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introduction to computer

A World of Computers

Computers are everywhere

Objectives Overview

Explain why computer literacy is vital to success in today’s world

Define the term, computer, and describe the relationship between data and information

Describe the five components of a computer

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages that users experience when working with computers

Define the term, network, and identify benefits of sharing resources on a network

Discuss the uses of the Internet and World Wide Web

Distinguish between system software and application software

Differentiate among types, sizes, and functions of computers in each category

Describe the role of each element in an information system

Explain how home users, small office/home office users, mobile users, power users, and enterprise users each interact with computers

Discuss how society uses computers in education, finance, government, health care, science, publishing, travel, and manufacturing

What Is a Computer?

• A computer is an electronic device, operating under the control of instructions stored in its own memory

The Components of a Computer

A computer contains many electric, electronic, and mechanical components known as hardware

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Computers

Advantages of Using Computers

Disadvantages of Using Computers

Green computing

Strategies include:

Networks and the Internet

A network is a collection of computers and devices connected together, often wirelessly, via communications devices and transmission media

The Internet is a worldwide collection of networks that connects millions of businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and individuals

People use the Internet for a variety of reasons

A social networking Web site encourages members to share their interests, ideas, stories, photos, music, and videos with other registered users

Computer Software

Software, also called a program, tells the computer what tasks to perform and how to perform them

Installing is the process of setting up software to work with the computer, printer, and other hardware

A programmer develops software or writes the instructions that direct the computer to process data into information

Categories of Computers

Personal computers

Mobile computers and mobile devices

Game consoles




Embedded computers

Personal Computers

A personal computer can perform all of its input, processing, output, and storage activities by itself

Two popular architectures are the PC and the Apple – Desktop computer

Mobile Computers and Mobile Devices

Mobile Computer

Mobile Device

Mobile Computers and Mobile Devices

Notebook computer

Tablet PC

Smart phone


Handheld computer

Portable media player

Digital camera

Game Consoles

A game console is a mobile computing device designed for single-player or multiplayer video games


A server controls access to the hardware, software, and other resources on a network Provides – a centralized storage area for programs, data, and information


A mainframe is a large, expensive, powerful computer that can handle hundreds or thousands of connected users simultaneously


A supercomputer is the fastest, most powerful computer – Fastest supercomputers are capable of processing more than one quadrillion instructions in a single second

Embedded Computers

An embedded computer is a special-purpose computer that functions as a component in a larger product

Elements of an Information System






Examples of Computer Usage

Home User • Personal financial management •Web access • Communications • Entertainment

Small Office/Home Office User • Look up information • Send and receive e-mail messages •Make telephone calls

Mobile User • Connect to other computers on a network or the Internet • Transfer information • Play video games • Listen to music •Watch movies

Power User • Work with multimedia • Use industry-specific software

Enterprise User • Communicate among employees • Process high volumes of transactions • Blog

Computer Applications in Society




Health Care






Basic computer concepts

Components of a computer

Networks, the Internet, and computer software

Many different categories of computers, computer users, and computer applications in society

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