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Intro to Programming

MICRODEGREE ( 3-6 MONTHS PART-TIME )



Programming is becoming an indispensable skill in the 21st century. This MicroDegree will provide a distilled, comprehensive introduction to programming in Python - an industry favourite - and is designed for first time programmers. 

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CSA: The Computer Science Association of South Africa is a professional body formed in partnership with Google to promote, protect, and advance Computer Science and software development education in the country.

MICT SETA: The MICT SETA partners with industry, Universities and TVET colleges (both public and private) in the delivery of respective learning programmes in its endeavour to address identified scarce skills. Its commitment to expand and improve provision of skills development for SMMEs and rural communities will contribute towards addressing the requisite skills immeasurably.


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 Difficulty
 Beginner

This course is designed for students with no prior programming experience.



Course Overview


Technologies

This MicroDegree is aimed at beginners not only to Python, but to programming itself. The course offers a foundational introduction to programming and the usage of one of the most popular programming languages - Python. This course focusses on ensuring that you leave with a solid understanding of the basic programming practices and concepts.

This course covers many key concepts from thinking like a programmer, to practical usage of common software development tools and resources, to concepts such as data & control structures, control flow, and object orientated programming.

You should exit this course as a confident programmer in Python, understand conceptual programming concepts, and be able to easily pick up more languages (such as C#, Javascript etc). You’ll understand how to translate ideas into code in a logical and efficient manner.

Successful completion of this program will enhance your skills, broaden your opportunities, and lay the groundwork for a future in technology. It is not a career-track degree, but for beginners, it is a critical step forward.



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MicroDegree

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Discussion forum
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Get paired with a 1:1 mentor
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Career guidance and job
search support

Tailored marking on your
code within 6 hours

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Weekly video calls with mentor

On-demand priority live chat
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$599 per month
$1497 3 months up-front

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Basics



Access to all course content


Discussion forum



FREE
Unlimited


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MicroDegree



Access to all course content


Discussion forum


Get paired with a 1:1 mentor
(learn how it works)


Career guidance and job
search support


Tailored marking on your
code within 6 hours


Hyperion certification


Weekly video calls with mentor


On-demand priority live chat
with your mentor



$399 per month
$899 3 months up-front


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Course Syllabus




Our courses are designed to help you learn programming skills through practice. Here are the practical projects you'll complete with the help of a mentor as part of this course:



SECTION 1

Your First Step In Computing

Until today the idea of programming may have seemed out of reach and daunting, but in no time you'll wonder why you ever stressed with your brand new understanding of computers and what makes them tick. We'll be finding out how to separate true from false, what to do with it and how to store it - with some other values too.

SECTION 2

You're in Control

Learn how to speak the language of a computer, gaining the knowledge to control the flow of your programs and make them accomplish the tedious tasks you'd rather not. This is the time for us to start letting our programs make their own decisions - at least some small ones - even based on what the user does. We can even get our program to read from a file or make its own.







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Andrae Smith



Sobane Motlomelo






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Why Take This Course?



Programming is becoming an indispensable skill in the 21st century. What was once a field confined to the heavily technical-minded has now become a useful addition to anyone’s skill set. The ability to program and more importantly, the “coding mindset” will allow you to broaden your horizons both in your current career path and even perhaps in a future software development role.

You’ll progress through the content to build proficiency in the concepts you need to begin to develop software at a more professional level.  Up to 80% of all current software development jobs in the South African and international markets require at least either Python, Java or C#. As a programmer working in the 21st century, you are almost guaranteed to have to use one of these languages at some point in your career - if not from day one.  There’s no doubt you’ll be in demand with this starting language.  Just try out a search on our Careers website for Python to get a feel for the jobs out there.





Handwritten feedback on your work within 6 hours of submission

24/7 online chat with your mentor and weekly 1:1 mentorship call

Full access to tailored course content and coding exercises

On-boarding guidance call with an expert mentor to check you're on the right course

Certificate and professional reference on completion

Post graduation career support
A MicroDegree is a innovative new concept which goes beyond simply taking an online course. This certification is designed to get you the skills that employers believe are integral to get a job in software development. It focuses on learning by doing, and is typically comprised of 8 to 15 practical programming projects with hundreds of additional programming exercises and course content to support the skills needed to complete these projects.

All our MicroDegrees connect you with a 1:1 mentor, to which your practical programming projects are submitted for feedback. Your mentor works with you in real time to improve your code, solve programming exercises, and craft your learning path to match your intended career. Mentor support is available 24/7 online with face-to-face support offered in selected areas.





Prerequisites and Requirements


General

- Motivation and dedication to learn, and apply your mind to more complex tasks in programming.

- Proficiency in both written and spoken English 

Technical Proficiencies

- Basic computer skills, such as sending emails, file navigation, saving files and opening files. 

- Note that this MicroDegree is suitable for beginner-level programmers, since it covers introductory content for each concept. 

Equipment and Technologies

- Access to a computer and a broadband internet connection *

- Ability to run a text editor such as Notepad++ or an IDE such as Visual Studio or CodeBlocks, though we will provide you with all installation files

-A machine that meets the technical requirements to run Python. Please see: https://www.python.org/download/releases/2.7/. More information on the installation of Python will be given in the course

- An email address where course content and other important course information can be delivered. 

*The use of Dropbox means you’re not required to be always online while taking this MicroDegree. Even if you don’t have internet - perhaps due to some loadshedding - you can still access your Dropbox folder and continue to edit/update files. As soon as you have internet again, your Dropbox will sync with your trainer and he or she will see your changes. Dropbox and our own website is also available on everything from Blackberry to Apple tablets - so you will be able to learn while on the move.





 

Course Mentors






Riaz
Moola

Course Director


Yazeed
Peters

Careers Consultant


Masood
Gool

Lead Mentor


Sobane
Motlomelo

Assistant Mentor


Jared
Ping

Assistant Mentor






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Hyperion is happy to work with your employer to support them paying for your enrolment of this course.
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