An excellent course provided by phenomenal professors! Everything is broken down into simple, easily understandable portions, and leaves you with a clear idea how to proceed to solve a given problem.
This was so much fun, so satisfying and I learned a lot. I'm a software engineer. We do so much work in high-level languages that it's great to be reminded how computing machinery gets the job done.
by Gerardo R•
The program takes you step by step into the development of a functional model of a computer. It delivers everything it promises and is very well integrated. I put 4 stars because 4 and half is not possible, and I feel that you need to be a little bit familiar with logic and computers in order to do progress at the rate the course requires, because although every chapter is formidably explained, it can take much more time for anyone to fully understand the concepts.
by Sonya L•
Took more work and effort than expected (except for the last project which was surprisingly easy going), and although there were (many) moments of frustration, there was always a sense of accomplishment at the end. Everything ties together in a very satisfying way. But I would prefer if the course provided more support than just the forum for questions and queries, because I found it hard to find help when I most needed it.
by James P•
Fantastic course. I found it challenging enough to keep me interested, but not so difficult that I got annoyed or frustrated. However, a lot of the material I found to be a re cap of concepts I was already vaguely familiar with having worked in IT for 20 years. A true beginner would most likely find some of the concepts difficult to start with - but keep at it!
I loved this course. Some criticism though is that the course doesn't go into detail on the architecture of modern day computers. Also, some things were simplified in the course, which is a little disappointing. However, I did get to build my own computer, and I learned quite a lot from this course, so it was definitely worth spending time taking the course.
by SATHVIK S•
Digital Design could have been included as a part of the curriculum which would have explained the inner workings of all the memory modules. A more deeper understanding of the clock could have been provided. The fact that we have a different clock for the the execution of the micro instructions could have also been explained.
This course is amazing! just the fact that the teachers can explain something that is very difficult and make it feel that is easy, it's pretty impressive and helpful. The only reason why a don't give all starts is because the teachers sometimes repeat the same thing over and over and make the videos feel a little bit slow.
by Chris K•
The HDL syntax I felt was a bit fiddly, and sometimes hard to find the relevant technical details such as language definitions in the videos, but overall a very interesting and enjoyable course. Happy to pay for it despite it essentially being available free.
by Enrique S•
O curso tem a proposta de servir para qualquer pessoa que deseja aprender arquitetura de computadores sem ter nenhum conhecimento prévio. Creio que um leigo completo no assunto talvez tenha dificuldades. Fora isso, é uma excelente ferramenta de aprendizado!
by Alex M•
I was skeptical of HDL at first, and wished that the course had used a more industry-friendly language. I'm glad the instructors addressed this in the course. The HDL language used in the course is simple enough that hardly any time is "wasted" learning it.
by Ben D•
A thoroughly enriching and illuminating tour of the fundamentals of computation. After completing this course I am now able to better understand how computers function which provides a tangible benefit when writing software.
by Kit B•
I've really enjoyed this course. It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to part 2.
It can be a little tough to simply write HDL though and without the Nand Game (nandgame.com) I would have found this much more difficult.
The course was very informative and interesting , I had a tough time doing the assignments but it was worth learning.Definitely a interesting insight into the building blocks of a computer.
by Aniswar S K•
Great course to know about the fundamentals about the hardware of the computer is built. Though most of it is abstracted out, you still get a better picture than just doing programming
by Sanjeev S•
one of the best courses one can take to understand how computers are build from ground up
The course is organized in such a way such that its very easy to understand and relate
by Edwin H•
Fun course to take. Makes you realize how much we depend on abstraction in our world. A few notes on documentation (your own code) and version-control would complete it...
by Sergio J G O•
Muy interesante, me gustó mucho. Sin embargo, siento que en las tareas más difíciles debería haber otro tipo de apoyo. Pero en general, excelente curso.
by PLN R•
It is an amazing course for people at any level!! The instructors go right from basics, until the high level stuff. Definitely recommend the course!
by R.L C•
participation by the professors in the discussion forums , would in my opinion get this 5 star rating, overall a very innovative & fun course
by Wyler Z•
Good, but not very challenging. If you wanted to learn you could but if you were just doing it for the grade you could skate by.
by Luís F A M•
I wish the memory part was a little bit deeper and that we developped the registers from the nand chip as well
by Edniz L d S•
Falta os textos dos vídeos em português do Brasil.
The texts of the videos in Brazilian Portuguese are missing.
by Ehud K•
very interesting, constructed well and in escalating difficulty level.
cons: hard to debug using the emulators
by Fabrice B M•
I loved how you guys explain things and make them look very simple...that is awesome! Keep up the great work
by Lee G•
Good course, very challenging. I find the resources to be a little bit outdated in their presentation.
by Axel B•
Un très bon cours, même pour quelqu'un de familier avec la logique et l'électronique numérique