Do I need to know how to program or have studied computer science in order to take this course?
No, definitely not! This course is intended for anyone who has an interest in approaching problems more systematically, developing more efficient solutions, and understanding how computers can be used in the problem solving process. No prior computer science or programming experience is required.
How much math do I need to know to take this course?
Some parts of the course assume familiarity with basic algebra, trigonometry, mathematical functions, exponents, and logarithms. If you don’t remember those concepts or never learned them, don’t worry! As long as you’re comfortable with multiplication, you should still be able to follow along. For everything else, we’ll provide links to references that you can use as a refresher or as supplemental material.
Does this course prepare me for the Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) degree program at the University of Pennsylvania?
This course will help you discover whether you have an aptitude for computational thinking. This is a useful predictor of success in the Master of Computer and Information Technology program at the University of Pennsylvania, which is offered both on-campus and online. In this course you will learn from MCIT instructors and become familiar with the quality and style of MCIT Online courses.
If you have a bachelor's degree and are interested in learning more about computational thinking, we encourage you to apply to MCIT On-campus (http://www.cis.upenn.edu/prospective-students/graduate/mcit.php) or MCIT Online (https://onlinelearning.seas.upenn.edu/mcit/). Please mention that you have completed this course in the application.
Where can I find more information about the Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) degree program at the University of Pennsylvania?
Use these links to learn more about MCIT:
MCIT On-campus: http://www.cis.upenn.edu/prospective-students/graduate/mcit.php
MCIT Online: https://onlinelearning.seas.upenn.edu/mcit/