Introduction to Computer Science I

Course Level 1: Introductory

Estimated Study Time: 50-55 hours

Course Number: CS101

Offered by: Saylor Academy

The following excerpt is from Saylor Academy’s course listing:

This course will introduce you to the field of computer science and the fundamentals of computer programming. CS101 is specifically designed for students with no prior programming experience, and touches upon a variety of fundamental topics. This course uses Java to demonstrate those topics. Java is a high-level, portable, and well-constructed computer programming language developed by Sun Microsystems (now Oracle).

We begin this course with a brief history of software development, and show how human thought and computer programming are related. We build upon these general concepts to cover object-oriented programming terminology such as objects, classes, inheritance, and polymorphism. During this process, we use Java to show how those fundamentals are implemented in a real programming language. We do this by demonstrating Java’s primitive data types, relational operators, control statements, exception handling, and file input/output.

By the end of the course, you will understand the basics of computer science and the Java programming language. The principles you learn here will be developed further as you progress through the computer science discipline.


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