Master the basics of Python programming, and learn how to use programming tools and variables with the University of Michigan.
Learn Python from scratch and prepare yourself for a future in programming
On this programming course, you’ll go from a complete beginner with no prior programming experience to having a solid understanding of the Python programming language.
You’ll begin by completing basic exercises that focus on the core concepts of programming. As you progress, you’ll learn how to use variables to store, retrieve and calculate information. You’ll then install Python, write your first programme, and get to grips with utilizing core programming tools like functions and loops.
Upon completion of this course, you’ll have the computer programming skills to further your learning alone.
What topics will you cover?
- Understanding a programme
- Using variables in programmes
- Conditional execution (if statements)
- Repeated execution / looping (for statements)
- Functions and code reuse
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
- 10 August 2020
- 19 October 2020
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Describe the basics of the Python programming language.
- Install Python and write your first programme.
- Use variables to store, retrieve and calculate information.
- Utilize core programming tools such as functions and loops.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of programming computers using Python. This course has no prerequisites and avoids all but the simplest maths.
What software or tools do you need?
Who will you learn with?
Charles is a Clinical Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is the Chair of the Sakai Project Management Committee (PMC).
Who developed the course?
University of Michigan
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 programmes in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).
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