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CS50x is Harvard College's introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. As of Fall 2012, the on-campus version of CS50x is Harvard's largest course.

Students who earn a passing grade on 8 problem sets (programming assignments - 15-20 hours each), 2 quizzes, and a final project will get an honor code certificate from HarvardX. Students may take CS50x at their own pace, starting anytime after October 15, 2012 and finishing anytime before April 15, 2013.

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  • Instructors: David J. Malan
  • School: Harvard University
  • Subject: Computers & Technology
  • Publisher: edX
  • Price:FREE
  • Certificate:Included Free
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  • Starts: 15 October, 2012
  • Ends: 15 April, 2013
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Jenn Ashton

August 31, 2013

They call this the 'QuintEssential' Harvard course and indeed it was above and beyond any class I have ever taken in my academic career. For a first year course it was very demanding and time consuming, but exciting, especially taking it along side the on-campus students. I have heard that the next run of CS50x will be stretched to a year in length, and will begin Jan. 2014. Though the learning curve was steep, I came out of it with an entire new skill set and perspective. I also found a love of Harvard and am now a formal student.

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