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Basic Computer Concepts - Chapter Summary
This chapter offers a high-level overview of basic computer concepts. Taught by expert computer science instructors, this chapter examines the history and impact of computers, as well as the foundations of computer systems, information systems and information technology. The lessons are designed to be simple, concise and entertaining, and we've included plenty of self-assessments throughout the chapter. For your convenience, we've made the chapter accessible on any device that has an Internet connection. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Summarize the history and evolutions of computers
- Compare mobile, stationary and multi-user computer systems
- Explain how computers have shaped work environments
- Differentiate between information technology and information systems
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.
2. Computer System Types: Mobile, Stationary & Multi-User
There are computers you can hold in your hand, computers that fill up a room, and variations in between. In this lesson, we'll discuss various types such mobile, stationary and multi-user computers and examine the use and characteristics of each.
3. Impact of Computers on Work Environments
In this lesson, we will look at the impact computers have on the work environment. We will discuss the impacts on privacy, ethics, general efficiency, and the work environment as a whole.
4. Information Systems vs. Information Technology: Differences & Examples
The terms information systems and information technology are often used interchangeably but in reality, these are different. In this lesson, we will understand their basic differences and how these resources are utilized differently by small and large businesses.
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