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Computer Literacy BASICS: A Comprehensive Guide to IC 3 , 3 rd Edition Lesson 1: Computers and Computer Systems Students: CourseCasts, is a library of weekly podcasts designed to keep you up to date with the latest in technology news. Follow the link to http://coursecasts.course.com , where you can download the most recent CourseCast onto your mp3 player or just listen using Windows Media Player. Ken Baldauf, host of CourseCasts, is a faculty member of the Florida State University Computer Science Department where he is responsible for teaching technology classes to thousands of FSU students each year. Ken is an expert in the latest technology and sorts through and aggregates the most pertinent news and information for CourseCasts so your s can spend your time enjoying technology, rather than trying to figure it out. Lesson Objectives Lesson Objectives You will have mastered the material in Lesson 1 when you can: Understand the importance of computers. Define computers and computer systems. Classify different types of computer devices. Use computer systems. Identify system components. Describe the role of the central processing unit. Define computer memory. Describe how data is represented. Identify types of storage devices. Care for storage media. Data Files Data Files You will not need data files to complete this lesson. Mod1-4: Understanding the Importance of Computers Mod1-4: Understanding the Importance of Computers The computer is one of the most important inventions of the past century. A Brief History of the Computer The first computers were developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s for use by the military and government. The first Apple computer was built in 1976. The IBM PC was introduced in 1981. BOXES Extra for Experts: In 1969, the Neiman Marcus catalog advertised the first home computer, a Honeywell H316 model called the “Kitchen Computer,” for $10,600. 1) Think of an occupation and the ways in which computers are currently used in that occupation. Many jobs and professions require computer skills today. 2) In what ways has computer technology changed in your own lifetime? Think about the kinds of computers you encountered in grade school compared with computers and computerized devices that you use today. Mod1-6: Defining Computers and Computer Systems A computer is an electronic device that follows a series of steps referred to as an information processing cycle.
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A computer system includes hardware, software, data, and people. BOXES Extra for Experts: In 1937, Dr. John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry designed and built the first electronic digital computer. Extra for Experts: A computer won a World Chess Championship game playing against a human.
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course EGR 125 taught by Professor Dianeboseman during the Spring '11 term at Guilford Tech.

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