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About the Course

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...

Top reviews


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 Maneesha

Sep 6, 2017

I really enjoyed the course. Just that the content is not much for a month's time and I would have appreciated more real life examples for exercises. Thank you!

By Shreya S

May 3, 2020

This course has a relevant and doable peer-based assignments which help consolidate learning. It goes well with the specialisation as its just basic know-how.

By Roman S

Jan 7, 2016

reviewing the classmates assignments should only be possible after submitting the own work.

some more sophisticated programming challenges should be required.

By Jaiyam S

Jun 26, 2016

This is a good course, especially for beginners as one can learn the basics without spending too much time or getting confused by too many technical terms.

By Zhenyu P

Nov 11, 2015

A very good course for the beginer of Arduino. After finish this course, you will feel that you are standing at the starting line of the Arduino journey.

By Shubhodeep P

Apr 14, 2020

The course is nice but if we don't use these concepts regularly then we may not remember the things that are taught here for a longer period of time.

By German A R

Jul 10, 2017

Good knowledge base to get into using the Arduino. I liked the videos with slides. I wish it was heavier on the practical application of the Arduino

By Navneet K

May 14, 2020

Really learned basic of Arduino board and programming. More content should be added for more concepts and level of assignments should be increased.

By Aditya S

Jul 4, 2020

Everything was good in the session. But there were only a few coding sessions. Mostly this course covered the theory part and a little code part.

By Rayeed R (

Apr 14, 2020

Good course but could use more in depth examples of code syntax and examples. Also could use more diversified graded assignments (always a plus).

By shrey

Sep 24, 2016

A quick short course to get familiar with the hardware and very basic concepts of embedded systems like debugging, UART and serial communication.

By Cesar S

Dec 27, 2015

I felt like the C Programming parts were a bit too fast, specially the enviroment setup. But I loved this course! Congratulations and thank you!

By Sun Y

Nov 30, 2015

Introduces the basics of Arduino and C programming. Not a lot of content but gets you ready for the next course in the 4-course Specialisation.

By Ahmed A

Feb 27, 2016

The course is useful ,teaches about different types of debugging but lacks examples of these systems.

Good intro the the arduino.

Thanks a lot.

By Soham S

Aug 18, 2020

The videos and explanation was amazing. However, a better syllabus or inclusion of more topics would greatly enhance the learning experience

By Abhishek S

Dec 30, 2018

Great Course for the beginners. Prof Harris did explain everything in a very simplistic manner which makes the topics' understanding easier.

By lior n

Feb 12, 2016

Great course, awesome professor, I wish it would include more wiring and actual projects in the making, just to get the bigger picture.

By Treat H

Jun 18, 2020

An informative and well-paced course. The prof was great. The only downside is that the programming exercises were relatively trivial.

By Srikanth J

Sep 13, 2016

Very nice code. Teaches you the basics of Arduino. You may need to know C programming language, if you don't know you can learn it.

By Javier F H

Oct 1, 2016

Very Good lessons, great for understanding all the concepts and inpire you tu go deep to resolve the assignements. Great course!!!


Aug 26, 2020

A very good course for beginner and if you have any prior knowledge you can complete course fast while learning the basics well

By Garlapati S V

May 1, 2020

Good course to begin IOT and examples used in course is very effective and new .finally I loved the course and it.s contents

By Marcelo R

Jan 10, 2016

Good course. Prof. Ian is very good. Only I miss a deeper discussion, more complete examples and assignments. Thanks a lot.


Feb 2, 2021

It includes only basics. Professor is so knowledgeable but you have to work on Arduino and C on your own to learn them.


Mar 3, 2021

It was a great and awesome to learn. Good Introduction !! Nice Platform to beginners to learn and Easy to understand