Understanding Computer Systems

Understanding Computer Systems

Course provided by FutureLearn

Summary overview

  • Online anytime

  • 6 hours study time

  • Information technology

  • Free

  • NA

  • Level NA

About this course

Understanding how a computer works after you press the power button is key to working with technology effectively. On this course, you will explore what happens inside the machine and learn how computers turn inputs into outputs.You will learn what the computer operating system does and why you need it. You will also compare software and hardware, understand the importance of the central processing unit (CPU), and address factors that affect computer performance. Free to register. Fee to certificate.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the difference between hardware and software.
  2. Assess the importance of operating systems and virtual memory.
  3. Describe and compare storage, input and output devices.
  4. Discuss factors affecting the performance of a system.
  5. Identify the functions of the hardware in a computer system.
  6. Explore different types of software, such as application, system, and utility.
  7. Investigate how devices interact with the operating system and other software.