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AlgorithmsProgramming Language ConceptsProblem SolvingC Programming

Learner Career Outcomes

33%

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34%

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18%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level
Approx. 12 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Vietnamese

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Introduction

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 33 min), 9 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Stepping Through An Algorithm4m
Testing an Algorithm for a Numerical Sequence3m
A Pattern of Squares4m
Testing a Pattern of Squares2m
Drawing a Rectangle4m
Closest Point5m
Generalizing Closest Point5m
9 readings
Programming: Plan First, Then Code3m
Overview of the Seven Steps5m
Algorithms10m
Step 1: Work an Example Yourself5m
Step 2: Write Down What You Just Did4m
Step 3: Generalize Your Steps10m
Step 4: Test Your Algorithm9m
A Pattern of Squares6m
Next Steps4m
3 practice exercises
Steps 1–46m
Algorithm Practice6m
Algorithms30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Reading Code

4 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 38 min), 17 readings, 8 quizzes
12 videos
Declaring and Assigning a Variable2m
Examples of Expressions2m
Using Functions for Abstraction4m
Execution of Function Calls4m
Printing Example2m
Execution of If/Else3m
Execution of Switch/Case3m
While Loops3m
Equivalent For and While Loops2m
Execution of Nested Loops3m
Execution of Continue2m
17 readings
Declaring a Variable10m
Assigning a Variable10m
Expressions with Common Operators10m
Anatomy of a Function10m
How to Evaluate a Function10m
Scope10m
Printing10m
Conditional Statements10m
If/Else10m
Switch/Case10m
Shorthand10m
Loops for Repetition10m
While Loops10m
Do/While Loops10m
For Loops10m
Continue and Break10m
Higher-level Meaning10m
8 practice exercises
Variables and Expressions8m
Functions4m
Printing4m
Logical Operators4m
Conditional Statements4m
While Loops2m
Loops4m
Reading Code16m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Types

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 23 min), 18 readings, 6 quizzes
8 videos
Types and Formatted Output4m
Type Conversion2m
Everything Is a Number2m
Struct for a Rectangle2m
Uses of Typedef3m
Enumerated Types3m
A Duke Software Engineering Student on the Importance of Planning3m
18 readings
Converting between Decimal and Binary10m
Looking under the Hood10m
Basic Data Types10m
char10m
int10m
float and double10m
Printing redux10m
Expressions Have Types10m
Type Conversion10m
Casting10m
Overflow and Underflow10m
"Non-numbers"10m
Strings10m
Images10m
Sound and Video10m
Structs10m
Typedef10m
Enumerated Types10m
6 practice exercises
Decimal, Hex, and Binary8m
Basic Data Types8m
Expressions Have Types6m
"Non-numbers"6m
Complex, Custom Data Types6m
Types20m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Project

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 4 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
Introduction to Sorting1m
1 reading
Sample PB&J Algorithm with Feedback10m
1 practice exercise
Writing a Sorting Algorithm1h

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About the Introduction to Programming in C Specialization

This specialization develops strong programming fundamentals for learners who want to solve complex problems by writing computer programs. Through four courses, you will learn to develop algorithms in a systematic way and read and write the C code to implement them. This will prepare you to pursue a career in software development or other computational fields. Successful completion of this Specialization will be considered by admissions as a demonstration of your skill and enhance your master’s application to Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. ****Note: Due to a recent spike in enrollments for the Introduction to Programming in C Specialization, we are currently having technical difficulties with programming environment for this course, which prevents some learners from completing the course's programming assignments. Until this matter is resolved, we recommend you choose to audit (https://learner.coursera.help/hc/en-us/articles/209818613-Enrollment-options) this course and study the video lessons until this matter is resolved. We will email all learners when this matter is resolved. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working diligently to remedy the problem. Please note that this does not impact the first course of this Specialization, Programming Fundamentals....
Introduction to Programming in C

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