Have you ever wished you knew how to program, but had no idea where to start from? This course will teach you how to program in Scratch, an easy to use visual programming language. More importantly, it will introduce you to the fundamental principles of computing and it will help you think like a software engineer.
Computer programs are everywhere: from coffee machines and MP3 players, to spaceships and medical robots. But just like astronomy is more than simply using telescopes, Computer Science is more than simply using computers. It’s about programming computers to tell them precisely what to do. Coding is an invaluable skill that helps people think computationally, and hence effectively solve problems within and outside computer science. It is also creative and fun, allowing you, for instance, to build computer games to play with your friends.
This course will introduce you to computer programming with Scratch, one of the easiest to use programming languages. You will create computer programs by plugging graphical coding blocks together, for example to create animations, build games and construct interactive stories.
But this course is much more than an introduction to Scratch. It will teach you how to think like a programmer, a computer scientist, a software engineer! It will introduce you to the fundamental principles of computing, and prompt you to think around topics like algorithm design, user interaction, code reusability and generalisation of solutions.
You will learn all this through in-depth, hands-on examples, interviews with computing experts, fun quizzes and creative projects. By the end of this course you will be equipped with a solid understanding of the foundations of computing, allowing you to move to different programming languages or take a more advanced programming course in the future.
NOTE: This course is also given in Spanish: https://www.coursera.org/course/aprogramar
Week 1: Your first computer program
Week 2: Code gone loopy
Week 3: Remixing games
Week 4: Reusing your code
Week 5: Think like a software engineer
The course consists of around 1 hour of lecture each week, delivered as short videos supported by slides and code examples. Each video contains optional integrated quiz questions to help you verify that you have correctly understood new concepts. Feature videos of interviews with computer scientists and non-computer scientists reflecting on each week’s topic are also included. Weekly quizzes and peer-graded programming projects will equip you with hands-on programming experience. Finally, you will have the opportunity to use the discussion forum to interact with and learn from each other.
I know nothing about programming. Can I still take this class?
Yes. This course is intended for people who have never programmed before, and it is a step-by-step, gentle introduction to programming for everyone.
What will I achieve by the end of this course?
This course will allow you to:
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