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?
Advanced Python, Data science with Python or any other programming language at Build: introduction to Java, introduction to C#, introduction to C++, introduction to creative coding using Processing, introduction to Unity3D, introduction to R programming.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details