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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 carl d P

Oct 29, 2015

Good beginners and introductory course to Arduino and C. Prof. Harris is a brilliant lecturer.

By velma r r

Oct 10, 2016

explanation is nice ,.it will be help full if practical implementation is shown using videos


Jul 4, 2020

that is good for not only a beginners but also for arduino programmers to understand clearly

By Sandeep S

May 16, 2020

good one, more to be focused on programing of arduino, syntax, and working of serial monitor

By Kushal K

Jan 22, 2021

Overall good explanation on Arduino. C language is a bonus point and a good for refreshing.

By Deepak C

May 20, 2017

It was fun and informative. If it was more of a handson tutorial, it would have been nice.


Nov 2, 2015

A good introduction to the Arduino platform. Looking forward to attending the next course.


Jul 7, 2018

The course is overall good. I would recommend some extra content to be covered in videos.

By Ahmed I

Oct 12, 2016

The course is good but little bit theoretical for science that should be 80% practical .

By Christian D

Feb 21, 2016

Good but a lot of technical parts all though they are discounted as not needed to know!

By Joan M

Jun 3, 2016

Wonderful I'm getting further in the mastery of the IOT knowledge for my future ideas.

By Fabian R H

Jun 27, 2020

It's a good introduction but I think the course must have works and test, but its ok


Mar 23, 2017

Amazing course, gives your a good introduction to arduino platform and C programming

By Muhammad I

Jul 7, 2020

i prefer this course for those newbies who step into the IoT world . awesome course

By mohit g

Jun 16, 2020

Almost up to mark course but i think it should have taken some more deep knowledge.

By Frank M

Jul 29, 2016

Needs more than 4 weeks worth of material. Assignments and quizzes should be free.

By Ashvini K S

Mar 17, 2016

awesome course... but some more program and there implementation should be provided


Jun 13, 2020

Very interesting course, thanks a lot to Ian for the quality of explanations given

By Angela V

Aug 10, 2019

The Serial section (UART) was not that clear and osme of the links are not updated

By Excel K P

Sep 16, 2020

It's a good first step to get you started on getting your Arduino up and running.


Jul 13, 2020

Theory was great , more practical demonstrations can be added to make it better.

By Spurthi M

Jun 29, 2020

A very good platform given to the students to learn out of the box knowledge..!!

By Sachin A

May 20, 2020

I learnt a lot in this course. Thank you Coursera for providing me the platform.

By Prayag S

Aug 9, 2019


By Abhishek T

Jan 29, 2019

Really nice and teaching and practical explanation is excellent and thank you:)