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Advanced Python Programming

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This module aims to cover more advanced topics in the Python scripting language.

This course is ideal for you if you already has a good knowledge of Python programming.

Learning and teaching

This module includes a mix of traditional lectures and laboratory sessions. Each meeting starts with a lecture and finishes with a laboratory session.


  • Manipulating data in a text file
  • Use of selection criteria
  • Two dimensional arrays
  • Reading data into an array
  • Using Python to analyse a Microsoft spreadsheet
  • Sorting data using multiple keys
  • Introduction to Python classes
  • Introduction to Python inheritance
  • Saving Python objects in a database
  • Introduction to Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs)
  • Systems programming applications using Python scripts
  • Network programming using both UDP and TCP protocols.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

During the course, you will be given assignments to be submitted to the course tutor. At the end of the course, there will be a class test.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

  • Lutz, M. & Ascher, D.,  Learning Python. O’Reilly & Associates

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.