This is CS50 – an introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming.

CS50 is the largest course at both Harvard and Yale University and the largest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) at edX with lectures being viewed by over a million people on the edX platform up to 2017.

CS50x, Harvard University’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, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming.

Students who earn a satisfactory score (%70 and above) on 9 problem sets (i.e., programming assignments) and a final project are eligible for a certificate. This is a self-paced course–you may take CS50x on your own schedule.

What you’ll learn

  • A broad and robust understanding of computer science and programming
  • How to think algorithmically and solve programming problems efficiently
  • Concepts like abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development
  • Familiarity in a number of languages, including C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML
  • How to engage with a vibrant community of like-minded learners from all levels of experience
  • How to develop and present a final programming project to your peers

Click here to watch the CS50x’s 2018 introduction video by Prof. David J. Malan.

STEPS

  1. Register for Edx
  2. Enroll in CS50x (take the course at your own pace for free. You will need to pay $90 USD for verified certificate later on)
  3. Once you enroll in the course, visit this link to start with Week 0. That’s it!

Note that there are 11 weeks, 9 problem sets and a final project. In each week, you will be watching lectures and then asked to solve the problem set of the week (some week have no Pset). I strongly recommend you to join CS50’s Facebook group where you will be able to ask a question when you are feeling stuck or contribute to others’ question. You will find all the details about the course in this link.

As a course taker, I can say that although I am an ICT teacher with some programming background, it has been challenging me since the beginning. I’m in Problem Set 7. Now, this is your turn!

Welcome to CS50!

Sources:

https://www.edx.org/course/cs50s-introduction-computer-science-harvardx-cs50x

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_J._Malan

If you are planning to take the course or already taking it, please leave your ideas in the comments below!