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Basics of Computing and Programming

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This is a self-paced course that provides an Introduction to Computing and Programming.

The course will address the following topics, using the Python programming language:

  • Positional number systems
  • Hello World
  • Numerical data types and arithmetic expressions
  • Branching statements
  • Iterative statements [Loops]
  • Strings
  • Functions
  • Lists [Array-based sequences]

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • understand binary number systems and conversion to other number systems
  • understand hexadecimal number systems and conversion to other number systems
  • apply numeric and string data types to represent information
  • apply variables in program development
  • analyze assignment and apply its components in program development
  • apply basic I/O operations with different data types
  • design expressions using arithmetic operations (including understanding their limitations, such as integer truncation, round-off error, division by zero, narrowing and widening conversions, casting, precedence, and standard math library functions)
  • design expressions using relational operators (including understanding floating point equality)
  • design expressions using logical operators (including short-circuit)
  • design selection statements (including nested selection)
  • design repetition statements (including count-controlled versus event-controlled, sentinel-controlled)
  • design simple data structures using lists (including using loops with lists and multi-dimensional lists


Course Outline:

  • Week 1 - Positional number systems
  • Week 2 - Hello World
  • Week 3 - Numerical data types and arithmetic expressions
  • Week 4 - Branching statements
  • Week 5 - Iterative statements [Loops]
  • Week 6 - Strings
  • Week 7 - Functions
  • Week 8 - Lists [Array-based sequences]
  • Week 9 - Exam

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Basics of Computing and Programming
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