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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


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.

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By George S

Apr 1, 2022

Useful course materials and great teaching, can feel the solid build-up of programming.

By Jeanette

Feb 18, 2021

The studying pace and guidance are very suitable to the newer. Thanks for your efforts!

By Juan P M

May 23, 2020

Great course, thank you very much!! i need this essentials to keep improving my coding.

By Rakshit K

Dec 24, 2018

Enjoyed working on the course. Looking forward to the next course in the specialization

By Raul S

Sep 4, 2020

Very good course. The teachers are amazing I learned so much on this course.

Thank you.


Apr 29, 2020

What a wonderful course and kudos to the practice problems. The instructors were best!

By Gabriel N N

Jan 14, 2020

Very informative from the beginning, Could do with some more practical videos though.

By Adeel A

May 9, 2020

wonderfully designed course . Both presenters were very interesting and great people.

By Matthew W

Jun 10, 2018

Kind of difficult in terms of the end project, but overall thorough and to-the-point.

By Adithya H

Feb 9, 2020

Well structured in getting started with python and in understanding what's possible.

By Amay V N

May 26, 2018

4.5 stars - A beginner-friendly, straightforward, and useful introduction to Python.

By Miral J

Oct 18, 2019

Well structure course and amazing faculty teaching this course. Enjoyed my Learning

By John V C

Sep 4, 2020

The course is very easy to follow. Anyone will surely learn all course objectives.

By Abdul H J

Jul 31, 2020

This course was amazing and successfully allowed me to learn the basics of python.

By Adithya S

May 1, 2021

This course really helped me to relearn the fundamentals of how to code in Python

By Matías L O

Sep 9, 2020

Great introduction to Python. Very clear explanations. Fast answers in the forum.


Sep 1, 2020

This course was very insightful. I am glad to have been a part of this experience

By Karime d l R C

Dec 27, 2019

Me encantó el curso, práctico y muy entretenido y lo mejor es que si aprendes!!!!

By Jessie S

Mar 4, 2018

Great introduction to python. Instructional videos made it really easy to follow.

By Stefan Y

Mar 13, 2019

Very clear instruction. Course provides great resources that facilitate success.


Nov 1, 2020

Really nice course to start from zero with the basics of programming in Python.


Apr 15, 2020

Course is really well constructed for beginners like me. Push to read and learn

By Frank J

Jan 22, 2020

This is very good I loved following, now I am ready to solve problems in python

By marwa a

Mar 31, 2019

It is simple and strong content as well as both of the constructor is very good

By Arunangshu B

Aug 27, 2020

A warm refreshing brush up for intermediates or for beginners its a good start