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About the Course

This course will introduce you to the wonderful world of Python programming! We'll learn about the essential elements of programming and how to construct basic Python programs. We will cover expressions, variables, functions, logic, and conditionals, which are foundational concepts in computer programming. We will also teach you how to use Python modules, which enable you to benefit from the vast array of functionality that is already a part of the Python language. These concepts and skills will help you to begin to think like a computer programmer and to understand how to go about writing Python programs. By the end of the course, you will be able to write short Python programs that are able to accomplish real, practical tasks. This course is the foundation for building expertise in Python programming. As the first course in a specialization, it provides the necessary building blocks for you to succeed at learning to write more complex Python programs. This course uses Python 3. While many Python programs continue to use Python 2, Python 3 is the future of the Python programming language. This first course will use a Python 3 version of the CodeSkulptor development environment, which is specifically designed to help beginning programmers learn quickly. CodeSkulptor runs within any modern web browser and does not require you to install any software, allowing you to start writing and running small programs immediately. In the later courses in this specialization, we will help you to move to more sophisticated desktop development environments....

Top reviews

Apr 27, 2021

A really good course good material and lectures. However, I find that sometimes that too much guidance given, and it has sort of made the course less challanging. nevertheless a good foundation course

Jul 3, 2020

This course is such a wonder!! In spite of being an unenthusiastic Computer Science undergraduate, it was this course that cultivated the interest in me. Both the instructors were too good. Thanks :0

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By Chandan M

Aug 1, 2020

Best course for everyone.

By Shady K

Apr 24, 2020

Excellent course, thanks.


Apr 13, 2020

Very useful for beginners

By Sergey S

Apr 16, 2019

Good course. Thanks a lot


Feb 19, 2019

Estuvo excelente el curso

By Lennis H

May 16, 2018

Great entry level course.

By Arka S

Aug 12, 2021

Enjoyed the course a lot

By Tristan D H

May 28, 2018

A great beginner course.

By Ephraim M

Apr 11, 2021


By Gediminas K

Dec 20, 2020

# Good stuff! Thank you

By Sneha V

Oct 9, 2020

Excellent for beginners

By Mr. H R M

Jul 14, 2020

Good course and faculty

By Akshay K N

Nov 6, 2019

Very beginner friendly.


Sep 6, 2019

Smart and to the point.

By Vikas S

Apr 21, 2018

Nice and well explained

By Ivan T

Dec 24, 2017

nice Course very useful

By Nguyen H C

May 8, 2021

very good for beginner

By Shagnik G 1

Aug 19, 2020

Well structured course

By Puja M

Jul 6, 2020

very good explanations

By Steven S

Jun 2, 2020

I loved the challenge!

By Yadav H

May 16, 2020

It was nice experience

By Ting S H

May 15, 2020

Suitable for beginner!

By Alex L

Feb 19, 2019

Great Course! Love it!


May 14, 2020

useful ,easy to learn

By Sergey

Apr 26, 2020

perfect for beginners