for any organization. How that data is reviewed and analyzed is the responsibility of the managers, and in this lesson we will describe the role of MIS and how managers can use different types of data MIS can produce.

Information Systems Jobs & Career Options

7. Information Systems Jobs & Career Options

In this lesson, we'll give an overview of some of the careers in the information systems and technology fields. You have options, so let's explore them.

Information Systems Resources: Networks, Hardware, Software, Data & People

8. Information Systems Resources: Networks, Hardware, Software, Data & People

What are the resources an information system needs? Discover how networks, hardware, software, data and people work together to create usable information.

Computer Security & Threat Prevention for Individuals & Organizations

9. Computer Security & Threat Prevention for Individuals & Organizations

Computer security and threat prevention is essential for individuals and organizations. Effective security measures can reduce errors, fraud, and losses. This lesson will explore unintentional threats and intentional threats. Various security measures and defenses will be explored, including encryption, firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spyware, passwords, back-ups, and biometric security.

Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns

10. Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns

One of the defining issues of the Internet era is intellectual property rights. The Internet has made it easy to access digital media and illegally copy it. This lesson will discuss intellectual property including protections through copyrights, trademarks and patents. We will also explore the open source movement and the growing trend toward free, unprotected software.

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