Explore how microcontrollers are changing our everyday lives and why the future of tech innovation lies in physical computing.
Get an introduction to the technology behind physical computing
The latest tech, code, and innovations no longer exclusively reside inside computers and laptops. They are now inside microcontrollers, and your phone, watch, and kettle can all be examples of physical computing.
On this course, you’ll explore what physical computing is, how it’s changed over the years and what it’s growing into.
You’ll explore the anatomy of physical computing and debate the ethical considerations of physical computing applications.
You’ll also explore the creative uses of this technology and follow the careers of people working in the physical computing industry.
What topics will you cover?
- Physical computing.
- The architecture of a physical computing system.
- The ethics surrounding physical computing.
- Careers/pathways in physical computing.
- What the Internet of Things (IoT) is.
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explain the basic components of physical computing and its real-world applications.
- Debate the ethical considerations of physical computing applications.
- Identify how physical computing is used in the workplace and its associated job roles.
- Explore the anatomy of physical computing.
- Explore creative applications of physical computing.
- Discuss the future of physical computing.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone who’s interested in what physical computing is, where it exists, and what it’s used for.
Who will you learn with?
Joe is a Professor of Computer Science at Lancaster University, where he leads courses in Software Development, Institute of Coding initiatives and is a founding partner of the Micro:bit Foundation.
Lorraine teaches undergraduates on the Minor in Creative and Applied Computing. She is an author and avid maker, creating physical computing projects to inspire people to learn more about computing.
Who developed the course?
Lancaster University is a collegiate university, with a global reputation as a centre for research, scholarship, and teaching with an emphasis on employability.
Institute of Coding
The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.
Lancaster University is offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:
- Unlimited access to this course.
- Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes.
- A PDF certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible.
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