Computer Concepts
A Brief Introduction
CAS 133 – Basic Computer
Skills/MS Office XP
Russ Erdman - Instructor
“Oh drat these computers! They’re so naughty and so complex,
I could pinch them!”
Computer Concepts
Where can you find computers?
 Computers are everywhere
Computer Concepts
What is computer
literacy?
 Knowledge and understanding of
computers and their uses.
Computer Concepts
 WHAT IS A
COMPUTER?
 A device that follows
instructions, processes
data arithmetically and
logically, produces
output, ...
Computer Concepts
What are data and information?
Data
Raw facts,
figures, and
symbols
Information
Data that is
organized,
...
Software
Instructions that
tell hardware how
to perform tasks
Hardware
Electronic and
mechanical equipment
What are hardwa...
Computer Concepts
Hardware, Software and the
Computer
Without SOFTWARE the computer HARDWARE is
just a giant PAPER WEIGHT!
What are common computer hardware components?
printer
scanner
speaker
PC camera
microphone
digital camera
system unit
keyb...
What is an input device?
 Hardware used to enter data and instructions.
scanner
microphone
keyboard
mouse
PC camera
digit...
What is an output device?
 Hardware that conveys information to a user.
printer
monitor speakers
Computer Concepts
What is the system unit?
 Box-like device
containing
electronic
components
connected to
motherboard hard
disk
drive
(insi...
 Processor
 Memory module
 Processor
 Memory module
 Expansion cards
• Sound card
• Modem card
• Video card
• Network...
What is the motherboard?
 Main circuit board
in system unit
 Contains
chips,
integrated circuits,
and transistors
 Also...
Memory (RAM & ROM)
• Temporary holding place for data
and instructions
What are two main components on the motherboard?
Ce...
Central Processing Unit
What is a microprocessor?
Single processor chip found
in personal computers
Computer Concepts
Computer Concepts
volatile memory
Loses its contents whenLoses its contents when
the computer's power isthe computer's pow...
Memory
What is random access memory (RAM)?
p. 4.16
Memory chips that can be read from and
written to by processor
Most R...
What is storage?
 Holds data, instructions, and information for future use.
Storage
Device
• Records and retrieves
items ...
CD-RW drive
hard disk
drive
CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM
drive
ZIP®
drive
floppy
disk
drive
What are common storage devices or drives...
What is a floppy disk?
 Thin, circular,
flexible disk
enclosed in
rigid plastic
 A Zip®
disk is a
higher capacity
disk
C...
Computer Concepts
p. 7. 10 Fig. 7-12
What is a hard disk?
 High-capacity
storage
 Consists of
several
inflexible,
circul...
4: Head actuator
positions
read/write head
arms over correct
location on
platters to read or
write data
Step 4
2: Small mo...
Computer Concepts
p. 7. 17
Compact Discs
What is a compact disc (CD)?
 Storage
medium
 Most PCs
include
some type
of com...
Computer Concepts
Compact Discs
A CD-ROM’s layout.
Computer Concepts
Computer Software
What is a computer program?
 A series of instructions that tells the
computer what to...
Computer Concepts
Advantages of a computer
Speed
Reliability
Accuracy
Storage
Communications
Computer Concepts
 Speed
Operates at close to the speed of light –
186,000 miles/second!
Consider word processing (typi...
Computer Concepts
 Accuracy
Software – GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out)
Humans make 1 error every 300 characters
typed, co...
 Five basic types of data are
represented in the computer.
Numeric
Character
Visual
Audio
Instructional
Computer Con...
Computer Concepts
Data Representation
How do computers represent data?
 Most computers are digital
 Recognize only two d...
Computer Concepts
 A digital computer’s circuits are binary.
 The circuits can exist in either one of two
electrical sta...
Computer Concepts
 Consider the math – 1 byte = 1 character,
5 characters per word, 400 words per
page, 200 pages per boo...
Computer ConceptsStorage
Representing Symbols and Text
 Each letter and symbol in a text
document must be translated into...
 The ASCII code, or simply ASCII, is used by virtually
all other computers in the United States and Europe
as well. All p...
Computer ConceptsStorage
 A new coding system has recently been developed
called UNICODE.
 Unicode provides a unique num...
Computer ConceptsStorage
 Digitized picture of a tiger.
Representation of Images
Computer ConceptsStorage
 Black and white pixels are either 0 or 1.
0001000000000000000000000000000000000000010101
010000...
Computer ConceptsStorage
 Gray-Scale:
Each pixel contains a value representing
some shade of gray.
The more shades of g...
Computer ConceptsStorage
 Representing colors
in pictures takes
even more bits than
gray-scale.
 The more colors the
mor...
Computer Concepts
Storage
 Fact: All types of information are stored in
binary form.
Problem: The computer has no way of...
Computer Concepts
Storage
Windows files showing their icons and
extensions
Computer Concepts
 Communications
Allows us to easily share data
Networks
Email
The Internet
The World Wide Web
Mod...
Computer Concepts
Types of Computer Software
What is system software?
 Programs that control the operations of the
comput...
Computer Concepts
 The operating system (OS) on the
computers in the lab is Windows 2000
Professional.
 Some other OS na...
Computer Concepts
Types of Computer Software
What is application software?
 Programs that perform specific tasks for user...
Computer Concepts
Types of Computer Software
 There must be some type of (OS) system
software for application software to...
Computer Concepts
What is the user interface?
 Controls how
you enter data
and commands
and how
information
displays
 Ty...
Computer Concepts
p. 1.12
User Interface
What is a graphical user interface (GUI)?
 Uses visual images such as icons
 Ic...
Computer Concepts
p. 1.12
 Computers are
compared as to their:
Speed
Cost
Size
Complexity
Super Computers
Mainframe C...
Computer Concepts
p. 1.12
 Microcomputers:
 Are single-user systems (PCs) – only one processor.
 Minicomputer:
 Most o...
Computer Concepts
p. 1.12Computers have shrunk in size while getting more powerful
Computer Concepts
p. 1.12
Harvard Mark I (IBM ASCC)
Constructed out of electromagnetic
relays, rotating shafts, and
clutch...
Computer Concepts
p. 1.12
Why do we say a computer has a bug?
 We owe that concept to Grace Hopper
 A Naval officer, she...
Computer Concepts
p. 1.12
 The invention of the transistor and
integrated circuits led to:
 Smaller computers
 Many mor...
Computer Concepts
p. 1.12
“That’s all folks!”
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  1. 1. Computer Concepts A Brief Introduction CAS 133 – Basic Computer Skills/MS Office XP Russ Erdman - Instructor
  2. 2. “Oh drat these computers! They’re so naughty and so complex, I could pinch them!” Computer Concepts
  3. 3. Where can you find computers?  Computers are everywhere Computer Concepts
  4. 4. What is computer literacy?  Knowledge and understanding of computers and their uses. Computer Concepts
  5. 5.  WHAT IS A COMPUTER?  A device that follows instructions, processes data arithmetically and logically, produces output, and stores the results for future use.  Accepts data (input)  Manipulates data  Produces results (output)  Stores results Computer Concepts
  6. 6. Computer Concepts What are data and information? Data Raw facts, figures, and symbols Information Data that is organized, meaningful, and useful
  7. 7. Software Instructions that tell hardware how to perform tasks Hardware Electronic and mechanical equipment What are hardware and software? Computer Concepts
  8. 8. Computer Concepts Hardware, Software and the Computer Without SOFTWARE the computer HARDWARE is just a giant PAPER WEIGHT!
  9. 9. What are common computer hardware components? printer scanner speaker PC camera microphone digital camera system unit keyboard modem monitor mouse speaker Computer Concepts
  10. 10. What is an input device?  Hardware used to enter data and instructions. scanner microphone keyboard mouse PC camera digital camera Computer Concepts
  11. 11. What is an output device?  Hardware that conveys information to a user. printer monitor speakers Computer Concepts
  12. 12. What is the system unit?  Box-like device containing electronic components connected to motherboard hard disk drive (inside case) CD-RW drive CD-ROM or DVD- ROM drive Zip® drive floppy disk drive Computer Concepts
  13. 13.  Processor  Memory module  Processor  Memory module  Expansion cards • Sound card • Modem card • Video card • Network interface card  Ports and Connectors  Processor  Memory module  Expansion cards • Sound card  Processor  Memory module  Expansion cards • Sound card • Modem card  Processor  Memory module  Expansion cards • Sound card • Modem card • Video card  Processor  Memory module  Expansion cards • Sound card • Modem card • Video card • Network interface card  Processor What are common components inside the system unit? Computer Concepts
  14. 14. What is the motherboard?  Main circuit board in system unit  Contains chips, integrated circuits, and transistors  Also called the system board Computer Concepts
  15. 15. Memory (RAM & ROM) • Temporary holding place for data and instructions What are two main components on the motherboard? Central Processing Unit (CPU) • Also called a processor • Carries out instructions that tell computer what to do Computer Concepts
  16. 16. Central Processing Unit What is a microprocessor? Single processor chip found in personal computers Computer Concepts
  17. 17. Computer Concepts volatile memory Loses its contents whenLoses its contents when the computer's power isthe computer's power is turned offturned off volatile memory Loses its contents when computer's power is turned off Memory What are two types of system unit memory? nonvolatile memory Does NOT lose its contents when computer’s power is turned off p. 4.16 RAM ROM
  18. 18. Memory What is random access memory (RAM)? p. 4.16 Memory chips that can be read from and written to by processor Most RAM is volatile The more RAM a computer has, the faster it operates memory module Computer Concepts
  19. 19. What is storage?  Holds data, instructions, and information for future use. Storage Device • Records and retrieves items to and from a storage medium Storage Medium • Physical material on which data, instructions, and information are stored Click to view Web Link then click Storage Devices p. 1.7 Computer Concepts
  20. 20. CD-RW drive hard disk drive CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive ZIP® drive floppy disk drive What are common storage devices or drives? p. 1.7 Fig. 1-3 Computer Concepts
  21. 21. What is a floppy disk?  Thin, circular, flexible disk enclosed in rigid plastic  A Zip® disk is a higher capacity disk Computer Concepts
  22. 22. Computer Concepts p. 7. 10 Fig. 7-12 What is a hard disk?  High-capacity storage  Consists of several inflexible, circular platters that store items electronically  Components enclosed in airtight, sealed case for protection hard disk installed in system unit
  23. 23. 4: Head actuator positions read/write head arms over correct location on platters to read or write data Step 4 2: Small motor spins platters Step 2 3: When software requests disk access, read/write heads determine location of data Step 3 1: Circuit board controls movement of head activator and small motor Step 1 p. 7.11 Fig. 7-13 Hard Disks How does a hard disk work? Computer Concepts
  24. 24. Computer Concepts p. 7. 17 Compact Discs What is a compact disc (CD)?  Storage medium  Most PCs include some type of compact disc drive  Available in variety of formats CD-ROM CD-R CD-RW DVD- M DVD+RW
  25. 25. Computer Concepts Compact Discs A CD-ROM’s layout.
  26. 26. Computer Concepts Computer Software What is a computer program?  A series of instructions that tells the computer what to do p. 1.10
  27. 27. Computer Concepts Advantages of a computer Speed Reliability Accuracy Storage Communications
  28. 28. Computer Concepts  Speed Operates at close to the speed of light – 186,000 miles/second! Consider word processing (typing) over writing by hand.  Reliability Hardware seldom fails When the bank says the computers are down it may not be true. Advantages of a computer
  29. 29. Computer Concepts  Accuracy Software – GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out) Humans make 1 error every 300 characters typed, computers make 1 error every 3,000,000 characters processed.  Storage Concept of bits (1s & 0s), bytes (8 bits), kilobytes (1024 bytes), megabytes (1024 KB), gigabytes (1024 MB), terabytes (1024 GB). All the works of Shakespeare can fit on one CD… with much room to spare! Advantages of a computer
  30. 30.  Five basic types of data are represented in the computer. Numeric Character Visual Audio Instructional Computer Concepts Storage Data Representation
  31. 31. Computer Concepts Data Representation How do computers represent data?  Most computers are digital  Recognize only two discrete states: on or off 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 on off p. 4.13 Storage
  32. 32. Computer Concepts  A digital computer’s circuits are binary.  The circuits can exist in either one of two electrical states, normally represented by 0 and 1, that is, OFF or ON.  Each 1 or 0 is called a binary digit or bit and are the basis for measurement of storage.  Each character (letter, number, etc.) equals one byte.  These bytes can add up, especially when representing images (graphics). Storage
  33. 33. Computer Concepts  Consider the math – 1 byte = 1 character, 5 characters per word, 400 words per page, 200 pages per book. Floppy Disk = 1,440,000 bytes = 3.6 books Zip Disk = 100,000,000 bytes = 250 books CD = 700,000,000 bytes = 1,750 books DVD = 4,200,000,000 bytes = 10,500 books Hard Drive (small in lab) = 6,000,000,000 bytes = 15,000 books Hard Drive (newer) = 100,000,000,000 bytes = 250,000 books Storage
  34. 34. Computer ConceptsStorage Representing Symbols and Text  Each letter and symbol in a text document must be translated into a binary number for storage in the computer.  Symbols and Text  Includes characters, punctuation, symbols representing numbers.  Each symbol can be assigned a numeric value  Two standardized sets of codes for symbols:  ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange)  EBCDIC (Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code)  Developed by IBM for use on their mainframe computers.
  35. 35.  The ASCII code, or simply ASCII, is used by virtually all other computers in the United States and Europe as well. All personal computers use the ASCII code. Computer ConceptsStorage  0 - 0110000  1 - 0110001  2 - 0110010  3 - 0110011  4 - 0110100  5 - 0110101  6 - 0110110  7 - 0110111  8 - 0111000  9 - 0111001  : - 0111010  A - 1000001  B - 1000010  C - 1000011  D - 1000100  E - 1000101  F - 1000110  G - 1000111  a - 1100001  b - 1100010  c - 1100011  d - 1100100  e - 1100101  f - 1100110  g - 1100111  h - 1101000  i - 1101001  j - 1101010  k - 1101011  Ctrl+@(NULL) - 0000000  Ctrl+A - 0000001  Ctrl+B - 0000010  Ctrl+C - 0000011  Ctrl+D - 0000100  Ctrl+E - 0000101  Ctrl+F - 0000110  Ctrl+G(Bell) - 0000111  Space - 0100000  Delete - 1111111 A partial listing of the ASCII character set
  36. 36. Computer ConceptsStorage  A new coding system has recently been developed called UNICODE.  Unicode provides a unique number for every character, no matter what the platform, no matter what the program, no matter what the language.  Why UNICODE?  No single encoding could contain enough characters: for example, the European Union alone requires several different encodings to cover all its languages and what about Asian languages with all there characters.  Even for a single language like English no single encoding was adequate for all the letters, punctuation, and technical symbols in common use.
  37. 37. Computer ConceptsStorage  Digitized picture of a tiger. Representation of Images
  38. 38. Computer ConceptsStorage  Black and white pixels are either 0 or 1. 0001000000000000000000000000000000000000010101 0100000000000000100000000000000000000000000101 0110000000000000100000000000000000000000000011 1010101000000000010000000000000000000000000011 1001000000000000101100000000000000000000000101 0100010000000000011110000000000000000000000111 0100100100000000011111010101011100000000000011 0001000000000000111101110111111101000000001011 0000101001000001101111101111110110000000001111 0000010100000000111110111101011101000000000111 0000010100100011101010101011010000000000010111 0000001010100000011101010101101010100000011111 0000010110000001010100100000000000000000001110 0000000000011001010100000000000000000000001111 0000000000010110010100000000000000000000101111 0010010101010100100101010000000000000001011111 1000001111110100101101110101011000000010110111 1001001111010111111111110101101101011111111111 0110010111110111111111111111111101111110111111 1010101101111111111111111111111111111111111111 1010000111011111111111111111111111111111111111 0101010011111111111111111111111111111111111111 0110000101011111111111111111101111110011110101 0101111011111111111111111111111011010101110101 1010101011111111111111111010110111101111011111 0000001011111111111101011101101001111110101010 0000001011111111111101111111110010111101101010 0000000111111010111110111011101001111110101010 0000000111111111111111010111111101111110111011 0000101111101101010110000101111111111111101011 Representation of Images
  39. 39. Computer ConceptsStorage  Gray-Scale: Each pixel contains a value representing some shade of gray. The more shades of gray possible, the more memory will be needed.  4 shades of gray needs 2 bits per pixel:  00, 01, 10, 11  8 shades of gray needs 3 bits per pixel:  000, 001, 010, 011, 100, 101, 110, 111  64 shades of gray needs 6 bits per pixel:  000000, 000001, … 111110, 111111
  40. 40. Computer ConceptsStorage  Representing colors in pictures takes even more bits than gray-scale.  The more colors the more bits and thus more: Memory is required Processing power is required A better graphics card is required Representation of Images
  41. 41. Computer Concepts Storage  Fact: All types of information are stored in binary form. Problem: The computer has no way of discerning between types unless a file is marked in some manner for identification by the operating system. Files are marked as to type with unique icons and have an extension that indicates file type. (e.g., .doc, .txt, .html, .xls, .ppt, .wav, .jpg and so forth)
  42. 42. Computer Concepts Storage Windows files showing their icons and extensions
  43. 43. Computer Concepts  Communications Allows us to easily share data Networks Email The Internet The World Wide Web Modern Wireless Devices Cell phones WiFi and Bluetooth Advantages of a computer
  44. 44. Computer Concepts Types of Computer Software What is system software?  Programs that control the operations of the computer and its devices Operating System (OS) Utility Programs p. 1.12 Next
  45. 45. Computer Concepts  The operating system (OS) on the computers in the lab is Windows 2000 Professional.  Some other OS names are: DOS (Disk Operating System) Windows 98, Me, XP Windows 2000 Active Server Unix Linux Macintosh OS X and others Types of Computer Software
  46. 46. Computer Concepts Types of Computer Software What is application software?  Programs that perform specific tasks for users Word processing software Spreadsheet software Database software Presentation graphics software Suite Popular software applications bundled together as a single unit Office XP Spreadsheet Database Presentation graphics Word processing
  47. 47. Computer Concepts Types of Computer Software  There must be some type of (OS) system software for application software to run on.  The application software must be compatible with the OS software.  The application software we will work with includes: Word (Word processing) Excel (Spreadsheets) Access (Databases) Internet Explorer (Web Browser) M.S. Paint (Graphics) Other
  48. 48. Computer Concepts What is the user interface?  Controls how you enter data and commands and how information displays  Types of user interfaces include command line and graphical.p. 1.12 User Interface
  49. 49. Computer Concepts p. 1.12 User Interface What is a graphical user interface (GUI)?  Uses visual images such as icons  Icons represent programs, instructions, or some other objects icons icons p. 1.12 Fig. 1-13
  50. 50. Computer Concepts p. 1.12  Computers are compared as to their: Speed Cost Size Complexity Super Computers Mainframe Computers Minicomputers Microcomputers Fast Expensive Complex Large Slow Cheap Simple Small The PC (Microcomputer) vs. Minis, Mainframes, Supercomputers
  51. 51. Computer Concepts p. 1.12  Microcomputers:  Are single-user systems (PCs) – only one processor.  Minicomputer:  Most often used by several people (10 to hundreds of users). Usually faster than a microcomputer but the difference is rapidly fading.  May have more than one processor.  Mainframe:  A powerful multi-user computer capable of supporting many hundreds or thousands of users simultaneously.  Has many processors  Supercomputer:  An extremely fast computer that can perform hundreds of millions of instructions per second.  May have hundreds of processors The PC (Microcomputer) vs. Minis, Mainframes, Supercomputers
  52. 52. Computer Concepts p. 1.12Computers have shrunk in size while getting more powerful
  53. 53. Computer Concepts p. 1.12 Harvard Mark I (IBM ASCC) Constructed out of electromagnetic relays, rotating shafts, and clutches. Described as sounding like a “roomful of ladies knitting”. Contained more than 750,000 components, 50 feet long, 8 feet tall and weighed 5 tons. ENIAC ENIAC took 200,000 man-hours to build Weighed 30 tons Used 18,000 vacuum tubes (one went out every 12 minutes) 1,000 times faster than the Harvard Mark I
  54. 54. Computer Concepts p. 1.12 Why do we say a computer has a bug?  We owe that concept to Grace Hopper  A Naval officer, she was the third programmer on the Mark I  Considered the Mother of COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language)  Found first computer bug - a moth stuck in the computer’s electromagnetic relays and fouling it up.
  55. 55. Computer Concepts p. 1.12  The invention of the transistor and integrated circuits led to:  Smaller computers  Many more diverse capabilities and uses for computers  Today’s Intel Pentium 4 chip has 25 layers and 55 million transistors in a chip about 3/8th of an inch square
  56. 56. Computer Concepts p. 1.12 “That’s all folks!”

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