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Understanding Information Theory

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Understanding Information Theory
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • 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 free online 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 free online 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.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to celebrate and share your success. It is:

    • Ideal to include with CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results