Free Computing Taster Course

This free one-hour session allows absolute beginners to sample the experience of learning online and programming with Java.

Jump right into watching the videos, and see how long it takes you to create your own programme, whether that is a Magic 8 Ball, a Universal Measurement Converter, or a Rock, Paper, Scissors Game.

Remember, while the video clips provided add up to a one-hour class, you will be undertaking your own ‘homework’ in order to complete the programme – you can take as much time as you need, and revisit video clips if you wish. 

NOTE: We recommend undertaking this course on a laptop or desktop rather than on a phone. Coding needs a keyboard and the videos are best viewed in full screen. This one-hour taster session was originally created for the Certificate in Science in Computing at National College of Ireland, a 12-week online programme aimed at beginners who have an interest in computing but are limited on time, however this taster session also operates as a stand-alone, no-strings, no-risk introduction to the area of Java Programming, as well as providing a free example of the experience of online learning. We are proud to offer it as part of the Dublin Learning City Virtual Festival 2021

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Taster Course Videos

These videos are ideal for beginners who have an interest in computing and programming but have no or a low level of experience in these areas.

Introduction Video

Watch this video to get an overview of how the Certificate in Science in Computing works, and what to expect from this one-hour taster course.

Before we begin

Here's some important information to know before you start to code! 

Intro to Java Part 1

This video will introduce you to the theory of programming and what it all means.

Intro to Java Part 2

In this video, we start to get practical by writing our first piece of code. 


Please pick one of the projects below, each project should take around 15-20 minutes to complete. 

Project 1: Magic 8 Ball

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Project 2: Universal Measurement Converter

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 Project 3: Rock Paper Scissors Game

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Have a question?

Submit your enquiry about the course content via the form below and Sam Cogan, NCI's Online Academic Programme Supervisor who is featured in the videos, will respond.