• Length:
    36 Weeks
  • Effort:
    5–6 hours per week
  • Price:

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  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Prerequisites

None.

About this course

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This is CS50 AP, Harvard University's introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for students in high school, which satisfies the College Board's new AP CS Principles curriculum framework.

An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50 AP teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. As of Fall 2015, the on-campus version of CS50 was Harvard's largest course.

Students in high school may receive AP credit for this course provided their school approves the credit and administers the College Board's end-of-year exam. Students who earn a satisfactory score on 9 problem sets (i.e., programming assignments) and a final project are also eligible to receive a verified certificate from HarvardX.

What you'll learn

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  • A broad and robust understanding of computer science and programming
  • How to think algorithmically and solve programming problems efficiently
  • Concepts like abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development
  • Familiarity in a number of languages, including C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML
  • How to engage with a vibrant community of like-minded learners from all levels of experience
  • How to develop and present a final programming project to your peers

Meet your instructors

Rob Bowden
Doctoral Candidate in Computer Science
Harvard University
Zamyla Chan
Doctoral Candidate in Chemistry
Harvard University
Doug Lloyd
Senior Preceptor in Computer Science
Harvard University
David J. Malan
Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science
Harvard University

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