Introduction to Computers

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Introduction to Computers


A computer is a multipurpose electronic device that can receive, process and store data. They are used as tools in every part of society together with the Internet. Computers nowadays are complex; there are a lot of different components inside them, and they all serve different purposes. They all need to work together for the computer to work; knowing how a computer works makes it easier to use a computer by being able to understand how a computer will respond.



There are no prerequisites! You should be able to follow along no matter how little experience you have in this subject.

This course is designed for students with no background in Computer Science. But if you're looking for hands-on computer skills, start with Computer Skills.


  1. What is a computer?
  2. Hardware
  3. Numeral systems
  4. Data sizes and speeds
  5. Data Coding and Information Decoding
  6. Types of computers
  7. What is a motherboard?
  8. Computer networks
  9. Software
  10. Information technology

What next?:

Once you've completed this course, you've learned enough to take these courses.