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AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles

High School


Course Description:

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. In this course, students will learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They will incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge. Students will also explain how computing innovations and computing systems, including the Internet, work, explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical. It is important to note that the AP Computer Science Principles course does not have a designated programming language. Teachers have the flexibility to choose a programming language(s) that is most appropriate for their students to use in the classroom.

Semester 1

Practice 1: Computational Solution Design
Design and evaluate computational solutions for a purpose.

Practice 2: Algorithms and Program Development 2
Develop and implement algorithms.

Practice 3: Abstraction in Program Development 3
Develop programs that incorporate abstractions.

Semester 2

Note: if the following section is blank the course is 1 semester long

Practice 4: Code Analysis
Evaluate and test algorithms and programs

Practice 5: Computing Innovations
Investigate computing innovations.

Practice 6: Responsible Computing
Contribute to an inclusive, safe, collaborative, and ethical computing culture.

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