Introduction to Python® Programming


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.

What you will Learn

  • 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.

Who should attend

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


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. You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking either of the following Logical Operations courses, or have equivalent experience:

  • Using Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 or Windows 10
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8.1: Transition from Windows® 7

Course-specific Technical Requirements- Software

  • Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista (64-bit). This course was successfully keyed on Windows 10. Some activity steps may not key exactly as written if students key on a different version of Windows.
  • Python version 3.4.2 (python-3.4.2.amd64.msi).
  • PyCharm Community Edition version 3.4.1 (pycharm-community-3.4.1.exe).
  • Both Python and PyCharm are distributed with the course data files. Python is distributed under the Python Software Foundation License (PSFL). PyCharm Community Edition is distributed under the Apache License 2.0.
  • If necessary, software for viewing the course slides. (Instructor machine only.)