Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Introduction to Python Programming

Georgia Institute of Technology via edX Professional Certificate


“Introduction to Computing in Python” is a series of courses built from Georgia Tech’s online for-credit version of CS1301: Introduction to Computing. The series is designed to take you from no computer science background whatsoever to proficiency in the basics of computing and programming, specifically in the popular programming language Python. Rated as one of the most in-demand and beginner-friendly programming languages, Python training will give you a solid foundation not only for Python code but for further studies in computer science.

The syllabus and course material has been used at Georgia Tech for its for-credit CS1301 class for over a year. Over 400 students on campus have completed this version of the course, and our analysis shows that they exit the course with the same learning outcomes as students taking the traditional on-campus version. This Professional Certificate uses the same instructional material and assessments as learning Python on campus, giving you a Georgia Tech-caliber introduction into the field of computing at your own pace.

This Professional Certification course follows a unique design. Students will cover the general, fundamental principles of computer science—which are applicable to any programming language like javascript or R — and then rapidly transition to those same programming concepts in Python. Short videos (2-3 minutes each) are rapidly interleaved with live programming problems, real-world examples, and multiple-choice questions to give you constant feedback on your progress and understanding.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Computing in Python I: Fundamentals and Procedural Programming

Learn the fundamentals of computing in Python, including variables, operators, and writing and debugging your own programs.

Course 2: Computing in Python II: Control Structures

Learn about control structures, one of the most powerful parts of programming. This course covers conditionals, loops, functions, and error handling, specifically in Python but with broader applicability to other languages as well.

Course 3: Computing in Python III: Data Structures

Learn more complex ways of handling data, including files, lists, and dictionaries for building complex programs.

Course 4: Computing in Python IV: Objects & Algorithms

Learn about recursion, search and sort algorithms, and object-oriented programming in Python.


Taught by

David Joyner


5.0 rating, based on 1 Class Central review

Start your review of Introduction to Python Programming

  • Anonymous
    It is a great course that build's the foundations for programming, I really appreciate Professor David’s way of breaking down concepts to be easily digested.

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Someone learning on their laptop while sitting on the floor.