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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 Jonathan S

Nov 19, 2017

Great course!

By Suesarn W

Sep 16, 2020

great course

By Edy L

Aug 27, 2020

Nice course!

By dmitri m

Jul 21, 2020

It was cool!

By Xiaotong Z

May 20, 2020

Very useful!

By ahmed h S

Apr 5, 2020

very helpful

By Jimena M M

Nov 3, 2019

Great course


May 5, 2019

Really good!

By Kavin B

Jun 30, 2018

very helpful

By Xinyi S

Mar 26, 2018

Great lesson

By Ko W P A

Jan 16, 2018

Great Course

By Miles M

Mar 18, 2023

very useful

By Debbie F

Aug 25, 2021

good course

By Gi W

Oct 23, 2020


By Mr. S D M

Sep 19, 2020

nice course

By Niranjan K

Aug 6, 2020

Good course


May 19, 2020

good course

By Xue R

May 19, 2020

Good course

By Martin H

Sep 15, 2019

really good

By Antonio P

Jun 28, 2019

Good Class.

By Neeraj M

May 11, 2019


By Akash C

Oct 18, 2018

nice course

By Vellanki K R

Aug 22, 2018

Very Useful

By Praveen N

Aug 6, 2018

Good Course

By Frank M

Oct 5, 2022

Good job.