Online ExpertTrack in IT & Computer Science

Programming Essentials with Python

Become a programming expert with this introductory Python course, covering cloud technology, data visualisation and source code.

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Coventry UniversityCoventry University

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Level up your knowledge of the Python language and other programming essentials

What’s behind the back-end of some of the world’s biggest online companies?

This ExpertTrack will introduce you to the power of programming. You’ll leverage your knowledge of programming by learning the essentials of Python, one of the most easy to use – and most widely used – computer programming languages.

Learn Python programming for beginners

Across three course parts, you’ll explore:

  • the role of the programmer: what is Python used for
  • types of cloud computing, and how the cloud works
  • how to use source code
  • object-oriented programming in Python
  • the role of the solutions architect
  • IaaS (Infrastructure as a service), Saas (software as a service) and FaaS (function as a service) infrastructures
  • data visualisation with Seaborn and Matplotlib

Understand how to use source code in programming

This ExpertTrack will teach you everything required to understand how coding works.

You’ll explore the types of errors that can occur, and find out how to troubleshoot and fix them. You’ll learn about code flows, including loops and conditions, along with sequential, conditional and branching code flows.

And you’ll gain an understanding in variables and data types, symbols and operators, plus keywords and identifiers.

How IaaS, SaaS and FaaS cloud architecture works

As you explore the principles of the Cloud and how it came into being, you’ll identify the major players in cloud computing today.

You’ll gain a greater understanding of the Cloud’s importance and impact on business and the wider world, and analyse the benefits, issues, and opportunities that cloud computing presents.

You’ll also look at various deployment models of cloud computing: IaaS (Infrastructure as a service), Saas (software as a service) and FaaS (function as a service).

Seaborn and Matplotlib unlocked: Python data visualisation techniques

Seaborn and Matplotlib are high-level plotting and data-visualisation libraries that allow you to create quality 2D charts and statistical graphics in Python.

You’ll learn how to use these powerful visualisation tools by exploring their objects and architecture, and learning how to customise plots.

Upon completion of this ExpertTrack, you’ll have the skills and confidence to discuss Python applications with tech teams, complete simple actions using Python, and articulate the basics of programming.

Industry statistics

  • Median base salary£35,000
  • UK job openings/month1,841

Key skills you will learn

  • Programming
  • Python
  • Solutions architecture
  • Cloud computing
  • Cloud architecture
  • Visualisation
  • Data visualisation
  • Source code
  • Object-oriented programming

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Articulate the basics of programming
  • Define and differentiate between the various types of cloud architecture
  • Identify the basics of Python for programming
  • Define object-oriented programming
  • Identify key components of visualising using Python and tools that can be leveraged

Experience required

This ExpertTrack will teach you the fundamentals of programming, as well as the basics of programming in Python. It focuses on developing the knowledge and skills professionals need to successfully start a career in programming or software development.

There are no formal academic requirements for joining this ExpertTrack.

On this ExpertTrack we’ll be using Python. We recommend you use a computer to access these elements.

Getting started

This course is aimed at professionals looking to build confidence in Python and better understand its programming tasks.

It’s particularly well-suited to career-changers seeking an entry-level programming role, established technology professionals looking to level up their understanding of Python, and tech team leaders who wish to increase their understanding of key concepts to more effectively manage development teams.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Discover how Python programming and other computer languages can be used to kickstart your career as a programming expert.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to programming
      • Welcome to the course!
      • What is programming?
      • Python overview
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Basics of programming
      • Introduction
      • Source code
      • Debugging
      • Coding flows overview
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Introduction to solutions architecture
      • Introduction
      • What is solutions architecture?
      • Effective solutions architecture
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Landscape and context of solutions architecture
      • Introduction
      • Solutions architecture, challenges, risks, and opportunities
      • Solutions architecture landscape
      • Understanding machine and deep learning in the context of cloud solutions architecture
      • Wrap-up
  • Course 2

    Launch your career in programming with this course on the fundamentals of Python and other programming languages.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to cloud computing
      • Welcome to the course
      • Introduction to cloud computing
      • The cloud computing sector
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Cloud deployment models, risks, and benefits
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • Cloud Operations
      • Benefits and opportunities, challenges and risks of cloud computing
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Python data structures
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Python data structures
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Python functions
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Functions
      • Wrap-up
  • Course 3

    Explore the fundamentals of object-orientated programming languages and learn how to visualise data with Python.

    1 test

    4 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction to the Matplotlib library in Python
      • Welcome to the course!
      • Introduction to Matplotlib
      • Plotting time series data using Matplotlib
      • Quantitative comparisons and statistical visualisations
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 2

      Sharing your content and Seaborn in Python
      • Welcome to Week 2
      • How to share visualisations
      • Introduction to Seaborn
      • Visualising two quantitative variables
      • Visualising categorical and quantitative variables
      • Customising Seaborn plots
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 3

      Object-orientated programming
      • Welcome to Week 3
      • Object-orientated programming
      • Wrap-up
    • Week 4

      Python additional libraries
      • Welcome to Week 4
      • Python libraries
      • Wrap-up

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  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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This ExpertTrack is in collaboration with GitHub

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This ExpertTrack is endorsed by Coventry University

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Meet your instructor

Hi everyone. I’m Jey, a professional accredited engineer that is looking to create innovations inside the engineering industry. My interests include deep learning, cryptography and quantum computing.

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