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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 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this course, but I would highly recommend taking something along the lines of Codecademy prior to this one. It will help to get you versed in some of the more basic things in Python.

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 Pratyush A

Aug 29, 2020

Good course. Final quiz is a little tough as compared to what they taught.


May 15, 2020

It's been nice experience with Coursera in python programming essentials.

By Mohamed S

Aug 8, 2018

Great course to take for beginners who would like to learn python, thanks

By Gustauo G

Sep 25, 2019

Very useful specially the last week in order to use imported libraries

By Anshika A

Apr 16, 2020

Some links are old, but this is a course with a nice explanation!

By Thirumalai K

Dec 5, 2020

Good learned a lot about how to explore the things by myself

By chandan s

Sep 2, 2020

great experience learning python. Recommended for beginners.

By Ishaan T

Jun 10, 2020

please provide reading material with more and more examples.


Jul 16, 2020

Good course, but CodeSkulptor is sometimes not satisfying

By Mark A

Mar 26, 2020

Very clear to follow and great amount of tips + guidance!

By Neyda M

Jul 4, 2019

Nice tutorials and the final project was pretty difficult

By Dr.Sudheer R

Jun 23, 2020

Smart and quick delivery of the content through videos.

By amrutha s

Jan 3, 2018

Simple and very good for a starter .Totally enjoyed it


Feb 15, 2019

A well structured course

The intro was very impressive

By Subham K

Jun 29, 2020

Good course the project took a little bit of time


Nov 25, 2017

Good! python introduction course for beginners

By Prachi D

Oct 8, 2020

Extremely good...highly recommend this course

By Akshat M

May 16, 2018

It was a good course. Good for beginners.

By Om G

Jul 11, 2020

This course is absolutely for beginners.

By raghunathan c

Jun 6, 2018

Clear and useful introduction to Python!

By Soumyajit P

Aug 2, 2020

This course is great for the beginner.

By P P

Dec 25, 2018

very goo course for python beginners

By Eng/Mahmoud H M

Apr 13, 2020

good course for beginners in python

By Guru's A

May 11, 2020

nice and tricky course as on date

By Mads J K H

Feb 4, 2018

Very good course for beginners.