Python Programming: A Concise Introduction
Wesleyan University
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assignment Level : Introductive
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The goal of the course is to introduce students to Python Version 3.x programming using hands on instruction. It will show how to install Python and use the Spyder IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for writing and debugging programs. The approach will be to present an example followed by a small exercise where the learner tries something similar to solidify a concept. At the end of each module there will be an exercise where the student is required to write simple programs and submit them for grading. It is intended for students with little or no programming background, although students with such a background should be able to move forward at their preferred pace. The course is four modules long and is designed to be completed in four weeks.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Beginning to Program in Python
    In this module we introduce writing functions in Python using the convenient Spyder development environment. The lesson begins with instructions on installing the popular Anaconda distribution of Python, which includes Spyder. It continues by showing how to u...
  • Week 2 - Working with Lists and Importing Libraries. The Random library.
    Lists, datatypes, libraries, the random library.
  • Week 3 - Tuples, Data Dictionaries, Text and CSV Files
    So far, we have one collection data type, the list. In this module we take up two more: the tuple and the data dictionary. After that we introduce reading and writing text files and give some illustrative examples. Finally, we take up reading and writing Comm...
  • Week 4 - Functional Values, Sorting, Formatting, Statistics, and a Menu Driven Database Program
    In this lesson, we take up a variety of topics and give an example using much of what we've covered in the course. First, we show how functions can return values. Then we show how to build lists of various types and how to sort these lists. After that we use ...
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Bill Boyd
Visiting Associate Professor and Visiting Scholar
Quantitative Analysis Center

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