8 online courses Computer Science students must consider!
These courses help computer science grads get a job!
Diksha Gupta, TechGig.com
Face it, a plain vanilla graduation in computer science doesn't get you a job anymore. You need to add extra skills to your profile to be attractive enough for employers. You need to get specialisation in any of the trending technologies, to be employable.
There is a huge demand of tech courses after graduation in computer science. Websites offering online tech courses are seeing huge traction from computer science grads in India. According to Kabir Chadha, India Country Manager, Coursera, "Indian learners come want to advance their careers and gain relevant job-ready skills. Currently, we have over 1.6 million learners from India, out of which almost one-third (31 per cent) have enrolled for computer science courses. With India being the world's largest sourcing destination for the IT industry, we expect this number to grow in the coming years."
While the list of tech course for computer science graduates is huge, there are some courses that are much in demand given the current IT trends. Check these out...
1. Algorithms: Design and Analysis: Algorithms are the heart of computer science, and the subject has countless practical applications as well as intellectual depth. This class is for learners with a bit of programming experience who want to learn the essentials of algorithms. Stanford University offers a course in Algorithms online, which is rigorous but emphasises the big picture and conceptual understanding over low-level implementation and mathematical details. After gaining the knowledge on algorithms, one can be well-positioned to ace technical interviews and speak fluently about algorithms with other programmers and computer scientists.
2. Python programming: With this course, one can get introduced to fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces and databases, using the Python programming language. In the Capstone Project, you'll use the technologies learned throughout the specialisation to design and create your own applications for data retrieval, processing and visualisation. This course is offered by University of Michigan online.
5. Build Your First Android App (Project-Centered Course): In this project-centered course, you'll design, build, and distribute your own unique application for the Android mobile platform. We'll provide you with a set of customizable building blocks that you can assemble to create many different types of apps, and that will help you become familiar with many important specificities of Android development. When you complete the project, in addition to having a personalized app that you can use and share, you'll have the skills and background you need to move on to more advanced coursework in Android development. The course is offered by CentraleSupélec.
6. Introduction to Programming with MATLAB: This course teaches computer programming to those with little to no previous experience. It uses the programming system and language called MATLAB to do so because it is easy to learn, versatile and very useful for engineers and other professionals. MATLAB is a special-purpose language that is an excellent choice for writing moderate-size programs that solve problems involving the manipulation of numbers. The design of the language makes it possible to write a powerful program in a few lines. The problems may be relatively complex, while the MATLAB programs that solve them are relatively simple: relative, that is, to the equivalent program written in a general-purpose language, such as C++ or Java. As a result, MATLAB is being used in a wide variety of domains from the natural sciences, through all disciplines of engineering, to finance, and beyond, and it is heavily used in industry. Hence, a solid background in MATLAB is an indispensable skill in today's job market. It is offered by Vanderbilt University.
7. Data Structures: A good algorithm usually comes together with a set of good data structures that allow the algorithm to manipulate the data efficiently. In this course, we consider the common data structures that are used in various computational problems. You will learn how these data structures are implemented in different programming languages and will practice implementing them in our programming assignments. This will help you to understand what is going on inside a particular built-in implementation of a data structure and what to expect from it. You will also learn typical use cases for these data structures. The course is being offered by University of California, San Diego, Higher School of Economics.
8. Object Oriented Programming in Java: This course is being offered by University of California, San Diego. This is an intermediate Java course and is recommended to learners who have previous experience in software development or a background in computer science. In the course, one can learn learn the fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming, how to leverage the power of existing libraries, how to build graphical user interfaces, and how to use some core algorithms for searching and sorting data. And this course is project-based!