Computational Thinking

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Computational Thinking

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After attending this course you will be able:

    • to analyze problems,
    • to choose a right solution strategy or a combination of solution strategies to solve problems,
    • to create algorithms,
    • to translate algorithms to a flowchart, -
    • to give an oral presentation of a project to peers,
    • to reflect critically on your and others' work,
    • to write a project report.

    There are various strategies to solve everyday problems. Often a problem can be solved in different ways and there is not always a "best way". However, sometimes one way is more efficient than the other, or you find one approach easier or more pleasant than the other. During the lectures of this course you will be acquainted with different solution strategies (such as modeling, formulation, guess and check) and algorithms (such as search algorithms, sorting algorithms and graph algorithms) to solve problems. You will learn to solve problems by reasoning and by using knowledge from other disciplines. In the practical sessions you will resolve various problems using the different solution strategies and algorithms that have been discussed in the lectures. Since there are many ways to solve a problem, you will also start thinking about developing algorithms yourself. In this course we encourage your problem solving and algorithmic thinking, as well as your creative and innovative skills. At the end of the course you will work together with some other students in a group on a project. You will conclude the project with a short presentation.

    Lectures, practical sessions, project, presentations, self study

    The final grade is based on the practicum assignments, project assignment, and the exam. The first exam is a digital exam consisting of multiple choice questions. The resit is a paper exam consisting of open questions. The final grade is based on the practicum assignments, project assignment, and the exam. For all these three parts separately, the average grade should be at least a 5.5 to pass the course.


    No specific knowledge is required to participate in this course.

    Although no specific knowledge is required to participate in this course a little mathematical understanding may be to your advantage.

    You should register in Canvas for a practicum group if you want to participate in the practical sessions

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