Course Description

This course is the first in a series of three computer programming courses that introduces students to the fundamentals of the C# programming language, the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment and the .NET framework. Students will also be introduced to the Software Development Lifecycle and Agile development methodologies.

Course Details

Computer programming is the process of designing, writing, testing, debugging, and maintaining the source code of computer programs. The purpose of programming is to create a set of instructions that computers use to perform specific operations or to exhibit desired behaviours.

This course is designed for those with no previous knowledge or experience with C#, Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment, or the .NET framework and want to learn the fundamentals. This includes those who have previous programming experience with other languages and want to expand their skill set, and those who are completely new to programming.

Course Level Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Analyze a simple programming problem, design a solution, write and document the application code and debug the application
  • Develop introductory problem-solving, troubleshooting and communication skills that are applicable to software development

Topics of Instruction

  • Introduction to classes, objects, methods, properties, data encapsulation and data hiding
  • Introduction to methods, data-passing, flow control with decision making and iterations, as well as array processing and simple file I/O with exception handling concepts
  • Solutions to simple programming problems as both console-mode and as Graphical User applications
  • Hands-on approach to Software Development Lifecycle (from requirements analysis, through design, to implementation and testing) and translating informal problem requirements into input-process-output specification
  • Hands-on approach to the use of a variety of diagramming tools, including flowcharts, hierarchy charts, and simple class diagrams, students express design decisions regarding class and method structure, as well as control flow
  • Introduction to the basic ideas of agile methodology


For the best experience, your computer and internet connection should meet certain requirements. See the recommended requirements...


This course content is at the beginner level of the subject matter, however computer proficiency is required:

  • Students must be familiar with the personal computer, keyboard and mouse.
  • Students must have Microsoft Windows Operating systems skills and knowledge, and be able to perform the following tasks:
    • start and run Windows computers
    • use the taskbar, Start button and Help feature
    • use Minimize, Maximize, Restore Down/Up and Close
    • use the left and right mouse buttons appropriately
    • understand file management techniques
    • navigate between files, folders, or drives
    • cutting, copying, and pasting content, files and folders
    • using print screen or snipping tool

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Online Synchronous
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Sep 16, 2024 to Dec 09, 2024
Schedule and Location
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $879.00
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Murach's C# 
Edition: 7th
Authors: Boehm, Murach
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
ISBN: 978-943872-53-4

Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

Students will require access to a computer with an Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors).

This course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.
  • A virtual lab with VMware Horizon, a platform that provides access to virtual applications including the latest software for the course. You will be provided with a VMware account and login information once the course starts.

For the best experience, student computers and internet connections should meet certain requirements. See the recommended requirements...

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

No class on Sep 30, Oct 14, Nov 11.

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