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How Computers Work

This course is a part of Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, a 3-course Specialization series from Coursera.

Computers are everywhere, they aren't just the desktops and laptops we use for work but the phones in our pockets and even the watches on our wrists are also computers. You probably use a computer every day and in fact you are reading this on a computer! Just because we use computers all the time, doesn't mean that we understand them, or find them easy to use. Computer Science is the science of computers, it is the field of knowledge that experts use to understand computer systems. Knowing a little computer science will help you understand the computers all around you. This isn't a how-to course for a particular piece of software, instead you will learn some fundamental concepts that you can apply to any software or computer system. You'll apply these concepts to the kind of computer systems we use every day, including word processing applications, e-commerce, the internet and web sites. You will learn how to apply computer science concepts to solve problems in daily computer use and generally be a better computer user. Taking this course could be the start of your career in computer science, and the course is an introduction to the Bachelors in Computer Science from University of London, but it is also for you if you just want to learn a little computer science to help you better understand the computers you use in your ordinary life.

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Rating 4.3 based on 23 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, about 3-5 hours per week.
Starts Jul 6 (3 days ago)
Cost $49
From University of London, Goldsmiths, University of London via Coursera
Instructor Dr Marco Gillies
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Language English
Subjects Programming IT & Networking
Tags Computer Science Software Development Computer Security And Networks

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excellent,but late grades More visual examples would have helped more (at least for me).

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Exciting lecture An excellent and accessible course for the layperson that encourages broad understanding of the concepts behind rather complicated aspects of the modern use of computers, as well as the computer itself.

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No diagrams, no flows of data shown etc., just a person speaking and bragging; slides are very purely and unprofessionally prepared.

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Nice taster for the degree - can't wait to get started with the full BSc hopefully in April !

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Rating 4.3 based on 23 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, about 3-5 hours per week.
Starts Jul 6 (3 days ago)
Cost $49
From University of London, Goldsmiths, University of London via Coursera
Instructor Dr Marco Gillies
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Programming IT & Networking
Tags Computer Science Software Development Computer Security And Networks

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