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Understanding Information Theory

Core IT Skills
Free Course

Learn more about information theory.

  • Duration

    1-2 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Publisher

    Khan Academy
Description Outcome Certification View course modules

Information has always been with us but with the advent of electrical and digital communication systems, and in particular the Internet, the quantity of information being generated has increased exponentially.

This course is an introduction to information theory and where our ideas about information first started. It reviews ancient forms of information from cave art up to clay writing tables. It also reviews how the development of electrical communication systems revolutionised the transmission of information.

This course will be of great interest to all IT and communication professionals who are involved in the area of digital communications, and to all students who would like to increase their knowledge and understanding of how the science of information theory.

Having completed this course the learner will be able to: - Describe the origins of written language and the alphabet; - Describe how the Morse code works; - Describe symbol rate and channel capacity; - Describe Markov chains; - Describe how information is measured.

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