Introduction to Programming in C Specialization
Learn Essential Programming Fundamentals. Master programming skills to solve complex problems.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
Projects include writing a sorting algorithm and writing a program to use Monte Carlo simulation to calculate poker hand probabilities. The poker project is divided over three courses, so you can write the more challenging parts of the program as you gain more advanced skills.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
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Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Each course is designed to take 4 weeks of study, with 6–8 hours per week. Some learners may work through the specialization more or less quickly.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This specialization is for learners who have an interest in learning how to program, for people with no programming experience or for people with some experience who would like to gain solid fundamentals and a deeper understanding of how to program effectively.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
If you are new to programming, you should take the courses in order. Otherwise, you could start with Course 2 or Course 3, depending on your previous experience. Intermediate programmers new to C may like to start with Course 1 to learn the basics of syntax (and review algorithm design relevant to all languages).
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Successfully completing the Specialization confers a Coursera Certificate with the instructors' signatures. This is different from Duke University course credit.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to approach a programming problem systematically, from designing an algorithm, to implementing it in code, to thoroughly testing your code. You will have a strong foundation in programming principles and be able to use C syntax fluently. Your final project will prove you can write a sophisticated program of intermediate scale—a Monte Carlo simulation to calculate poker hand probabilities.
Are there any additional benefits to completing this Specialization?
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.
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