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    Oct 07, 2016
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    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class is programming INTENSIVE, if you don't have any knowledge going in you're going to struggle to keep up so you should learn what you can before starting. The lessons are on Java which is a pretty notorious language but with enough studying it's very doable, because of the nature of the course most written work is given 100% as long as it's completed and it's your code itself that you are graded on. The ZYbooks format used isn't the best at teaching the language and can even be needlessly confusing at times so finding a helpful series of YouTube lessons or taking a course from a site like Codecademy helps a lot to supplement what you learn.

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    The lessons are on Java, but the amount learned is basic enough that the ideas if not the syntax will transfer to any object oriented language. This isn't like the other 100-level IT courses, you'll learn a lot about programming if you're new to it or just to object oriented languages. By the end of the course you'll have crammed through learning as much java in 6 weeks as most people take 3 months to learn.

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    12+ hours

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    The course is very study intensive, and if you don't have any prior knowledge on coding you could easily end up stuck putting in 40+ hours a week on it. If you're required to take it MAKE SURE you learn the basics of logic and programming beforehand to get a huge step up. Run through some introduction to Java video or tutorial lesson to hit the ground running and know that this is a course that will require your time to learn.

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    • Robert Whale
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    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research

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