Introduction to Python
Time: 18:15 - 21:30
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: CPPY05
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Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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...
• Write Python scripts
• Use 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/.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
No external work required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a USB key, pen and notepad for note taking. Computers are provided for each student. It will be a small group of 8 students max.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Tim is a PhD candidate in the field of High-energy physics. He attained an MSci degree from Imperial College London with a thesis on the formation of exoplanet moons. He has studied python in the context of physics simulations, data analysis, statistical modelling, and Machine learning. For the past three years he has taught A-level students, undergraduates, and some university staff how to use python effectively for modelling and data analysis. He has also tutored a variety of students in physics and mathematics from KS3 level to first-year undergraduate. His supervision in the undergraduate computing and physics laboratories of Imperial College London earned him a nomination for a Student Choice Award. “I was not exposed to programming until starting my undergraduate, but mere weeks into my degree it became an invaluable tool which I have used ever since.”
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.