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Computing in Python I: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming

Georgia Institute of Technology via edX

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Overview

This course starts from the beginning, covering the basics of how a computer interprets lines of code; how to write programs, evaluate their output, and revise the code itself; how to work with variables and their changing values; and how to use mathematical, boolean, and relational operators.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to write small programs in Python that use variables, mathematical operators, and logical operators. For example, you could write programs that carry out complex mathematical operations, like calculating the interest rate necessary to reach a savings goal, recommending apparel options based on weather patterns, or calculating a grade based on multiple percentages.

Structurally, the course is comprised of several parts. Instruction is delivered via a series of short (2-3 minute) videos. In between those videos, you'll complete both multiple choice questions and coding problems to demonstrate your knowledge of the material that was just covered.

Syllabus

Chapter 1: Computing. The fundamentals of how computers work, what program code is, and how to get setup for the rest of the course.

Chapter 2: Programming.  The basic principles of computer programming: writing and running code, evaluating results, and compiling vs. executing.

Chapter 3: Debugging. The common results of running program code, and how to use those results to inform revision of your code.

Chapter 4: Procedural Programming. The fundamental approach to program code: writing sequences of lines of code that run in order to accomplish an objective.

Chapter 5: Variables. Creating and modifying variables, tracing how their values may change as a program runs, and understanding the role of data types.

Chapter 6: Logical Operators. Working with relational (greater than, less than, equal to) and logical (and, or, not) operators to make decisions in code.

Chapter 7: Mathematical Operators. Adding addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, modulus, and exponents to your code, and seeing how they work with unexpected data types.

Taught by

David Joyner

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Wim L
5.0 3 months ago
by Wim completed this course, spending 35 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I have programmed - without taking any course - in Python 2.x more than 10 years ago (and I forgot most of it). I am interested in data science and was looking for a Python course as a first step up. I was also looking at an introductory programming course suitable for my kids; Python is perfect for that.

I have followed all 4 "Computing in Python"- courses, and I feel ready now to take on more advanced Python courses or books.

Each course is divided in 4 chapters, each chapter ends with an "exam", the course ends with a final exam. Each course took about a week to …
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really enjoyed this class - the use of the interactive textbook, coding challenges, and multiple-choice quizzes were perfect. I'm also a big fan of how Georgia Tech does not do terribly long video instruction - they break it up into bite-sized chunks of information that make it easier to consume information and stay engaged with the material. Highly recommend the class and look forward to taking more in the Python CS1301 series.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I am a super beginner at coding. This made me want to pull my hair out at times, but like boolean logic puzzles, keeping at it paid off. I have no real coding support network to fall back on, but I figured things out eventually, occasionally searching the web for answers on specific tasks, such as how to turn a single digit number into a double digit by adding zeros in front. Downloading the book and running it through an application to add a table of contents to the book was really helpful. I tried a couple of different methods of answering the online book questions, but ultimately ran thro…
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The combination of instruction via videos and reading, partnered with many assessments along the way help this course stand above many others that teach the same or similar content. Great Class!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I took this course on edX as someone almost completely new to programming languages. I've learn basic C++ and HTML around 8 years ago, but I've forgotten all of it. The progress of the course is very comfortable and is really helpful to set a good foundation for new programmers. The practices along the way also helps solidify concepts that they teach. I am looking forward to subsequent python courses! For someone who is working part-time, just an hour everyday is sufficient to complete this course in a few weeks. For people who can commit a couple days, I believe 4 days would be enough to cover the entire course.
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Danica S
4.0 2 months ago
by Danica completed this course.
If you have any programming background this is a pretty easy course to move through. While I've never used python before, I currently use SQL on a regular basis for work. Because of this, I already understood many of the core principals of programming, so it was a matter of me learning how to apply it using python. Would definitely recommend this course for those looking to get their feet wet in python. Even without any programming experience, I feel the way in which the content is explained makes learning the tool pretty accessible.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I began this course with programming experience in JavaScript. While a lot of the concepts were the same, it was really nice reviewing them in such an accessible format. The videos were clear with well thought-out analogies and the textbook really allows you to skim and answer questions at your own pace. This course is great for beginners or those interested in learning Python syntax. I'm looking forward to taking the remaining courses.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I took this course on the audited track so did not have access to the full practice problems nor final proctored test. I found the material very well explained, clear and easy to follow. I enjoyed the class very much and found it a very good intro into computing and python.

My only points for improvement would be to have more code writing exercises to do as these were the most interesting and meant we were really practicing.
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Neville C
5.0 3 months ago
Neville completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This is a very easy way to learn how to program using Python. This is not a crash course for learning Python. This is a very good introduction to programming. I tried several times to learn Python and failed because many programmer like "the hard way", which may be good if you already know how to program. I highly recommend this series from David Joyner and Georgia Tech. It is well explained and have good exercises.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course taught me important fundamental programming concepts in Python.

I feel quite accomplished having completed it!

I'm excited to begin the next course in this series and I know these skills will help me achieve my future goals and develop my computer science abilities!

Thanks to all who helped develop these courses, offering such valuable resources in an open, accessible, and affordable platform!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent content and presentation. The only problem I had was the class "engine" several times the system did not keep track of where I left off after a given session. I started tracking where I left off so I could manually restart in the correct place if the system misplaced me. Other than that, I'll be starting the next class tomorrow!
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The class is great for very beginners or people who never had any programming experience. I ended up scanning thru, but Dr. Joyner does an awesome job explaining the concept in a very simple way and with reasonable examples. Moving to the next class level with huge doze of impatience.
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Anonymous
4.0 6 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Some coding problems at the end of the lessons are a bit confusing. As the instructions have not been given on how to solve such problems. For example - the problems for calculating the difference between given time.
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Anonymous
3.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I love this course. I gave only 3 stars because I couldn’t open so many videos from my smartphone, so

I just skipped them. I would really appreciate it if you would make a mobile version. Thank you for the course ☺️
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The videos are clear, brief, and informative. The practice problems are gradually incrementally more difficult and provide immediate positive feedback for both successful and unsuccessful attempts for the desired code.
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Anonymous
4.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Basic course but well outlined and with enough resources to make exercise.

It follows the ancient Latin principle of Repetita Iuvat giving you the opportunity to make the concepts your own.

Basic but well done.
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Myroslava H
5.0 3 months ago
Myroslava completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A good course to start with Python. At the beginning it's more theoretical, but later there were interesting practical tasks. I also liked Smartbook, which helps to work with information and do tests.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed the course as the instructor clearly explained concepts and gave relatable examples to help foster the learning processs. For me, as a newbie in programming, I needed this:). Thank you.:)
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
David does a great job explaining the fundamentals in an engaging and clear way. The additional resources also help expand on the teachings and providing different approaches of learning.
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Mkdn M
5.0 2 months ago
Mkdn completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Extremely well explained course. Thoroughly enjoyed!

Don't look for any other "Intro to computing+python course".

I looked a lot, tried a few and this is by far the best.
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