Enhanced Discovering Computers, Fundamentals: Your Interactive Guide to the Digital World, 2013 Edition

  • includes Student Success Guide
  • AUTHOR: Misty E. Vermaat
  • ISBN-13: 9781133596448 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 560 Pages  Paperback 
  • 1st Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2012, 2011, 2010
  • ©2013     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

The Student Success Guide is a brand new print supplement automatically packaged with all versions of Discovering Computers ©2012. This guide will help students succeed by establishing goals for what students are expected to achieve in the course and showing them how to best use the tools available in the textbook and in the Computer Concepts CourseMate. This guide promotes: 1. Engagement: Connects content with students' everyday life. 2. Retention: 3. Goal-driven approach helps students focus their study. 4. Results: Learning guides to improve students' performance. 4. Currency: Tools for students to learn about the latest advances in technology.


  • Gives students a complete introduction to the latest in computers and technology including Web 2.0, Windows 7, green computing and Web applications.
  • Brings relevance to concepts with updated Computer Usage @ Work Boxes highlighting computer usage in 15 different professional industries, Learn How To Exercises that apply concepts to everyday life, and Problem Solving @ Home and Work Exercises to teach students how to tackle everyday computer problems.
  • Engage students with Step Figures that go beyond the text in a visually appealing format, Innovative Computing Boxes that explore creative ways to use computers and technology, and Ethics and Issues Boxes that raise awareness and challenge students on controversial computer-related issues.
  • Further reinforces learned material through extended Web Research Exercises and Critical Thinking Exercises where students can apply new skills and put them to immediate use in order to complete these independent, thought provoking tasks.

About the Contributor

  • Misty E. Vermaat

    Misty E. Vermaat has more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer and information technology. In addition to consulting in the field, she was an Associate Professor at Purdue University Calumet, teaching or developing Microsoft® Office, computer concepts, database management, systems analysis and design, and programming courses. Since 1990, Ms. Vermaat has led the development of the Shelly Cashman Series and has written or co-authored numerous Series textbooks, including many editions of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, DISCOVERING COMPUTERS FUNDAMENTALS, and Microsoft® Word books.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Computers.
Special Feature: Timeline.
2. The Internet and World Wide Web.
Special Feature: Making Use of the Web.
3. Application Software.
Special Feature: Digital Communications.
4. The Components of the System Unit.
5. Input and Output.
Special Feature: Digital Video Technology.
6. Storage.
7. Operating Systems and Utility Programs.
Special Feature: Buyer's Guide.
8. Communications and Networks.
9. Database Management.
10. Computer Security and Safety, Ethics, and Privacy.
11. Information System Development and Programming Languages.
12. Enterprise Computing.
Special Feature: Living Digitally.
Appendix A: Quiz Yourself Answers.
Student Success Guide.
Quick Reference.

New to this Edition

  • New! Student Success Guide provides detailed information on the CourseMate digital solution, WebTutor, and chapter-by-chapter guides, bringing relevancy to chapter content. The Student Success Guide helps students tailor their learning experience, focus their study, and gives them the tools they need to stay up-to-date in our constantly evolving world of technology.
  • New updates to CourseMate for Discovering Computers 2013 available for optional integration with the text! CourseMate brings course concepts to life with a multi-media ebook, interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools, and auto-grading Engagement Tracker feature that support the printed textbook. CourseMate's newly added Web Apps feature and new quizzing exercises increase student engagement and retention.
  • Extensive enhancements made to the test bank help emphasize critical thinking and problem solving for students.


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