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Georgia Institute of Technology

Computing in Python IV: Objects & Algorithms

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Overview

Complete your introductory knowledge of computer science with this final course on objects and algorithms. Now that you've learned about complex control structures and data structures, learn to develop programs that more intuitively leverage your natural understanding of problems through object-oriented programming. Then, learn to analyze the complexity and efficiency of these programs through algorithms. In addition, certify your broader knowledge of Introduction to Computing with a comprehensive exam.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to write programs in Python that leverage your more natural understanding of data structures by creating objects to represent the structures you work with most often. For example, if you were creating a class roster application, you'll learn how to create an object representing a student's name, ID number, and attendance record. Then, you'll be able to create applications that leverage sorting and searching algorithms to sort that roster alphabetically, search for a particular student, and evaluate the efficiency of both those operations.

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. These exercises count for 20% of your grade. Then, after each major chapter, you'll complete a problem set of collected, more challenging problems. These count for 40% of your grade. Finally, you'll complete a final course exam, which counts for the remaining 40% of your grade.

Syllabus

Chapter 1. Objects. Working with instances of complex data types or defining your own, like creating a class to represent a video game character, a class syllabus, or an item for sale.

Chapter 2. Algorithms. Creating complex code for searching in large lists or sorting lists of data, and analyzing code for its complexity.

Chapter 3. Course Recap. A comprehensive review of the Xseries as a whole, leading into the final exam.

Taught by

David Joyner

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Reviews

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  • Wim Leys 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...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    I finished this course, and the CS1301 Xseries as a whole. It gives a great overview of all concepts of programming, after the course, you are capable of going further in any area of programming. The language python is great for beginners, it is quite...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course and professional certificate as a whole has been excellent. David Joyner, the instructor, is really good at explaining concepts that can be very confusing in a simple and understandable way. I think the series was really solid as a whole,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have completed this and the four previous Computing in Python courses. Usually do each one in a day or two. I have found the content to be very well explained and I have learned quite a bit during the "free" outline. However, I have seen many errors,...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have taken this course, as well as the previous 3 courses to complete the GTx CS1301xIV Computing in Python. This is the first course I have taken online, enjoyed and completed. The course itself is well structured, with a book in pdf format, good,...
  • Anonymous
    I started this program(4 courses) with absolutely zero knowledge of programming or coding. Now, after completing this program, I am very confident of my basic understanding of Python and programming as a whole. I give my credit to the intelligent design...
  • Anonymous
    I audited the class because I am currently a broke graduate, but the teaching alone was amazing. Many courses say they are for beginners and you realise pretty quickly that they assume you know certain things. David Joyner does not do that at all, he explains every single terminology and repeats them throughout the course. I would 100 per cent recommend this course to any and everyone, and if you have the money to have the full experience of this course, PLEASE DO IT!!!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is the fourth part of the edx program Introduction to Python Programming. I started this program without any prior experience in programming and after successfully completed it i would like to share my experience and give an honest review. The...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is the 4th and final module of the GTx offering CS1301. I have tried to teach myself Python and basic computer science concepts multiple times over the past few years - each time abandoning the effort after a few weeks due to a lack of structured...
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    Daniel Dario Duran Jimenez
    I have completed the entire CS1301 Xseries and I can say that without a doubt they have been one of the best courses I have taken and that they have given me great academic satisfaction. I have to say that as a mechanical engineering student, I really...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    VALID CERTIFICATE ID: ab7dd0070fbc447f9d2ee0c6af8f26eb DATE: 2019/06/29 Hello everyone! I apreciate for all the people who put their "time & soul" in that course (special thanks to David Joyner)! Today I passed a verified exam and I'm happy about that. Entire...
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed the course, the theory is well explained and the exercises are also great. I really liked that some problems came back again in a different form. It wasn't boring as the exercise wasn't the same but gave me the opportunity to think more...
  • Mark Schwarman

    Mark Schwarman completed this course.

    This course is the fourth in a series. The first three provide the mechanics of Python. This course is more "Pythonic" with the inclusion of slightly more advanced concepts. Object Oriented Programming is introduced. Overall, excellent as an introduction....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This professional certificate program on Introduction to python programming is one of the best program that I have taken so far. It really helps me to get strong understanding about the python programming language. The lecture sequences delivered here...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have found in this course what I was looking for - I was playing with a thought about changing my career path to programming in my head for a while, but didnt know where to start? I think this was really good choice. It is selfpaced (for employed person...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    Generally, the course was pretty good. I learned quite a bit coming in with zero Python experience. The only hiccup was that if you ever got stuck on a problem, there was no real way to get the right answer other than to just keep trying, trying again, trying again, etc. In classroom based courses, you could just take a zero on the question and an instructor would give you the answer so you could at least see how to do it - not here. There were more than a few times where Google, StackExchange, etc. were more handy than the course videos, Slack channel, etc. in solving a problem. Made it through everything, but more than a few times I spent 4-6 hours trying to figure out one problem which was more than a bit frustrating.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was challenging but really well thought-out and good to learn from. I feel a lot more accomplished having completed the entire online program (of all 4 courses) and glad to have learnt from this.

    There are time you feel like you can't solve the problem but in the end using the notes from the lessons, you can.

    Out of all the online programs teaching python, this is the best one to start of from, as straight away it challenges you and engages you in computational thinking and more. Also the ending of the 4th course really nice and supportive for those looking to continue and specialise.

    Thank you so much to the creators (especially David) for putting so much thought and effort into this.
  • Anonymous
    I took all four of the courses in GT's Computing in Python series. The entire course was outstanding: Excellent explanations, bite-sized videos that were easy to go through, lots of exercises and the problem sets were fantastic. The practice test questions were very tough but educational. The final test questions felt almost on the easy side, although I think that's just evidence of really understanding and being able to deploy the tools we learned throughout the courses.

    Regarding IV specifically, there were possibly a few more issues with videos not quite playing right or not, but minimal overall. Overall this has been by far the best course I've taken on any platform. Highly recommended.
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    Олег Забугин

    Олег Забугин completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a great introductory course on advanced topics of algorithms/object-oriented-programming. I had a solid previous programming experience before taking this course (not Python, though), but I still found this course extremely useful for me and here why.

    David presents the material in the best possible way for full mental digestion, starting with the very basic concepts and developing them one step at a time, using a lot of examples and analogies. This really helps to fully grasp the concepts, not only remember the rules. This approach really helped me to fill in the gaps I had in understanding of several.

    I wish my mathematics and programming classes were like these!
  • Neville A. Cross

    Neville A. Cross is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I finished the course material and have read all the final programming task and questions. This course provided me with a great overview of object oriented programming. I wish there was another course with advance topics. This course requires focus, but it is not difficult. I took this course because I wanted to learn Python. This course explain why you program the way you do, not just how to do it. As I lack programming background this was what I really needed. I highly recommend the whole series of courses from David Joyner and Georgia Tech to learn how to program with python. Avoid at all cost any crash courses if you do not know how to program.

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