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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Feb 20
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Unit: 1
Tuition: $475
Instructor(s): Amit Bihari
Limit: 26
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 16—Feb 20
6 weeks
Drop By
Jan 29
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 browserbased 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 problems.

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

Amit Bihari, Business Analysis and Quality Assurance 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.