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Raspberry Pi Foundation

How Computers Work: Demystifying Computation

Raspberry Pi Foundation via FutureLearn


Understand computation, the basis of every computer system

On this course, you’ll gain an understanding of how computers work at a fundamental level.

You’ll explore system architecture, along with how computers use binary and logic. Once you’ve examined the von Neumann model of computer architecture and the Fetch-Execute cycle, you’ll learn to build a range of simple circuits for maths, and then simulate various logic gates.

Ultimately you’ll complete the course with an understanding of the processes that underpin every modern computer – from supercomputers to smartphones, and everything in between.

This course would suit teachers of KS3 and GCSE Computer Science - plus educators from other countries that teach at an equivalent level.

Taught by

Marc Scott

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  • Jim Faley

    Jim Faley is taking this course right now.

    I'm leaving the class. This is not a class for absolute beginners. The explanations are very confusing, they intersperse the explanations with things like "...but dont worry about that not, we'll talk about that later" or things to that effect. The deal killer was the notion of a switch that only works when it's off. Yeah, right. And then a reference link to some site that was written in hieroglyphics. Not good. That's a shame because I really wanted to try to build a Raspberry Pi computer, thought this might give me a base to work from. Apparently not.

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