Personal Computer Applications in the Social Services / Edition 1

Personal Computer Applications in the Social Services / Edition 1

by David A. Patterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205285376

ISBN-13: 9780205285372

Pub. Date: 11/11/1999

Publisher: Pearson

This book demonstrates the use of personal computers and readily available software as usable tools in social service practice. It emphasizes how professionals can use information technology to acquire, synthesize, enhance, and analyze information that is used in human services practice. The book includes numerous illustrations,

Overview

This book demonstrates the use of personal computers and readily available software as usable tools in social service practice. It emphasizes how professionals can use information technology to acquire, synthesize, enhance, and analyze information that is used in human services practice. The book includes numerous illustrations, including screen shots, of software procedures and techniques, and examples that demonstrate the application of particular computing skills. The book demonstrates the use of spreadsheet software in the collection and analysis of data, including procedures for collecting and displaying single system practice evaluation data. It illustrates the creation and use of charts and graphs in spreadsheet, and describes how to use word processing software to produce smart case notes, interactive documents, mail merges, and Web pages. Chapter 9 is devoted to practice applications of the Internet, the Web, and E-mail. Chapter 10 discusses the ethics of personal computing in social service practice. For readers interested in technology in social service practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205285372
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
11/11/1999
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Comes a Revolution
1(19)
The Personal Computer as a Tool of Practice
3(2)
A Day in the Life of a Laptop
5(1)
Communication, Collaboration, and Cooperation
6(3)
Information Serving the Practitioner
9(2)
Daring to Imagine and Experiment
11(1)
Cultivating an Attitude of Openness
12(4)
Essential Limitations
16(2)
Summary
18(1)
Exercises
19(1)
Hardware: The Basics and Beyond
20(29)
In and Out of the "Black Box"
20(1)
Basic Personal Computer Forms and Functions
21(3)
Information In: Keyboards to Captured Video
24(4)
Processing: Speed and Space
25(3)
Information Out: Monitors and Screens
28(5)
Bits to Atoms or Not
30(2)
From Screen to Hard Copy
32(1)
Storage and Retrieval
33(7)
Diskettes
34(1)
Hard Drives
35(1)
Removable Hard Disks
36(1)
Tape Drives
36(1)
CD-ROMs/DVDs
37(1)
File Servers
38(2)
Notebooks: A Desktop Alternative
40(4)
Purchasing a Personal Computer: Choices, Trade-Offs, and Sources
44(4)
Purchase Considerations
44(2)
Where to Buy?
46(2)
Summary
48(1)
Exercises
48(1)
Software: Basic Tools
49(22)
The Changed Face of Software
49(4)
Operating Systems Basics
53(2)
Applications: Tools for Tasks
55(11)
Word Processors
56(1)
Spreadsheets
57(2)
Databases
59(2)
Presentation Software: Tools for Computer Slide Shows
61(3)
Personal Information Management Software: Organizing Your Life
64(2)
Application Suites: Tools That Work Together
66(1)
Web Browsers
67(1)
Utilities
68(1)
Summary
69(1)
Exercises
70(1)
Spreadsheets: Multipurpose Tools
71(51)
Capturing Data
72(6)
Mail Surveys
72(3)
Simple Random Sampling Procedure
75(1)
Systematic Sampling
76(2)
Stratified Sampling
78(1)
Survey Data Collection
78(4)
Direct Data Entry
80(2)
Data Analysis: Making Sense of It All
82(3)
Data Cleaning
82(3)
Simple Statistics (Not an Oxymoron!)
85(5)
Descriptive Statistics
85(1)
Univariate Statistics: Frequency Distribution
85(2)
Univariate Statistics: Central Tendency and Dispersion
87(3)
Data Analysis Tools
90(2)
Bivariate Analysis
92(20)
Bivariate Statistics
95(10)
Single System Designs
105(7)
Multivariate Analysis
112(3)
Multiple Regression
113(2)
Budgeting: Managing Fiscal Resources
115(5)
Summary
120(1)
Exercises
120(2)
Databases: Information When and How You Want It
122(39)
Database Basics
124(3)
Database Applications in Social Service Practice
127(1)
What Information to Collect
127(1)
Creating a Database
128(5)
In Microsoft Access
129(2)
In Lotus Approach
131(2)
Importing a Database
133(5)
Data Organization
138(4)
Data Selection
142(10)
In Lotus Approach
142(3)
In Microsoft Access
145(7)
Report Generation
152(7)
In Lotus Approach
153(1)
In Microsoft Access
154(1)
Mailing Labels and Mail Merge
155(4)
Summary
159(1)
Exercises
159(2)
Graphics: Visual Representation of Practice Information
161(31)
Thinking Visually
163(1)
Graphical Representation
164(1)
Tools for Graphical Representation of Information: Spreadsheets
165(11)
Data Selection Prior to Graphing
168(3)
Matching Data to Type of Graph
171(1)
Pie Charts
172(1)
Bar Graphs
172(2)
Line Graphs
174(1)
Area Graphs
175(1)
Enhancing Graphs
176(4)
Exporting Graphs
180(2)
Spreadsheet Drawing Tools
182(1)
Ecomaps
182(3)
Genograms
185(1)
Organizational Charts
186(2)
Flow Charts
188(2)
Summary
190(1)
Exercises
190(2)
Beyond Word Processing
192(37)
Smart Documents: Finding and Linking Information
193(7)
Smart Notes
194(2)
Interactive Documents
196(3)
Collaborative Documents
199(1)
Graphics: Beyond Charts and Graphs
200(9)
Text Art: Text with a Twist
201(2)
Clip Art
203(3)
Images
206(3)
Templates: Frequently Used Document Forms
209(3)
Mail Merge: From One to Many
212(8)
In Microsoft Word
213(3)
In Lotus Word Pro
216(1)
In Corel WordPerfect
216(4)
Web Page Development
220(7)
In Lotus Word Pro
221(1)
In Microsoft Word
222(3)
In Corel WordPerfect
225(2)
Summary
227(1)
Exercises
228(1)
Presentation Software: Beyond Magic Markers and Posterboards
229(38)
Presentation Software's Fundamental Features
230(6)
Slide Layers
230(1)
Slide Views
231(1)
Slide Transitions
232(3)
Templates: Quick Steps to Producing Presentations
235(1)
Using Microsoft PowerPoint
236(13)
Templates
236(2)
Slide Transitions and Text/Graphics Animation
238(2)
Transition Sounds
240(1)
Video Clips
240(1)
Web Links
241(1)
Slide Shows for Computer-Based Training and Education
242(4)
Slide Show Dissemination Options
246(1)
Converting PowerPoint Presentations to Web Pages
247(2)
Using Lotus Freelance Graphics
249(10)
Templates
249(2)
Slide Transitions
251(2)
Animation of Text/Graphics
253(1)
Traning and Education Slide Shows
253(3)
Saving and Distributing Slide Shows
256(1)
Creating Web Pages from a Slide Show
256(3)
Using Corel Presentation
259(7)
Templates
259(1)
Slide Transitions
260(1)
Animation of Text/Graphics
261(1)
Movies
262(1)
Web Links
263(1)
Training and Education Slide Shows
263(1)
Saving and Distributing Slide Shows
264(1)
Transforming a Slide Show to Web Pages
264(2)
Summary
266(1)
Exercises
266(1)
The Internet as a Tool of Practice
267(31)
A Brief History of the Internet
269(1)
Gaining Access to the Internet
269(4)
Computer Requirements
269(1)
Modems and Digital Adapters
270(1)
Internet Service Providers
271(2)
E-Mail as a Tool of Practice
273(12)
E-Mail Basics
273(2)
E-Mail Software
275(4)
Communicating with Clients
279(1)
Communicating with Peers
280(1)
Mailing Lists
281(3)
E-Mail Etiquette
284(1)
The World Wide Web as a Tool of Practice
285(7)
Information in Support of Social Service Practice
286(1)
Effective Searching: Learning to Sip from a Fire Hose
287(2)
Capturing Information and Keeping It Electronic
289(1)
Web Publishing of Social Service Practice Information
290(2)
Other Internet Tools
292(4)
FTP
292(2)
Usenet Discussion Groups
294(2)
Chats: Real Time Interaction
296(1)
Summary
296(1)
Exercises
297(1)
Ethical Applications of Information Technology in Social Service Practice
298(15)
Informed Consent
299(2)
Computer-Based Treatment Delivery Programs
299(1)
Computer-Based Assessment
300(1)
Computer-Mediated Communications
300(1)
Protecting Confidentiality
301(5)
Electronic Storage of Information
302(1)
Electronic Transmission of Information
303(1)
Confidentiality Protection and Informed Consent Converge
304(2)
Ethical Use of Software and Other IT Resources
306(2)
Software Piracy
306(1)
Other IT Resources
307(1)
Use of Intellectual Property
308(3)
Public Domain Material
310(1)
Fair Use
310(1)
Summary
311(1)
Exercises
311(2)
References 313(8)
Glossary 321(6)
Index 327

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >