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Introduction to Python Programming

Instructor: Pengcheng Cao
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Dates: July 10 - July 29, 2023
Schedule: TBD

Course Description

In this course, students learn to program in Python. The course is aimed at students who may, or may not, have experience with coding at all, but are beginners in Python. Students will listen to explanations and watch demonstrations as they gain practical experience with basic coding concepts such as calculations, string formatting/manipulation, conditional statements, iteration and abstraction of functions, writing proper comments and function headers as well as programming style. For their final project, students will creatively deploy the class materials to develop a simple text-based arcade game. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the rules and syntax used in programming languages
  • Familiarity with programming constructs 
  • Writing functional code in Python 
  • Preparation for advancement into more in-depth or college-level programming courses

Course Topics

  • Python Basics
  • Functions and Modules
  • Math
  • String Manipulation
  • Iterables: Sequences, Dictionaries, and Sets 
  • Flow Control 
  • File Processing
  • Exception Handling
  • Dates and Times
  • Running Python Scripts from the Command Line
  • Visualization


  • Some programming experience would be beneficial.

*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students. Courses have been modified for online teaching.