Introduction to Python

Course Dates: 18/03/20 - 08/04/20
Time: 18:15 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Want to learn more about how computers work or what computer programmers do? Get started in computer programming using the popular and easy-to-use computer programming language Python.

Description

What is the course about?

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn a simple but powerful modern programming language. The course leads students from the basics of writing and running Python scripts to more advanced features such as file operations, working with data, and using Python modules.

What will we cover?

- An Overview of Python
- What is Python?
- Compiled and Interpreted programming languages
- Downloading and installing Python
- Using the Python documentation
- The structure of a Python script
- Running Python scripts
- Using variables
- Managing text with String operators
- Managing numbers with Math operators
- Writing to the screen
- Reading from the keyboard
- The if and elif statements 'while' and 'for loops'
- Using lists
- List operations and methods
- Dealing with syntax errors
- Program Exceptions.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Learn how to write Python scripts
- Using flow control structures
- Use Python to read and write files and handle external data
- Make their code robust by handling errors and exceptions properly
- Work with the Python code libraries.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge of Python or programming is required, but you should have good general computing skills. You should be able to follow spoken instructions, read written instructions and information, and discuss work with your tutor in English.
If you are new to programming and would like to do some preparation for this course you may wish to try the following : Using the scratch tool use the graphical editor to draw a square http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/
Look at the Code Academy’s online Python course: http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/python.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be entirely practical, and maybe some quizzes after each session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring a pen and notepad for note taking. Computers are provided for each student.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Intermediate Python, data analytics with Python:introduction,Algorithm's in Python
Introduction to machine learning or any other programming language at City Lit: Introduction to R programming, Introduction to Java, Introduction to C#, introduction to C++, Introduction to creative coding using Processing, Introduction to Unity3D.

Reviews

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

this is a very basic course. You will learn the most fundamental commands of any coding language, as all of them as based in the same principles. Although these commands are very basic, they will still allow you to do a lot of stuff as any procedure can be split in different steps that can be coded by only using these commands.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/02/2020)
I benefited a lot from this course especially when it came to building confidence in coding that I didn't have. I tried learning Python on my own through online courses or through books but I never felt confident. The tutor helped me gain confidence and become motivated to go further and expand my knowledge in Python. They did an excellent job.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 28/11/2019)
Very knowledgeable and experienced tutor. Excellent teaching.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/10/2019)
yes, good course, shame about lack of logins !
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Review by Robert / (Posted on 30/09/2019)
So long as you pay attention throughout it shouldn’t be too hard to understand Python
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Review by Joseph / (Posted on 30/07/2019)
it is demanding so you will need your wits about you
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/06/2019)
I would say it's good for learning syntax and writing scripts in Python, but if you want to know about general programming concepts maybe another course or continuing with a more advanced coursed would be a good option.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
Highly recommend
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/04/2019)
This is a good introductory course to python and coding in general. I feel that I've learned the basics and now have tools to expand my knowledge myself.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/04/2019)
Thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was well structured and well paced. Particularly pleased with the differentiated tasks which allowed progress throughout the course. I highly recommend it.
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Review by mt / (Posted on 28/03/2019)
its good and worth taking to gain a basic but good understanding of Python
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/02/2019)
They should definitely do it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
An excellent course! It does progress quickly, but covers the fundamentals of Python very well.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/11/2018)
A fantastic course from beginning to end. The tutor is amazing. I have attended hundreds of courses over the years, this is by far the best. The resources were very detailed with excellent tasks that built up knowledge and experience in clear steps. The sessions were a great balance of information, demonstration and practice. I didn't want it to end.
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Review by Eloise / (Posted on 02/11/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Rich Cochrane

Rich is a programmer, writer and educator with a particular interest in creative practice. In his previous career he worked as a software developer in the CIty, first at a dot-com startup and later at a top-tier investment bank where he worked mostly on trading floor systems and got to play with a wide range of languages and technologies. He now teaches coding and maths-related courses full time. Besides his work at City Lit he also teaches at Central Saint Martins, the Architecture Association and the Photographer's Gallery and is the author of two books about mathematics. His technical collaborations with artists have been shown at, among others, the Hayward gallery, the V&A, the ICA and Camden Arts Centre. He has a BSc in Mathematics from the Open University. He also has a BA in English Literature and a PhD in philosophy (both from Cardiff). He continues to teach a little philosophy and literature, especially as they intersect with his other interests, and as a partner in Minimum Labyrinth he has brought these ideas to wider audiences in collaboration with the Museum of London, the Barbican and various private sponsors.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: CPPY30

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Wed, eve, 18 Mar - 08 Apr '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £229.00

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