This free course is based on extracts from the Open University courses TM111 Introduction to computing and information technology 1 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] and TM112 Introduction to computing and information technology 2. It was edited by Elaine Thomas and Paul Piwek. It was first published in June 2020.
Sections 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 of TM111 Block 1 Part 1 (Author: Elaine Thomas).
Introduction, Section 1.1 and 1.2 of TM112 Block 3 Part 1 (Author: Lindsey Court)
Section 6.3 (up to and including 6.3.1) of Block TM112 Block 3 Part 6 (Author: Mike Richards).
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