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CS 52 W — Beginning Programming: Javascript

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Nov 18
Drop Deadline: Oct 4
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $480
Limit: 26
Sep 26—Nov 18
8 weeks
Drop By
Oct 4
1 Units

JavaScript is a dynamic scripting language that is extensively used to create web pages and web applications. It is also used to add highly responsive interfaces, validate forms, add dynamic functionality, communicate with web servers, and act as a server-side language. In this course, students will gain a fundamental understanding of JavaScript that will be applicable to other programming languages. Students will learn language basics (syntax, data types, operators), variables, scope, memory, control flow structures, functions, the document object model, the browser object model, object-oriented programming, and events. By the end of the course, students will be able to write and build a program using JavaScript and figure out how to solve a problem in a programmatic way.

No programming experience is necessary.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 26 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Eli Lev, Technology Manager, Stanford Continuing Studies

Eli Lev received an MSEE from Johns Hopkins and has developed software for various government and private sector projects. He has taught continuing education courses at UC San Diego, Foothill College, and Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Eric T. Freeman and Elisabeth Robson, Head First JavaScript Programming, 1st Edition (ISBN 144934013X)