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Compound Data Types
and Advanced Topics in C
Grades 9–12
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About the Course
Students focus on implementing data structures, the key organizing factor to formalize design methods and programming languages. This course includes advanced topics that are useful for modern programming applications.
What Makes Compound Data Types Different?
In this demo, see how our Compound Data Types course relates computer programming trees to a more familiar concept: family trees. Launch Video
Students are taught about pointers and how they are a powerful and efficient tool to reference data. Upon viewing a lecture, students complete exercises to help gauge their understanding of the material. Launch Video
Dynamic Allocation
Students are taught about dynamic allocation, which expands on the concept of pointers that allow programs to acquire new memory while the program is still running. Launch Video
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  • Dedicated tutors for one-to-one learning
  • Tutoring via video chat, phone, or email
  • Digital Classroom sessions
  • Academic coaching
  • Parent-Tutor conferences
  • Completion certificate
  • Detailed progress reporting
  • Technical support
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Additional Details

Compound Data Types and Advanced Topics in C is delivered via CD-ROM, typically delivered within 5 -7 business days. Access to online resources and your Stanford trained tutor begin immediately upon enrollment.

Recommended Usage: The course is designed to take approximately 3 months to complete.

Skills Covered: The course will use the Dev C++. During this course, students will write approximately 30 programs. Download the Compound Data Types and Advanced Topics in C Course Outline.

Prerequisites:  Programming in C - Algorithms and Techniques or equivalent

Optional Textbook: The Art and Science of C, by Eric Roberts ISBN#: 0201543222, or any C programming book for reference

This course requires a computer with a CD-ROM drive and the Windows operating system. It will only function on Mac OS using a virtualized Windows Operating System using a product like Parallels Desktop or VM Ware.

System Requirements: All CD-ROM based course software require a Windows operating system. Mac OS X users can run Windows using Boot Camp or virtualization software like Parallels Desktop. The recommended Windows system has:

  • Windows 8 or 10
  • Intel processor (or AMD equivalent) with at least 4 GB RAM
  • 10GB of free hard drive space
  • CD/DVD drive
  • Speakers and/or headphones jack
  • Internet connection

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If the student finishes the course with time remaining in his/her quarter, he/she can continue to the next course in sequence with the remaining time for no additional cost. To complete a course transfer, contact a member of our Customer Experience Team.

Compound Data Types Grades: 9–12

$445 quarterly
(3 months)