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Specialization
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Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Skills you will gain

RecursionAlgorithmsPython ProgrammingTree (Data Structure)
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Searching and Data Structures

This week, we will explain the importance of searching. We will also explore various data structures and learn about inheritance....
Reading
11 videos (Total 104 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video11 videos
The Importance of Searching 2m
Generators7m
Stacks and Queues 9m
Inheritance 13m
Grid Class12m
Grid search9m
Mini-project Video9m
CodeSkulptor (optional video from our previous class)11m
Saving in CodeSkulptor (optional video from our previous class)9m
Beyond CodeSkulptor (optional video from our previous class)15m
Reading6 readings
Mini-project Description10m
Math Notes on Growth Rates of Functions10m
Math Notes on Grid Representations10m
Math Notes on Breadth-First Search10m
Practice Activity - Sorting strings10m
Practice Activity - Working with Distance Fields10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Homework 120m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Recursion

This week, we will explain the importance of recursion....
Reading
7 videos (Total 79 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Recursion 14m
Binary Search 14m
Visualizing Recursion 11m
Recurrences12m
Reading Files 8m
Mini-project Video13m
Reading5 readings
Mini-project Description10m
Math Notes on Recurrence Relations10m
Practice Activity - Recursion10m
Practice Activity - Binary representations for numbers10m
Practice Activity - Visualizing recurrences10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Homework 220m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Trees

This week, we will explain the importance of trees. We will also explore how to set up game trees so that we can efficiently search them....
Reading
6 videos (Total 51 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Lambda 6m
Trees12m
Illustration of Trees 7m
Minimax10m
Mini-project Video11m
Reading6 readings
Mini-project Description10m
TTTBoard Class10m
Math Notes on Trees10m
Math Notes on Minimax10m
Practice Activity - Nim (Tree search)10m
Practice Activity - Drawing trees10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Homework 320m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Modeling, Assertions, and Invariants

This week, we will explain the importance of modeling. We will also explore how to use assertions and invariants to ensure that our models are always consistent and correct....
Reading
7 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Assertions 7m
Invariants13m
Modeling 11m
Software Development 14m
Mini-project Video11m
What is Algorithmic Thinking? 9m
Reading4 readings
The Basics of the Fifteen Puzzle10m
Mini-project Description10m
Math Notes on Invariants10m
Practice Activity - Solitaire Tantrix10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Homework 420m
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Top Reviews

By IBJun 12th 2017

Phew, this course was much harder than the preceding courses. Some assignments took many hours of work over several days. But it's doable, and well worth it.

By AMJan 13th 2017

If I wanted to learn programming from scratch, I'd take this specialization. They are great teachers and the recursion section was extremely helpful.

Instructors

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Scott Rixner

Professor
Computer Science
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Joe Warren

Professor
Computer Science
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Luay Nakhleh

Associate Professor
Computer Science; Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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