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An introduction to data and information

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Ever wondered how a computer processes data into information? This free course, An introduction to data and information, will help you to understand the distinction between the two and examines how a computer-based society impacts on daily life. You will learn what computers can do with data to produce information and how computers can be used to work with data and search for it, control machines, and support commercial operations.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify some of the instances in daily life where a computer is, or is likely to be, involved
  • describe, in simple terms, the difference between data and information.
  • give a simple explanation of why computers are important to people in terms of data and information
  • explain in simple terms what a computer program is, and why one is necessary
  • explain the role of the computer with respect to the data given to it.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Monday 22nd February 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Computing and ICT
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An introduction to data and information

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Computers are used to find, store, process and share data and information. The World Wide Web is an example of a vast store of information, which can be searched. This material will introduce you to what a web browser is and how to use one. The use of search engines to find information more effectively on the web will also be demonstrated. This course looks at how data is transformed into information and relates the topics of data and information to the computer. These are fundamental issues in an understanding of the way in which the computer has shaped and changed contemporary life.

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