MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses)

Technology has expanded access to higher education delivery and through MOOCs, Illinois brings course content to eager minds from every corner of the globe. In partnership with Coursera, Illinois offers 84 open online courses, 12 Specializations and two full degree programs including the Master of Computer Science in Data Science and the only extant iMBA. More than 2.7 million students have enrolled in Illinois courses via open online courses. Learn more about online learning options at Illinois. 
  • College of Business

    The iMBA is a rigorous business degree that’s accessible to anyone. Try out one of our free MOOCs, low-cost specializations, take a course for credit, or apply to the full iMBA program.

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    iMBA (Degree Program)

  • College of Engineering

    The Master of Computer Science in Data Science is a rigorous degree that’s accessible to anyone. Try out one of our free MOOCs, take a course for credit, or apply to the full MCS-DS program.

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    Computer Science - Data Science (Degree Program)

  • College of Business

    This Specialization explores several aspects of the new digital marketing environment, including topics such as digital marketing analytics, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and 3D Printing.

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    iMBA Specialization: Digital Marketing

  • College of Business

    Through the courses in this specialization, you will learn the fundamentals to effectively lead people and teams, manage organizations as well as tools to analyze business situations and develop strategies.

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    iMBA Specialization: Strategic Leadership

  • College of Business

    In this Specialization, you will build a solid understanding of the operation of markets and the macro-economic environment with real-world examples.

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    iMBA Specialization: Managerial Economics and Business Analysis

  • College of Business

    This Specialization will introduce you to the magic of 3D printing. Through a series of four cohesive courses and a hands-on capstone experience, you will acquire the knowledge, skills, and tools to turn your ideas into objects!

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    3D Printing Specialization

  • College of Business

    This Specialization covers the fundamentals of strategic financial management, including financial accounting, investments, and corporate finance.

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    Financial Management Specialization

  • College of Business

    Examine how 3D printing is being applied across domains, including design, manufacturing, and retailing. Learn the special capabilities of 3D printing such as customization, self-assembly, and the ability to print complex objects.

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    3D Printing Applications

  • College of Business

    The 3D printing capstone will integrate the learning acquired from the four courses in the 3D Printing Specialization through a hands-on project.

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    3D Printing Capstone

  • College of Business

    Explore desktop 3D printing hardware, the history of desktop 3D printing, and how 3D printers are made and how they work.

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    3D Printing Hardware

  • College of Business

    This course will demonstrate how 3D printers work, show what people make with them, and examine the 3D printing ecosystem. It will also explore the future of 3D printing and discuss how this technology will revolutionize our world.

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    3D Printing Revolution

  • College of Business

    Learn how to use 3D printing software to create digital designs that can be turned into physical objects. This course also explores how 3D scanners work to turn physical objects into digital designs.

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    3D Printing Software

  • College of Business

    Learn how to use leadership skills to work more effectively with others, organize others to work more effectively together, and apply the foundations of effective leadership skills to everyday situations faced by leaders.

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    Applications of Everyday Leadership

  • College of Business

    Learn how organizations create, capture, and maintain value, and how it is fundamental for sustainable competitive advantage.

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    Business Strategy

  • College of Engineering

    How to use the cloud to write programs for data analytics

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    Cloud Computing Applications

  • College of Business

    Explore how the Cloud opens up data analytics of huge volumes of data that are static or streamed at high velocity and represent an enormous variety of information.

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    Cloud Computing Applications Part 2: Big Data and Applications in the Cloud

  • College of Business

    You will build a cloud computing system from scratch in several stages and write an application that uses it to process a real dataset.

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    Cloud Computing Capstone

  • College of Engineering

    The core techniques, algorithms, and design philosophies that make up the fundamental concepts of cloud computing, including key-value stores, classical precursors, widely-used and classical algorithms, scalability, and trending areas

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    Cloud Computing Concepts

  • College of Engineering

    The core techniques, algorithms, and design philosophies that make up the fundamental concepts of cloud computing, including key-value stores, classical precursors, widely-used and classical algorithms, scalability, and trending areas

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    Cloud Computing Concepts: Part 2

  • College of Engineering

    Course studying the network's importance in the function of all of the cloud's key capabilities

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    Cloud Networking

  • College of Engineering

    Course that provides the tools to take scattered data and organize it into groups for use in applications such as market analysis, biomedical data analysis, or as a pre-processing step for data mining tasks

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    Cluster Analysis in Data Mining

  • College of Business

    In this course you will learn how to use key finance principles to understand and measure business success and to identify and promote true value creation.

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    Corporate Finance I: Measuring and Promoting Value Creation

  • College of Business

    In this course you will learn how companies decide on how much debt to take, and whether to raise capital from markets or from banks.

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    Corporate Finance II: Financing Investments and Managing Risk

  • College of Business

    Learn about economic value creation and value appropriation, and learn the tools to analyze both competition and cooperation from a corporate level perspective, (e.g., through vertical integration, diversification, and geographic scope decisions).

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    Corporate Strategy

  • College of Business

    Learn how to systematically assess the national and international economic environment in which you live and work, analyze macroeconomic issues using key tools, and be a more effective professional in your line of activity.

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    Country Level Economics: Macroeconomic Variables and Markets

  • College of Business

    Learn about how the market for aggregate goods and services interacts with the money market to shape the macroeconomic equilibrium that determines income, interest rate, and exchange rate in the short run.

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    Country Level Economics: Policies, Institutions, and Macroeconomic Performance

  • College of Engineering

    Apply learned algorithms and techniques for data mining from the previous courses in the Data Mining Specialization to solve interesting real-world data mining challenges.

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    Data Mining Capstone

  • College of Engineering

    An exploration of computer graphics, human-computer interaction, perceptual psychology, and design to transform information from formats efficient for computation into formats efficient for human perception, cognition, and communication

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    Data Visualization

  • College of Business

    Learn how firms are organized, what factors must be taken into account in making critical design decisions, and what role managers play in making these choices.

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    Designing the Organization: From Strategy to Organizational Structure

  • College of Business

    An overview of the power of data in marketing, including the analytics process, data collection, data analysis, and data visualization

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    Digital Analytics for Marketing Professionals: Marketing Analytics in Practice

  • College of Business

    Digital analytics course that provides marketers with the tools to use data analytics applications to meet the daily challenges of their professional lives

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    Digital Analytics for Marketing Professionals: Marketing Analytics in Theory

  • College of Business

    You will have the opportunity to combine the tools and techniques obtained through all the courses in the Digital Marketing specialization and apply them to a real business problem.

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    Digital Marketing Capstone

  • College of Business

    Using the internet and other digital channels to better target specific consumer segments through new media platforms

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    Digital Marketing Channels: Planning

  • College of Business

    Digital marketing course that studies the role of digital channels in an integrated marketing campaign and the importance of having a digital marketing strategy

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    Digital Marketing Channels: The Landscape

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    An introduction to innovative approaches to teaching and learning, focusing on the use of e-learning and social web technologies

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    eLearning Ecologies

  • College of Education

    This course explores seven affordances of e-learning ecologies, which open up genuine possibilities for what we call New Learning – transformative, 21st century learning.

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    e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    A look at Earth's 4 billion year history of life through the context of the cutting-edge understanding of the Tree of Life

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    Emergence of Life

  • College of Engineering

    This course teaches you everything you need to know about energy, the environment, and a number of things in everyday life. Learn about energy, where it originates, how much we have, who has it, who uses it, and what that all means.

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    Energy, Environment and Everyday Life

  • College of Business

    This course provides an analytical framework to help you evaluate key problems in a structured fashion and will equip you with tools to better manage the uncertainties that pervade and complicate business processes.

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    Exploring and Producing Data for Business Decision Making

  • College of Business

    In this course, you will explore advanced topics in financial accounting. You will start your journey with accounting for assets with more than one-year life.

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    Financial Accounting: Advanced Topics

  • College of Business

    In this course, you will learn foundations of financial accounting information. You will start your journey with a general overview of what financial accounting information is and the main financial statements.

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    Financial Accounting: Foundations

  • College of Business

    The Financial Management capstone will provide a learning experience that integrates across all the courses within this specialization.

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    Financial Management Capstone

  • College of Business

    Introduction to basic financial planning topics including financial goal setting, saving and investing, budgeting, financial risk, borrowing, and credit.

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    Financial Planning for Young Adults

  • College of Business

    In this course, you will learn to describe producer behavior, explain equilibrium in a market and explore the impacts of taxes and price controls on market equilibrium.

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    Firm Level Economics: Consumer and Producer Behavior

  • College of Business

    Learn how different market structures result in different resource allocations, evaluate the efficiency of an equilibrium, understand externalities and consider optimal government response to these market failures and much more.

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    Firm Level Economics: Markets and Allocations

  • College of Business

    Learn about the “head and heart” of everyday leadership, individual decision making, group decision making, and managing motivation.

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    Foundations of Everyday Leadership

  • College of Business

    The capstone project of the Fundamentals of Accounting Specialization will be set in the context of a realistic small-business enterprise, and will require you to think deeply and apply the accounting concepts presented in the other courses.

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    Fundamentals of Accounting Capstone

  • College of Business

    This course provides an introduction to accounting’s measurement role inside of an organization, and how accountants communicate information that helps managers and employees make operational decisions.

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    Fundamentals of Accounting: Accounting for Business Decision Making -Measurement and Operational Decisions

  • College of Business

    Learn about accounting’s role in helping managers develop, implement, and improve the organization’s strategy. In particular, learn how non-financial and financial information is created, organized, communicated, and analyzed.

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    Fundamentals of Accounting: Business Decision Making - Strategy Assessment and Control

  • College of Business

    The second course in the Fundamentals of Accounting Specialization is designed to provide a basic understanding of financial statements with an emphasis on the income statement.

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    Fundamentals of Accounting: Understanding Financial Statements - Company Performance

  • College of Business

    This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of financial statements with an emphasis on the balance sheet. The course will emphasize that accounting is less about counting and more about measuring.

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    Fundamentals of Accounting: Understanding Financial Statements - Company Position

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    In this course, you will discover how scientists are deciphering the language of genomes to learn how to develop sustainable food and fuel supplies, improve disease treatment and prevention, and protect our environment.

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    Genomics: Decoding the Universal Language of Life

  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

    An overview of the issues of the postharvest loss of grains through studying physical, technical, and social dimensions of postharvest supply chains and loss prevention methods

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    Global Postharvest Loss Prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors

  • College of Business

    Learn the language of uncertainty and the statistical methods for making inferences and decisions on the basis of limited information and data.

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    Inferential and Predictive Statistics for Business

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    An exploration of today's human society in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations

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    Introduction to Sustainability

  • College of Business

    In this course, we will discuss fundamental principles of trading off risk and return, portfolio optimization, and security pricing.

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    Investments I: Fundamentals of Performance Evaluation

  • College of Business

    Review the fundamentals of investments, including the trading off of return and risk when forming a portfolio, asset pricing models such as the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and the 3-Factor Model.

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    Investments II: Lessons and Applications

  • College of Education

    This course covers the social context and aims of literacy teaching and learning and a range of historical and contemporary approaches to literacy pedagogy, including didactic, authentic, functional, and critical approaches.

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    Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies

  • College of Business

    Managerial accounting course covering types of costs, cost behavior, costing system design, activity-based costing, and cost-volume-profit analysis

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    Managerial Accounting: Cost Behaviors, Systems, and Analysis

  • College of Business

    Managerial accounting course covering planning, budgets, variance analysis, and performance measurement

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    Managerial Accounting: Tools for Facilitating and Guiding Business Decisions

  • College of Business

    The capstone project involves an in-depth analysis of an actual business situation in which you will examine the global economic environment of a business.

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    Managerial Economics and Business Analysis Capstone

  • College of Business

    In this course you will build a practical framework to understand the critical linkages between organization design and the creation of economic value through execution.

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    Managing the Organization: From Organizational Design to Execution

  • College of Business

    Digital marketing course that explores how digital technology such as the Internet, smartphones, and 3D printing are changing the world of marketing

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    Marketing in a Digital World

  • College of Business

    In this course, you will learn how businesses create value for customers. We will examine the process by which Marketing builds on a thorough understanding of buyer behavior to create value.

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    Marketing Management I

  • College of Business

    In this course, you will complete a more detailed analysis of the elements established in Marketing Management I in order to conduct a thorough strategic analysis of marketing opportunities and communicate marketing decisions.

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    Marketing Management II

  • College of Engineering

    The purpose of this community is to provide you with resources and support during the application process for the MCS-DS.

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    Master of Computer Science - Data Science Applicant Community

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    Introduction to consumer/producer functions within the larger economic system with an emphasis on product markets, the theory of the firm under competition and monopoly conditions, and the government's role in promoting economic efficiency

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    Microeconomics Principles

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    The world's leading poetry faculty from across the United States highlight major poets and influential movements, from experimental modernism to the Black Arts Movement.

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    Modern American Poetry

  • College of Education

    This course introduces innovative approaches to learning and teaching, with a focus on the use of e-learning and social web technologies.

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    Multimodal Literacies: Communication and Learning in the Era of Digital Media

  • College of Business

    Study of the role of operations within a business strategy and the fundamental aspects of managing business operations

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    Operations Management

  • College of Engineering

    An exploration of in-depth concepts, methods, and applications of pattern discovery in data mining

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    Pattern Discovery in Data Mining

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    Overview of geological topics including earthquakes, plate tectonics, volcanoes, sources of power, and rocks and minerals, and how they have interacted over time to produce our planet and its resources

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    Planet Earth…and You!

  • College of Business

    Course that provides the tools to improve work processes and to organize initiatives for continuous improvements

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    Process Improvement

  • College of Business

    In this Specialization, learners use real-world dilemmas and ethical problems experienced by professionals around the world to clarify and articulate their personal values as a foundation for the issues they face. 

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    Professional IQ Specialization

  • College of Business

    The capstone project is to design a Personal Leadership Credo: personal values, quotes and beliefs; a personal dilemma in 2MC style that gets worked through using DMF and TRAGEDIES; some personal scripts; and a personal leadership development plan.

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    Professional IQ: Capstone

  • College of Business

    Learn essential skills to succeed at work, such as knowing yourself and your values, recognizing and meeting ethical challenges, using an analytical decision-making framework, identifying potential pitfalls, and developing tools to use in the moment.

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    Professional IQ: Foundations of Professional Identity

  • College of Business

    Listening and being sure of your values underpins everything that comes with professional influencer and leadership skills. Learn how to master these skills in the Leadership and Influence course.

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    Professional IQ: Leadership and Influence

  • College of Business

    Skill-building in this course will include asking questions, listening, developing likeability (you’d better be stellar if you’re difficult), identifying cognitive bias, apologizing, receiving apologies, and the basics of whistleblowing.

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    Professional IQ: Shaping Your Professional Brand

  • College of Business

    The capstone is a strategic leadership and management plan where you’ll apply what you will learn to an actual business situation with participation by one or more focal companies.

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    Strategic Leadership and Management Capstone

  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

    A study of the intersection of poverty and the marketplace with the intention of developing an understanding of marketplace activity and the global challenges of poverty to design solutions for a better world

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    Subsistence Marketplaces

  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

    Study of the impact of infectious disease on sustainable animal-based food production, including an overview of the science of growth, immunity, and infection, and the necessary skills to improve animal health and food production

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    Sustainable Food Production Through Livestock Health Management

  • College of Engineering

    A course that covers the basic concepts, principles, major algorithms, and their applications in text mining

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    Text Mining and Analytics

  • College of Engineering

    An exploration of the interworking of search engines, their major search algorithms, and how to optimize search accuracy

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    Text Retrieval and Search Engines

  • College of Business

    The capstone for the Value Chain Management specialization will provide a learning experience that examines how the various segments of a business integrate to create a value chain.

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    Value Chain Management Capstone

  • College of Business

    In this Specialization, you will gain competencies that are critical for managers in any functional area. You will learn to create, model, analyze, and maximize value in accounting, operations, and marketing.

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    Value Chain Management Specialization

  • College of Engineering

    Overview of the complex pieces of VLSI chips and the CAD software tools used to build them

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    VLSI CAD Part I: Logic

  • College of Engineering

    A modern VLSI chip has a zillion parts -- logic, control, memory, interconnect, etc. How do we design these complex chips? Answer: CAD software tools. Learn how to build these tools in this class.

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    VLSI CAD Part II: Layout