10975 Introduction to Programming
8/3/2020 - 8/7/2020
10/26/2020 - 10/30/2020


COURSE COST: $2495.00

COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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In this 5-day course, students will learn the basics of computer programming through the use of Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and either the Visual C# or Visual Basic programming languages. The course assumes no prior programming experience and introduces the concepts needed to progress to the intermediate courses on programming, such as 20483B: Programming in C#.

The focus will be on core programming concepts such as computer storage, data types, decision structures, and repetition by using loops. The course also covers an introduction to object-oriented programming covering classes, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. Coverage is also included around exception handling, application security, performance, and memory management.


This course is intended for anyone who is new to software development and wants, or needs, to gain an understanding of programming fundamentals and object-oriented programming concepts. They will typically be high school students, post-secondary school students, or career changers, with no prior programming experience. They might want to gain an understanding of the core programming fundamentals before moving on to more advanced courses such as 20483B: Programming in C#.

    Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Ability to use computers to start programs, open and save files, navigate application menus and interfaces
  • Ability to understand logical concepts such as comparisons
  • Understand number theory
  • Ability to create, understand, and follow structured directions or step-by-step procedures
  • Ability to understand and apply abstract concepts to concrete examples


*Course Cost listed does not include the cost of courseware required in your registration. Please refer to your Invoice for the additional cost. If you have any questions, please contact us at learn@vtec.org or 207-775-0244. Course is subject to a minimum enrollment to run. If the minimum is not met than this class may run as a live online class.


At Course Completion
Explain core programming fundamentals such as computer storage and processing.
Explain computer number systems such as binary
Create and use variables and constants in programs
Explain how to create and use functions in a program
Create and use decisions structures in a computer program
Create and use repetition (loops) in a computer program
Explain pseudocode and its role in programming
Explain the basic computer data structures such as arrays, lists, stacks, and queues
Implement object-oriented programming concepts
Create and use classes in a computer program
Implement encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism
Describe the base class library (BCL) in the .NET Framework

Explain the application security concepts
Implement simple I/O in a computer program
Identify application errors and explain how to debug an application and handle errors
Identify the performance considerations for applications

Module 1: Introduction to Core Programming Concepts
Computer Data Storage and Processing
Application Types
Application Life-Cycle
Code Compilation
Lab : Thinking Like a Computer
Describe computer data storage and processing concepts
Describe application types
Describe the lifecycle of an application
Describe code compilation

Module 2: Core Programming Language Concepts
Data Types
Variables and Constants
Lab : Working with Data Types
Define syntax
Explain the different types of core data used in programs
Declare and use variables and constants in a computer program

Module 3: Program Flow
Introduction to Structured Programming Concepts
Introduction to Branching
Using Functions
Using Decision Structures
Introducing Repetition
Lab : Creating Functions, Decisions, and Looping
Describe structured programming
Create and use functions in your code
Create and use decision structures
Create and use looping structures

Module 4: Algorithms and Data Structures
Understand How to Write Pseudo Code
Algorithm Examples
Introduction to Data Structures
Lab : Working with Algorithms and Data Structures
Transfer problem statements into pseudo code
Create algorithms
Translate pseudo code into programming code
Create simple algorithms in code
Create data structures to store data

Module 5: Error Handling and Debugging
Introduction to Program Errors
Introduction to Structured Error Handling
Introduction to Debugging in Visual Studio
Lab : Implementing Debugging and Error Handling
Implement structured exception handling
Debug applications by using Visual Studio 2013

Module 6: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
Introduction to Complex Structures
Introduction to Structs
Introduction to Classes
Introducing Encapsulation
Lab : Implementing Complex Data Structures
Create and use structure types
Create and use basic class files
Choose when to use a struct vs a class

Module 7: More Object-Oriented Programming
Introduction to Inheritance
Introduction to Polymorphism
Introduction to the .NET Framework and the Base Class Library
Lab : Implementing Inheritance
Lab : Implementing Polymorphism
Use inheritance in OOP
Implement polymorphism in your classes
Describe how the base class library is constructed
Find class information by using the Object Browser

Module 8: Introduction to Application Security
Authentication and Authorization
Code Permissions on Computers
Introducing Code Signing

Module 9: Core I/O Programming
Using Console I/O
Using File I/O
Lab : Core I/O Programming
Read input from a console
Output data to the console
Read and write text files

Module 10: Application Performance and Memory Management
Value Types vs Reference Types
Converting Types
The Garbage Collector
Lab : Using Value Types and Reference Types