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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, about 3-5 hours per week. ...
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English

Subtitles: English
100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, about 3-5 hours per week. ...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Abstraction

This week starts your journey into understanding computer science. You will think about how computer science can help you understand the technology you use every day and you will also learn one of the most important concepts in computer science: abstraction. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 20 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
1.1.1 Abstraction4m
1.1.2 Abstraction in data representations4m
1.1.3 Notional machines4m
1.1.5 CPU and memory3m
1.1.7 Summary1m
Reading1 reading
1.0.3 Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
1.1.4 Abstraction10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

State, modularity and applications

In this week you will learn about the computer science concepts of state and modularity and how they can help you understand the computer applications that you use every day. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
Video9 videos
2.1.3 State5m
2.1.5 An e-commerce site4m
2.1.7 Why does turning it off and on again work?3m
2.2.1 A notional machine: files6m
2.2.3 Modularity2m
2.2.4 Applications5m
2.2.6 Debugging6m
2.3.4 Summary1m
Reading1 reading
2.2.5 Looking inside applications5m
Quiz4 practice exercises
2.1.4 State15m
2.2.2 Files15m
2.2.7 Debugging an application problem10m
2.3.3 Summative quiz20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Networks

This week you will learn about how computers communicate with each other over networks, including the internet. You will also learn about some of the security threats that the internet entails and how they can be avoided. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 34 min), 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
3.1.2 The internet7m
3.2.1 Security threats2m
3.2.3 Encryption5m
3.2.4 Security defenses3m
3.2.5 The perils of the password: Interview with Sarah Wiseman10m
3.2.8 Summary59s
Quiz3 practice exercises
3.1.3 Networks16m
3.2.6 Security: what have you learned?15m
3.2.7 Case study: debugging a web load error15m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

How the web works

In this week you will apply all of the computer science concepts you have learned in this course to understanding how modern websites work. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video9 videos
4.1.1 Websites2m
4.1.2 Networks and the Web4m
4.1.3 Security and the Web2m
4.1.4 State and the Web2m
4.1.5 Clients and servers3m
4.1.6 Embedding and APIs2m
4.1.7 Your data2m
4.2.5 MOOC Summary2m
Reading1 reading
4.2.4 Further Learning10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
4.0.1 Motivating problem15m
4.1.8 Websites15m
4.2.3 Summative quiz20m

Instructor

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Dr Marco Gillies

Senior Lecturer
Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

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