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English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Simple AlgorithmPython ProgrammingProblem SolvingComputation

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42%

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32%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Pillars of Computational Thinking

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 44 min)
6 videos
1.2 Decomposition6m
1.3 Pattern Recognition5m
1.4 Data Representation and Abstraction7m
1.5 Algorithms8m
1.6 Case Studies11m
4 practice exercises
1.2 Decomposition10m
1.3 Pattern Recognition10m
1.4 Data Representation and Abstraction15m
1.5 Algorithms15m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Expressing and Analyzing Algorithms

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 69 min)
7 videos
2.2 Linear Search5m
2.3 Algorithmic Complexity8m
2.4 Binary Search11m
2.5 Brute Force Algorithms13m
2.6 Greedy Algorithms9m
2.7 Case Studies12m
6 practice exercises
2.1 Finding the Largest Value10m
2.2 Linear Search10m
2.3 Algorithmic Complexity10m
2.4 Binary Search10m
2.5 Brute Force Algorithms15m
2.6 Greedy Algorithms10m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Fundamental Operations of a Modern Computer

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 46 min)
6 videos
3.2 Intro to the von Neumann Architecture8m
3.3 von Neumann Architecture Data6m
3.4 von Neumann Architecture Control Flow5m
3.5 Expressing Algorithms in Pseudocode8m
3.6 Case Studies10m
5 practice exercises
3.1 A History of the Computer10m
3.2 Intro to the von Neumann Architecture10m
3.3 von Neumann Architecture Data10m
3.4 von Neumann Architecture Control Flow10m
3.5 Expressing Algorithms in Pseudocode10m
Week
4

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Applied Computational Thinking Using Python

7 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 91 min), 12 readings, 12 quizzes
9 videos
4.2 Variables13m
4.3 Conditional Statements8m
4.4 Lists7m
4.5 Iteration14m
4.6 Functions10m
4.7 Classes and Objects9m
4.8 Case Studies11m
4.9 Course Conclusion8m
12 readings
Programming on the Coursera Platform10m
Python Playground
Variables Programming Activity20m
Solution to Variables Programming Activity10m
Conditionals Programming Activity20m
Solution to Conditionals Programming Activity10m
Solution to Lists Programming Assignment5m
Solution to Loops Programming Assignment10m
Solution to Functions Programming Assignment10m
Solution to Challenge Programming Assignment10m
Solution to Classes and Objects Programming Assignment10m
Solution to Project Part 410m
12 practice exercises
4.2 Variables10m
4.3 Conditional Statements5m
4.4 Lists10m
Lists Programming Assignment15m
4.5 Iteration10m
Loops Programming Assignment30m
4.6 Functions10m
Functions Programming Assignment20m
(Optional) Challenge Programming Assignment20m
4.7 Classes and Objects10m
Classes and Objects Programming Assignment20m
Project Part 4: Implementing the Solution in Python25m

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  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You’ll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. Learn more.

  • No, definitely not! This course is intended for anyone who has an interest in approaching problems more systematically, developing more efficient solutions, and understanding how computers can be used in the problem solving process. No prior computer science or programming experience is required.

  • Some parts of the course assume familiarity with basic algebra, trigonometry, mathematical functions, exponents, and logarithms. If you don’t remember those concepts or never learned them, don’t worry! As long as you’re comfortable with multiplication, you should still be able to follow along. For everything else, we’ll provide links to references that you can use as a refresher or as supplemental material.

  • This course will help you discover whether you have an aptitude for computational thinking and give you some beginner-level experience with online learning. In this course you will learn several introductory concepts from MCIT instructors produced by the same team that brought the MCIT degree online.

    If you have a bachelor's degree and are interested in learning more about computational thinking, we encourage you to apply to MCIT On-campus (http://www.cis.upenn.edu/prospective-students/graduate/mcit.php) or MCIT Online (https://onlinelearning.seas.upenn.edu/mcit/). Please mention that you have completed this course in the application.

  • Use these links to learn more about MCIT:

    MCIT On-campus: http://www.cis.upenn.edu/prospective-students/graduate/mcit.php

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  • This Course doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Course Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more. Online Degrees and Mastertrack™ Certificates on Coursera provide the opportunity to earn university credit.

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