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Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)

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University of Michigan via Coursera

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Duration 7 weeks long
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Overview

This course aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. We cover the basics of how one constructs a program from a series of simple instructions in Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course. This course will cover Chapters 1-5 of the textbook “Python for Everybody”. Once a student completes this course, they will be ready to take more advanced programming courses. This course covers Python 3.

Syllabus

Chapter One - Why we Program?
-These are the course-wide materials as well as the first part of Chapter One where we explore what it means to write programs. We finish Chapter One and have the quiz and first assignment in the third week of the class. Throughout the course you may want to come back and look at these materials. This section should not take you an entire week.

Installing and Using Python
-In this module you will set things up so you can write Python programs. Not all activities in this module are required for this class so please read the "Using Python in this Class" material for details.

Chapter One: Why We Program (continued)
-In the first chapter we try to cover the "big picture" of programming so you get a "table of contents" of the rest of the book. Don't worry if not everything makes perfect sense the first time you hear it. This chapter is quite broad and you would benefit from reading the chapter in the book in addition to watching the lectures to help it all sink in. You might want to come back and re-watch these lectures after you have funished a few more chapters.

Chapter Two: Variables and Expressions
-In this chapter we cover how a program uses the computer's memory to store, retrieve and calculate information.

Chapter Three: Conditional Code
-In this section we move from sequential code that simply runs one line of code after another to conditional code where some steps are skipped. It is a very simple concept - but it is how computer software makes "choices".

Chapter Four: Functions
-This is a relatively short chapter. We will learn about what functions are and how we can use them. The programs in the first chapters of the book are not large enough to require us to develop functions, but as the book moves into more and more complex programs, functions will be an essential way for us to make sense of our code.

Chapter Five: Loops and Iteration
-Loops and iteration complete our four basic programming patterns. Loops are the way we tell Python to do something over and over. Loops are the way we build programs that stay with a problem until the problem is solved.

Taught by

Charles Severance

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
4.9 Star Review: Overall, this is a great introduction to Python. Prior to this class, I had zero Python experience; however, my review will be biased because not only am I a graduate of University of Michigan, but I also have 30+ years of software experience including Structured Text (CoDeSys), C,...
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Before you read this review, some notes about me (so you can form your own opinion about my review below): - I have been interested in programming since I was little, but never gained any real experience in it until my adult life. - I tried to take a Java course in college my freshman year and I struggled...
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is a great course. The teacher not only knows his material, but has a lot of experience working with first time programmers and so knows what errors they are likely to make and what questions they are likely to ask and addresses them all. He is fun to listen to, unlike some moocs I have taken where...
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Jennifer J
by Jennifer completed this course.
With so many glowing reviews, I don't think mine matters, but here it is anyway: This course is amazing. This course is so amazing that a) I realized I threw away way too much money on a different "introduction to python" course that had live instructors and one-on-one access to mentors because this...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
To be honest, I thought the course stumbled and fell short. It was far too basic and slow paced. Considering how little is taught, even for a beginner's course in Python, it could hardly be described as college-level material. The tone was a bit immature at times, and perhaps appropriate for a grade...
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Daniel D
Daniel completed this course.
I work in lesson design and blended learning teacher training. I train teachers how to combine effective teaching practices with technology in K-8 classrooms. There is lots of room for improvement in this course. I would not recommend it to someone with no experience. I have no experience in coding,...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The instructor is awesome and the designing of course is fabulous and super easy to understand. I found this course great. I will suggest who want to learn Python Must must take this Course. It will help you lot and clear all your basics.I refer all my beloved friends and juniors to take this course....
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Mary F
by Mary completed this course.
This was my first MOOC so I went in with an open mind and no expectations. I had absolutely no dev experience so I was looking for an online course that was truly for beginners.

The course consists of an eBook and online videos/assignments/quizzes. The professor Dr. Charles Severance is passionate about Python and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge. He is engaging in the online lectures. In addition to the lectures, he also adds interviews and other relevant video clips - these extras made me feel like I was truly a part of this course.

The assignments/quizzes are due on a weekly basis and must be completed by Sunday evening. I felt this helped me hold myself accountable - even when I had things going on, I prioritized getting my assignment and quiz in prior to Sunday.

I enjoyed this course so much that I've decided to complete the entire Coursera Learn to Program and Analyze Data with Python Specialization.

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Hafiz K
Hafiz completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I really enjoyed the online course. I thought it was well planned and layed out, easy for me to follow. The work load(h.w. & test)was just enough, so i could finish everything with enough time, learn about the topics and not feel over loaded and rushed. Overall I really like this class because all...
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Brandt P
by Brandt completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This is the first class in the new (at the time I took it) Python for Everybody specialization, which grew out of Dr. Charles Severence's popular course of the same name. As I understand it, the first two courses of this specialization will cover the material from the previous course, while the third...
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Wolfgang N
Wolfgang is taking this course right now, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I don't participate in that course, but my wife and I support her, if necessary (I have over 40 years experience in software development, so I can help, but I'm a bad techer for beginners). She is working in offices since more that 30 years, using Word and other office tools, but had never learned how to program during her life. All other announced beginner courses led always to the problem, that a general understanding how a computer works is required. This course introduces the very basic things for an absolute beginner in an understandable way, so she got the feeling, that programming is not a magic thing and starts meanwhile with experiments. Together with the textbook and using an editor and some minor hints from me, she is able to write small programs after the first 3 weeks.

It should be annotated that the course has not the goal to make a real programmer, but to give an understanding (~feeling) what programming is. This goal will be reached for sure
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I loved this class. I liked the manner of the teacher, loose but everything said was important. The examples covered the concepts well and the textbook too. I loved that I was really programming and using real world examples. For some this is a plus: the speed of the class. Personally, I found the...
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Ali A
Ali completed this course.
Before I dive into reviewing the course, here's some background on my experience with python up to the point of registering in the course to give context to the review as I believe it makes a difference. My academic background is in Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics. Basically a mosh between...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a great course. The teacher not only knows his material, but has a lot of experience working with first time programmers and so knows what errors they are likely to make and what questions they are likely to ask and addresses them all. He is fun to listen to, unlike some moocs I have taken where...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Took the course as an Executive well involved with Technology in companies for over 25 years. I took this in order to go back and learn the basics of programming, something that I skipped in my career, which had been missing all the long. The course structure is perfect for a busy guy like me that does...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I joined this course to achieve two things: to learn about learning online in a MOOC environment, and to get an early grip on Python. I have some experience with PHP but find that PHP is excruciatingly slow for the development of database-driven web sites. Don't misunderstand me - my programming background...
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Donna M
by Donna completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Dr. Chuck is an amazing teacher. I had always thought that because I was a woman (and better in languages than math) programming would be something I would never grasp, or even attempt to grasp. I do have several male friends who are programmers, and they suggested I try anyway, because they saw in mes...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
First off, let me say that this course is excellent. I've been interested in learning to program for a few months now. I tried things like Codecademy and Code School -- and while I learned a little bit from each of them, Python for Everybody was the key to my success of finally grasping the language. There's...
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Lindley W
by Lindley completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Absolutely brilliant. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.

As someone who has started programming courses before but found it hard to engage, I found every aspect of this course--the open source textbook, the lectures (and Dr Chuck himself), the assignments, the supportive learning community--encouraging, helpful, clear and fun. I looked forward to each week's reading and work, and now I'm going on to less beginner-friendly courses, the foundation it laid, and the confidence it engendered is incredibly useful.
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Sharon S
Sharon is taking this course right now.
Poor! Overly simplistic. Two line programs, no real learning. More focus on writing an essay about Programming up to 1,000 words. Not a good course at all if you are looking for anything remotely academic. Has a very low level of understanding, and seemed to attract people who couldn't even work their operating system, IDLE working, going on the forum boards comments. There is a point where things lose their relevance and become an insult to your intelligence, this couse is it. Probably the worst course that has existed this far on Coursera, and really gives an idea of what is wrong with some of these courses. You will not believe the stupidity of the people on the forum boards.
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