Learn Flowcharting and Pseudocode. Be a better programmer!
- 6 hours on-demand video
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- Certificate of Completion
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- In this course, you will learn to effectively use the two major computer programming tools, pseudocode (Sue-dough-code) and Flow Charts. The student will be able to start with a programming task or problem, break it down into its parts and accurately present the solution in either flow chart or pseudocode format.
All information stored by a computer program has a specific data type. The simplest two data types are character information and numeric information. A list of data types in several languages is provided to acquaint the student with many of the specific ways a computer stores information.
All computer programs are put together using only three structures; Sequence, Decision (or Selection) and Repetition (or Loops). This lecture defines all three and gives examples so the student can identify and later create computer programs using these three structures.
Single Selection means: Ask a True/False question - - Take one action if the answer to the question is True, take no action if it is False. This lecture shows how to identify single selection situations and how to create accurate pseudocode and flow charts for these situations.
Loops are the structures in computer programming that allow the computer to process one or many steps over and over until some condition is met.
This lecture covers the main types of loops (while, do...while, for...next), how to recognize the situation where a loop is needed and how to create loops.
- No prerequisite knowledge is required.
- Flowcharting software is suggested but not required. Microsoft PowerPoint and Visio are excellent applications if you have either. If not, your instructor will recommend a number of FREE or inexpensive applications.
........If you have never programmed before, or
........If you are fairly new to programming, or........If you can program, but are not familiar with flowcharting and pseudocode techniques.
This is a generic course, meaning you will not write source code in any specific programming language. You will learn to use pseudocode and flow charts, two major tools that all programmers can use in any programming language. Pseudocode is simple. You just write out the steps to be taken to perform any task, no matter how big or small. Flow charts do essentially the same thing using software that creates a visual chart showing accurately the flow of the process and the specific steps needed to accomplish your goal. Specific shapes are used to represent the type of action to be taken. It won’t be long before you become proficient at using both of these great programmer’s tools. (Flowcharting software is NOT required for this class. If you have Microsoft PowerPoint or Visio, you can use either of those. If not, your instructor will recommend a number of FREE and affordable software applications.)
Teaching methods: Expect to see mostly 10 to 20 minute video sessions where the instructor presents the topic in a slide show format. Later in the course, there will be Exercises for you to do, with answers supplied. Several handouts will be provided to supplement the lectures. The instructor will answer all of your questions promptly (usually within 24 hours.)
This course is taught by Richard Vannoy, a professional programmer and college programming instructor for over 25 years.
- Students who are new to programming, no matter what programming language they use or are thinking about.