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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....

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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 David S

May 14, 2018

This course is a fair introduction to Python. I found the format of a combination of video, readings and exercises to be effective, and about average quality for a popular MOOC. The two instructors were articulate and showed that they wanted to impart their knowledge. Points go for developing the final assignment for a previous session, being rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock. As well I'd like to share some (mostly minor) negatives. First of all, I needed to invest about double their advertised weekly time commitment of 5 to 7 hours. I would have found it helpful to get feedback on submissions, and would have preferred a peer-marking system. Finally, I think the software for marking the final project is problematic. In our case it could give a grade of zero for the entire project if you did not answer the first question correctly - and the final counted for 55% of the grade. (Ask me how I know).

By Carlos S B

Feb 29, 2020

The lectures of the topics covered are quite good, as well as the exercises and final Project. However, I'm sure that the course does not cover lots of additional basic concepts. I expected to have had an extended view of these other concepts. In conclusión: the course it's good if you don't have previous experience with programming. If you already have experience with other languages, the course it's too much basic.

By Sarthak T

Jun 25, 2020

The course is very good as well as the topics are nicely explained. The only problem I found is that the level of questions in the weekly assignments are pretty high in comparison to the video lectures that are taught

By Kristoffer H

Mar 15, 2018

Great course for the basics but you end up spending more time trying to figure out their required styling than actual coding when in industry your employer will likely have an entirely different style.

By Chan C M

May 22, 2021

I hope there is a Jupiter notebook inside the course. If the course actually force you to complete the programming exercises with test cases provided it will be better.

By Jash S

Apr 16, 2020

The course was really great and the instructors are really cool!

The only problem being the over-stubborn and strict style of final assessment.

By Madhubalini V

Sep 17, 2020

the course needs more practices in the learning session but its straightaway leading to large projects and its very difficult for a beginner.

By Priyesh

Jan 24, 2018

It was a pretty good course, I think I learnt well.. but I don't think the OwlTest on the final assignment didn't need to be so strict.

By Shahrzad M

Dec 14, 2020

The course didn't cover all of the essentials for python programming in my opinion. Missing for loops, lists, etc.

By Junwei

Mar 21, 2019

A fairly good course for the beginners of python but I think there is more to teach for a beginner.

By Christian B

Oct 2, 2019

i appreciated the exercises. The explanations were too long and redundant, especially the talking.

By Shouvik P

Sep 12, 2020

It was good but many topics are not covered like while loop,try,except statements etc.

By Manoj S

Nov 5, 2019

course content is good but the quiz questions are not clear to understand

By 谢雨敖

Feb 12, 2020

I cannot open the marking system of the final project.

By emad t

Jul 17, 2020

Thank you, and forward.

By Moiz L

Jan 5, 2018

Good practice materials

By Heiko H

Jul 13, 2018

to basic

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By Jona M

Jan 7, 2022

You need to specify that a high -level mathematical background is required for this course. i am so lost.

By rahul j u

Oct 7, 2021

bounder by courses

By Analog t

Aug 16, 2021

decent course until the final project. that was a case where you need to know one or two syntax related things found nowhere on hte internet and just have to end up trying a trillion different things by guessing until something ends up working

By Susan C R

May 21, 2018

There was insufficient instruction in order to do the project. When I asked for help, I was given examples that didn't work. I was not guided to any additional reading amterial. I read all the material provided and watched all the videos.

By Ngomo-Ngomo K

Jun 9, 2020

I would like to drop this class I barely understand , forcing myself but unfortunately I am not getting there . The training is not hands on