Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



It was the purpose of this thesis (1) to define Data Processing as a problem in terms of the lack of knowledge some have of its functions and capabilities; (2) to give background information showing the development of the field; (3) to show how and why the switch is made from manual to mechanical records; (4) to introduce the computer and its components; (5) to show the functions of the Data Processing Department; and (6) to present ideas and guidelines for organizing a Computer Center.

The problem as stated above indicates that the trend toward mechanization of all phases of business life in America has progressed to the point that many of the nation's colleges and universities have utilized the punched card as a medium for expediting the tremendous volume of detail involved in maintaining adequate and accurate records for the individual collegiate student. This study will attempt to show the advantages and/or disadvantages of changing from a manual to a mechanical system of record keeping.

Committee Chair/Advisor

William C. Ferguson


Prairie View A&M College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View




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