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Subtitles: English, Korean, Turkish, Chinese (Simplified)

Skills you will gain

Python Syntax And SemanticsLogic ProgrammingPython ProgrammingObject-Oriented Programming (OOP)

Learner Career Outcomes

38%

started a new career after completing these courses

33%

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.
Beginner Level
Approx. 18 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Korean, Turkish, Chinese (Simplified)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Week 5 - Mouse input, list methods, dictionaries

5 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 111 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
10 videos
Mouse input12m
List Methods11m
List Examples11m
Iteration12m
Dictionaries12m
Images11m
Visualizing Iteration13m
Programming Tips - 510m
Mini-project Video12m
4 readings
Practice Exercises for Mouse and List Methods (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Dictionaries and Images (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
2 practice exercises
Quiz 5a18m
Quiz 5b18m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

Week 6 - Classes and object-oriented programming

5 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 95 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Object-oriented Programming - 28m
Working with Objects13m
Classes for Blackjack11m
Tiled Images15m
Visualizing Objects8m
Programming Tips - 613m
Mini-project Video14m
5 readings
Practice Exercises for Classes (part 1) (optional)10m
Practice Exercise for Avatar class (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Classes (part 2) (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
2 practice exercises
Quiz 6a16m
Quiz 6b16m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Week 7 - Basic game physics, sprites

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 76 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
6 videos
Spaceship Class7m
Sound5m
Sprite Class14m
Programming Tips - 720m
Mini-project Video13m
3 readings
Practice Exercises for Sprites and Sound (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
2 practice exercises
Quiz 7a14m
Quiz 7b18m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Week 8 - Sets and animation

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 71 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Sets11m
Collisions for Sprites13m
Sprite Animation12m
Programming Tips - 84m
Mini-project Video8m
Beyond CodeSkulptor15m
Class Wrap-up4m
3 readings
Practice Exercises for Sets and Collisions (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 818m

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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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