Course Code: 1290

10975 Introduction to Programming

Class Dates:
5 Days
Class Time:


  • Course Overview
  • In this 5-day course, students will learn the basics of computer programming through the use of Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and either the Visual C# or Visual Basic programming languages. The course assumes no prior programming experience and introduces the concepts needed to progress to the intermediate courses on programming, such as 20483B: Programming in C#.

    The focus will be on core programming concepts such as computer storage, data types, decision structures, and repetition by using loops. The course also covers an introduction to object-oriented programming covering classes, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Coverage is also included around exception handling, application security, performance, and memory management.

  • Audience
  • This course is intended for anyone who is new to software development and wants, or needs, to gain an understanding of programming fundamentals and object-oriented programming concepts. They will typically be high school students, post-secondary school students, or career changers, with no prior programming experience. They might want to gain an understanding of the core programming fundamentals before moving on to more advanced courses such as 20483B: Programming in C#.


    • Before attending this course, students must have:
    • Ability to use computers to start programs, open and save files, navigate application menus and interfaces
    • Ability to understand logical concepts such as comparisons
    • Understand number theory
    • Ability to create, understand, and follow structured directions or step-by-step procedures
    • Ability to understand and apply abstract concepts to concrete examples
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Course Details

  • At Course Completion
  • Explain core programming fundamentals such as computer storage and processing.
  • Explain computer number systems such as binary
  • Create and use variables and constants in programs
  • Explain how to create and use functions in a program
  • Create and use decisions structures in a computer program
  • Create and use repetition (loops) in a computer program
  • Explain pseudocode and its role in programming
  • Explain the basic computer data structures such as arrays, lists, stacks, and queues
  • Implement object-oriented programming concepts
  • Create and use classes in a computer program
  • Implement encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism
  • Describe the base class library (BCL) in the .NET Framework
  • Explain the application security concepts
  • Implement simple I/O in a computer program
  • Identify application errors and explain how to debug an application and handle errors
  • Identify the performance considerations for applications
  • Module 1: Introduction to Core Programming Concepts
  • Computer Data Storage and Processing
  • Application Types
  • Application Life-Cycle
  • Code Compilation
  • Lab : Thinking Like a Computer
  • Describe computer data storage and processing concepts
  • Describe application types
  • Describe the lifecycle of an application
  • Describe code compilation
  • Module 2: Core Programming Language Concepts
  • Syntax
  • Data Types
  • Variables and Constants
  • Lab : Working with Data Types
  • Define syntax
  • Explain the different types of core data used in programs
  • Declare and use variables and constants in a computer program
  • Module 3: Program Flow
  • Introduction to Structured Programming Concepts
  • Introduction to Branching
  • Using Functions
  • Using Decision Structures
  • Introducing Repetition
  • Lab : Creating Functions, Decisions, and Looping
  • Describe structured programming
  • Create and use functions in your code
  • Create and use decision structures
  • Create and use looping structures
  • Module 4: Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Understand How to Write Pseudo Code
  • Algorithm Examples
  • Introduction to Data Structures
  • Lab : Working with Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Transfer problem statements into pseudo code
  • Create algorithms
  • Translate pseudo code into programming code
  • Create simple algorithms in code
  • Create data structures to store data
  • Module 5: Error Handling and Debugging
  • Introduction to Program Errors
  • Introduction to Structured Error Handling
  • Introduction to Debugging in Visual Studio
  • Lab : Implementing Debugging and Error Handling
  • Implement structured exception handling
  • Debug applications by using Visual Studio 2013
  • Module 6: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Complex Structures
  • Introduction to Structs
  • Introduction to Classes
  • Introducing Encapsulation
  • Lab : Implementing Complex Data Structures
  • Create and use structure types
  • Create and use basic class files
  • Choose when to use a struct vs a class
  • Module 7: More Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Inheritance
  • Introduction to Polymorphism
  • Introduction to the .NET Framework and the Base Class Library
  • Lab : Implementing Inheritance
  • Lab : Implementing Polymorphism
  • Use inheritance in OOP
  • Implement polymorphism in your classes
  • Describe how the base class library is constructed
  • Find class information by using the Object Browser
  • Module 8: Introduction to Application Security
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Code Permissions on Computers
  • Introducing Code Signing
  • Module 9: Core I/O Programming
  • Using Console I/O
  • Using File I/O
  • Lab : Core I/O Programming
  • Read input from a console
  • Output data to the console
  • Read and write text files
  • Module 10: Application Performance and Memory Management
  • Value Types vs Reference Types
  • Converting Types
  • The Garbage Collector
  • Lab : Using Value Types and Reference Types