This module aims to provide an introduction to programming in the Python scripting language.
This course is ideal for the student who already has some knowledge of computer 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.
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.
- Introduction to the Python language.
- Running and compiling programs.
- Statements required to create and process objects in Python.
- Introduction to the built-in object types such as numbers, lists and dictionaries.
- Organisation of Python code into modules.
- Exception handling.
- Built-in tools.
- Specialised libraries.
Lutz, M. & Ascher, D., Learning Python. O'Reilly & Associate
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.