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This three-day, instructor-led course introduces students to computer programming. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of software application development and develop skills in designing and writing simple computer programs.

Course Outline
Module 1: Introduction to Computer Programs

This module introduces the software development process and fundamentals of computer software. Students will learn how computer programs execute, and the types of programs that developers are generally asked to build. They will also learn about different programming languages, techniques, and technologies used by developers in the software development process.

  • Overview of Software Development
  • Phases in the Execution of a Computer Program
  • Overview of Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Overview of Program Types
Lab 1: Determining the Program Phases and Examining Them in Code
  • Determining Program Phases
  • Finding the Program Phases in Code
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Identify the three phases in the execution of a computer program.
  • Define computer programs and programming languages.
  • Describe problem-solving techniques.
Module 2: Introduction to Scripting

This module introduces the concept of scripting, and shows how scripting can be used on the Web, to create macros, and in Windows. Students will also learn about Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and its use on the Web.

  • Using Web Scripting
  • Using Macro Scripting
  • Using Windows Scripting
Lab 2: Writing Scripts
  • Creating "Hello World" with a Web Script
  • Creating "Hello World" with a Macro
  • Creating "Hello World" with a Windows Script
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Define basic Web terms, including HTML, Web browser, Internet, client, and server.
  • Create a simple Web page by using Notepad.
  • Identify the use of Web scripts, macros, and Windows scripts.
  • Describe how Web scripts work.
  • Describe how macros work.
  • Describe how Windows scripts work.
Module 3: Using Data and Variables

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of variables and data types, which are common to almost all programming languages. Students will learn how to implement variables to store data and how to use operators to manipulate data and variables.

  • Using Variables
  • Using Operators
  • Using Programming Syntax
Lab 3: Using Arithmetic Operators
  • Calculating the Annual Remuneration of an Employee
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain how to use variables.
  • Explain how to use operators.
  • Describe the various data types you can use to declare variables.
Module 4: Using Program Logic

This module introduces common programming constructs used in software development to control program flow. Students will learn how to implement conditional expressions and looping statements. They will also learn how to identify errors that can occur in computer programs as a result of incorrect program flow.

  • Using Branching
  • Using Loops
  • Identifying Logic Errors
Lab 4: Selecting Candidates Based on Interview Results
  • Writing the Pseudocode
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain how to use the IF construct.
  • Explain how to use FOR and WHILE looping constructs.
  • Define and identify logic errors.
Module 5: Using Procedures and Functions

This module introduces the use of procedures and functions to create more modular computer programs. Students will learn about arguments and parameters and how functions return values.

  • Using Procedures
  • Using Functions
Lab 5: Identifying Functions and Passing Arguments to a Procedure
  • Identifying Functions
  • Passing Arguments to a Procedure
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain how to use procedures.
  • Explain how to use functions.
Module 6: Introduction to Developing a User Interface

This module explains how to design user interfaces for software applications. Students will learn best practices for user interface design and learn how user interfaces are created in Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET.

  • Designing a User Interface
  • Building a User Interface
Lab 6: Building a User Interface
  • Building a Web Interface
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Identify the features of a good user interface.
  • Build Windows-based and Web-based user interfaces in Visual Studio .NET.
Module 7: Introduction to Working with Data

This module introduces the concepts of data storage and management. Students will learn about relational data, entity relationships, and primary and foreign keys. They will also learn how XML can be used to describe and structure data.

  • Introduction to Managing Data
  • Using the Entity Relationship Model
  • Sorting Data by Using Keys
  • Using XML
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the methods of storing and managing data.
  • Describe entity relationship diagrams.
  • Identify the various keys used for sorting data.
  • Describe XML.
Module 8: Programming Approaches

This module introduces common programming methodologies and compares procedural programming to object-oriented programming. Students will learn the advantages afforded by object-oriented programming techniques. They will also learn how classes of objects can be defined.

  • Using the Procedural Programming Approach
  • Using the Object-Oriented Programming Approach
Lab 8: Examining Classes
  • Identifying Classes
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the two approaches to programming.
  • Identify the features and advantages of object-oriented programming.
Module 9: Introduction to the Software Development Process

This module introduces the four phases of the software development lifecycle, and explains the use of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) to identify use cases and to simplify software design.

  • Software Development Phases
  • Introduction to the Unified Modeling Language
  • Developing Use-Case Diagrams
  • Examining Other UML Diagrams
  • Lab 9: Developing a Use-Case Diagram
  • Identifying Use Cases
  • Creating a Use-Case Diagram
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Identify the four phases in the software development life cycle.
  • Identify the views in UML.
Module 10: Where Do We Go From Here?

This module reviews material covered in the course and introduces advanced topics that students may wish to pursue. Students will learn how to apply the skills and knowledge obtained in the course to construct a software solution. They will also learn what options are available for pursuing a career in software development.

  • Looking Back
  • Looking Forward
Lab 10: Putting Programming Fundamentals Together
  • Developing a Windows-based Application
  • Developing a Web-based Application
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Identify types of programs.
  • Identify areas for advanced training

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course will be fully refunded less a $75 processing fee. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.
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The course content was excellent ... if there was things that weren't relevant you could skip and spend more time on things that you needed to learn. Training provider was excellent as her skill level was superb and her communication skills were superb.
Reviewed by 2015
This course should have dual screens
Reviewed by 2015
I was not able to finish the whole entire course. When creating course training please make sure that it fits the allotted time (beginning to the end). We had two breaks and Instructor did not allow us to listen to the course. I had maybe another 10 mins to finish the whole course, but the Instructor said that it was 4:30pm and it is Ok and we can go home. It is not Ok not to be able to finish the course..
Reviewed by 2014
Mentored training actually worked quite well for me. The instructor is there in the room all the time, available if needed. A lot of material for one day, but I did manage to complete it without feeling too rushed.
Reviewed by 2014
It is not possible to complete a beginner's course in one day. There is a lot of information to absorb. It is wonderful that one can re-sit a session within a limited time.
Reviewed by 2013
To bottom line my feelings about the course: Course -- helpful but this comment is made with reservations. Instructor -- excellent !
Reviewed by 2013
The course material was far too heavy for the duration of the course. The material needs to be reduced so that students do not feel rushed or pressured with time, or the duration of the class needs to be extended.
Reviewed by 2013
Overall, the course has been well handled by the Training Provider. But i would expect that, somehow, there is a time allotted in the afternoon for more visible and face to face interaction between the TP and the whole class. Others may be asking questions that may not have been thought of by other learners but may be helpful.
Reviewed by 2013
Very impressed and would highly recommend.
Reviewed by 2013
The trainer was excellent...easy to talk to and very helpful and informed.
Reviewed by 2013
This was a very good learning environment. I prefer having an instructor present in case I have questions but also be able to work at my own pace.
Reviewed by 2013
I could have used some more time to go through the exercises in the sharepoint database.
Reviewed by 2013
re Instructor assessment. ques. are N/A as it was independant mentored study. Flash based training module had 1 hiccup where ctrl-b key was captured by OS and I had to hunt for alt-b to complete the module. Class mentor was unaware of flaw. I felt that the design of the module would have prevented me from completing the section if I was unable to locate alternative keystroke. Worthwhile day.
Reviewed by 2012
Course is very good but not enough time to complete the exercises. Should be at least another 1.5 hours longer.
Reviewed by 2012
Using the self-teaching method made for a more relaxed working environment. As the instructor's assistance was on a one-on-one basis I was not hesitate to ask questions.
Reviewed by 2012
Would prefer an instructor led (classroom) style of training over a computer based course.
Reviewed by 2012
I would suggest that the course manual contain more visual material (e.g. screen shots) versus words. The course was very well. I did not think I would like the on line method of training but I did. I also liked the fact that I could work through my lunch to complete the course earlier. I had to catch the go train so it worked better for me.
Reviewed by 2012
Susan was an excellent instructor, and was very helpful with providing extra "tips" not covered within the course material.
Reviewed by 2012
I only realized after completing 2 units thoroughly that there is not enough time allotted for a lot practicing. I would tell students in advance that getting through the videos and practicing later in your own time is recommended.
Reviewed by 2012
Enjoyed the flexibility of the "Modern Classroom" style of learning where you can move at your own pace and focus on what you need most. You can even move to the next chapter if you need help and the instructor is busy. Definitely dress warmly as the classroom was really over air-conditioned!
Reviewed by 2012
I loved the Adobe InDesign course but as a new user I felt there was so much material to cover and I wanted to take my time getting familiar with the program and learning about everything. I think if the class had been 2 days instead of 1 it would have been perfect!
Reviewed by 2012
Manual provided was totally different then computer training. Expected more hands on training instead of just watching an instruction video.
Reviewed by 2012
Reviewed by 2012
The video - was not at all interactive - only concepts were presented. The manual completedly different from the video material. I have no objections to using different approaches but a course on any software must include interactive materials.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was set up in a way which was easy to follow. However, I thought there was a lot of information to take in the day. The instructor was very helpful and very knowledgeable.
Reviewed by 2012
The training provider, Melanie, was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and sat with me personally for hands on training. I found the course to be long and difficult to complete in one day.
Reviewed by 2012
The amount of material was a little much (maybe an hour) to cover in the allotted time - but otherwise good.
Reviewed by 2011
The room was too cold for me. The Instructor was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
A co worker of mine, did not receive the certificate of completing the course. As well, I received a website to log to after the course for 30 days (The Online Support). Although the vendor ID number does not exisit. I have gone back to my contact at Last Minute Training, and haven't received any feedback from her. The course was good, the follow up, was the greatest service.
Reviewed by 2011
Would like to have access to the on-line training materials for this course for a period of time after course completion
Reviewed by 2011
Hi - the server crashed during my session and I would like to reschedule. Can someone contact me to do this?
Reviewed by 2011

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