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6.00x: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

Overview

6.00x is an introduction to using computation to solve real problems. The course is aimed at students with little or no prior programming experience who have a desire (or at least a need) to understand computational approaches to problem solving. Some of the people taking the course will use it as a stepping stone to more advanced computer science courses, but for many, it will be their first and last computer science course. Since the course will be the only formal computer science course 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, it is not a "computation appreciation" course. It is a challenging and rigorous course in which the students spend a lot of time and effort learning to bend the computer to their will. Since the course will be the only formal computer science course 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, it is not a "computation appreciation" course. It is a challenging and rigorous course in which the students spend a lot of time and effort learning to bend the computer to their will.

Taught by

John Guttag, Chris Terman and Eric Grimson

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4.7 rating, based on 12 reviews

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  • Billy L.

    Billy completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Decent MOOC which does teach you the basics of programming.
    However, the hands-on programming assignment only requires editing small little functions, and thus do not yield the same sense of achievement as other MOOCs where your code actually does something significant.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Having dived into CS work without a foundation in theory, this course gave me a nice background. Would recommend to anyone looking to gain understanding/get practice in different data structures, especially in Python.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is not a beginner level course. You should have a decent understanding of programing or be prepared to spend a significant amount of time Python tutorials.
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