About this Course
4.8
1,885 ratings
571 reviews
Specialization
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Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Hours to complete

Approx. 29 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 7-10 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Korean, Spanish...

Skills you will gain

Programming PrinciplesPython Syntax And SemanticsComputer ProgrammingPython Programming
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 29 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 7-10 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Korean, Spanish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 0 - Statements, expressions, variables

Understand the structure of this class, explore Python as a calculator...
Reading
6 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
CodeSkulptor11m
Arithmetic Expressions13m
Variables11m
Saving in CodeSkulptor9m
Mini-project Video10m
Reading4 readings
Practice Exercises for Expressions (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Variables and Assignments (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 020m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Week 1 - Functions, logic, conditionals

Learn the basic constructs of Python programming, create a program that plays a variant of Rock-Paper-Scissors...
Reading
7 videos (Total 98 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Visualizing Functions12m
More Operations17m
Logic and Comparisons10m
Conditionals10m
Programming Tips - 116m
Mini-project Video15m
Reading5 readings
Practice Exercises for Functions (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Logic and Conditionals (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Practice Mini-project: Mystical Octosphere (optional)10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Week 2 - Event-driven programming, local/global variables

Learn the basics of event-driven programming, understand difference between local and global variables, create an interactive program that plays a simple guessing game...
Reading
8 videos (Total 83 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Local vs. Global Variables11m
SimpleGUI11m
Buttons10m
Input Fields9m
Visualizing Events5m
Programming Tips - 213m
Mini-project Video6m
Reading5 readings
Practice Exercises for Interactive Applications (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Button and Input Fields (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Practice Mini-project: Magical Octosphere Reloaded (optional)10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 2a20m
Quiz 2b20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 3 - Canvas, drawing, timers

Create a canvas in Python, learn how to draw on the canvas, create a digital stopwatch...
Reading
7 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video7 videos
String Processing11m
Interactive Drawing12m
Timers9m
Visualizing Drawing and Timers6m
Programming Tips - 37m
Mini-project Video9m
Reading4 readings
Practice Exercises for Drawing (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Timers (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 3a20m
Quiz 3b18m
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Career promotion

11%

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Top Reviews

By CDJul 13th 2017

It was nice beginner course for the new programming to learn programming and practice the concepts with most intuitive way, the way is to build a game and that interests anyone who takes this course.

By JTOct 9th 2018

A great intro that puts the topic into achievable steps! I have a mechanical engineering background and I found it to be straightforward. The professors do a good job of making it fun and enjoyable.

Instructors

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John Greiner

Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
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Stephen Wong

Lecturer
Computer Science
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Scott Rixner

Professor
Computer Science
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Joe Warren

Professor
Computer Science

About Rice University

Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy....

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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