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New York University (NYU)

Basics of Computing and Programming

New York University (NYU) via edX


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]


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

Taught by

Itay Tal and Aspen Olmsted


3.6 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Of course, don’t just take my word for the-audit the course first. I wish I had originally done that but I was dong NYU’s cybersecurity course which is of good quality so I assumed this would be the same. So here it goes… BLUF: Take GTs Intro to Python...
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    David Chen

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

    This course is part of a 3-course MicroBachelor's program. I thought the quality of the programming questions were high, but the platform was VERY CONFUSING to use: you have to manually mark complete for exercises that aren't even "questions" but merely...
  • Anonymous
    It's described as a 'gentle' introduction, and I think that's about right. The lectures are quite thorough, and the instructor is actually providing some really useful pieces of information that won't necessarily be obvious right away. The pace is...
  • Marwan Sleiman
    I took this course to get the undergraduate credits. The quality of the material was excellent and the teacher answered my questions on a regular basis. I would take more classes like this one from the teacher.
  • Anonymous
    I wanted to learn to program and I did it! Excellent course lectures and labs to force me to do the work. I asked a lot of questions to the professor but I got through it!

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