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Introduction to Programming

Take your first steps toward a career as a computer programmer! In this course, you'll learn to use Just BASIC, a free Windows programming language, to create stand-alone applications for professional or personal use. 

Even if you've never programmed before, you'll find it easy to follow the step-by-step instructions in each lesson. By the end of the course, you'll have the skills and confidence you need to program in BASIC and design your own custom applications for home, school, or work.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

Introduction to Programming


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Course Code: itp

What You Will Learn
  • Explore the BASIC programming language
  • Learn how to work with graphical user interfaces, controls, variables, arrays, conditional logic, and loops
  • Examine subroutines, functions, and debugging
  • Discover how to add sound and graphics to your Just BASIC programs
  • Create a working computer-game application
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain the skills and confidence you need to program in BASIC and design your own custom applications for home, school, or work
  • Learn a new skill that can become a fun hobby creating computer applications for personal enjoyment
  • Take your first steps toward a career as a computer programmer


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Week 1

Learn that you don't have to be a computer genius to learn how to program by going covering some basic programming concepts and terms, and zeroing in specifically on Just BASIC, the programming language that we'll use throughout the course. Then download and install Just BASIC, get familiar with some of its tools, and you'll create and execute your first Just BASIC program!

Week 2

Explore how to create the fundamental building blocks of Windows application GUIs. You'll learn how to create different types of windows, including regular windows, text windows, graphics windows, and dialog windows. Then concentrate on creating controls like buttons and text boxes.

Week 3

Learn how to build application menus, an integral part of many applications. You’ll also learn how to store and retrieve individual pieces of data in variables and arrays. Another important topic you’ll explore is the different types of data that can be stored, along with how to convert numbers to strings and vice versa.

Week 4

Learn to create conditional programming statements that use mathematical, comparison, and logical operators as a first step to creating complex applications. Then discover how to create and work with loops so you can develop applications that can process large amounts of data using a minimum number of programming statements.

Week 5

One effective way of making your programs easier to create and maintain is to break them up into small parts, called procedures. Learn how to work with two types of procedures: subroutines and functions, how to pass data to your subroutines and functions for processing, and how to return data back from functions. You’ll also learn how to create reports, documents, and log files.

Week 6

You’ll learn how to draw custom graphics and how to incorporate WAV and MIDI sounds into your Windows applications. And finally, learn how to track down and deal with the errors that inevitably crop up when you develop a new software application.

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Instructors & Support

Richard Blum

Richard Blum has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, working mainly as a network and systems administrator. During this time, he has worked with Microsoft, Novell, Unix, and Linux servers, and has created Web sites using a variety of different programming languages. Blum is the author of several programming and systems administration books, including Professional Assembly Language, C# Network Programming, PostgreSQL 8 for Windows, Sendmail for Linux, Postfix, and Network Performance Open Source Toolkit.




There are no prerequisites to take this course. No previous programming knowledge or experience is required.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC. A Mac is not compatible.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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