Technology In Action, 17th edition

  • Alan Evans, 
  • Kendall Martin, 
  • Mary Anne Poatsy

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NOTE: For courses that cover both Computer Concepts and Office Applications, Technology in Action is available in a combined MyLab IT with content from our market-leading applications titles GO! or Exploring.

Best-selling Technology in Action uses practical content and hands-on projects to keep you engaged in computing tasks and skills you can apply at work, in class, or at home. Designed for today's technically savvy students, the text introduces difficult concepts at a basic level early on, then expands upon these skills as you build mastery. You'll come away with current, practical knowledge that will help you manage your digital lifestyle or pursue a career in technology.

Learning outcomes and objectives have been updated for the 17th Edition to reflect technological advancements. All-new coverage includes Ransomware as a Service, CPUs that fight back against malware, and bandwidth throttling, as well as new Dig Deeper articles, such as “Building Your Own Gaming Computer.”

Published by Pearson (June 28th 2021) - Copyright © 2022

ISBN-13: 9780136971252

Subject: Computing Concepts

Category: Technology In Action


  • CHAPTER I: The Impact of Technology in a Changing World
    • Technology in Society
    • Artificial Intelligence and Ethical Computing
  • CHAPTER II: Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts
    • Understanding Digital Components
    • Processing, Storage, and Connectivity
  • CHAPTER III: Using the Internet: Making the Most of the Web's Resources
    • Collaborating and Working on the Web
    • Using the Web Effectively
  • CHAPTER IV: Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play
    • Accessing, Using, and Managing Software
    • Application Software
  • CHAPTER V: System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management
    • Understanding System Software
    • Using System Software
  • CHAPTER VI: Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System
    • Evaluating Key Subsystems
    • Evaluating Other Subsystems and Making a Decision
  • CHAPTER VII: Networking: Connecting Computing Devices
    • How Networks Function
    • Your Home Network
  • CHAPTER VIII: Managing Your Digital Lifestyle: Challenges and Ethics
    • The Impact of Digital Information
    • Ethical Issues of Living in the Digital Age
  • CHAPTER IX: Securing Your System: Protecting Your Digital Data and Devices Threats to Your Digital Assets
    • Protecting Your Digital Property
  • CHAPTER X: Behind the Scenes: Software Programming
    • Understanding Programming
    • Programming Languages
  • CHAPTER XI: Behind the Scenes: Databases and Information Systems
    • Database Fundamentals
    • How Businesses Use Databases
  • CHAPTER XII: Behind the Scenes: Networking and Security in the Business World
    • Client/Server Networks and Topologies
    • Setting Up Business Networks
  • CHAPTER XIII: Behind the Scenes: How the Internet Works
    • Inner Workings of the Internet
    • Coding and Communicating on the Internet


  • A. The History of the Personal Computer
  • B. Careers in IT


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