[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
Meet the instructors
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering MIT
Dugald C. Jackson Professor of Computer Science and Electrical
Lecturer, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering MIT
Length: 9 weeks
Effort: 15 hours per week
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Subject: Computer Science
Video Transcripts: English
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