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The Arduino is an open-source computer hardware/software platform for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world around them. In this class you will learn how the Arduino platform works in terms of the physical board and libraries and the IDE (integrated development environment). You will also learn about shields, which are smaller boards that plug into the main Arduino board to perform other functions such as sensing light, heat, GPS tracking, or providing a user interface display. The course will also cover programming the Arduino using C code and accessing the pins on the board via the software to control external devices. Please note that this course does not include discussion forums. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Outline the composition of the Arduino development board 2. Describe what it means to program the board's firmware 3. Read board schematics 4. Install Arduino IDE 5. Describe what "shields" are and how they are used 6. Specify the role of libraries in the use of shields 7. Compile and run a program 8. Name C Variables and Types 9. Name common C operators 10. Use conditionals and loops 11. Explain functions, their definition and invocation 12. Explain the implications of global variables 13. Undertake the Arduino build process 14. Describe the role of the tools behind the IDE 15. Describe how to invoke functions in classes 16. Explain the structure of an Arduino sketch 17. Access the pins of the Arduino 18. Differentiate between digital and analog pin 19. Debug embedded software 20. Explain the importance of controllability and observability in the debugging process 21. Describe common debugging architectures for embedded systems 22. Explain how the UART Serial communication protocol works 23. Describe how the Arduino Serial library performs serial communication...

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Aug 8, 2016

A very good course to teach you the basics of Arduino platform and IDE. It'll help you get started on how to code your programs and lets you build up on it. I'd definitely recommend for a beginner.


Aug 6, 2017

very good course to have basic understanding of C programming software , Arduino software which is explained in a very simple language where i was finding difficult before attending this course

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By Neville C

Apr 20, 2019

This course is easy to some extend. At the end you have an assignment that will ask you to do something that you are not explained directly how to do it. If you did not do some experiment on your own, then it may me a bit hard.

The course is one way. You watch videos, do readings and do the tests. There is no way to make questions, and there is no forum. So you can't not learn from other people experiences. This may be good for some people. But I rather expend more time reading comments on forum and learn more.

The course is useful if you have some minimal background and you want to make sure you cover from A-Z.

By Andre P

Nov 3, 2016

It was a good course, I wished more courses about Arduino and examples of what we can do with the platform in real life applications. Arduino seems more accessible that raspberry pi, in terms of price (I believe I cannot complete the course about this particular platform), the software (myself I have trouble with Linux, perhaps due to my low level of knowledge), in Arduino I used mostly the 123d simulator, which helped me a lot. I am grateful to Prof. Harris, the Coursera team and the California University.

By Alec K

Nov 12, 2015

I found this to be very useful in getting started with both C and the Arduino - neither of which I've studied/used before. I felt the lectures were well delivered and the videos of the Arduino board and circuit helped me to connect components correctly. I suspect some of the problems I experienced in submitting my projects might be resolved through some more detailed advice within the course notes. I'm looking forward very much to the companion course involving interfacing with the Arduino.

By Galia

May 18, 2018

I liked the course however It will be a tad difficult for someone with absolutely no programming background so the professor just digs into it so unless you study a lot on your own (and not following the few 2-3 hrs a week prestated) you will have some trouble getting there.

The only bad thing is that you have to copy paste your code. This makes the whole code alignment to jump and a lot of students didn't re-align in the preview screen hence their code gets some errors.

By Dale R A

Jan 12, 2018

This was a good introduction; and now I am moved on to taking courses 1 and 3 this month :) and getting good value from the time spent. Learning a lot thank you Mr. Harris! I appreciate the laid back, practical kind of style, although once in awhile you stumble on something and I'm like "Did he really not re-record that?". But, it is more than made up for by the positive aspects that you covered so much useful data and made it available to us. Thanks again.

By Amit K C

Nov 12, 2018

The course is best for those who are new to Arduino and will motivate them to learn more about the subject. There are lots of sensors with which the students can play with and then report their experience. There are many other advanced subjects in this course that can be added like making of our own library for a sensors etc. Overall its a good lecture and it was easily understood.

By Ritwik C

May 10, 2020

The course was a great introduction to the arduino ecosystem and professor Harris explained all the basic concepts related to it very well. However, this is only an introduction to the arduino platform mainly for beginners. so if you already have basic knowledge of the programming of arduino or any other microcontrollers, this course may not be of much help to you.

By Saul R T

Dec 26, 2020

For someone with a little competence in processors and coding probably the course is a little too complex so it would be good to do a more detailed explanations. I'm a telecom engineer so for me it was the right difficulty in the assignments to practice classes but I also needed to do some research on my own, In general the course is great,

By davewis

Sep 3, 2016

The lecturer and structure were very good. Five Stars.

Sadly, I felt the course could have used a bit more substance. Less than hour of lectures per week and only one programming assignment left me wanting more. By contrast after taking I realy felt like I had a grasp on the material.

By Binod

Aug 20, 2017

Really I enjoyed this course, as it refresh all my old memory for C programming and provide easy way to explain Arduino code. On top one interesting topic was there on micro controller communication. I would like to recommend this course if you are really going to start coding on Arduino. Thanks Sir !!

By Parth g

Sep 16, 2020

A very good course to teach you the basics of Arduino platform and IDE. It'll help you get started on how to code your programs and lets you build upon it. I'd definitely recommend for a beginner. There is a need to make it more interactive. Like discussion form otherwise, most of us are on our own.

By Akshiv A

May 18, 2020

This course is very good. It helps me to understand concepts more clearly. Its peer assignments are good too but they can be better and little bit more hard . However if the amount of peer assignment was more then it would be more better. Thank you Coursera and Professor Ian Harris.

By Sri S M P K

Dec 20, 2018

This course was very elaborate and informative. Prof. Ian G. Harris is a very good teacher and it is very interesting listening his class. I wish the assignments could be a little more challenging and would be better if they are checked by professors along with the peer grading.

By vinay s

Nov 24, 2019

This course serves the purpose of an Introduction to Arduino platform (a very basic introduction).

Even though most of the information regarding the Arduino platform is available freely on the website ; this course provides a more structured approach to the platform.

By M W

Apr 3, 2021

The course has provided a lot of new information for me, even though I am not a beginner. Well planned course. But I would like to see more on-hand practical lessons. The final projects are a bit easy. But it has provided new insights to my understanding about Arduino.