Introduction to Python

Course Dates: 16/10/19 - 06/11/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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.


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
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,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.


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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
Franziska Schmidt Tutor Website

Franziska is an astrophysicist currently working towards her PhD at UCL here in London. She first became interested in computer science and programming while enrolled in a physics undergraduate course. Fascinated by the challenge of translating science problems into computer code, she chose to specialise in computational astrophysics and obtained first a BSc then an MSc from the University of Tuebingen in Germany. Franziska's current projects are combinations of research software development, theoretical astrophysics and data science. She mainly works with Python, C++, and FORTRAN but has experience with various other programming languages, high-performance computing and machine learning. Since 2017, Franziska has been teaching Python courses at CityLit, a part-time occupation she enjoys very much. Franziska believes in making programming more accessible to novices (particularly underrepresented groups and those looking to change careers) as well as the importance of ethical coding. For more information and programming resources please visit Franziska's website.

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: CPPY14

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Finished Wed, eve, 16 Oct - 06 Nov '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £140.00

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