Feeds

UNSW offers free online Computing 1 class

Australian University joins global rush to give it away online

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has jumped on the international bandwagon of Universities giving their courses away for free, with a 12-week Computing 1 course starting today.

Available here, the course will be taught by Associate Professor Richard Buckland, an academic who specialises in security, cyber crime and cyber terror.

At five hours a week, the workload is a little heavier than that imposed by some other free online courses. Another difference is the lack of a certificate of accomplishment, a token offered by some of the other Universities running similar courses online through services like Coursera.

The course is billed as an entry-level affair for non-programmers. Over the course of the course students will tackle the following topics:

  • abstraction, estimation, programming, machine code, C, problem solving
  • top down design, arithmetic expressions, layout, style++
  • types, variables, memory other numeric types
  • while and for loops, stack frames, arrays...

While highly-regarded in Australia, Reg readers beyond antipodean shores may wonder why it is worth considering studying Computing 1 at UNSW.

One answer is the Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology at the University's School of Physics, as the Centre is at the forefront of global quantum computing efforts, as The Reg has often reported. There's no link your correspondent can discern between the online course and the Centre, but if you need any proof the University is likely to put on a decent course, perhaps that will be enough. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Want to break Netflix? It'll pay you to do the job
'Senior Chaos Engineer' sought to inflict all sorts of nasty, nasty, pain
HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are
'Don't hate me 'cos I'm beautiful' ploy for sad honeys
Oracle to DBAs: your certification is about to become worthless paper
So hurry up and get a new one, will all of you who took exams for 10g and lower?
HP's axe swings AGAIN: 5,000 more staffers for the chop
Extra job cuts not linked to PC and printer biz split
Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package
'Limited interest in remaining 362 stores', says administrator PwC
Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay
Employees to walk out in long-running wage dispute
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.