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Approx. 14 hours to complete

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Subtitles: Greek, Korean, English, Spanish, Telugu

Skills you will gain

Graph TheoryAlgorithmsPython ProgrammingGraph Algorithms

Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

67%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

Shareable Certificate

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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: Greek, Korean, English, Spanish, Telugu

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Module 1 - Core Materials

4 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 180 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
15 videos
Class structure9m
Pseudo-code 11m
The small-world problem 11m
Graphs and representation 15m
Paths and distances 8m
Brute force 11m
What Is algorithm efficiency? 9m
Measuring efficiency 12m
Efficiency of brute force distance 14m
Number of steps of brute force distance 12m
Coding styles and standards - PoC11m
Machine grading - PoC10m
Plotting data - PoC14m
Peer assessment - "We want a shrubbery!" - IIPP15m
2 readings
Class notes10m
Coding notes10m
1 practice exercise
Homework #136m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Modules 1 - Project and Application

5 hours to complete
3 readings
3 readings
Project #1 Description10m
Application #1 Description10m
Application #1 Solution10m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Module 2 - Core Materials

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 109 min)
9 videos
Asymptotics12m
Illustrating "Big O"11m
Illustrating BFS 16m
Queues and boundary cases 8m
Pseudocode 12m
BFS running time - loose analysis 9m
BFS running time - tighter analysis 11m
BFS-based distance distribution 12m
1 practice exercise
Homework #236m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Module 2 - Project and Application

4 hours to complete
3 readings
3 readings
Project #2 Description10m
Application #2 Description10m
Application #2 Solution10m

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About the Fundamentals of Computing Specialization

This Specialization covers much of the material that first-year Computer Science students take at Rice University. Students learn sophisticated programming skills in Python from the ground up and apply these skills in building more than 20 fun projects. The Specialization concludes with a Capstone exam that allows the students to demonstrate the range of knowledge that they have acquired in the Specialization....
Fundamentals of Computing

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