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Introduction to Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science
Microsoft Online Course Highlights
  • 2-4 months long
  • 38 – 52 hours of effort
  • Learn for FREE, Up-gradable
  • Self-Paced
  • Taught by: Eric Camplin, Paul Pardi
  • View Course Syllabus

Online Course Details:

Millions of people use computers every day but few understand how computers do what they do. Even if you don’t plan to be a professional programmer, you’ll benefit from understanding the very basics of digital machines and from learning to write basic programs in a managed but powerful environment. By understanding how a computer works and learning to think logically, you’ll write better programs and be able to troubleshoot technical problems more easily.

This Professional Certificate will start you at the absolute beginning teaching you about the fundamental binary language of modern computers. You’ll learn about the Turing Machine—a model for the digital computer. You’ll also learn the basics of analytic logic and how learning and applying basic principles of logic can help you both work with and work on technical solutions. You’ll work in a managed environment and learn to code your very first program in Python – a powerful but simple programming language used by app developers and data scientists.

You’ll be able to monitor your progress through regular assessments and hands-on projects will give you the foundational experiences you need to understand modern digital machines. The exercises and assessments will help you continually evaluate your learning and help you focus on the areas where you need to improve your skills. The courses in this certificate program will provide you with a solid foundation for working with computers in any field.

This program is part of the Microsoft Professional Program in Entry-Level Software Development.

Job Outlook:

  • Junior software developer focusing on automation and test
  • Junior technical writer
  • Junior technical program manager


Introduction to Python: Absolute Beginner
  • 3–4 hours per week, for 5 weeks
  • In this course that’s perfect for true beginners, learn Python basics and start coding right away.
Logic and Computational Thinking
  • 2–3 hours per week, for 4 weeks
  • Build a solid foundation for programming by learning basic logic and exploring how logic forms the foundation of computer programs.
Introduction to Python: Fundamentals
  • 3–4 hours per week, for 5 weeks
  • Build on what you learned in the “Introduction to Python: Absolute Beginner” course, and dig into data structure basics.

What you will learn:

  • Fundamentals of analytic logic
  • How logic relates to computer science
  • How to write basic programs in Python
  • Functions, loops, and conditionals in Python
  • How to process files

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