Everything you wanted to know about computers, but were afraid to ask (Spring term) (SCE 12)

  • Day and time: Monday 15:30 - 16:30
    Weekly
  • Length of course: 1 term. Spring (9 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 20
  • Start date: 24 January 2022
  • Description:

    Are you aware of Britains' role in the creation of the computer industry, or that mobile phones, tablets, as well as Apple's latest computers all rely on technology invented in Cambridge? Do you know why the Met Office is spending £1.2B on computers over the next decade? Can you explain the difference between bits, bytes, and megabytes; hardware and software; or supercomputers and embedded computers? Are you interested in knowing how the Internet works? This course plots the development of modern computers, from the very large to the vanishingly small, guides you through the jargon, explains how computer hardware works and how it's made, introduces software and programming, and explains networking, the Internet and computer viruses. We also take a look at some of the pioneers of the industry and have a peek into the future. The course is lecture based, with the occasional video. No prior knowledge is required.

  • Format: Lecture

  • Tutor: Derek Morris
  • I have been developing and using computers for over 40 years. I hold a computer science degree, and have spent most of my career working at computer companies.


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