Introduction to Python

Course Dates: 09/10/21 - 30/10/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:15
Location: Online
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.
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). 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.
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Course Code: CPPY09

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Sat, day, 09 Oct - 30 Oct '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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...

- 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
Look at the Code Academy’s online Python course:

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, Algorithms 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.

Manisha Maniar

Manisha has been working as an IT Consultant for over 25 years. Manisha has worked for IBM, Shell, Met Police, MoD, DERA and the United Nations amongst others. My career has taken me all over the world and during this time I have held various positions from Computer Programmer to Programme Manager. I found my love for programming after I completed my Computer Science degree at Manchester University, at a time when computers and computing were very different. I started my career as an Oracle Database programmer, using Oracle Forms with PL/SQL. Fast forward 25 years and I now teach computer languages and programming for fun.

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.