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Programming PrinciplesPython Syntax And SemanticsComputer ProgrammingPython Programming

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21%

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English
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Week 0 - Statements, expressions, variables

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
CodeSkulptor11m
Arithmetic Expressions13m
Variables11m
Saving in CodeSkulptor9m
Mini-project Video10m
4 readings
Practice Exercises for Expressions (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Variables and Assignments (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 020m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Week 1 - Functions, logic, conditionals

5 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 98 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Visualizing Functions12m
More Operations17m
Logic and Comparisons10m
Conditionals10m
Programming Tips - 116m
Mini-project Video15m
5 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
1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

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

5 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 83 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Local vs. Global Variables11m
SimpleGUI11m
Buttons10m
Input Fields9m
Visualizing Events5m
Programming Tips - 213m
Mini-project Video6m
5 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
2 practice exercises
Quiz 2a20m
Quiz 2b20m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Week 3 - Canvas, drawing, timers

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
String Processing11m
Interactive Drawing12m
Timers9m
Visualizing Drawing and Timers6m
Programming Tips - 37m
Mini-project Video9m
4 readings
Practice Exercises for Drawing (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Timers (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
2 practice exercises
Quiz 3a20m
Quiz 3b18m

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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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