Students' Guide to Information Technology - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750609418, 9781483183831

Students' Guide to Information Technology

2nd Edition

Authors: Roger Carter
eBook ISBN: 9781483183831
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 4th March 1993
Page Count: 266
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Students' Guide to Information Technology, Second Edition provides up-to-date coverage of significant developments in information technology, including office automation, telecommunications, expert systems, computer-aided manufacture, and computer-based training.

The book first offers information on computers and computer peripherals and applications. Discussions focus on how a microprocessor handles information, microprocessors and logic, neural networks, digital signal processors, processing speeds, computer memory, monitors, printers, and input and storage devices. The manuscript then surveys computer software and technical convergence. Topics cover analogue and digital information, audio and video systems, technological convergence in audio systems, compact disc for multimedia applications, interactive video, programming languages, operating software, operating system commands, application software, and software reliability.

The publication tackles the role of information technology in manufacturing and in the office, communications, and information systems. Concerns include electronic data interchange, computer-aided design, data processing systems, office automation systems, and dataflow diagrams.

The manuscript is a dependable source of data for computer science experts and researchers interested in information technology.

Table of Contents


1: The Information Revolution


What is Information

Four Kinds of Information

Information Processing

What is Information Technology?

IT Devices

The IT Revolution

The Impact of the IT Revolution

IT and Employment

2: Computers


What is a Computer?

Computer Hardware


How a Microprocessor Handles Information

Binary Numbers

Microprocessors and Logic

Arithematic and Logic Gates

Logic Circuits

Microprocessors and Computers

Neural Networks

Digital Signal Processors

Processing Speeds

Computer Memory

Types of Computer

The Evolution of the Personal Computer

3: Computer Peripherals and Applications


Using a Computer

Input Devices

Storage Devices

Output Devices: Monitors

Output Devices: Printers

The Benefits of Computers

The Uses of Computers

4: Computer Software


The Importance of Software

What is Software?

How Software Works

Programming Languages

Software Reliability

Program Specification

Declarative Languages

Object-Oriented Languages

Systems Software

Operating Systems

How the Operating System Organizes the Disk

Operating System Commands

Operating Environments


Using Windows

Other Environments for PCs


Application Software

Features of Application Packages

5: Technological Convergence


Technological Convergence

Analogue and Digital Information

Audio and Video Systems

Technological Convergence in Audio Systems

Technological Convergence in Video Systems


Interactive Video

Compact Discs

Compact Disc for Multimedia Applications

Data Compression

Virtual Reality Systems

6: Communications


What do we Mean by Communications?

How do Electromagnetic Communications Work?

Technological Convergence and Communications

Fibre Optics

The Telecommunications Problem

Carrier Waves and Modulation



Communications Systems and Networks

Inter-Computer Communications

Local Area Networks

Circuit-Switched Networks

Packet-Switched Networks

The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Reference Model

Broadcast Networks

Telecommunications Services

On-Line Databases and Bulletin Boards

Electronic Data Interchange

7: Information Systems


Introduction to Information Systems

The Systems Project Life Cycle

Systems Analysis

The Essential Model

Reasons for Using Graphical modeling Tools

The Statement of Purpose

The Context Diagram

The Event List

Dataflow Diagrams

The Entity-Relationship Diagram

The Data Dictionary

Process Specifications

Designing and Implementing the System

8: IT in the Office


Office Automation

The Benefits and Implications of Office Automation

Office Automation Systems

Office Automation and the Paperless Office

Database Software

Spreadsheet Software

Business Graphics and Presentations

Word Processing and Desktop Publishing

Personal Productivity Software

Ideas Organizers

9: IT in Manufacturing


The Main Steps in the Manufacturing Process

Data Processing Systems

Expert Systems

Computer-Aided Design

Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

The Evolution of Manufacturing Technology

The Impact of CIM

Creating the Integrated Factory

Controlling the Integrated Factory

Computer-Aided Manufacture

Flexible Manufacturing Systems



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About the Author

Roger Carter

Affiliations and Expertise

Buckinghamshire College

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