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Introduction to JavaScript

JavaScript is the most popular scripting language on the web. Here you will get learn how to do basic programming with JavaScript. We will cover just about everything - from common language constructs and JavaScript types to objects, functions, arrays, closures, and scope.
Other course topics include the syntax of JavaScript, including control structures, further exploration of the Document Object Model (DOM). Students will learn how to implement and create common scripts found on the web like form validation and dynamic content.

Course Highlights:

  • Introduction to JavaScript
  • Declaration and Initialization
  • Comparisons, conditions, loops, and arrays
  • Functions, the DOM node tree, manipulating the DOM
  • Prototypes, ajax, Json
  • Debugging JavaScript and code quality

Course Benefits:

  • Understand how JavaScript works with HTML5
  • Describe the difference between client-side, server-side, server-parsed language
  • Define the differences between procedural and object-oriented programming
  • Identify basic data structures (arrays, variables, data types, expressions)
  • Utilize DOM object structure of JavaScript in web pages
  • Identify the standard set of JavaScript commands and operators
  • Understand JavaScript functions and parameter-passing
  • Describe event handling within JavaScript


A modern browser like Chrome or Firefox
Any Text Editor. Here are some recommendations:

Hardware: Linux, Mac or Windows machine with minimum 4 GB

Course typically offered: Online, every quarter

Prerequisites: Prerequisite is Introduction to HTML5 & CSS or a complete working knowledge of HTML and CSS is recommended. If you have not taken the Intro to HTML and CSS course but feel you have the experience or prior knowledge to take this course, please email

Next steps: Upon completion, consider additional coursework in our specialized certificate in Front End Development  such as Applied JavaScript I.

Contact: For more information about this course, please contact

Course Number: CSE-41208
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Front End DevelopmentUser Experience (UX) Design

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