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About the Course

The goal of the course is to introduce students to Python Version 3.x programming using hands on instruction. It will show how to install Python and use the Spyder IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for writing and debugging programs. The approach will be to present an example followed by a small exercise where the learner tries something similar to solidify a concept. At the end of each module there will be an exercise where the student is required to write simple programs and submit them for grading. It is intended for students with little or no programming background, although students with such a background should be able to move forward at their preferred pace. The course is four modules long and is designed to be completed in four weeks. SPECIAL NOTE: Python Programming: A Concise Introduction course will close for new learner enrollment on 2/16/22. In order to earn a Course Certificate, you will need to complete all graded assignments by 8/16/22. If you are interested in earning a Course Certificate for this course, please upgrade or apply for Financial Aid by 8/16/22. If you are a Coursera for Business learner, you can continue to use your sponsored credit through that date....

Top reviews

Jan 3, 2017

Quite interesting introduction to Python, focusing on the most important components of the language. Looking forward to other courses using the same format. Thank you Bill and team for your hard work.

Feb 3, 2020

Thanks for the clear explanations and the easy examples. I think it is a good introductionary course and it gives a good starting point to move further to more sophisticated topics and applications.

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By Leo L

May 19, 2018

Missing "essential" stuff like networking (sockets, ports, etc.). About loops only for and while were explored. I'm sure there are many more (switch-case, until, unless, etc.). Too basic.

By Kamil P

Oct 12, 2021

This is a course on "old-style" programming. A​ class on classes/objects and object-oriented programming in general is missing. Besides, the problem sets were not challenging at all.

By Ignacio D

Apr 22, 2020

Good essential introduction. However many things are not explained properly, in many instances some functions are shown or required to use without being clearly explained earlier.

By Jon M

Jul 29, 2021

Fairly practical intro-class, especially if you need to handle data and use old-fashioned printing and sorting. Also liked the use of Spyder/Anaconda which was new for me.

By Henrik N

May 6, 2018

3 first weeks had a good mix of exercises, week4 felt like it missed a lot of good opportunities to create exercises based on what was covered in the presentations

By Lenartowicz

Oct 11, 2020

I would prefer more compact presentation, less vocal, first syntax , also explanations why spyder environment, python program structures, best part - grading

By Serge T

Apr 5, 2020

Very instructive this lesson. I struggled a little with the videos because of their quality. Nevertheless, great content.



Aug 13, 2018

Good starter course that is well explained. Sometimes the problems could be more related to real world examples and challenges.

By Desabandhu P

Sep 6, 2020

First two units were taught well and easy to follow. 3rd and 4th unit were not much experimental and unable to follow up.


Jul 15, 2017

This courses is very good as it deals with the basic concepts of python. A perfect course to learn python, for beginners.

By Francis G A

Feb 21, 2017

Good quick introduction. Very good. Easy to work through the Exercise Sets. Professor typing on he keyboard quite loud.

By Piyush S

Jan 13, 2020

auto grader was horrible even doing everything correct it won't show correct ..Wasted lot of time because of autograder

By Tường A

Jul 3, 2018

Thanks for this course.It very goodCan you add more subtitle ? Like VietnameseThank you Mr.Bill

By David G

Jan 25, 2021

Good, but VERY basic introduction. Would have liked more "why" to go along with the doing.

By Nishita D

Jun 17, 2020

Assignment structure and the environment to submit assignments is not user friendly.

By Ellissa V

Aug 21, 2017

Good starter course, a bit too easy if you are already familiar with programming


Feb 15, 2019

good for basic ... But too basic we needed some advancement in the course

By Sripathi S

Jul 19, 2021

Good short course but the visual clarity of the recording was poor

By Rajesh B

Oct 6, 2017

Decent intro course on Python. It's concise as the title says.

By Manan J

Jun 18, 2020

The course doesn't cover the basic python programming.

By Lindsey P

Aug 11, 2020

Videos became monotonous over time and hard to watch.

By Roger F C

Jun 13, 2017

Basic course. Basic skills. Good examples

By Jacob G

Aug 9, 2021

Too simple, but a nice refresher.

By Daniel S d C L

Nov 9, 2020

Useful, it's only so basic

By Anitha R

Jul 17, 2021

good one to start with