About the course
Learn to program in Python even with no computer science experience. This course will introduce students to computer science and the fundamental syntax and methodologies of the Python language. Students will come away with skills in the basic concepts like iteration, functions, and libraries, and some more advanced concepts like application programming interface (API) and interactive programs. We will use these fundamentals and advanced skills to develop real-world applications. For example, we will build programs to sort a list of party guests from a spreadsheet, to find trends across huge data sets in order to predict outcomes, and even to control smart-home devices based on weather. The course will be a combination of lecture and assignments. Students will code during class both to apply the lecture content and to begin the assignments. For the final assignment, students will build a program that includes the topics covered in class but goes beyond the scope of the previous assignments.
Michael McKenna has co-founded and sold a smart-home company, and has worked as a spacecraft engineer and a robotic fleet technical lead. He has conducted research at Northwestern and Stanford on topics ranging from robotic surgery to net-zero-energy homes and autonomous vehicle user interactions.
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