Paperback: 672 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 12 edition (January 29, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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I am a computer professional with over 15 years of experience, and I have reviewed this book for a college class...Catherine goes into detail from the specifics of how a computer works to how technology affects your daily life. Which is a good start for someone who's taking an introductory class that has no experience in computer or whatsoever. However, I feel like she tends to write too much to get to a specific point. I should note that the "bold-ed vocabulary" on each chapter is ridiculously too much. In my opinion, this book CAN be overwhelming for students.I would rate 3/5 - 2.5/5 stars for the book.I rated one star on NOT on the basis of the book, however on the basis of the supplied MyITLab on it. For those don't know, MyITLab is Pearson Education's online module for you to submit assignments...read e-books...and finally testing on book materials.Now I don't know who made this website, but MyITLab ONLY supports Internet Explorer, which is a pretty disappointing factor. The registration code I was supplied did not enable me to access the e-book despite that I have the physical copy. (Most online modules let you have an e-book and a physical version).The most important point though, is the automated markings conducted by the online module. Most multiple choice questions (randomly generated from a data bank) have either 2 answers to it or no answers to it at all. They basically force you to choose one and bet your marks against it. I don't know who came up with these, but you can't be serious! I did the multiple choices myself and could only get 70-80%, and I was told the class average was around 50% or below. 70% students were pretty rare. Some questions had confusing wording and I couldn't even understand what the question had asked.
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