About this Specialization

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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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Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 7 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Korean, German, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Romanian, Greek, Telugu...

There are 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1)

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801 reviews
Course2

Course 2

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 2)

4.9
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1,053 ratings
264 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Principles of Computing (Part 1)

4.8
stars
513 ratings
85 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Principles of Computing (Part 2)

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309 ratings
46 reviews

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  • 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.

  • The Specialization is designed to be completed in 6-9 months.

  • Knowledge of high school mathematics is required. No previous programming knowledge is required.

  • We strongly encourage students to take the courses in the Specialization in the listed order. Each class builds on the previous classes.

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  • You will be able to analyze a range of interesting application problems and write moderate-size Python programs (300-500 lines) that solve these problems.

  • This Specialization is based on the freshman Computer Science curriculum at one of the top-ranked universities in the world. The material is designed to be fun and challenging while helping you gain the skills necessary to be successful in advanced Computer Science classes.

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