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Approx. 18 hours to complete
English
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Skills you will gain

Computer ProgrammingAlgorithmsPython ProgrammingCombinatorics

Learner Career Outcomes

25%

started a new career after completing these courses

38%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

14%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
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Flexible deadlines
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 18 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Required Python knowledge, coding standards, and machine grading

6 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 104 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
10 videos
Introduction6m
Required Python Knowledge12m
Coding Style and Standards11m
Python Modules7m
Machine Grading10m
Mini-project Video5m
CodeSkulptor11m
Saving in CodeSkulptor9m
Beyond CodeSkulptor (15:12) (optional video)15m
9 readings
Required Python Knowledge10m
Guidelines for Coding Style10m
Importing Custom Modules in Python10m
Mini-project Description10m
204810m
Math Expressions for Homework10m
Math Notes on Functions10m
Practice Mini-project - Solitaire Mancala10m
Python Development Environments10m
1 practice exercise
Homework 120m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Testing, plotting, and grids

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Testing4m
Plotting6m
Grids8m
Mini-project Video10m
4 readings
Building Tests for Python Programs10m
Mini-project Description10m
Math Notes on Grid Representations10m
Practice Activity - Testing Solitaire Mancala10m
1 practice exercise
Homework 218m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Probability, randomness, and objects/references

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 56 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Basics of Probability10m
Expected Value 13m
Monte Carlo Methods6m
Objects and References 11m
Mini-project Video9m
6 readings
Mini-project Description10m
TTTBoard Class10m
Math Notes on Basic Probability10m
Math Notes on Expected Value10m
Practice Mini-project - Nim (Monte Carlo)10m
Practice Activity - The Monty Hall Problem10m
1 practice exercise
Homework 320m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Combinatorics, generators, and debugging

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 68 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Enumeration10m
Permutations and Combinations13m
Combinatorics and Password Breaking 15m
Debugging18m
Mini-project Video5m
5 readings
Mini-project Description10m
Math Notes on Enumeration10m
Math Notes on Permutations and Combinations10m
Practice Activity - Analyzing a Simple Dice Game10m
Practice Activity - Counting Game States10m
1 practice exercise
Homework 420m

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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....
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