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Homework Help: Computer Information Systems

Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 9:33pm.

Write 200-350 word paper that describes the distinctions of data and information and briefly explains the process a computer uses to convert data into information. I have gotten to a certain point and I am stuck. I am not sure if anyone can help give me a nudge in the write directions, but if so it would be greatly appreciated. This is what I have so far:
Our first reading for this week describes data as “information represented by groups of on/off switches” (Norton, 2006, p. 185). When a switch is on, it is represented by a 1. When it is off, a 0 is used. This is commonly referred to as binary number system, or binary code. Information is considered the result of the processed data. A computer uses the CPU, or central processing unit, to use and translate data. The CPU is made up of two main parts, the control unit and the arithmetic logic unit (ALU). The control unit contains the instructions that the CPU can perform. Data is manipulated in the ALU. This part of the CPU handles mathematical operations.
I just don't know how the data then goes from that point into actual, readable information. Thanks in advance for any help.

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