Computer Hardware and Operating Systems

Prerequisites: None This is a self-paced course that provides an Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operating Systems. 6 Weeks 3 - 5 Hours per week recommended

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What You’ll Learn:

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Define a computer
  • Define what an operating system is
  • Describe components of an operating system
  • Describe how threads work in an operating system
  • Describe how memory works in an operating system
  • Describe how data is represented and how computers execute instructions to use and modify data in order to solve problems.

Meet Your Instructors:

Aspen Olmsted

Adjunct Professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering Aspen Olmsted is an adjunct faculty member in the New York University Tandon School of Engineering in the Computer Science and Engineering department. Aspen's fulltime job is as an assistant professor and Graduate program director at the College of Charleston. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of South Carolina. Before his academic career, he was CEO of Alliance Software Corporation. Alliance Software developed N-Tier enterprise applications for the performing arts and humanities market. Dr Olmsted’s research focus is on the development of algorithms and architectures for distributed enterprise solutions that can guarantee security and correctness while maintaining high-availability. In his Secure Data Engineering Lab, Aspen mentors over a dozen graduate and undergraduate students each year

Daniel Katz-Braunschweig

Senior Lecturer at New York University Tandon School of Engineering Iona College Master of Science  


6 Weeks

Experience Level


Learning Partner

New York University (NYUx)



Program Type



Computer Science