Ch 19: Computer Basics for Business

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Let us help you understand how computers are used in business. These online video lessons and quizzes will introduce you to the basics, including the use of operating systems, websites and social networking.

Computer Basics for Business - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter explore how computers are used for business. The instructors explain what operating systems are and go over the different types and how they work. You will learn about the components of business computer systems, including external and internal storage devices. Other lessons look at common business software, including word processing programs (such as Microsoft Word), graphic suites (such as CorelDraw) and spreadsheet software (such as Excel).

Electronic communications and how to effectively use them are covered in these videos, along with the uses of social networking for business purposes. The effect of technology on careers, including a look at telecommuting and virtual teams, is also part of this chapter. The instructor also explores the use of blogs, podcasts, wikis and text messaging as business communication tools. These lessons should give you an overview of the following topics related to computers for business:

  • Managing hardware and software resources
  • Enterprise, workgroup and personal operating systems
  • Wise use of communications technology
  • Web page design and programming languages
  • Graphic design basics
  • Installing and upgrading hardware and software
  • Computer memory and processing devices
  • Basic computer troubleshooting

These engaging video lessons, led by experienced instructors, include video links that allow you to find and review key terms and passages. You can assess what you've learned with the multiple-choice questions included at the end of each lesson. Use the accompanying transcript to review the video without having to re-watch it.

25 Lessons in Chapter 19: Computer Basics for Business
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Computer Operating Systems: Managing Hardware and Software Resources

1. Computer Operating Systems: Managing Hardware and Software Resources

This lesson will introduce you to computer operating systems and help you figure out the difference between application and operating system software. Also, we will learn the difference between a desktop and wallpaper.

OS Functions: Security, System Management, Communication and Hardware & Software Services

2. OS Functions: Security, System Management, Communication and Hardware & Software Services

The operating system (or OS ) is the brain of a computer and manages its functions, including systems management/monitoring, communication/networking services management, security services management, and hardware/software services management.

Enterprise, Workgroup & Personal Operating Systems

3. Enterprise, Workgroup & Personal Operating Systems

While every computer needs an operating system, different devices and different users need different functionalities. Learn about the different types of operating systems.

The Importance of Using Communication Technology Wisely

4. The Importance of Using Communication Technology Wisely

It is very important for businesses to use communication technology wisely. This lesson explores why companies need guidelines or a code of conduct for employees to understand the limits of cell phones, emails, texting, and social media.

Using Electronic Channels of Communication: Strengths and Weaknesses

5. Using Electronic Channels of Communication: Strengths and Weaknesses

Electronic channels of communication allow businesses to reach customers and communicate internally through the use of fax, text and email. Employees should be aware that there are both advantages and disadvantages to using electronic tools.

Guidelines for Using Instant and Text Messaging in the Workplace

6. Guidelines for Using Instant and Text Messaging in the Workplace

Companies are embracing alternative means of communication to increase profits and aid in delivering messages. Mobile messaging policies for instant and text messaging should be established to aid employees in their daily use.

Blogs, Podcasts, and Wikis in Business Communication

7. Blogs, Podcasts, and Wikis in Business Communication

Business communication has drastically evolved in the last decade. In this lesson, we'll look at alternative uses of communication that help improve quality, public relations and internal employee relationships through the use of blogs, podcasts and wikis.

The Role of Social Media in Business Communication

8. The Role of Social Media in Business Communication

Social media has played a growing role in company's business communication. Numerous affordable advantages create increased sales and customer loyalty through different platforms and word of mouth.

Social Networking: Definition and Professional Use

9. Social Networking: Definition and Professional Use

Social networking can be used to develop business relationships, connect with customers, find jobs and conduct niche marketing. There are many rules and uses of social networking that business people should be aware of in their daily work.

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

10. 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.

Web Page Design and Programming Languages: HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS & JavaScript

11. Web Page Design and Programming Languages: HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS & JavaScript

Web design is the creation and visual design of documents displayed on the World Wide Web. It is important to create engaging and visually appealing websites to attract and retain customers. Many factors must be considered when designing a website. This video will explore the steps in Web design and the programming languages needed to create a dynamic and interactive website.

File Extensions and File Types: MP3, GIF, JPG, DOCX, XLSX, EXE, & More

12. File Extensions and File Types: MP3, GIF, JPG, DOCX, XLSX, EXE, & More

File extensions are used to indicate the format of files so operating systems know what to do with them. Learn why there are so many different file extensions. Also learn about some of the most widely used file extensions.

Computer System Components: Computer Parts & Functions

13. Computer System Components: Computer Parts & Functions

Are you ready to buy a computer? Let's take a trip through the components of a computer for some advice. We'll learn about the motherboard, memory, storage, connectivity and peripherals.

Computer Memory and Processing Devices: Functions & Characteristics

14. Computer Memory and Processing Devices: Functions & Characteristics

Have you ever wondered how your computer operates - specifically, where it stores all the information it needs to run? This lesson will answer that question by explaining the general functions of the central processing unit (CPU), random-access memory (RAM) and read-only memory (ROM).

External and Internal Storage Devices: Optical, Magnetic & Semiconductor Storage

15. External and Internal Storage Devices: Optical, Magnetic & Semiconductor Storage

Let's explore the capacity of internal and external storage devices. We'll learn how optical, magnetic and semiconductor storage works, as well as identify some examples of storage devices.

Computer Input Devices: Keyboards, Mice, Audio & Video

16. Computer Input Devices: Keyboards, Mice, Audio & Video

What input devices do you use on a daily basis? We'll take a look at the common keyboard and mouse devices as well as other methods of input like audio and video.

Computer Output Devices: Monitors, Speakers, & Printers

17. Computer Output Devices: Monitors, Speakers, & Printers

So you've entered information into your computer. How do you get it back out? Here's a look at output devices such as monitors, speakers, printers and eBooks.

Microsoft Office and Open Office: Office Suite Applications

18. Microsoft Office and Open Office: Office Suite Applications

Office suite software is a collection of commonly used applications. It typically includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software. Learn how these applications work together to increase productivity in this video lesson.

Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

19. Desktop Publishing & Word Processing Software: MS Word, InDesign & WordPerfect

Word processing software is used to manipulate text and apply a basic design to your pages. More sophisticated design can be accomplished using desktop publishing software. Learn about the functionality of these two types of application software.

Presentation Software & Graphic Suites: Purpose & Examples

20. Presentation Software & Graphic Suites: Purpose & Examples

To make an impact on your audience, you not only need a strong message, you also need strong visuals. Learn how presentation and illustration software helps you make an impact when showing your work.

Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3

21. Database and Spreadsheet Software: Excel, Access, dBase & Lotus 1-2-3

Spreadsheet software and database software are both used to organize and manipulate data. Each application has its own unique strengths. Learn about the functionality of both types of software.

What Is an Information System?

22. What Is an Information System?

Information systems are an integral part of businesses. But what, exactly, is an information system? In this lesson, we'll define information systems and then examine the three main components of an information system.

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

23. 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.

Database Concepts and Structures: The Elements That Make Up a Database

24. Database Concepts and Structures: The Elements That Make Up a Database

Learn the fundamental elements of databases and how they are structured. One common data structure is a database table, which uses records and fields to organize data.

Types of Data: Text, Numbers & Multimedia

25. Types of Data: Text, Numbers & Multimedia

Discuss the basic types of data found in databases. These include character strings, integers, decimals, images, audio, video and other multimedia types.

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