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

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): May 4—Jun 8
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: May 6
Unit: 1
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Amit Bihari
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
May 4—Jun 8
6 weeks
Refund Date
May 6
1 Unit
Amit Bihari
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In today’s world, computer science touches almost every aspect of life. This course is 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 deliver 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 appropriate for beginners, not for those with prior programming experience. Students are required to bring a fully charged laptop computer to class.

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Amit Bihari has over 20 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.