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Computer Hardware for Nursing Informatics - Chapter Summary
Check out these simple and engaging nursing informatics lessons to explore the functions of computer hardware that's used in the field. As you follow along with our expert instructors, you'll review computer hardware components, memory and processing devices, input/output devices, telecommunications hardware and more. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you see how well you understand the material. Our instructors are available to answer your questions, and you can access the chapter at any time that fits your schedule. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify the components of computer hardware
- Explain the functions of various computer system parts
- Recognize the characteristics of computer memory and processing devices
- Evaluate the functions of computer input and output devices
- Define the concept of touchscreen technology
- Understand the purposes of telecommunications hardware, including modems and routers
- Discuss the functions of network operating systems (NOS)
1. What is Computer Hardware? - Components, Definition & Examples
Computer hardware is the collection of physical parts of a computer system. This includes the computer case, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It also includes all the parts inside the computer case, such as the hard disk drive, motherboard, video card, and many others. Computer hardware is what you can physically touch.
2. 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.
3. 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).
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Touchscreen Technology: Definition & Concept
Touchscreen technology makes it possible to interact with a computer system using direct touch of the electronic display instead of using a traditional keyboard and mouse. Learn more about touchscreen technology in this lesson.
7. Telecommunications Hardware: Routers, Modems, Switches, Bridges, and Gateways
Building a computer network requires specialized hardware. Learn about transmission media and the variety of hardware devices needed for a computer network.
8. Network Operating Systems (NOS): Windows & Novell Net Ware
Every computer needs an operating system, and networks require their own operating systems. Learn about the specialized functions of network operating systems.
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Other chapters within the Nursing 301: Nursing Informatics course
- Informatics & Information Systems in Healthcare
- Basic Computer Software for Nursing Informatics
- Online Connectivity & Security for Nursing Informatics
- Data Standards in Healthcare
- Patient-Centered Information Technology
- Nursing & Educational Informatics
- Informatics Literacy & Challenges in Nursing
- The Future of Nursing Informatics
- Required Assignments for Nursing 301
- Studying for Nursing 301