Course Description

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Python® has been around for decades, but it's still one of the most versatile and popular programming languages out there. Whether you're relatively new to programming or have been developing software for years, Python is an excellent language to add to your skill set. In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of programming in Python, and you'll develop applications to demonstrate your grasp of the language. This course is designed for people who want to learn the Python programming language in preparation for using Python to develop web and desktop applications.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Setting Up Python and Developing a Simple Application
    • Topic A: Set Up the Development Environment
    • Topic B: Write Python Statements
    • Topic C: Create a Python Application
    • Topic D: Prevent Errors
  • Lesson 2: Processing Simple Data Types
    • Topic A: Process Strings and Integers
    • Topic B: Process Decimals, Floats, and Mixed Number Types
  • Lesson 3: Processing Data Structures
    • Topic A: Process Ordered Data Structures
    • Topic B: Process Unordered Data Structures
  • Lesson 4: Writing Conditional Statements and Loops in Python
    • Topic A: Write a Conditional Statement
    • Topic B: Write a Loop
  • Lesson 5: Structuring Code for Reuse
    • Topic A: Define and Call a Function
    • Topic B: Define and Instantiate a Class
    • Topic C: Import and Use a Module
  • Lesson 6: Writing Code to Process Files and Directories
    • Topic A: Write to a Text File
    • Topic B: Read from a Text File
    • Topic C: Get the Contents of a Directory
    • Topic D: Manage Files and Directories
  • Lesson 7: Dealing with Exceptions
    • Topic A: Handle Exceptions
    • Topic B: Raise Exceptions

Learner Outcomes

At the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Set up Python and develop a simple application
  • Declare and perform operations on simple data types, including strings, numbers, and dates
  • Declare and perform operations on data structures, including lists, ranges, tuples, dictionaries, and sets
  • Write conditional statements and loops
  • Define and use functions, classes, and modules
  • Manage files and directories through code
  • Deal with exceptions


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It is recommended, but not required, that you have at least six months experience programming in an object-oriented language. Even if you don't, this course can be useful to those that are new to programming. To ensure your success in the course, you should have at least a foundational knowledge of personal computer use. 

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Virtual: Instructor Led
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3:00PM to 6:00PM
Feb 02, 2021 to Feb 16, 2021
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Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,395.00
Section Notes

Enrollment Deadline is Tuesday, January 26, 2021  at 5 PM CST. Beyond this date, please call 314-935-4444 to register.

THIS IS A VIRTUAL COURSE--Attendee can participate from a location of their choosing. The live instructor teaches the course and provides the opportunity for remote attendees to participate in discusses and exercises with both in-person and remote attendees. Some courses involve hands-on activities and labs. These activities are performed via a secure cloud-accessible environment. Live online courses are through Zoom (or Webex); Video camera, microphone and speakers are necessary to participate in this class.


A full refund will be given when a registrant cancels more than five business days prior to the start of the class. Cancellations received within 5 business days of the start of the class and no-shows will be billed in full. Another person may be substituted at any time at no additional charge. 

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