Programming for Everybody: Python Data Structures Course - University of Michigan


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Program Description


Discover data structures and learn how they’re used in the Python programming language with experts at the University of Michigan.

Take your next step in learning Python from scratch

On this course, you’ll be introduced to the core data structures of the Python programming language and learn how they are used.

Designed as the next step up from the Programming for Everybody: Getting Started with Python course, this course moves past the basics of procedural programming.

You’ll learn how to use the built-in data structures in Python, such as lists, dictionaries, and tuples, to perform more complex data analysis.


Week 1 - Welcome to Data Structures

  • Welcome
  • Materials
  • Writing Python Programmes
  • Python Playground
  • Bonus Materials

Week 2 - Chapter Six: Strings

  • Introduction: Chapter 6
  • Lecture: Materials
  • Review: Chapter 6
  • Assignment: Chapter 6
  • Bonus: Chapter 6

Week 3 - Chapter Seven: Files

  • Introduction: Chapter 7
  • Lecture: Materials
  • Review: Chapter 7
  • Assignment: Chapter 7
  • Bonus: Chapter 7

Week 4 - Chapter Eight: Lists

  • Introduction: Chapter 8
  • Lecture: Materials
  • Review: Chapter 8
  • Assignment: Chapter 8
  • Bonus: Chapter 8

Week 5 - Chapter Nine: Dictionaries

  • Introduction: Chapter 9
  • Lecture: Materials
  • Review: Chapter 9
  • Assignment: Chapter 9
  • Bonus: Chapter 9

Week 6 - Chapter Ten: Tuples

  • Introduction: Chapter 10
  • Lecture: Materials
  • Review: Chapter 10
  • Assignment: Chapter 10
  • Bonus: Chapter 10
  • Wrap Up

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

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Explain the principles of data structures & how they are used.
  • Develop programmes that are able to read and write data from files.
  • Demonstrate understanding of data storage using key/value pairs with Python dictionaries.
  • Perform multi-step tasks like sorting or looping using tuples.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those who have completed the Programming for Everybody course who want to move to the next stage in their Python learning.

The Programming for Everybody courses is designed for anyone who wants to learn computer programming. No prior programming experience is required.

Who will you learn with?

Charles Severance

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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  • Access to this course for 8 weeks

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