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Fundamentals of Programming: Beginner’s Guide

Class Sessions

Date Location Cost
  • Thu Jun 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Birch Hall 105 (Birch Lab A) $400

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Class Description

Programming is used to control nearly everything around us, from websites to phone apps. You may have heard of programming languages like Java or Python, but want to learn more about what programming is, and how to use it. This is the course for you!



This one-day class will give you a firm grasp of the fundamentals of programming. This knowledge, which can be applied to almost any specific programming language, will prepare participants for learning the programming language they desire. In this course, participants will understand the general programming terms that are used in every beginner to advanced programming book. Variables, control structures, loops, OOP -- the list of general terms often inhibits the ability to learn a specific language.


With the hands-on labs, participants will be introduced to small programs that demonstrate each concept. We will begin with learning programming constructs like basic syntax, gathering input, and using variables. From there we will discover how to control the flow of our program by using conditional statements, loops, and functions.

Because most programming languages are object-orientated participants will also work with objects along with their properties and methods. Each lab will give them the opportunity to work with code while creating interactive programs.


Some HTML or CSS knowledge is a plus



University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, or students. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.