UBC gives a first-class grounding in the basics of photography. Being an online course you can go at your own pace but the course is 5 weekly parts and the workload is about right for a week.
You will learn camera controls and how to use them creatively. Mike uses the basic "entry-level kit equipment" for the course and steers clear of specialist, professional equipment so you can get to grips with the real basics of camera control.
As Mike says (often) Cameras don't take pictures, people take pictures. Have a look at the free sample, Mike's down to earth style makes learning fun. I would highly recommend this for beginners.