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Introduction to C Programming (Online, Self-Paced)


This course introduces the student to computer programming using the C99 standard of the C programming language. The core C language features covered in this course include variables, control structures, functions, arrays, strings, pointers, and structures. Programming techniques covered by this course include modularity, top-down design, documentation, debugging, and testing.

There is a shortage of C programmers with the skills and problem solving abilities necessary to develop and maintain the software applications and systems that power our nation's businesses and government agencies. This represents a tremendous career opportunity for motivated individuals with the right skills and qualifications. This online C programming course is an excellent step toward a rewarding career as a software developer, or as a stepping stone to additional studies in computer programming. It is also a suitable course for experienced programmers who wish to learn C at their own pace.


  • To begin the development of programming skills to solve problems.
  • To learn the basic features of the C programming language so that the student may continue further studies in programming.

Class Format and Schedule

This is a self-paced, instructor-mentored course. Students access the course lessons through UMBC Training Centers' Web-based Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). A textbook will be mailed to the student shortly after successful class registration. Students complete lessons independently, working at their own pace. Students may email questions to the instructor and submit programming exercises to the instructor for review and feedback.

To complete the course, the student must complete and submit the required programming assignments within the Blackboard LMS. Students will have 90 days from the date of course registration to complete the course. It is recommended that students complete at least one Blackboard module (lesson) per week. Nothing prevents the student from working at a faster pace and completing in the course in a shorter amount of time.

System Requirements

A complete list of system requirements can be found here.


Students should have experience performing basic computer and file management tasks on a modern operating system such as Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. Students should have good problem solving and logical thinking skills. Prior computer programming experience is helpful but not required.


Price includes textbook, instructor-based assistance and support, and access to the Online Course Materials for up to 90 days.

Due to the self-paced nature of this course and the student having access to the course content 24 hours a day for 90 days, students enrolled in this course are not eligible to audit a future session.
Course Outline
Session Dates Session Time Location Price Registration
Start Anytime Self-Paced Online $1495.00

Group Training Available

UMBC Training Centers can deliver any of our courses in a group training environment at our facilities or yours. Group training can be an effective and economical method to quickly assure competency and consistency of knowledge and skills within an organization or department.