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Learn to Program: The Fundamentals

University of Toronto Online Course Highlights
  • 7 weeks long
  • 4-8 hours per week
  • Learn for FREE, Upgradable
  • Self-Paced
  • Taught by: Jennifer Campbell, Paul Gries
  • View Course Syllabus

Behind every mouse click and touch-screen tap, there is a computer program that makes things happen. This course introduces the fundamental building blocks of programming and teaches you how to write fun and useful programs using the Python language.

There are many people out there who have this passion of learning how they can write fun and useful programs that can be used worldwide. But becoming a programmer is not that easy as some may think it is. It requires a lot of hard work, attention, sharp mind, brain storming and a lot of patience as writing a program is a difficult task. So for all those people who have this passion of writing programs, we have this amazing course named “Learn to program: The fundamentals”. Through this course a person will take a first step into making his career as a programmer. There will be a number of skills that will be taught in this course like Python syntax and semantics, computer programming, python programming, introduction to fundamentals of Python, what procedure is followed when creating a function, what is Boolean and how to use Boolean expressions, what are different loops and much more. The course contains different modules and each module has different set of instructions for a learner to follow. By the end of this course, a learner will be able to have a grip over all the concepts of programming.

Who should take this course?

This course can be taken by all those people who are interested in learning to program. The course has an elaborated set of instructions as to how Python language can be used in making different programs. If you are a beginner then now is the time for you to take this course as the course has what you need to make your concepts get strong. By taking this course, a beginner can fully understand python programming language, computer programming and much more and then he can take his understanding to a next level. And as for those who have experience in this field, taking this course can help them improve their skills and techniques and can also teach them a bunch of new skills in the way. So we can say that whether you are a complete beginner who has no prior knowledge of programming, or a person who has some prior knowledge of programming or maybe some professional who has a lot of experience in this field but needs to polish his skills, taking this course can help each of them according to their need.

Social proof:

A social proof contains all the comments and views that users have given about this course. The section contains honest opinions from different users. By reading these comments, it can give an idea about the course to other users and can help them decide whether buying this course is worthy enough or not.

5-star rating:

I am a total beginner to this field and I had no prior knowledge of programming but this course turned out to be amazing.

I had no prior knowledge of what programming is but I had interest in this field so I took this course and it turned out really well for me. I have only completed 2 weeks and have gained so much from it. Hoping to learn more skills after completing the course.

An excellent course, showing what is possible for basic instruction in computer programming in the MOOC format.

This is an amazing course that has all the basic information in it regarding computer programming. I was able to learn a lot of things from this course about the MOOC format too.

Explanation regrading Python visualizer is really helpful. I had some ambiguities about it but now they are cleared.

I have prior knowledge of Python and was having some difficulties about Python visualizer. But this course had a very thorough explanation about Python visualizer that cleared my ambiguities very clearly. Thanks to this course, my concepts are very much cleared now.

The lectures are clear and interesting, the quiz material tests and the three programming assignments were very helpful.

The course has a number of lectures in it that are very clear, precise and easy to understand. The assignments given in the course were also very helpful especially the three programming assignments, these turned out to be very much helpful and interesting to solve.

A great course for beginners! Both the instructors were evidently skilled and knew how to explain the course content in a simple yet understandable manner.

I would say that being a beginner, I found this course to be very explanatory and it seemed like the instructors have made this course just for beginners like us who are just starting their career in this field. Everything in the course was very informative and useful for a beginner to develop a strong understanding of python and programming right from the scratch.

This was a great learning experience for programming. I have acquired a great foundation for future programming courses and to go deeper into programming.

With the help of this course, my understanding about programming has become even stronger and now I have enough information to be able to take further courses like this and take my understanding to an advance level.

An amazing course, learned the fundamentals of programming with python and the best is that they go straight to the point and teach the essentials! Amazing teachers!

The teachers of this course are really amazing. They don’t stroll you around instead they go straight to the point and teach you all the essential concepts. I really admire this way of teaching.

A good beginning to the programming world.

This is a very interesting course that has a very strong concepts to teach regarding how to program. If anyone is looking for a way to learn how to program then taking this course might be the right option for you. The course is super easy to follow and lots of nicely tricky questions. Would love more programming assignments though.

Very well structured and planned. Enjoyed it all the way to the end.

I really enjoyed the course till the end. The structure of this course is very amazing and organized and would definitely recommend it for beginners who are hoping to learn the basics to python.

Really admire the way that the course has been executed.

The instructors have explained how Python steps through the code as it’s executed, which is often not explained by others, and help you understand it from the CS side as well.

4 star rating:

I finished the course while working full time. The course does demand at least 4 hours of hard work every week but it was all worth it. When you finish it, you will know.

I have a full time job and still I took this course, but the course is so engaging that I had to put in at least 4 hours per week but the course was so interesting that I managed to complete it and was able to learn so much from it.

Excellent professor and easy way of teaching I would definitely recommend this course.

This is a type of course that must be recommended to all those people who are interested in this field. The way of teaching is very simple and understanding. And one can easily learn so much from it.

The best introduction to Python I’ve seen. It provides a really clear understanding of how it all fits together.

I have really enjoyed learning from the course. I had no programming experience in any language, and I felt comfortable with the pace and rigor of the assignments. Instruction was clear and the mentor in the forum was very responsive.

3 star rating:

This course is not for absolute beginners. Even though I passed every exam and assignment, I found this course extremely difficult.

By completing this course, I was able to understand that this is not very much suitable for a complete beginner who has no prior knowledge of programming. If one has prior knowledge of programming, it will become a little easy for a person to be able to learn from this course.

2 and 1 star rating:

Videos and instructors are good but not enough practice exercises and the interface is frustrating.

The course was good, videos and way of teaching of the instructors was also helping but the practice exercises were not that helping and enough in quantity.


Let us now discuss some of the alternatives that can be taken against this course. These alternatives can help a student to choose according to his need. We are going to give a brief introduction to the alternatives that can give learners an idea about what the courses are.

Introduction to computer science:

This course aims to teach learners what a computer actually does and how it does different things. As we all know that there are millions of people out there who have access to a computer but among them, there are very few people who actually know the methodology behind it. So this course aims to teach people how a computer works. This is a 2 to 4 months long course and contains a number of lectures in it that can help learners to develop a strong base of computer sciences and how it works. What is logic and computational thinking, introduction to Python, fundamentals of analytic logic, how logic is related to computer science, what are different functions, loop, and conditionals in Python, how to process different files and what good can be done from them and much more will be taught in this course? The rating of this course is very appealing and both the instructors have a lot of experience in this field and have tried to be as elaborative as possible so that learners can fully understand the fundamentals of a computer. So if you think that this course can help you better with programming then click on the below link to get further details.

Introduction to computer science and programming using Python:

This course can help a learner whether he is a total beginner or an advanced professional to use computer and to be able to think computationally and write a number of programs that can help to tackle different problems. As said earlier, any problem can be solved or any task can be done with the help of a computer. So this course serves the purpose. There will be a number of things that a learner will learn from this course like what are different data structures, what are algorithms, what is testing and debugging, what is python programming language, a notion of computation and much more. By taking just this one course, a person will be able to understand not only just computer sciences, but also about python programming language and its usage. Hence we can say that this course can be a turning point for so many programmers and learners out there. So click on the below link and take this course now.


We can conclude our topic by saying that in order to become capable of writing programs, it is very important for a person to have a solid background of computer sciences and coding. Without that, a person will never be able to write programs that are worthy. By taking this course, a person can get a chance to learn a bunch if skills regarding computer programming, python programming and many other that can help a person to become capable of writing programs. The course contains a number of lectures and assignments and quizzes that can help a learner to clear his concepts. The instructors Jennifer Campbell and Paul Gries have done an amazing job in making this course and they have tried to be as explanative as possible so that all of the concepts are explained properly for a learner. The rating of this course is 4.7 and more than 1 lack twenty thousand students have been enrolled in this course. So if you think that this course is what you need then click on the take this course button now.

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