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The Fundamentals of Computing Capstone Exam, Rice University

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About this Course

While most specializations on Coursera conclude with a project-based course, students in the "Fundamentals of Computing" specialization have completed more than 20+ projects during the first six courses of the specialization. Given that much of the material in these courses is reused from session to session, our goal in this capstone class is to provide a conclusion to the specialization that allows each student an opportunity to demonstrate their individual mastery of the material in the specialization. With this objective in mind, the focus in this Capstone class will be an exam whose questions are updated periodically. This approach is designed to help insure that each student is solving the exam problems on his/her own without outside help. For students that have done their own work, we do not anticipate that the exam will be particularly hard. However, those students who have relied too heavily on outside help in previous classes may have a difficult time. We believe that this approach will increase the value of the Certificate for this specialization....

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Apr 24, 2017

The exam really covers all material in the course. Prepare yourself by reviewing all materials, especially on graphs, dynamic programming, and algorithm complexity.


Feb 12, 2017

Great Exam :D , this is an excellent specialization frankly, I highly recommended If you have zero idea about this domain.

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16 Reviews

By Tova Brown

Mar 05, 2019

This exam has very thoughtful questions, that make you appreciate how much you've learned.

By Andrew Foord

Jun 01, 2018

Great course! Thank you to everyone involved!

By Adel Fazel

May 21, 2018

Learned heaps

By Aaron Moran

May 01, 2018

A really nice way to round off an outstanding course

By Nikos Alexandris

Jan 19, 2018

This exam, as all of the previous courses, was enriching and joyful.

By Ken McClure

Jan 19, 2018

Tough exam, a great way to wrap up the specialization and solidify the material

By Jaehwi Cho

Jan 13, 2018

The best course about Python 2 and computer science!

By Michael B R

Dec 20, 2017

The exam had good questions and was not overly difficult after taking the other classes. I spent 7.5 hours on it and passed in first try despite making a few dumb mistakes like entering results in wrong format etc. It is possible to retake as many times as you want but there is a 3 day delay and they say questions change quite a lot.

By Rachel Karpman

Aug 19, 2017

Very fair, clearly written, and honestly kind of fun! :)

When entering answers, be careful to use the correct format--that messed me up on a few questions--and maybe throw in a few extra significant figures to be safe.

By Edward Amankwah

Jul 14, 2017

The Capstone is challenging and makes the entire certificate worth while. Thanks Profs!