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Beginner Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 17 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
8 hours to complete

Your development environment

8 videos (Total 43 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
About you: Growth mindset2m
What is programming ? What is p5.js4m
Running your first program with Brackets6m
Learn by hacking4m
2D coordinate systems7m
Code philosophy: What it feels like to code3m
Getting started with Sleuth11m
6 readings
Some information before you begin….10m
P5.js Resources10m
Programing exercise 1: Hack the Robot10m
Programing exercise 2: Code from scratch: De Stijl3h
Sleuth Case by Case10m
Transcripts for the videos of Sleuth cases 201, 202, 301, 302, 30310m
2 practice exercises
Getting started with P5.js12m
2D coordinate system16m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Drawing in 2D

7 videos (Total 43 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
fill, stroke, noFill7m
setup, draw and Programme Flow3m
Shapes: ellipse, rectangle, line, triangle, point6m
How to access and use the console to view errors3m
Debugging syntax errors8m
Code Philosophy: Asking for help5m
4 readings
Programing exercise 3: Hack it - Robot parade10m
Programing exercise 4: Code from scratch: Kandinsky10m
Teach it to yourself10m
Programing exercise 5: Debug challenge30m
4 practice exercises
RGB colours16m
setup, draw and Programme Flow16m
ellipse, rectangle, line, triangle, point16m
Using the console and debugging syntax errors10m
Week
3
6 hours to complete

Variables, objects and interaction

10 videos (Total 61 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Built-in Events: mousePressed, keyPressed3m
Create your own variables: var, initialising and assigning10m
12 top tips for naming variables2m
Objects7m
Working with operators10m
Mathematical functions: random, min, max11m
Inspecting variables in the console3m
Code philosophy: The elegant coder3m
MOOC Summary58s
4 readings
Programing exercise 6: Coding from scratch - Drawing App3h
Programing exercise 7: Hack It - Sunrise10m
Teach it to yourself20m
Programing exercise 8: Debug challenge30m
4 practice exercises
Built-in Variables: mouseX, mouseY, and Events20m
Create your own variables: var, initialising and assigning16m
Working with operators16m
Inspecting Variables in the Console8m
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Top reviews from Introduction to Computer Programming

By RCSep 23rd 2019

An excellent way to introduce newbies to the programming world. I did not know a thing about programming. However, I've acquired the necessary skills to understand the basics of it!

By RSDec 3rd 2019

I really enjoyed this course's structure and learning material. The methods and tools used to teach the information was also very appropriate and efficient.

Instructors

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Dr Edward Anstead

Associate Lecturer
Computing, Goldsmiths
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Dr Simon Katan

Lecturer
Computing, Goldsmiths

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About the Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Specialization

This specialisation covers topics ranging from basic computing principles to the mathematical foundations required for computer science. You will learn fundamental concepts of how computers work, which can be applied to any software or computer system. You will also gain the practical skillset needed to write interactive, graphical programs at an introductory level. The numerical mathematics component will provide you with numerical and computational tools that are essential for the problem solving and modelling stages of computer science....
Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

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