Business Computers 365
Copyright Year: 2019
Publisher: Marcus Lacher
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PDF format of Business Computers 365 (Marcus Lacher) includes a comprehensive and easy to navigate Table of Contents, Unfortunately, there are no index, glossary, or appendix sections. Professionally written Introduction which includes computer... read more
PDF format of Business Computers 365 (Marcus Lacher) includes a comprehensive and easy to navigate Table of Contents, Unfortunately, there are no index, glossary, or appendix sections. Professionally written Introduction which includes computer basics, overview of input and output devices, and a bit of history. Pictures, tables, and flow charts add value to each chapter. Especially useful are keyboard shortcuts (PDF page 30)! Excellent introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Copyright year is 2019; therefore, information included for each software application is fairly current (this review being provided in 2021). Practice assignments after each chapter will encourage students to apply their knowledge; also helpful to the course facilitator as practice assignments reflect information in previous chapter and will effectively evaluate student comprehension.
Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint is essential- both for me as an online course facilitator and students. The topics in each chapter introduce important aspects of each software application. Written information, screen shots, and practice assignments provide an accurate and easy to understand overview.
As previously noted, copyright year is 2019. As we know, software applications and hardware are updated regularly; however, information in Business Computers 365 (Marcus Lacher) will endure. If necessary, updates will be easy to implement. The Disclaimer on page 13 of the PDF document states that the text was "written using Microsoft Windows 10 Professional and Office 365 Professional" and acknowledges that continuous improvements to operating systems and software may "vary slightly from the time this material was compiled and printed."
Not too technical, exactly right. Seems to be written with the computer/software novice in mind. However, experienced users will also find value with the information presented. There is always something new to learn, the author has clearly presented many known and little-known features of each software application.
Framework is very consistent; an informative introduction, two chapters for each software application and practice opportunists throughout.
Chapters are organized in a consistent format (i.e., two chapters for each software application). Course facilitators can assign individual chapters in order or skip around as necessary. Omitting a chapter or entire software application will not have a negative influence on information presented in the PDF format reviewed.
Topics are presented in a logical format (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Formatting is consistent throughout and PDF document is easy to navigate.
Easy to navigate through chapters using the Table of Contents or scrolling. Screenshots add value and are true to size (not distorted)
No grammatical errors detected. In fact, there is a great section describing proofing tools “Every day is National Grammar Day” (page 285 of PDF document).
Writing and examples are inclusive and will appeal to a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Knowledge of software programs (i.e., Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) will boost student success. I have had the opportunity to facilitate face-to-face and online business computer classes and understand that familiarity with software programs increases student confidence and provides the knowledge to create professional documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, and databases. Each student will carry this knowledge forward and incorporate software skills into their current or future profession.
Table of Contents
- Personal Computer Basics
- Word Chapter 1
- Word Chapter 2
- Excel Chapter 1
- Excel Chapter 2
- Access Chapter 1
- Access Chapter 2
- PowerPoint Chapter 1
- PowerPoint Chapter 2
About the Book
Intro to Computer Applications or Business Computers for Office 365
About the Contributors