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Computer ProgrammingAlgorithmsProgramming LanguageScratch (Programming Language)

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2 hours to complete

Your First Computer Program

In this unit you’ll create your very first computer program! You’ll be introduced to basic programming concepts and you’ll familiarise yourself with Scratch.

19 videos (Total 65 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
19 videos
Representation of Algorithms2m
Precision and Assumptions4m
Introduction to Scratch2m
Options for Using Scratch1m
Programming in Scratch5m
Selection 2m
Selection in Scratch3m
Conditions within Selection1m
Iteration: Infinite Loops3m
Balloon Party! Changing the Looks of our Sprites5m
Modifying Programs in Scratch 2m
Blow the Clouds Away! 4m
A Movie with Two Characters3m
Interview with an Informatics Researcher8m
Interview with an Audiovisual Producer (Spanish with English subtitles)7m
6 readings
Course Logistics10m
How to use the Discussion Forums10m
Course Team10m
Resources for Unit 110m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
2 hours to complete

Code Gone Loopy!

In this unit you’ll keep working with control structures, you’ll find out how to use events in your programs and how to incorporate visual and sound effects in Scratch. You’ll also start thinking about the requirements and the design of your program.

19 videos (Total 79 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
19 videos
Recreating a Tune 2m
Music Video3m
Drawing Squares 4m
Birthday Card - Butterfly Behaviour5m
Birthday Card - Cake Behaviour 3m
Birthday Card - Extend with If-then-else 3m
Birthday Card - Extend with Sounds2m
Face Effects with Event-driven Programming 5m
Software Design 3m
Cut the Fruit! 6m
Software Requirements3m
Helicopter Game Design3m
Helicopter Game Implementation7m
Interview with a Software Engineer (Spanish with English subtitles)7m
Interview with an Architect9m
1 reading
Resources for Unit 210m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
4 hours to complete

Remixing Games

In this unit you’ll have a go at modifying and extending existing games to create new versions. You’ll also learn about software engineering practices for testing and documenting your programs.

11 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Modifying Pong with Complex Conditions6m
Modifying Pong into Pizza Pong 9m
Modifying Pong into a Penalty Shootout Game6m
Guess the Number! 8m
A Flower Garden with Nested Loops4m
Summary 35s
Interview on Football-playing Robots8m
Interview with a Biotechnologist (Spanish with English subtitles)5m
2 readings
Resources for Unit 310m
How-to guide for peer-reviewed projects10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
2 hours to complete

Reusing Your Code

In this unit you’ll be introduced to procedures and cloning in Scratch, and you’ll apply these ideas to reuse your code.

11 videos (Total 61 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
Hunting Ghosts with Cloning6m
A Modular Program for Bursting Bubbles5m
Interview on Entrepreneurship and Programming (Spanish with English subtitles)9m
Interview with a Jewelry Designer5m
1 reading
Resources for Unit 410m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top reviews from Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming

By EDApr 5th 2016

the course is what the name says it is, an introduction to programming, great course for any code beginner. Lecturer is doing amazing job and keeping the lectures interesting, easy and understandable.

By KDSep 20th 2015

I love the way this course is designed! It's a really wonderful breath of fresh air.\n\nScratch is a wonderful tool for understanding programming before jumping into courses in programming languages.



Dr Areti Manataki

Teaching and Research Fellow
Centre for Medical Informatics

Inés Friss de Kereki

Engineering School, Universidad ORT Uruguay

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