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  • The following book gives an excellent introduction to a wide range of computing topics and will also be useful for background reading for several later modules: Nell Dale and John Lewis, Computer Science Illuminated, fourth edition, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2010, ISBN 978-0-7637-7646-6

  • For the Alice programming part of the module, we will be using Selected Chapters from Programming with Alice and Java, Pearson, 2010, ISBN 978-0-85776-321-1. This book is essential reading. It is an extract from the text Programming with Alice and Java by Lewis and dePasquale. (The full version of the book is also suitable but is considerably more expensive.) It is available from the University Bookshop, and can be bought separately or as a combined package with the semester 2 textbook, Java for Students.

  • The classic text on Alice is: Learning to Program with Alice, by Dann, Cooper and Pausch, Pearson, 2007, ISBN 0131872893. We recommend this as background reading.

  • None of the above texts cover HTML or Microsoft Office in any great detail. There are abundant resources available for learning about these topics, including websites, books (many of which are in the University library) and online help. The important thing is that we are using Windows 7 and Office 2010. We recommend the following:

    Andy Rathbone, Wallace Wang Windows 7 & Office 2010 For Dummies For Dummies 2010 (ISBN: 978-0-470-92171-5).

    The benefit of this book is that it covers the operating system (Windows 7) as well as the main features of the Office Suite, has clear presentation, and provides useful tips for new users and for those switching from a previous version of Office.

    Nancy Conner, Matthew MacDonald Office 2010: The Missing Manual O'Reilly Media 2010 (ISBN 1449382401).

    This book offers very comprehensive, slightly more technically presented material on features of the Office suite.

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