- Lettered, with different domains having a different number of parts.
- Each "part" is designed to be around 50 many hours of work (depending on your background and how quickly you pick it up).
- Each part assumes completion of the previously parts (most parts build on previous parts).
- Python programming
- Part A - first 4 chapters of Automate the Boring Stuff with Python (basics, conditionals, loops, functions, lists) at a level covered in CS 101 Fundamentals of Computing
- Part B - chapters 5, 6, 9, (dictionaries, tuples, strings, files) and selections of others at a level covered in CS 151 Introduction to Computer Science
- Part C - object-oriented program and additional topics at a level covered in CS 201 Programming Structures
- Parts A-C collectively are comparable to the python portion of CS 401/501 Programming for Data Science
- C programming
- Parts A, B, C - comparable to the corresponding parts for python programming
- Parts A-C collectively are comparable to the C portion of CS 500 Programming Fundamentals..
- Data structures
- Part A - algorithms basics, arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues
- Part B - binary search tree, heap, hash table
- Part A - searching and sorting
- Part B - graphs, breadth-first / depth-first search, shortest path
- Parts TBD
- Parts TBD
- MS Admissions interview - Python parts A-B or C parts A-B, Data structures parts A-B, Algorithms parts A-B.
- CS 151 -
- CS 201 -
- CS 202 -
- CS 500 - C parts A-B, Data structures parts A-B,
- CS 501 -
- Borrow heavily from materials, readings, videos from the courses we are running.
- As much as possible use existing resources. The value of the training is in providing the framework, evaluation, and a guide.
- Auto-graded quizes, quiz questions regularly updated/changed.
- Auto-graded program output, programs regularly updated/changed.
- Final interview.
- The result of the evaluation is one of the following: did not pass, pass-, pass, pass+.
What is Included in the Price
- Access to training materials, training assignments/quizzes, auto-graded quizzes, auto-graded program output.
- 2 chances at the final interview (required for officially completing/passing the training).
- For US residents only - help/assistance using Microsoft Teams.
- Fee per training part is $50.
- Those who have paid an application fee to attend ISU get one training part free, or multiple training parts discounted.
- Currently enrolled ISU students also get a discount on the fee.
- One Microsoft Team for content and communication.
- Separate Microsoft Team for help/assistance (US residents only).
- Auto-graded quiz questions hosted securely off of the CS server.
- Final evaluation over video/screen-sharing meeting.
- Registration/payment from a system used by Community Engagement / ...
Admission to MS in Computer Science
- Persons who complete the appropriate training parts should be able to pass the department's admissions interview for the MS in computer science. This is not a guarantee, but these training parts are specifically designed to prepare to pass the admissions interview.
- Those who complete the appropriate package can use their completion of the training program to apply for Prior Learning Assessment for the given course.
- This is for enrolled students, students are charged 25% of the tuition of the course for an evaluation, and the evaluation can include an additional "challenge exam". The challenge exam would be selections from the final interview from the training parts that were completed by the student.
- More details on the process are at https://www.indstate.edu/services/testing/departmental-examsassessment-prior-learning