Class Time: Fall 2023 Online Class (12 sessions) - Wednesday - 8:00-9:00 PM (evening online course)
Grade Level: 9th - 12th
Instructor: Jeremy Hurley
Contact Information: VTHurley97@gmail.com
This course will teach programming fundamentals, applying programming and data analysis techniques to real world / historical scenarios and data sets (ex. Titanic passenger demographics, weather, lottery numbers). Programming will utilize the Python language and will cover concepts such as arithmetic operations, string manipulation, variables / data types, functions, and control flow. The course will move into data analysis and visualization leveraging Pandas.
Why Python? Python is consistently ranked near the top of programming languages to learn. Stack Overflow, a popular programming website, related the following from its 2019 survey of developers:
“Python, the fastest-growing major programming language, has risen in the ranks of programming languages in our survey yet again, edging out Java this year and standing as the second most loved language.”
Reasons for Python’s popularity and rapid adoption are that it is clean, easy to learn, has a large online community, and is widely used across industries and applications – web/desktop applications, games, machine learning, and data science/analysis.
This one semester course will cover introduction to computer programming. No prior experience is required and only basic computer skills are needed to begin the course.
Class size: 5-15
Jeremy Hurley earned his B.S. in both Finance and Accounting from Virginia Tech University and his M.S. in Information Systems from George Mason University. He works as a Senior Business Analysis & Intelligence Manager at Fannie Mae. He has coached multiple sports teams over the last several years . He looks forward to bringing his knowledge and passion of business and information systems to the classroom and having fun with the students developing the skills needed to start their journey in computer programming. Jeremy and his wife Ann are raising their seven children in Potomac Falls and attend Christ the Redeemer.