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Introduction to Computer Science Course


Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Computer Science

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Course Description

Computer science is a diverse topic encompassing computer technology, hardware, software, security, communications, programming, algorithms, functions, and storage. By studying it you will learn how computer science impacts on our daily lives. In this free online computer science course you will start by reviewing bits and binary code, including how they are transmitted and stored, and go all the way to computer algorithms which help solve complex problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner. You will also review various computer systems and architecture such as Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems. This free online computer science course will be of great interest to IT professionals who would like to review the diverse range of topics found in computer science. It will also be useful to learners interested in a career in IT and computing who would like an introduction to the topic.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: - Understanding the basics of how a computer works; - Examine how to create a programme in Scratch and the syntax used; - Learn all about bits and binary and how computers interpret bits to function;


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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 294 reviews
Course Title: Introduction to Computer Science
Course #: 522
Course Publisher: Harvard
Course Category: 1
Content Origin:
Course Description: Computer science is a diverse topic encompassing computer technology, hardware, software, security, communications, programming, algorithms, functions, and storage. By studying it you will learn how computer science impacts on our daily lives. In this free online computer science course you will start by reviewing bits and binary code, including how they are transmitted and stored, and go all the way to computer algorithms which help solve complex problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner. You will also review various computer systems and architecture such as Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems. This free online computer science course will be of great interest to IT professionals who would like to review the diverse range of topics found in computer science. It will also be useful to learners interested in a career in IT and computing who would like an introduction to the topic.
License: This course is available from Harvard OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 11 October 2012
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: High
Audio Only: High
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level: Post-Secondary
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Advaita Das
    Advaita Das Malaysia Good :) 2015-08-31 09:08:38
  • Ayman Mohamed
    Ayman Mohamed Sudan It's amazing course and usefully thanks for all people shearing to take out this course. 2015-07-28 13:07:10
  • joseph ortega
    joseph ortega Israel It is interesting especially when it comes to algorithms. 2015-07-21 10:07:33
  • Deborah English
    Deborah English New Zealand Helpful as an introductory course, although it would be better if the student was given small projects to do after each section for a bit of "hands-on" learning. 2015-06-23 22:06:03
  • YULIYA SKRIPCHENKO
    YULIYA SKRIPCHENKO United States of America Great for beginners 2015-06-09 18:06:35
  • YULIYA SKRIPCHENKO
    YULIYA SKRIPCHENKO United States of America Great for beginners 2015-06-09 18:06:50
  • Karthik Chowdary
    Karthik Chowdary India Its a nice Memory Refreshing course For C 2015-06-01 22:06:14
  • WUBORI ATTA KUMAH
    WUBORI ATTA KUMAH Ghana I found interesting to first been introduced to computer science 2015-04-24 23:04:42
  • Hector Acevedo
    Hector Acevedo Germany Very informative 2015-03-22 14:03:26
  • Thomas Partyka
    Thomas Partyka United Kingdom Good course, learned a lot from it. Sometimes the lectures seem overwhelming, but once you watch the next lecture, the previous one makes more sense. 25 Questions in the end exam, only took 5 min. 2015-03-20 10:03:08
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