Introduction to Programming

Course Code: ITP

Duration: 3 days

 
 

Introduction to Programming Course Overview

The Introduction to Programming course comprises sessions dealing with variables, expressions, conditional statements, collections, iterative statements, functions, objects, compilation and execution, and best practices.

This hands-on course does not concentrate on any one language in particular, rather its aim is to familiarise delegates with standard programming terminology, structures, and principles. Examples are given in three languages - Python, Java, and JavaScript - and delegates may choose any one of these languages with which to carry out the practical exercises.

Exercises and examples are used throughout the course to give practical hands-on experience with the techniques covered.

Course Objectives

This course aims to provide the delegate with the knowledge to be able to produce simple computer programs that demonstrate an understanding of the three core principles of programming - sequence, selection, and iteration. Delegates will also be exposed to functions, objects, and both procedural and object-oriented programming paradigms. The course further aims to prepare delegates to go on to learn any one of many programming languages in detail.

Who will the Course Benefit?

This Introduction to Programming course is designed for those new to programming, who want to learn about the terminology, structures, and principles of programming generally.

Attending this course will provide delegates with the prerequisite knowledge and required skills to go on to learn any programming language in detail, e.g. Java, JavaScript, Python, C, C++, C#, PHP, Perl, Ruby, etc.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Writing to reading from the console
  • Declaring and initialising variables
  • Constructing expressions
  • Constructing conditional statements
  • Working with arrays/lists
  • Constructing iterative statements
  • Declaring and invoking/calling functions
  • Writing procedural programs
  • Working with classes and objects
  • Writing object oriented programs
  • Compiling and executing code

Introduction to Programming Training Course

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions

Session 1: INTRODUCTION

  • Thinking Like a Computer
    • Input/Output
    • Storage
    • Arithmetic
    • Comparison
    • Decisions
    • Repetition
    • Reuse
  • What is a Program?
    • Statements
    • Comments
  • What is Code?
  • From Source Code to Runtime
  • Why So Many Languages?
  • What Does a Programmer Do?
  • Hello World
  • stdin and stdout
  • The Console

Session 2: VARIABLES

  • Variables - What and Why
  • Name and Value
  • Literals
  • Data Types
  • Declaration
  • Initialisation
  • Assignment
  • Constants

Session 3: EXPRESSIONS

  • Expressions - What and Why
  • Operators and Operands
  • Unary and Binary Operators
  • Arithmetic Operators
  • Assignment Operators
  • Precedence
  • Associativity
  • Complex Expressions

Introduction to Programming Training Course

Session 4: CONDITIONAL STATEMENTS

  • Conditional Statement - What and Why
  • Comparison/Relational Operators
  • Logical Operators
  • if else
  • switch
  • The Ternary Operator
  • Code Blocks
  • Variable Scope

Session 5: COLLECTIONS

  • Collections - What and Why
  • Strings
  • Arrays/Lists
  • Declaration
  • Initialisation
  • Getting and Setting Elements

Session 6: ITERATIVE STATEMENTS

  • Iterative Statements - What and Why
  • while
  • do
  • for
  • break
  • continue
  • Array/List Traversal

Session 7: FUNCTIONS

  • Functions - What and Why
  • Declaration
    • Parameters
    • Return Type
  • Invocation/Call
    • Arguments
    • Return Value
  • Variable Scope (Review)
  • Modules
  • Libraries
  • Procedural Programming

Introduction to Programming Training Course

Session 8: OBJECTS

  • Object - What and Why
  • Object Literals
  • Object Properties
  • The Trouble with Object Literals
  • Classes
  • Fields
  • Methods
  • Instances
  • Reference Variables
  • Primitive Variables
  • Passing by Val/Ref
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • The Three Principles

Session 9: COMPILATION & EXECUTION

  • From Source Code to Runtime (Review)
  • Compilation
  • Debugging
  • Linking
  • Execution
  • Interpretation
  • Platform Dependence
  • Compilation and Interpretation (Bytecode)

Session 10: BEST PRACTICES

  • Program Design
    • Stating the Problem
    • Devising the Solution
    • Pseudocode
  • Coding Conventions
    • White Space
    • Indenting
    • Naming
  • Coding Style
    • Readability
    • Flexibility
    • Scalability
  • Unit Testing
  • Test Driven Development (TDD)
Notes:
  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.

Requirements

Delegates should be able to navigate the filesystem, edit a file, and browse the web. No programming experience is necessary.

Course Reviews

Fantastic course, thoroughly enjoyed it! Kevin was fantastic, and went a very good pace for me to understand everything. would highly recommend.

Chris - IT Support - IT - June 2022


Alan is a great teacher, I learn so much in a short amount of time with him. I do recommend this course to anyone wanted to learn about Java, JavaScript or Python, it contain an excellent base to start with coding.

Nicolas - IT Support Engineer - IT - April 2022


Alan has been shown great patience during the course. He has been very approachable and was very willing to go through any issues experienced by any of the colleagues.

Dipesh - Data Processing Officer - Government - March 2022


I took introduction to programming and despite not being a complete beginner - who the course is designed for - I still picked up some useful knowledge and it helped me understand the basicis better.

Matt - IT - December 2021


Alan was very patient with going through methods. This built my confidence enough that by day 3 I was confidently writing basic script.

Becky - September 2021


Loved the course and Alan did splendidly running it! Thank you for the experience!

Charles - Software Test Apprentice - July 2021


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