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CS 01 — A Gentle Introduction to Programming for Non-Programmers

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 2—May 7
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 15
Unit: 1
Tuition: $395
Instructor(s): Amit Bihari
Limit: 26
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 2—May 7
6 weeks
Drop By
Apr 15
1 Unit
Amit Bihari
In today’s world, computer science touches almost every aspect of life, and it’s at the heart of what many software companies do here in Silicon Valley. This course will provide a gentle introduction to coding for anyone—with or without a technical background—who has a healthy interest in understanding the basics of programming.

The course will give students an overview of programming concepts, using Python and a browser-based programming platform that does not require any software installation on students’ computers. Topics covered will include input/output data, data types, math/logic operators, branching, graphics, looping, searching, and sorting. Students will work on projects in a hands-on way, and software industry veterans will offer guest lectures to the class. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the basics of Python, communicate in coding language with peers and colleagues, and apply what they have learned to solving everyday programming problems.

This course is designed for beginners, not for those with prior programming experience. Students are required to bring a fully charged Mac or Windows-based laptop computer to class.

Amit Bihari, IT Manager, Stanford

Amit Bihari has over twenty years of experience working in the software industry. Prior to Stanford, he worked at Oracle as a principal software engineer in the database server technology division. His primary interests include object-oriented programming, Python/Java programming, network security, software quality assurance, business analysis, and enterprise research systems. Bihari received an MS in computer science from Western Michigan University.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.