Take Introduction to Programming with Python online at your own pace

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Course description

In this course, you will learn the basics of computer programming from data types, to creating classes, to algorithms and testing. You will learn these concepts while diving deep into the syntax of Python as your core programming language. The course culminates in the chance to design and build a project that answers a need or goal that you determine.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 11 Challenges (formative assessments), 3 Milestones (summative assessments), and 1 Touchstone (project-based assessment) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

<ul><li>Describe the steps a programmer goes through to tackle a new problem. <br></li><li>Recall the most common data types and how to create and use them in a program. <br></li><li>Insert conditional statements and functions into a program. <br></li><li>Create and manipulate lists and other common data collection types.<br></li><li>Use loops to repeat steps either a fixed number of times or dynamically based on conditions. <br></li><li>Develop and test complex functions including special Python functions. <br></li><li>Write the code for a basic class. <br></li><li>Remember the situations where inheritance and scope will affect a program’s operations. <br></li><li>Use modules and files to add functionality and data to a program. <br></li><li>Plan an algorithm for an original program. <br></li><li>Code and test an original program based on a prepared algorithm.</li></ul>

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