Course Description

Python from Scratch is a comprehensive introductory course for individuals who have little or no programming experience but want to learn Python programming language. The course begins with an overview of Python, including its history, features, and uses. Students will learn how to install and set up a Python development environment and explore the different tools available for writing and running Python code. The course then covers basic Python programming concepts, such as data types, variables, control structures, functions, and modules. Students will also learn how to work with strings, lists, dictionaries, and other data structures, and how to manipulate data using built-in functions and libraries. Throughout the course, students will work on real-world projects, such as creating a simple calculator, developing a web application, or building a data analysis tool. This hands-on approach will help students develop practical programming skills and gain confidence in their ability to write Python code. The course also covers advanced Python programming concepts, such as object-oriented programming, exceptions handling, and file I/O. Students will learn how to create and use classes, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. They will also learn how to handle errors and exceptions, and how to read and write files using Python. The final section of the course focuses on more specialized areas of Python programming, such as web development, machine learning, and data analysis. Students will learn how to use popular Python libraries and frameworks, such as Flask, Django, NumPy, Pandas, and TensorFlow, and how to apply them to solve real-world problems. At the end of the course, students will have a solid foundation in Python programming language and will be able to write Python programs for a variety of applications. They will have hands-on experience with Python tools, libraries, and frameworks, and will be ready to explore more advanced topics in Python programming. Overall, Python from Scratch is an excellent course for anyone who wants to learn Python programming language from scratch and gain the skills and confidence to tackle real-world programming challenges. Author: Centre for Education in Math and Computing (University of Waterloo)