[python-uk] edX/MIT course: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

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Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python
Starts on August 30, 2016

A new and updated introduction to computer science as a tool to solve 
real-world analytical problems using Python 3.5

About this course
This course is the first of a two-course sequence: Introduction to 
Computer Science and Programming Using Python, and Introduction to 
Computational Thinking and Data Science. Together, they are designed to 
help people with no prior exposure to computer science or programming 
learn to think computationally and write programs to tackle useful 
problems. Some of the people taking the two courses will use them as a 
stepping stone to more advanced computer science courses, but for many 
it will be their first and last computer science courses. This run 
features updated lecture videos, lecture exercises, and problem sets to 
use the new version of Python 3.5. Even if you took the course with 
Python 2.7, you will be able to easily transition to Python 3.5 in 
future courses, or enroll now to refresh your learning.

Since these courses may be the only formal computer science courses many 
of the students take, we have chosen to focus on breadth rather than 
depth. The goal is to provide students with a brief introduction to many 
topics so they will have an idea of what is possible when they need to 
think about how to use computation to accomplish some goal later in 
their career. That said, they are not "computation appreciation" 
courses. They are challenging and rigorous courses in which the students 
spend a lot of time and effort learning to bend the computer to their will.

What programming language(s) will this course use?
     6.00x will be using the Python programming language, version 3.5.
     You are not expected to have any prior programming knowledge - this 
course is intended for students who have little to no experience with 
any programming language.

What is the format of the class?
     The class will consist of lecture videos, which are broken into 
small chunks, usually between eight and twelve minutes each. Some of 
these may contain integrated "check-yourself" questions.
     There will also be programming assignments and standalone 
exams/quizzes, which are not part of the video lectures.

Will the text of the lectures be available?
     Yes, transcripts of the course will be made available.

Do I need to watch the lectures live?
     No. You can watch the lectures at your leisure - you do not need to 
watch the lectures at any set time.

How much does it cost to take the course?
     Nothing: the course is free.

  What you'll learn
     A Notion of computation
     The Python programming language
     Some simple algorithms
     Testing and debugging
     An informal introduction to algorithmic complexity
     Data structures

Meet the instructors
     Eric Grimson
     Professor of Computer Science and Engineering MIT
     John Guttag
     Dugald C. Jackson Professor of Computer Science and Electrical 
Engineering MIT
     Ana Bell
     Lecturer, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering MIT

     Length: 9 weeks
     Effort: 15 hours per week
     Price: Free
     Add a Verified Certificate for $49
     Institution: MITx
     Subject: Computer Science
     Level: Introductory
     Languages: English
     Video Transcripts: English

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