This two-part course introduces the basic mathematical and programming principles that underlie much of Computer Science. Students will refine their programming skills as well as learn the basics of creating efficient solutions to common computational problems.
This two-part course (part 1 is available here
) introduces the basic mathematical and programming principles that underlie much of Computer Science. Understanding these principles is crucial to the process of creating efficient and well-structured solutions for computational problems.
To get hands-on experience working with these concepts, we will use the Python programming language. The main focus of the class will be weekly mini-projects that build upon the mathematical and programming principles that are taught in the class. To keep the class fun and engaging, many of the projects will involve working with strategy-based games.
After completing this course, you will have a much stronger background in Computer Science and be capable of writing Python programs that are both efficient and well-structured. You will also have a better understanding of how to approach more complex computational problems. As always, our goal is to teach these principles of computing in a fun and exciting way. We look forward to seeing you in class!
Our course syllabus can be seen at www.codeskulptor.org/coursera/principlescomputing.html
We strongly recommend that you have completed the first part of this course
prior to attempting the second part of the course. The class builds on the mathematical and programming concepts that you will have learned in the first part of the class.
The second part of the course will last four weeks. The lectures from each week will focus on the topics listed in the syllabus while an associated weekly mini-project will serve to reinforce these concepts in practice. Grades for these mini-projects will be determined via machine-grading. The class will also include a weekly homework designed to reinforce the mathematical concepts in the class material.
- Will I get a certificate after completing this class?
Students who enroll in Signature Track will receive a certificate signed by Scott, Joe, and Luay. Note that the class does not offer a Statement of Accomplishment to students who are not enrolled in Signature Track.
- What resources will I need for this class?
The only requirement for the class is access to a modern web browser. All programming will be done in a web-based programming environment that supports building applications in Python. The programs that you create will be saved, shared and graded via the cloud.
What is the most useful thing I'll learn if I take this class?
The ability to write well-structured, efficient Python code to solve a wide range of common computational problems.
- Where can I learn more about the Fundamentals of Computing Specialization?
You can learn more about this Specialization in the Specialization FAQs!