Ch 5: Computer Hardware in MIS

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This informative chapter covers computer hardware used in management information systems and provides you with a study guide you can use at your convenience. Our video and text lessons are easy to follow, and you can test yourself along the way with the short quizzes included with each lesson.

Computer Hardware in MIS - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors make it easy to understand computer hardware in management information systems with the short lessons you'll find here. As you study this chapter, you'll review the components of computer hardware, the function of a computer system unit and many other subjects. We've designed our video lessons to include video tabs, so you can quickly navigate the videos to customize your study. And with printable lesson transcripts and multiple-choice quizzes, these lessons give you several study options. After finishing this chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Identify the components of a computer system
  • Discuss the types of computer systems used in business
  • Detail what midrange computers are and what software they use
  • Explain how a mainframe system works
  • Outline the business uses for supercomputers
  • Give examples of a computer's peripheral devices
  • Describe some common computer input and output devices

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: Computer Hardware in MIS
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What is Computer Hardware? - Components, Definition & Examples

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.

What is a Computer System Unit? - Function, Components & Definition

2. What is a Computer System Unit? - Function, Components & Definition

A computer system unit is the enclosure that contains the main components of a computer. It is also referred to as a computer case or tower. Read on to learn about the functions and components that go into a computer system unit.

Computer System Components: Computer Parts & Functions

3. 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.

Types of Computer Systems in Business

4. Types of Computer Systems in Business

Computing devices used for business purposes come in all shapes and sizes, from smartphones to supercomputers. In this lesson, we'll examine how these devices are utilized to make a business run smoothly.

Microcomputers in Business: Definition & Uses

5. Microcomputers in Business: Definition & Uses

Microcomputer is a term you rarely hear anymore, sort of like video cassette recorder. What used to be referred to as a microcomputer is now called a personal computer. In this lesson, we'll discuss the use of personal computers in business.

Midrange Computers: Definition & Software

6. Midrange Computers: Definition & Software

Just at the name implies, midrange computers occupy a space between personal computers on the small end and mainframes on the large end. In this lesson, we'll examine how midrange computers differ from personal computers and discuss business uses.

What is a Mainframe System?

7. What is a Mainframe System?

A mainframe computer is a very large computer capable of handling and processing very large amounts of data quickly. They are used by large institutions, such as government agencies and large corporations.

What are Supercomputers? - Types & Use in Business

8. What are Supercomputers? - Types & Use in Business

When you hear the term supercomputer, you might think of a huge machine used by the government or by evil scientists in a movie. In this lesson, we examine how supercomputers function and what kinds of everyday things they do.

What Are Peripheral Devices of a Computer? - Definition, Examples & Types

9. What Are Peripheral Devices of a Computer? - Definition, Examples & Types

A peripheral device connects to a computer system to add functionality. Examples are a mouse, keyboard, monitor, printer and scanner. Learn about the different types of peripheral devices and how they allow you to do more with your computer.

Computer Input Devices: Keyboards, Mice, Audio & Video

10. 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

11. 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.

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