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DSST Computing and Information Technology: Study Guide & Test Prep

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9 chapters in DSST Computing and Information Technology: Study Guide & Test Prep

Ch 1. Introduction to Computer Hardware {{cp.topicAssetIdToProgress[369433].percentComplete}}% complete
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Lesson 1 - What is a Mainframe System? Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5541].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5541].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Computer Architecture: PCs, Workstations & Mobile Devices Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369435].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369435].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Computer System Components: Computer Parts & Functions Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1728].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1728].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU): Definition, Design & Function Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5532].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5532].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Central Processing Unit (CPU): Parts, Definition & Function Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5082].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5082].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Computer Memory and Processing Devices: Functions & Characteristics Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1729].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1729].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Computer Output Devices: Monitors, Speakers, & Printers Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1732].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1732].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Computer Input Devices: Keyboards, Mice, Audio & Video Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1731].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1731].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - External and Internal Storage Devices: Optical, Magnetic & Semiconductor Storage Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1730].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1730].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - ASCII and Unicode to Represent Characters in Binary Code Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1733].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1733].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Systems Software: Utility Software, Device Drivers and Firmware Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13964].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13964].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Command Line Interface: Commands, Parameters & Options Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13966].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13966].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - What is a Graphical User Interface (GUI)? - Definition, Components & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10465].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[10465].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Menu-Driven Interface: Definition & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369439].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369439].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Touchscreen Technology: Definition & Concept Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5538].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[5538].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Voice User Interface: Definition & Technology Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369441].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369441].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Enterprise, Workgroup & Personal Operating Systems Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1737].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1737].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Computer Operating Systems: Managing Hardware and Software Resources Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1735].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1735].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Job Scheduling in Operating Systems Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369443].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369443].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - Virtualization: Definition & Benefits Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[238233].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[238233].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Systems Security: Firewalls, Encryption, Passwords & Biometrics Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13965].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13965].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 12 - What Is Computer Management? - Maintenance & Tools Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13967].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13967].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 13 - Units of Measurement: Megapixels, Kilobytes & Gigahertz Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13970].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13970].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 14 - File Systems: FAT, NTFS, and HFS+ Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13971].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13971].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 15 - File Extensions and File Types: MP3, GIF, JPG, DOCX, XLSX, EXE, & More Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2431].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2431].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Application Software for Personal, Enterprise & Workgroup Objectives Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1738].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1738].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1740].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1740].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Presentation Software and Graphic Suites: Illustrator, PowerPoint & CorelDraw Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1741].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1741].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - What is CAD Software? - Definition & Uses Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[146709].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[146709].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Image Processing Software: Purpose & Types Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369447].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369447].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3 Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1742].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1742].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Communication Software: Terminal Emulator, Chat & FTP Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1743].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1743].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Enterprise Software for Business Applications Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1770].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1770].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Hypertext Markup Language: Software to Create Web Pages Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14055].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14055].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - Multimedia Software: Working with Audio and Video Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14056].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14056].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Software Licensing: Proprietary and Free and Open-Source Licenses Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14054].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14054].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Types of Data: Text, Numbers & Multimedia Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8625].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8625].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Database Concepts and Structures: The Elements That Make Up a Database Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8621].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8621].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - What is Database Management? - How Databases Help Organizations Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8620].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8620].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - What is a Database Management System? - Purpose and Function Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8622].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8622].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Models of Database Management Systems (DBMS) Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8623].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8623].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - What is a Relational Database? - Elements, Design & Advantages Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8624].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[8624].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Cloud Computing and Databases: Technology to Improve Database Management Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[9270].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[9270].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Database Administration and Security: Definition and Purpose Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[9269].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[9269].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Data Mining: Applications & Examples Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[219241].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[219241].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - What is Data Analytics? - Definition & Tools Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[62642].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[62642].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) in Data Security Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369451].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369451].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - What is the History of the Internet? - Origins & Timeline Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14060].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14060].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - World Wide Web: How the Web Works Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1748].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1748].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Internet Connectivity and Communication Standards Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2438].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2438].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Search Engines, Keywords & Web Portals Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1753].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1753].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Web Page Design and Programming Languages: HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS & JavaScript Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1749].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1749].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Applets in HTML: Definition & Example Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[269581].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[269581].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - The Internet: IP Addresses, URLs, ISPs, DNS & ARPANET Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1747].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1747].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Internet Communication: Twitter, Email, IM, Blogging, RSS & Newsgroups Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1751].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1751].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Internet Collaboration: Second Life, VOIP, Video Conferencing, Virtual Reality & Telepresence Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1752].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1752].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 10 - What is Internet Security? - Privacy, Protection & Essentials Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14063].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14063].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 11 - Social Media Responsibility & Etiquette Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369455].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369455].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - The Components of a Telecommunications System Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1757].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1757].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Types of Networks: LAN, WAN, WLAN, MAN, SAN, PAN, EPN & VPN Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14065].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14065].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Network Architecture: Tiered & Peer-to-Peer Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14066].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14066].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Client/Server and Mainframe Systems Used in Telecommunication Systems Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1758].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1758].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Collision & Broadcast Domains: Definition & Difference Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369459].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369459].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - How Star, Bus, Ring & Mesh Topology Connect Computer Networks in Organizations Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1766].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1766].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Communication & Wireless Computing Devices: GPS, PDA, Cellular & Satellite Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1762].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1762].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - Systems Development Methods and Tools Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1787].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1787].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Systems Development Life Cycles: Software Development Process Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1788].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1788].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - What Is Programming? - Definition & Introduction for Beginning Programmers Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2651].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2651].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Developing a Graphical User Interface (GUI) Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2424].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2424].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Object-Oriented Programming vs. Procedural Programming Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2658].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[2658].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Functional Programming and Procedural Programming Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14068].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14068].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Software Development Tools: Assemblers, Profilers & Editors Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369463].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[369463].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Machine Code and High-level Languages: Using Interpreters and Compilers Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13749].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[13749].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 9 - Debugging and Compiling Code Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14071].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14071].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
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Lesson 1 - History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14057].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[14057].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 2 - Information Technology: Impact on the Economy Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1800].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1800].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 3 - Globalization, Outsourcing & Insourcing: Impact of Technology on Careers Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1804].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1804].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 4 - Ergonomics, Telecommuting, Virtual Teams & Job Design: Technology Effects on Careers Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1803].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1803].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 5 - Impact of Technology on Privacy Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1801].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1801].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 6 - Information Systems Jobs & Career Options Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1725].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1725].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 7 - Computer Security & Threat Prevention for Individuals & Organizations Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1805].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[1805].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional
Lesson 8 - Intellectual Property and Open Source Software: Issues and Concerns Score: {{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3000].bestScoreCorrect}}/{{cp.lessonAssetIdToProgress[3000].bestScoreQuestions}}  Take Quiz Optional

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