Ch 1: Hardware & Systems Technology Overview

About This Chapter

In this chapter, you'll find entertaining video lessons you can study any time to strengthen your knowledge of hardware and systems technology. Included with the lessons are short quizzes designed to assess your comprehension as you prepare for an upcoming test.

Hardware & Systems Technology Overview - Chapter Summary

If you're interested in improving your understanding of hardware and systems technology, you've reached the right place! This chapter ensures you know all about video cards, computer input devices, computer system units and more. After completing this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define and list components of computer hardware
  • Describe the function and components of a computer system unit
  • Explain how to safely start up and shut down computers
  • Outline the parts and functions of computer system components
  • Provide the definition of a video card
  • Give descriptions of computer input devices like keyboards and mice
  • Discuss computer output devices like speakers and printers

This chapter is completely flexible, allowing you to navigate lessons in your sequence of choice and visit as often as you'd like. You also have the freedom to choose your lesson format: entertaining videos, full transcripts or both. Before, during or after reviewing lessons, don't hesitate to take multiple-choice quizzes to check your comprehension of key concepts. Around-the-clock mobile access lets you study whenever and wherever you desire via your smartphone or tablet of choice.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Hardware & Systems Technology Overview
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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.

How to Safely Start Up & Shut Down Computers

3. How to Safely Start Up & Shut Down Computers

Learn how to start up and shut down a computer, and the precautions you can take to avoid losing data. Discover the steps that computers themselves follow during start up and shut down.

Computer System Components: Computer Parts & Functions

4. 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.

What Is a Video Card? - Function, Definition & Types

5. What Is a Video Card? - Function, Definition & Types

A video card is used to process images so they can be displayed on your monitor. A good video card can make a big difference in the quality of your graphics, so this is particularly important if you play games or work with photography and video.

Computer Input Devices: Keyboards, Mice, Audio & Video

6. 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

7. 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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