Weekly study4 hours
Big Ideas in Programming: Expressing Yourself with Python
Learn the Python basics you need to create the content and projects you want
Coding and programming allow better work performance, across diverse professions. If you want to discuss ideas with programming professionals or develop the code yourself, you need to know the basics.
Python is a powerful programming language, and mastering Python basics is the ideal way to understand and use programming concepts. With this exceptional four-week course from the University of Michigan, you can get started on doing just that.
Harness Python programming’s big ideas
The big ideas in programming are the building blocks that allow you to create large, interesting, and useful programs. Mastering these programming concepts (variables, loops, strings, conditionals, and functions) and data structures (lists, tuples, and dictionaries) in Python will allow you to really express yourself in the digital space.
Develop a wide array of Python skills
The creative coding/programming skills that you acquire in this Python course will allow you to design and produce personalised stories, filter and transform data, use code visualisers, generate art, predict program output, and write better code that works smarter, not harder.
You can expect plenty of interactive practice, engaging assignments, and immediate feedback. This allows you to check your understanding at every step of the way, giving you the chance to really develop your confidence and skill.
The best way to learn Python
Convened by Barbara Ericson, Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan’s School of Information, this course is the ideal way to master Python basics. With her expertise and innovative ideas, you’ll enjoy the learning experience as much as you benefit from it.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Apply programming concepts to be expressive, such as creating a choose your own adventure story
- Filter and transform data using the basic data structures in Python, such as removing words with less than three characters from a list
- Experiment with the power of Python to accomplish more work with less code, such as using list comprehensions to sum only the even values in a list
- Explore using a code visualizer to help them understand exactly what happens when code executes
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in learning Python. Whether you want to discuss programming with other professionals, teaching others to code or use the language to do your own creative coding, this is the Python course for you!
Who developed the course?
As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).
LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan, USA
World rankingTop 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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