Programming lets us solve a variety of problems using the computer. C is a powerful programming language that also served as the starting point for Java, C++, and C#.
Computational thinking is critical for solving problems and using
data effectively in modern society, but what is computational thinking
anyway? Computational thinking is really a way to solve problems by
specifying detailed, step-by-step solutions to those problems;
collecting, representing, and analyzing data to support drawing
conclusions or making decisions; and using a variety of techniques to
improve the efficiency of our problem solutions.
This course is designed to help you learn and apply beginning C programming concepts and key computational thinking topics and develop your skills in those areas.
Learn About and Develop C Programming Skills
- Data Types, Variables, and Constants
- STEM Computations
- File IO
- Algorithm Analysis
Learn About and Develop Computational Thinking Skills
- Algorithms and Procedures
- Data Collection, Representation, and Analysis
- Problem Decomposition
Contents and Overview
In over 14 hours of content including 131 lectures, this course
covers core beginning C programming and computational thinking concepts. Four of the computational thinking lectures
include active learning activities integrated into the lectures, and
the course also includes 32 additional exercises, topic
understanding checks, and larger programs you can use to evaluate and hone your
programming and computational thinking skills.
The course includes lots of practice because programming and computational
thinking is a set of skills that most people need to develop by
applying those skills rather than just hearing someone talk about
When you finish the course, you should be able to implement small C programs to solve a variety of problems, develop detailed
step-by-step solutions to a variety of problems, think about and
interpret data, and understand how different techniques improve
problem solution efficiency.