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CS101: Computer Science 101

Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx

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  • Provider Stanford OpenEdx
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate Certificate Available
  • Effort 4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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CS101 teaches the essential ideas of Computer Science for a zero-prior-experience audience. Computers can appear very complicated, but in reality, computers work within just a few, simple patterns. CS101 demystifies and brings those patterns to life, which is useful for anyone using computers today.

In CS101, students play and experiment with short bits of "computer code" to bring to life to the power and limitations of computers. Everything works within the browser, so there is no extra software to download or install. CS101 also provides a general background on computers today: what is a computer, what is hardware, what is software, what is the internet. No previous experience is required other than the ability to use a web browser.

Taught by

Nick Parlante

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Reviews for Stanford OpenEdx's CS101: Computer Science 101
4.1 Based on 16 reviews

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S. J
5.0 12 months ago
S. completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Even if I can be considered as an advanced computer user (I can install an OS, create web pages...), I realize that I have learned much more than I expected with this course. It brought me answers to questions I could not even imagine, especially for the pictures manipulation topic. I strongly recommend it, especially if you are an autodidact.
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Keith O
5.0 4 years ago
Keith completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was an excellent course. It covered hardware, software, programming, networking and security. The instructor taught the course in a manner that was not too geeky. Although the lecture using the Ocilloscope was pushing it.
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Cd C
4.0 6 months ago
by Cd completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
If you're looking for an intro to CS then this is the class for you. However, if you know anything about computers, programming, or the internet, this class will be a breeze for you.
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Emmanuel A
5.0 a week ago
Emmanuel completed this course, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I thought this was a great introduction to Computer Science. It covered topics from basic code to how computer hardware works. I found the instructor did a great job of breaking down the principles into digestible and useful bits.
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Rafael C
1.0 4 years ago
Rafael completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Level is too low. Basically, if you've been using a computer and know anything about coding *at all* you won't benefit from this course. It would be the kind of course you would recommend to your grandmother (yes, really). Unless you know literally nothing about computers, you should not do it.
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