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This three-day 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

This three-day  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. The course assumes no programming background and provides an overview of the software development process in addition to introducing important programming constructs and methodologies.
The course covers such topics as programming language characteristics, integrated development environments, flowcharts, algorithms and pseudocode, variables, operators, conditional statements, looping statements, procedures, error-handling and debugging, object-oriented programming techniques, user interface design, software modeling, and Extensible Markup Language (XML) Web services.


  This course is intended for students who wish to:

• Learn what software development is and what software developers do.
• Learn programming concepts and terminology to facilitate communication with software  developers.
• Learn to read, trace, and understand simple code.
• Learn to write, test, and debug code to solve a simple problem.
• Evaluate their personal aptitude for career as a programmer or software developer.

  This course is appropriate for:

• Individuals who are contemplating a career in software development and who wish to understand the fundamentals of computer programming.
• Professionals, such as managers and technical salespeople, who must understand  programming concepts and be able to communicate with software developers.
• End-users of productivity applications, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Access, who want to add advanced functionality to documents and databases.
• Web designers who want to understand how programs and scripts can make Web sites more dynamic.

At Course Completion:

  After completing this course, students will be able to:
• Describe a typical computer system and its critical components.
• Describe the software development process, its purpose, critical steps, and where programming fits in that process.
• Describe the purposes of programming and software development.
• Describe the evolution of common characteristics of, and differences among, modern programming languages.
• Define an integrated development environment.
• Describe the architectural aspects of a software application.
• Identify a problem that requires a programmed solution.
• Use common abstract methods to describe the solution concept.
• Implement variables.
• List and describe common operators.
• Implement conditional statements.
• Implement looping constructs.
• Implement procedures.
• Handle errors.
• Implement object-oriented programming techniques.
• Model an object-oriented program.
• Build a Windows-based application.
• Build a Web application.
• Describe XML Web services.

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.


With (R)Evolution, TekSource is transforming the way IT professionals receive training. Our courses are led by Certified Instructors and supported by online course mentors. Course content is delivered through expert video modules and interactive features, in tandem with virtual lab exercises and progress quizzes. When you take training with TekSource, you get a comprehensive training solution that incorporates the following value add components into one “revolutionary” offering:

Pre-class Facilitation
We start the learning process well before you arrive at our door with lots of communication and information. Our instructors, coordinators and facilitators will ensure that when course participants arrive, they will have all the tools they need to be successful and students will have already started to learn

In our Facility with Certified instructors
With (R)Evolution, each course is supported by a certified instructor who facilitates, coaches and mentors the students through the learning process - their only job is to ensure our students' success. Students attend class in one day increments (which can be non-consecutive days for multi-day courses).
    * Since the course content is provided by the expert video modules, the in-class instructor can devote 100% of their time to individual instruction and guidance.
    * Our exclusive consultative learning approach ensures that the needs of each student are assessed and support during and subsequent to the course is tailored to them.

Expert Video Modules
(R)Evolution guarantees consistent, high quality instruction, and uniform delivery of the course material mapped to official vendor course curriculum with no missed topics.
    * Content is delivered by World Class Experts and Certified Trainers and it has been edited and produced so that students are presented the best possible delivery of the course material.
    * Self Scheduled progress matches the learning speed of each student – it allows for instant review, and results in improved retention.

Interactive Content
Throughout the Learning experience, instruction is reinforced with practical exercises, lab exercises completed in live lab environments and progress checks that give immediate feedback to the student regarding their progress.
    * Keeps students engaged, on track and in line with their objectives
    * Provides instant feedback, real time results and acts as a measure for the instructor to provide further mentorship

Online Mentoring and Support
The online mentoring support that is included with (R)Evolution starts when the student enters the classroom and continues for 6 months. As both a 3rd training resource in the classroom and as a valuable support service that is available 24/7, students have yet another mechanism to support their learning.
    * Reinforces learning and acts as a support during the classroom session
    * Assistance applying course concepts
    * Access to our facility and ability to re-take some or all of the training is absolute assurance that required learning is received.

Prerequisites & Certificates

This course assumes students have these skills: � Basic familiarity with using a computer, such as browsing the Internet or using a word-processing application. � The ability to use a mouse and keyboard to navigate through the Microsoft Windows user interface. � The ability to perform simple file access tasks, such as browsing a directory structure, opening and saving files, and creating folders.

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 subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. 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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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
Reviewed by 2014
I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
Reviewed by 2014
I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the ‘instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
Reviewed by 2012
over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
Reviewed by 2011

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