Students will learn the content of PSI AP Computer Science Principles and be prepared to take the AP Exam. The first half of the course focuses on fundamental programming skills and thought processes required for successful programming in any language while integrating components of Python. Topics include an introduction to programming, operators & logic, algorithms & control structures, lists, and functions & procedures. The second half of the course focuses on fundamental understanding of computers, networking and life in a digital world. Programming skills will be deepened throughout this course. Topics include the global impact of computing, bits & bytes, data & privacy, graphics & images, and the Internet & networking.
This is the online, asynchronous version of the NJCTL course that has been taught and continuously improved in classrooms across the world. All the content of that full-year is included, no topics have been removed or diluted. In a traditional classroom, this course requires at least 120 hours. Students should expect to devote at least that same 120 hours to complete this online course. However, the course's asynchronous nature will allow students to invest that time when it is most convenient for them. To receive an NJCTL transcript, students will need to complete the entire course including the exams proctored by Proctorio software.
Students interested in receiving credit from their school need to inquire with their school to ensure the school will accept NJCTL's transcript for new credit, credit recovery, or for satisfying prerequisites. Those decisions are at the sole discretion of the school. If it is important to the student, credit and prerequisite approval should be discussed with the school prior to enrollment. The course syllabus is posted on this page to help with those discussions. NJCTL is available to speak with students, parents, or the school to address questions or concerns.
Students not interested in receiving a transcript, and possible credit from their school, can take advantage of the course's asynchronous nature to work with their NJCTL teacher to develop a plan to learn specific topics. That will allow each student to focus on their gaps from the previous year or prepare for next year.
Students of any age may take an NJCTL course. However, students under the age of 18 must be enrolled by their parent or guardian, who can accept Terms of Service and make payment.