Kyle Harms received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis. Under the supervision of Dr. Caitlin L. Kelleher, he investigated leveraging completion problems to help enable middle school students to learn computer programming independently. He has completed and published research on a variety of topics relating to young learners and learning how to code, both through structured programs and through self-taught methods. His software work is available on the novice programming environment, Looking Glass, and the open source program github.
In this course, you will begin using functions to create cleaner and more efficient code. You will begin using built-in functions as well as writing your own functions to accomplish a specific task. In order to find solutions to more complex problems, you will practice breaking down large programming tasks into smaller, well-defined pieces. At the same time, you will define and execute plans to build those solutions.You will further practice planning, coding, and debugging as a full end-to-end process in order to strengthen your skills as a novice programmer.
Fundamentals of Programming, Writing Programs That Make Decisions, and Coding Multi-Part Problems are required to be completed prior to starting this course.
- Write modular code using functions
- Write syntactically correct functions that perform a specific task
- Break a large programming task into small, well-defined pieces
- Create and execute a plan for a program
- Analyze function execution to identify the source of errors
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Novice and self-taught programmers
- Web development career starters
- Small business owners managing a website