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Coding Principles

The Coding Principles module covers the main concepts and skills needed to use code and computational thinking. It helps develop the skills used to create simple computer programmes.

Computational thinking is used in many job roles, not just programme and software development. Coding is becoming the new standard of literacy, with skills used in roles as varied as art and design, engineering, data analysis, and science. Computing develops related skills such as problem- solving, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithms.

This module is suitable for a wide range of candidates, including students and those who would like to develop their IT skills. Computer science is a broad field and its applications continue to grow.

Develop computational thinking abilities and the skills needed to code simple computer programmes.

Module overview

CategorySkill set
Computing terms
  • Key concepts
Computational thinking methods
  • Problem analysis
  • Algorithms
Starting to code
  • Getting started
  • Variables and data types
Building using code
  • Logic
  • Iteration
  • Conditionality
  • Procedures and functions
  • Events and commands
Test, debug and release
  • Run, test and debug
  • Release

Main learning outcomes

Successful candidates will be able to plan and create simple programmes. The computational thinking skills developed in this module are transferrable to other types of role. After passing this module, candidates will feel confident analysing problems and writing, testing, and modifying algorithms. They will be able to:

  • understand key concepts in computing and the typical activities involved in creating programmes
  • recognise and use computation thinking techniques such as problem decomposition and pattern recognition
  • identify problems and develop solutions
  • write and build with code
  • apply project management methodologies such as test, debug, and release
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