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Beginner Level

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Hours to complete

Approx. 25 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 7-10 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Turkish, Chinese (Simplified)

Skills you will gain

Python Syntax And SemanticsLogic ProgrammingPython ProgrammingObject-Oriented Programming (OOP)
Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 25 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 7-10 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Turkish, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Week 5 - Mouse input, list methods, dictionaries

Read mouse input, learn about list methods and dictionaries, draw images...
Reading
10 videos (Total 111 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
Video10 videos
Mouse input12m
List Methods11m
List Examples11m
Iteration12m
Dictionaries12m
Images11m
Visualizing Iteration13m
Programming Tips - 510m
Mini-project Video12m
Reading4 readings
Practice Exercises for Mouse and List Methods (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Dictionaries and Images (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 5a18m
Quiz 5b18m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Week 6 - Classes and object-oriented programming

Learn the basics of object-oriented programming in Python using classes, work with tiled images...
Reading
8 videos (Total 95 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Object-oriented Programming - 28m
Working with Objects13m
Classes for Blackjack11m
Tiled Images15m
Visualizing Objects8m
Programming Tips - 613m
Mini-project Video14m
Reading5 readings
Practice Exercises for Classes (part 1) (optional)10m
Practice Exercise for Avatar class (optional)10m
Practice Exercises for Classes (part 2) (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 6a16m
Quiz 6b16m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 7 - Basic game physics, sprites

Understand the math of acceleration and friction, work with sprites, add sound to your game...
Reading
6 videos (Total 76 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Spaceship Class7m
Sound5m
Sprite Class14m
Programming Tips - 720m
Mini-project Video13m
Reading3 readings
Practice Exercises for Sprites and Sound (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quiz 7a14m
Quiz 7b18m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 8 - Sets and animation

Learn about sets in Python, compute collisions between sprites, animate sprites...
Reading
7 videos (Total 71 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Sets11m
Collisions for Sprites13m
Sprite Animation12m
Programming Tips - 84m
Mini-project Video8m
Beyond CodeSkulptor15m
Class Wrap-up4m
Reading3 readings
Practice Exercises for Sets and Collisions (optional)10m
Mini-project Description10m
Code Clinic Tips10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 818m
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Top Reviews

By ISJun 23rd 2016

This course is the best course I have ever taken. It covers all the topics very well. And importantly I love the treat at the end of every week. The ultimate showdown between the two best instructors.

By NAJun 18th 2016

lectures were pretty clear, and the game projects were a very smart way to keep learning fun and challenging. Code clinics were very useful and gave me the push I needed to do everything on myown.

Instructors

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Joe Warren

Professor
Computer Science
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Scott Rixner

Professor
Computer Science
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John Greiner

Lecturer
Department of Computer Science
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Stephen Wong

Lecturer
Computer Science

About Rice University

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About the Fundamentals of Computing Specialization

This Specialization covers much of the material that first-year Computer Science students take at Rice University. Students learn sophisticated programming skills in Python from the ground up and apply these skills in building more than 20 fun projects. The Specialization concludes with a Capstone exam that allows the students to demonstrate the range of knowledge that they have acquired in the Specialization....
Fundamentals of Computing

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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