This program introduces learners to the basics of computer programming and computer systems, including hardware, operating systems and computer networking. No prior knowledge of programming or computer systems is required. Computer Hardware & Operating Systems outline: Fundamentals of system hardware Introduction to OS concepts OS processes and threads Thread concurrency and deadlocks Memory management Computer Networking outline: Computer networking overview Computer networking architecture: application, transport, network and link layers Network Security overview Basics of Computing & Programming outline: Positional number systems Hello world Numerical data types and arithmetic expressions Branching statements Iterative/Loop statements Strings & Functions Array-based sequences/Lists
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