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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 share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Understanding Information Theory
  • Free

  • 1-2 Hours

  • Khan Academy

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 50 Pts

Modules List( 2 )
  • Module
    Understanding Information Theory
    • Learn more about information theory.
    • Information Theory - Learning Outcomes
    • What is Information Theory?
    • Origins of Written Language
    • History of the Alphabet
    • Source Encoding
    • Visual Telegraphs
    • History of Static Electricity
    • Morse Code and The Information Age
    • The Battery and Electromagnetism
    • Symbol Rate
    • Introduction to Channel Capacity
    • How Do We Measure Information
    • Markov Chains
    • A Mathematical Theory of Communication
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Information Theory Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Information Theory Assessment
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