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Exploring the Digital Domain: An Introduction to Computers and Information Fluency, Second Edition: An Introduction to Computers and Information Fluen
Synopses & Reviews
With Ken Abernethy and Tom Allen's fresh approach to the introductory computing course, students develop the skills to understand, create, work and communicate using digital media and networks. Excitement builds via the book and the accompanying Web site as students discover the worlds of image processing, digital sound, web publishing, and much more. The organizing theme for the book is that the computer is not merely a tool but rather itself a medium for representing, storing, manipulating, and communicating different forms of information: text, numbers, graphics, images, sounds, and video. The book focuses on digital media rather than the customary survey of applications software designed to process these media. In addition to teaching basic computer skills, the authors promote information fluency in which students gain an understanding of the foundational concepts on which the technology is derived and develop higher-level intellectual capabilities for applying the technology.
Book News Annotation:
Designed for introductory computing courses, this textbook focuses on the intersection between the computer and the information it stores. The book begins with an overview of information technology and then advances from the basic building blocks of computer technology toward its most complex applications, with sections on text and numbers, sights and sounds, the inner workings of the computer, software, networks, and emerging technologies. The authors are affiliated with Furman University.
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The book focuses on digital media rather than the customary survey of applications software designed to process these media. In addition to teaching basic computer skills, the authors promote information fluency in which readers gain an understanding of the foundational concepts on which the technology is derived and develop higher-level intellectual capabilities for applying the technology. In the area of data communications and networks, the book has new material on DSL, cable (CATV) modems, and wireless LAN technologies. The book integrates the TCP/IP protocol model with the treatment of client/server applications. New chapters on data security and emerging technologies have been added. Topics include bioinformatics, nanotechnology, quantum computing, and intelligent software agents.
About the Author
Kenneth Abernethy is Professor of Computer Science at Furman University.J. Thomas Allen is Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Furman University.
Table of Contents
Unit 1: Getting Started 1. Introduction: Understanding Information Technology 2. Information and the Digital Domain 3. Computing Basics 4. Connecting to the Digital Domain Unit 2: Text and Numbers 5. Creating Documents 6. Numeric Processing 7. Managing Information Unit 3: Sights and Sounds 8. Digital Images 9. Making Pictures with Computers 10. The Sound and the Fury: Digital Style Unit 4: Inside the Computer 11. The Basic Organization of Computers 12. Storing Data on Your Computer 13. Input and Output Unit 5: Running the Show: Software 14. Developing Applications 15. Operating Systems Unit 6: Networks 16. Data Communications 17. Local Area Networks 18. The Internet 19. Internet Applications: Raising the Bar Unit 7: Putting Information to Work 20. Packaging Information: Data Compression and Security 21. Emerging Digital Technologies
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