Introduction to Python Programming

Course Type:
Software and Computer Programming

Introduction to Python Programming

Course Overview:
The "Introduction to Python Programming" course is designed for beginners with little or no prior programming experience. Python is a versatile and beginner-friendly programming language widely used for web development, data analysis, automation, artificial intelligence, and more. This course aims to provide students with a solid foundation in Python programming concepts and syntax, enabling them to write simple programs and build a strong basis for further learning.

Course Objectives:
Introduce Python and its features, advantages, and applications.
Familiarize students with basic programming concepts such as variables, data types, and control flow.
Teach fundamental Python syntax, including loops, functions, and conditional statements.
Introduce object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts in Python.
Explore file handling and data manipulation using Python.
Introduce students to libraries and modules for specific tasks, such as NumPy for numerical computing and Pandas for data analysis.
Provide practical exercises and projects to apply Python skills in real-world scenarios.

Course Duration: [Total Hours/Weeks]

Introduction to Python
Overview of Python and its history
Installing Python and setting up the development environment
Running Python scripts and interactive mode
Basic Concepts

Variables and data types (integers, floats, strings, booleans)
Arithmetic and logical operators
Basic input and output (print, input)
Control Flow

Conditional statements (if, else, elif)
Loops (while, for) and iteration
Loop control statements (break, continue)

Defining and calling functions
Parameters and return values
Function scope and recursion
Data Structures

Lists, tuples, and dictionaries
Working with sequences and collections
List comprehensions
Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)

Introduction to classes and objects
Class attributes and methods
Inheritance and polymorphism
File Handling

Reading from and writing to files
Working with CSV and JSON data
Python Libraries and Modules

Overview of commonly used libraries
Introduction to NumPy and Pandas for data manipulation
Introduction to Web Scraping (Optional)

Using libraries like BeautifulSoup and Requests
Introduction to GUI Programming (Optional)

Creating simple graphical user interfaces with Tkinter
The course will be assessed through a combination of quizzes, assignments, and a final project. The project will involve applying Python concepts to solve a real-world problem, demonstrating the student's understanding and practical skills.

No prior programming experience is required for this course. However, basic computer literacy and familiarity with fundamental concepts will be beneficial.

By the end of this course, students will have gained a strong foundation in Python programming and the confidence to tackle more advanced Python-related projects and topics.

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