Introduction to IT and computing

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This course material is intended for introductory and preparatory courses on IT, computing and computers.


Intended audience

Students in secondary high school, higher vocational education or university. It aims to lay a solid foundation in applied IT, computing and working with computers.

The course material is targeted to prepare students for courses in computing, programming, databases, and systems administration.


We don't see any formal educational requirements before taking a course using this course material, but we recommend students and teachers to prepare by installing some software and computing environments, in order to get started quickly with the lectures and exercises.


We have divided the course material into various modules which we call chapters. The list of chapters here is our suggested order for using this course material.


Compendium (Swedish)

You can download the Swedish compendium (suitable as supplementary literature for this course material) here:

Recommended course literature

We recommend Kernighan, Brian W. 2011. D Is for Digital: What a Well-Informed Person Should Know about Computers and Communications, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN: 9781463733896 as main literature for the course. You can purchase the book online. Here are some examples of online bookstores selling the book:


The next page is Setting_up_your_environment.

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