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This Principles of Computing (Part 2) two-part offered by Coursera in partnership with Rice University introduces the basic mathematical and programming principles that underlie much of Computer Science. 

Understanding these principles is crucial to the process of creating efficient and well-structured solutions for computational problems.  To get hands-on experience working with these concepts, we will use the Python programming language. 

The main focus of the class will be weekly mini-projects that build upon the mathematical and programming principles that are taught in the class. To keep the class fun and engaging, many of the projects will involve working with strategy-based games.

In part 2 of this course,  the programming portion of the class will focus on concepts such as recursion, assertions, and invariants. The mathematical portion of the class will focus on searching, sorting, and recursive data structures.  

Upon completing this course, you will have a solid foundation in the principles of computation and programming.  This will prepare you for the next course in the specialization, which will begin to introduce a structured approach to developing and analyzing algorithms.  

Developing such algorithmic thinking skills will be critical to writing large scale software and solving real world computational problems.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description
      • Approx. 19 hours to complete
      • Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 7-10 hours/week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Searching and Data Structures
  • Recursion
  • Trees
  • Modeling, Assertions, and Invariants

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


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