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About the Course

What you’ll achieve: In this project-centered course* you will build a modern computer system, from the ground up. We’ll divide this fascinating journey into six hands-on projects that will take you from constructing elementary logic gates all the way through creating a fully functioning general purpose computer. In the process, you will learn - in the most direct and constructive way - how computers work, and how they are designed. What you’ll need: This is a self-contained course: all the knowledge necessary to succeed in the course and build the computer system will be given as part of the learning experience. Therefore, we assume no previous computer science or engineering knowledge, and all learners are welcome aboard. You will need no physical materials, since you will build the computer on your own PC, using a software-based hardware simulator, just like real computers are designed by computer engineers in the field. The hardware simulator, as well as other software tools, will be supplied freely after you enroll in the course. Course format: The course consists of six modules, each comprising a series of video lectures, and a project. You will need about 2-3 hours to watch each module's lectures, and about 5-10 hours to complete each one of the six projects. The course can be completed in six weeks, but you are welcome to take it at your own pace. You can watch a TED talk about this course by Googling "nand2tetris TED talk". *About Project-Centered Courses: Project-centered courses are designed to help you complete a personally meaningful real-world project, with your instructor and a community of learners with similar goals providing guidance and suggestions along the way. By actively applying new concepts as you learn, you’ll master the course content more efficiently; you’ll also get a head start on using the skills you gain to make positive changes in your life and career. When you complete the course, you’ll have a finished project that you’ll be proud to use and share....

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Jun 13, 2021

Undeniably one of the best computer science courses. The advertising isn't false! This course permanently changed my perspective on hardware and software along with the relationship between the two...


May 22, 2021

Thanks to the instructors for bringing forth such an amazing course. The way the course is strucured makes it very interesting and easy to learn. Loved and enjoyed the course and learnt a lot from it

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By Piergiorgio P

Apr 25, 2021

thanks for this great course! Absolutely one of the best courses I have attended in my life!

By Александр Г

Mar 23, 2020

I love this course! Incredible explainations and very simple view on hard things. Thank you!

By Michael W

Oct 6, 2017

Just what I was looking for. I was curious a computer actually worked, and now I know. :-)

By Aaryan B B

May 18, 2020

I would heartily like to thank our two course instructors very much for a wonderful course

By Micky

Sep 9, 2019

Very understandable course, strongly recommended for everyone, who wanna be a programmer))

By Jonathan

Aug 5, 2019

This course allowed me to understand the working of computers on the fundamental level!!

By Hamdi B U

Nov 23, 2018

This course is well structured, helps you understand many things about computers easily.


Jun 2, 2022

Simplicity is powerful than complexity. Thank you Nisam and Schocken. I am Making one.

By C R

Jul 1, 2020

An enriching and exciting experience! Content is wonderful! Would definitely recommend!

By Han Q

Jun 10, 2019

Very informative and interesting ,besides these programming assignments are excellent !

By Charles C

Sep 21, 2018

Very good course. Materials are well explained and projects are challenging but doable.

By Shreyas M

Jul 3, 2018

Excellent course! Lot of learning accompanied by its usage while building the computer.

By Hassaan A

Aug 30, 2016

An amazing course that gets you started with whats inside a computer, and how it works.

By Edward D S

Jun 4, 2018

great for beginning to build mental model of how hardware components in computer works

By Lyon L

Mar 20, 2018

amazing course! Thanks for your great subject design and project design, thanks again!

By Christopher P

Jun 9, 2016

Used this course to bolster my study group as we went thru the book. GREAT experience!

By Ankush S

Aug 9, 2020

Its a great course, I think It must be in every university or High school curriculum.

By Shawn Z

Jun 10, 2019

Excellent way to really grasp the fundamental building blocks for how computers work.


Dec 7, 2017

this is a very good course which makes the students to come in a practical approach.

By Vincent D

Jul 11, 2017

Promises a lot, and delivers. Requires a substantial effort, and worth every minute.

By Aishwarya A

Sep 10, 2016

Amazing and well structured course work. The end was challenging but it was worth it!

By Samar S

Sep 28, 2020

One of the best course. I am so blessed that I enrolled in this course. Thank you :)

By Alex L

Aug 30, 2017

Excellent course, I looked at computers in a whole new way after taking this course.

By Bryant J

Oct 15, 2020

One of the best courses ever! I learnt so much from this course. Thank you so much!

By Shubham A

Jan 27, 2023

Every Computer programmer should take this course at least once in their lifetime.