Intro to Python with W. Boyd

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Intro to Python with W. Boyd

A course developed by prof. Bill Boyd, who is a QAC Visiting Associate Professor and Visiting Scholar, was added to the Wesleyan Coursera ® offerings in the fall of 2016 ((first session was Monday September 12, 2016) .  This spring it was one of the 10 most popular data science courses on Coursera.

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Looking for your next data science course on Coursera? With almost 200 data science courses available on our platform, all created and taught by the world’s best universities, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are ten of the most popular options, from introductory to advanced, along with some tips to help you choose the one that’s right for you.


Master the tools

Python Programming: A Concise Introduction, Wesleyan University

You’ll learn to:

  • Use the Spyder development environment
  • Write basic functions in Python
  • Work with lists, libraries, dictionaries, tuples, and data files
  • Use Python’s statistics library
  • Build and managing databases

Is it right for you?

This course is intended for learners who have little or no prior programming background – but if you have some programming experience and want to learn Python specifically, you’ll be able to work through the material at your own (likely quicker) pace. Hands-on exercises and projects are central to the syllabus, so if you prefer hands-on learning, you’ll definitely love this course.