Name: Faiza RehmanID: 5539Class: MBA I (Morning)Course: Computer ConceptCode: CS 315Instructor: Shahid khanAssignment: 2
Computer Concept Assignment 2 Application software In AcademicsAcademicsThe word comes from the akademeia, just outside ancient Athens, where the gymnasiumwas made famous by Plato as a center of learning. The sacred space, dedicated to thegoddess of wisdom, Athena, had formerly been an olive grove, hence the expression "thegroves of Academe."
It also means the community of students and scholars engaged in higher education andresearch.Academic discipline or field of studyAn academic discipline, or field of study, is a branch of knowledge which is taught andresearched at the college or university level. Disciplines are defined (in part), andrecognized by the academic journals in which research is published, and the learnedsocieties and academic departments or faculties to which their practitioners belong.Fields of study usually have several sub-disciplines or branches, like • History • Languages and linguistics • Literature • Performing arts • Philosophy • Religion • Visual arts • Anthropology • Archaeology • Area studies • Cultural and ethnic studies • EconomicsComputer literacyComputer literacy is defined as the knowledge and ability to use computers andtechnology efficiently. Computer literacy can also refer to the comfort level someone haswith using computer programs and other applications that are associated with computers.Another valuable component of computer literacy knows how computers work andoperate.Computer Literacy in academicsComputers are also a part of education. Computers are used in Academics for manyapplications such as writing papers or searching the Internet for information. Computerskills are also a subject being specifically taught in many academics.The dramatic increase in the use of computer-aided instruction in higher education hascome to the point that the use of a computer for a range of learning tasks is now a part ofa students basic learning toolkit, as much as taking notes or reading texts.
Computer literacy indicates that students found this type of support timely and useful. Italso found that the assumption that some Academic staff make, that students already havecomputer literacy skills, is often erroneous.Computer literacy provides students with the knowledge and skills required by theComputer and Technology Standards. Students utilize and apply problem-solvingprocesses. Students demonstrate advanced proficiency and accuracy in keyboarding usingtouch typing. They use these keyboarding skills to develop word processing, database andspreadsheet documents. Students create multimedia documents. Students learn variousfile management skills, Website design, ethical and legal issues involved in computeruse, and the history and development of computers. Students explore various careeropportunities that are available with computer knowledge and skills. Students conductvarious Internet searches to accomplish specific tasks and assignments..Aspects of computer literacy in academics include: • what is a computer • what are its limitations • what is a program (not necessarily how to program) • what is computable • what a computer cannot do • why computers cannot produce random numbers • some seemingly simple problems are not • concurrency and issues with shared data • all computers have the same computing ability with differences in memory capacity and speed • performance depends on more than CPU clock speed • understanding the concept of stored data • what are the real causes of "computer errors" • the implications of using a program incorrectly (garbage in, garbage out) • issues rising from distributed computing • computer security • social implications/aspects of computing • critical assessment of internet sources • criminal access to financial databases • keyboarding, mousing (using input devices) • plugging in and turning the computer on • Using/understanding user-interface elements (e.g., windows, menus, icons, buttons, etc.) • Composing, editing and printing documents
• the ability to communicate with others using computers through electronic mail (email) or instant messaging services • managing and editing pictures (from cell phones, digital cameras or even scans) • Opening files and recognizing different file types • Multimedia literacy, including, but not limited to: • making movies • making sound files • interactivityThe computer literacy has a deep impact on education. Computer literacy forms a part ofthe school and college curricula, as it is important for every individual today, to have thebasic knowledge of computers. The advantages of computers in education include anefficient storage and rendition of information, quick information processing and veryimportantly the saving of paper.Computer literacy plays a key role in the modern systems of education. Students find iteasier to refer to the Internet than searching for information in fat reference books. Theprocess of learning has gone beyond learning from prescribed textbooks. Today, aspirerscan satiate their thirst for knowledge by means of the Internet. It is easier to storeinformation on computers than maintaining hand-written notes. To know more on thesubject, read about textbooks versus computer literacy.Online education has revolutionized the education industry. The computer literacy hasmade the dream of distance learning, a reality. Education is no more limited toclassrooms. It has reached far and wide thanks to the computer technology. Physicallydistant locations have come close to each other only due to computer networking.Computers facilitate an efficient storage and effective presentation of information.Presentation software like PowerPoint and animation software like Flash and others canbe of great help to the teachers while delivering information. Computers can turn outbeing a brilliant aid in teaching. Computers facilitate an audio-visual representation ofinformation, thus making the process of learning interactive and interesting. Computer-aided teaching adds a fun element to education.ConclusionA life without computers would seem almost unimaginable for many. The importance ofcomputer literacy is evident today and having the perfect know-how of computers canonly propel one’s career in the right direction. Today, computers are a part of almostevery industry. They are no more limited to the software industry. They are widely usedin networking, information access, data storage and the processing of information. Sowhy not introduce computers early in education? Introducing computers early ineducation lays the foundation of most of the major competitive careers. Computers play asignificant role in one’s personal and professional life.
ReferenceAcademia.edu - Online community of academic scholarshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_literacyAndrew Abbott, Chaos of Disciplines University of Chicago Press 2001