Introduction to Computer Science (Masters, WS)

Contents (Harvard CS50)

Introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming. This course teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. Designed for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience.

Learning objectives and skills

Students learn about…

  • foundations of programming in different programming languages
  • the principle of programs
  • to abstract and solve problems algorithmically
  • basics of web programming

Language of instruction


Method of examination

Written examination (100%)

Module Compatibility

Module in Informatics I of the customized introduction to IIS (from 2019/2020).

Course Organisation

Term: Winter

a.       4. Nov 2020, 09:45 – 11:15: Kick-Off 

b.       13. Jan 2021, 09:45 – 11:15: Graphs & Trees 


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