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Course material reading companions

If you are using this course material as part of an actual course (e.g. at university), then please refer to the course literature list provided by the teachers.

Below we list some literature that we recommend as readings for this course material to complement the material found on this wiki.


Title Author Publisher ISBN 10 ISBN 13 Year/edition Price (circa) Pages Comments
Understanding the Digital World:

What You Need to Know about
Computers, the Internet, Privacy, and Security

Brian W. Kernighan PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS n/a 9780691176543 2017 230 SEK 256 Newer edition of D is for Digital
Same content,
Pick one of them.
D Is for Digital:

What a Well-Informed Person Should Know about
Computers and Communications

Brian W. Kernighan CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform n/a 9781463733896 2011 200 SEK 238 Covers most of this course material's topics
Older version of
Understanding... above.
Pick one of them.
Datorkunskap för IT-studenter:

Vad varje student behöver veta för att klara IT-studier (Swedish compendium)

Rikard Fröberg and Henrik Sandklef Juneday n/a n/a 2018-2019 Free for students 100 Covers a lot of this course material's topics

The digital landscape, digitalization, digital this or that

You may have heard the term Digital landscape. We have no idea what that means, but we thought we'd share the image we get whenever we hear the term. This course material is less about buzzwords from academia and more about the terms used when doing IT, in the sense of working with computers, programming, understanding how data is represented (even a landscape can be represented digitally, like a picture or image of a landscape) etc.

Oxford defines Landscape as follows

All the visible features of an area of land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal.

1.1 A picture representing an area of countryside.

1.2 (mass noun) The genre of landscape painting.

1.3 The distinctive features of a sphere of activity.

The above definition didn't quite help the authors of this wiki to understand what digital landscape may mean, but we guess that it is the latter definition, the distinctive features of a sphere of activity, where the sphere of activity then must be digital. Perhaps it means digital activities? But that begs the question, what is a digital activity?

Hopefully, you will learn about digitalization throughout this course material. It's probably best that we now also define what we mean by digitalization (sometimes: Digitization). We're not talking about a trend in society, but rather the activity of converting information into a computer-readable format (organizing the information in bits - binary numbers). In fact, we have a whole module dedicated to the beautiful topic of bits and bytes.


Video lecture slides and videos

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