This was a GREAT class!!! I've been working with Python for a few years and I'm still learning. I was pleased with everything about this course. I like the short lessons, gives it time to sink in. I feel that Mike covered a wide range of Python in simple, realistic examples. I would definitely recommend this course to others.
I really enjoyed taking the class! The lessons were composed into bite sized chunks good for beginners. I came in with no real understanding of programming in general and leave now with a good general understanding of the basics.
This was my first online class and it won't be my last. I had started reading three books but couldn't really grasp the concepts. I got stuck and couldn't ask anyone. Then I took this course. Even though I'm reading text like in a book, I really feel like the instructor is talking and relating to me. I can ask questions in the discussion area and read other peoples questions. Really cool!
I especially liked the way the instructor paced the lessons. They weren't so complicated and involved that you had to burn the midnight oil in order to complete them. There was enough material covered, to be able to start learning some advanced Python subjects on your own.
This course was perfect! I loved the writing style of the lessons. They were easy to follow, as well as easy to relate to. It was done in a very personal way. Even though this was an online class, I still felt like I got to know the professor/instructor and his personality.
Course Code: py3
Take a brief tour of the Python language and environment, IDLE, and you’ll be fully prepared to go to work. Get up to speed with Python variables, and learn how to use these variables to get input from the user so you can write Python code to make your programs interactive, useful, and a lot more interesting.
Practice with Python's IF syntax and learn how to write both simple and complex conditions to select which statements should be run in which situations. You'll also learn how to write both while and for loops in Python so that your statements can be repeated over and over until some condition is met. Then discover some looping features unique to Python that help to make your programs more powerful.
Learn how to write modular programs by creating functions and how to pass data into the functions to return values back, building on this knowledge as you proceed through the course. You’ll also learn how to create a class definition and place variables and functions inside.
Explore Python graphics, where you'll create and work with simple shapes and even get a chance to write programs that simulate animation so that you can watch your shapes move across the screen. Then look at two of Python's basic data structures: lists and tuples. You'll learn how to create these types of variables and use them to manage data for your programs.
Learn how to use dictionaries to write useful programs in fewer lines of code that'll execute in a shorter amount of time. Then learn how to read from and write to data files. You'll also learn about Python's shelve feature, which is a database-like file that allows for quick and easy access to large amounts of data.
Learn everything you need to know about Python's exceptions and learn how to handle them to keep the program up and running, even when something unexpected happens. You’ll finish the course by learning how to display text with labels and get user data with text boxes, buttons, radio buttons, and check boxes so you can integrate all the conceptual material that you learned in the course with an attractive, easy to use interface to make for useful, interactive programs.
Mike Orsega has a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Pennsylvania State University and a Master's Degree in Applied Math from the University of Georgia. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. Mike teaches programming both online and in the classroom and has more than five years of online teaching experience in subjects ranging from basic computer literacy to C# and Alice programming.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
You will need Python 3.X (3.1, 3.2, or a later version), which you can download free of charge at http://www.python.org/download/ for use with any version of Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. (Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.)
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.