“Computers and Management”
Computers add convenience to daily life, often turning a previously complicated task into a simple one. Users can even do their work or get an education from a computer.
In modern times, computers are present in nearly every home, place of business and educational institutes. With such rampant use, computers clearly offer benefits, but there are downsides of computer use to consider as well.
As a management student, computers are often used by students along with surfing internet for their college assignments and projects. As I was writing this article, I realized that I am using computer to communicate with you all as a medium and that shows our dependency on computers in this world of W, T & F : W=Wikipedia ; T=Twitter & F=Face book.
The multimedia possibilities of modern computers are practically limitless. Computers allow users to listen to music, play video games, browse the web, watch movies and keep up with their friends all from the comfort of their homes. As computer technology continues to improve over time, more and more possibilities are created daily.
Computers are also useful when paired up with the learning process, whether inside or outside of classrooms. Teachers use computers to aid presentations, giving pupils a more visual educational experience. Students receive the benefit of learning software designed to teach new concepts in entertaining methods in addition to access to the Internet for research assistance.
This is the modern concept of learning developed to groom the youngsters who shall be future management students and kings of the corporate world.
In today’s world it is very rare to see a house or office or an educational institute without a computer. Computer has influenced our life in such a way that it is very difficult to sustain without a computer. Role of computers in the education sector is very important. With the help of computers students got an encyclopedia at their home, school and college. Information on any topics is readily available in front of them with just one click of the mouse. Students get online tuitions with the help of computers. This helps them to stay at their own place and get education from across the world.
Computer has also increased the job opportunities for all and opened an array of selection for management students to connect with rest of the world and ultimately turned the world into a global village. Computers have been increasingly used in research and commerce over many years. The concept of stored program computers, in which instructions and data are stored in a memory unit and fetched and executed by a processor, has not undergone change, but developments in micro-electronics have brought the size and cost of computer systems to previously unimaginably low figures. In parallel, computers have become more powerful and accessible with the emergence of sophisticated, user-friendly software. Despite the many benefits of computers, there are also a number of arguments against them, one of which is the negative effect some believe they are having on student’s education.
In the past few years, many teachers have taken to shuffling their students off to a computer to type out short, quick assignments that could easily be written out by hand. While this isn’t much of an issue for older students, it is an issue for the younger students who are just learning to read and write.
Regardless of how much we’re coming to rely on computers, printing and handwriting are a necessary skill to have. But typing out assignments has an effect on more than just the ability to print — it can also negatively impact their spelling and grammar. While most programs now have spell- and grammar-check, they are not infallible; they cannot differentiate between homonyms and will often times suggest corrections that are not, in fact, correct.
Furthermore, information is often more easily and accurately remembered when students have to spend a little time writing it out by hand, rather than a few quick minutes typing away at a keyboard. Because of these factors, computers in school should be reserved for older students, longer assignments, or classes which specifically teach how to use a computer.
Due to these negative impact on students life, now a day’s many teachers are making students from schools to management institutes a habit of referring the library books, reference journals, newsletters, magazines, thesis, brainstorming sessions, field works, industrial visits etc for their regular assignments and projects rather than too much dependency on computers.
Another case against computers crops up when a person’s interest in computers goes too far and becomes an obsession. It’s important to maintain a life outside of the cyber world; a life spent attached to a computer screen isn’t a real life. When a computer becomes the central point of a person’s life, they undergo a change in behaviour; they become lazy and develop anti-social tendencies and in some severe cases, simply cannot function without a computer.
It can take a toll of students comfort and health. They may experience weight gain, strained eyes and headaches, among other unpleasant side-effects. However, it can also be argued that this is not the fault of the computer, but rather the fault of the person. Perhaps the most convincing argument, however, is the issue of safety as well with increasing cyber crimes. But if rightly used, this invention is a boon for the human beings.
So, if as a student I am questioned about the interplay and relationship between man and machine and the role of both in industrial and educational growth, then I would rather say that the question itself is defined in its gloominess and many answers and mysteries beyond it and is absolute non debatable.
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[SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce-BMS.co.in]