Hands-on Internet of Things, Short Course | Part time online | Coursera | United States
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Gain real-world experience with IoT. Techniques and Concepts of Internet of Things with this Hands-on Internet of Things course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Illinois.

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This Hands-on Internet of Things course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Illinois is intended for technologically minded persons who are interested in getting to know the latest in ubiquitous computing, also known as "Internet of Things". The specialization consists of 4 courses that are composed of a basic part with lectures and quizzes, and a practical  "honors" part, which includes physically assembling and implementing functionality atop a networked device (please note: while the honors part of the courses is optional, it is required to purchase hardware to complete these practical parts of the courses). The courses are meant to be taken in sequence, as each course builds on the previous one, while adding more functions to the device in the honors section. The construction of the device introduces real-world challenges and technological approaches commonly encountered in the IoT industry and builds students’ confidence that they can do things for real.

Applied Learning Project

Learners will be introduced to the concepts and technologies in Internet of Things. In the (optional) Honors section, we will build an actual small self-driving vehicle, using networking and sensor technologies. Throughout the honors parts of the four courses, the vehicle will become more refined, gaining capabilities such as environmental sensing, computer vision, autonomous driving, cloud-based analytics, and more. Again, we need to mention that a prerequisite to complete this part of the courses is a basic kit of hardware that you need to purchase. If you don't want to complete the honors parts, you don't need the hardware.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to build an autonomous networked device, how to program and connect this device, how to use wireless networking protocols.

Skills You Will Learn:

  • Python Programming
  • Device Programming
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Machine Learning

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • IoT Devices
  • IoT Communications
  • IoT Networking
  • IoT Cloud

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Intermediate level

  • This specialization is recommended for learners with a basic understanding of networking technologies, and some programming and scripting experience.

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