Now that we have an idea how electronic circuits work, we can begin looking at how those circuits work together to create computers.
Computers aren't just desktops and laptops. A computer is any electronic device that performs calculations and interacts with its environment. That includes familiar computers as well as devices like iPads, Wi-Fi picture frames, GPS, Xbox, security alarms, airplanes, and cars. It also includes devices that will become more familiar in the very near future, like Internet-connected refrigerators and autonomous cars. In fact, with the Internet of Things, or the Internet of Everything already upon us, the need to understand computer components and how they work is huge. After all, who is going to connect those 50 billion devices to the Internet and support them? Who is going to maintain the network infrastructures that will be required to maintain all those things, let alone the data that continues to grow and the people that are constantly connected?
Are you looking to prepare yourself for an industry that will offer jobs and plenty of money? Look no further than IT (Information Technology). Are you hoping never to over-spend on a computer system? Then learn how to choose and install the components that make up the devices you use every day. Take control of your world and learn to build it!
Our major learning goals for this unit:
1. Conceptual (what do you need to learn?)