Time: Students can start their studies approximately within a week after enrolling on this course. The estimated time for completing this course is two months.
Place: Online studies
Extent: 5 ECTS credits
Number of study places: 100
Target group: Everyone interested in learning how computer programs work.
Required previous skills: Basic computer skills
Lecturer: Mr. Timo Hynninen, timo.hynninen@xamk.fi

Credited in degree at Xamk: Degree Programme in Information Technology, Bachelor of Engineering
Area of competence mentioned in Curriculum: Core competence
Enrolment by: 31.3.2023
Price: EUR 12 / credit or semester fee EUR 175. You can read more about our payment policy here. Enrollments on nonstop start courses cannot be cancelled free of charge.

Please, notice that the fee for one semester will not be refunded, if the combined fees for your chosen studies remain below EUR 175 or you cancel your studies.

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please also notice, that Xamk degree students cannot enrol on Open UAS courses.

Learning outcomes:
Upon completing this course the student will be able to explain the basic concepts of programming. The student also knows the fundamental programming structures and their operation. The student is able to write short programs using the Python programming language. The student can process and analyze text-based data programmatically.

Contents and methods:
Writing code in Python and using a code editor. Variables, inputs, data types, mathematical operations. Strings of texts and text manipulation. Conditional statements and structures. Control flow structures. Function routines. File handling. Lists and other composite data types. Libraries and extendable modules. Error handling. Algorithmic thinking, data representation and storage. Basic concepts of data processing.

The course covers 5 ECTS credits, totalling 135 hours of student work. The number of hours is theoretical and varies according to student effort.

The course consists of online lecture material, quizzes, weekly exercises and personal assignments. The course is self-paced and can be completed within the start and end dates. 

An online discussion platform is available for support and peer learning.

Study material:
Study material and interactive exercises collected in the learning platform. Lecture videos are available online.

Assesment methods and criteria:
The course is evaluated based on a practical assignment. Completing the assignment is mandatory in order to pass the course.

Assessment scale:

Transcript of records will be delivered upon request by email in PDF form.

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
You can start this nonstop start course within a week after enrolling. Enrollments on nonstop start courses cannot be cancelled free of charge. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

Before the course starts, you'll receive an invitation by email to this course.

Please note that there can be changes in the course details in terms of the timetable and teachers, for example.


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