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CS 05 — Beginning Programming in Python: A Six-Week Course

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 19—May 24
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 21
Unit: 1
Tuition: $415
Instructor(s): Michael McKenna
Limit: 26
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 19—May 24
6 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 21
1 Unit
Michael McKenna
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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, to find trends across huge data sets from spreadsheets, to predict stock 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 to apply the lecture content. 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.

No programming experience is necessary. Students must be familiar with computer basics. CS 05 and CS 46 W will cover similar introductory content. As these courses will be taught by different instructors, their structure and format will vary.

Michael McKenna, Product Manager, KiwiCo

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.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.