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Programming for Everybody Python

Course Summary

This course aims to teach everyone to learn the basics of programming computers using Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course.

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    Course Syllabus

    Week One: Introduction - Why we program?  
    Week Two: Variables and Expressions
    Week Three: Conditional code
    Week Four: Functions
    Week Five: Loops and Iteration
    Week Six: Strings
    Week Seven: Files
    Week Eight: Lists
    Week Nine: Dictionaries
    Week Ten: Tuples
    Optional Topic: Regular Expressions


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    Recommended Background

    There are no pre-requisites for this course.  We avoid any advanced mathematics. You can do the entire class using a web browser.  If you are going to do the programming exercises on your own computer (optional), you should know how to download and install software and be able to make folders and organize files on your computer.   We will have detailed instructional videos for both Windows and Macintosh computers for all software installation and file management tasks for those who want to do software development on their computers.  All required software for this class is free.

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    Course Format

    Each week there will be about an hour of lecture material. The ten weeks of the course match the first ten chapters of the book - we cover one chapter per week.   Each week there will be some combination of a quiz, programming assignment, and/or an optional extra credit assignment. 

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    Suggested Reading

    The textbook is titled Python for Informatics: Exploring Information.  The book is free to download in all major electronic formats including: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, HTML, and Apple's iBooks.  The free iBooks version of the book contains enhanced video materials and exercises built into the book.  You can purchase a printed copy of the book from Amazon for $8.99.   It is not necessary to purchase the printed book.   All of the book materials are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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1 - 4 hours / week

This course is listed under Open Source , Development & Implementations and Data & Information Management Community

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