This course teaches the basics of programming and you don’t need any knowledge of coding to take part. You may find it challenging at times, but we hope it will be fun too. However, the course does require you to be comfortable downloading, unzipping and installing software to your computer. If you think that you may find this difficult, you may like to have someone on hand to help you — particularly in Week 1.
You may find that the course takes longer than the 3 hours per week estimate to complete. This will depend on your experience and to some extent how powerful your computer is.
The course will give you an opportunity to write and edit your own programming code using specific software. To run this software effectively, we recommend a computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) that has a dual-core processor and a minimum of 2GB of RAM — though this may vary. For information on operating system support see the Android developers’ site.
It is also helpful to have access to an Android device (such as a phone or tablet) to run the game, but this is not essential. If you just want to watch the videos and read the tutorials, you should be able to access these on most web connected devices, such as smartphones, tablets and consoles.
This course includes video content and other visual teaching methods. As such, blind and visually impaired students may need a helper.