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CS 46 W — Beginning Programming: Python

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jul 8—Aug 30
Drop Deadline: Jul 11
Unit: 1
Tuition: $540
Instructor(s): Eli Lev
Limit: 26
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is July 11 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 16 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Jul 8—Aug 30
8 weeks
Drop By
Jul 11
1 Unit
Eli Lev
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is July 11 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 16 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Please note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. This course will now meet for 8 weeks, July 8 to August 30.

Python is a general-purpose programming language that provides flexibility, rapid development, and scalability. It is used for back-end web development, desktop GUI applications, and scientific and numeric applications such as machine learning, data analysis, and modeling. This introductory course is designed for students with no experience in computer science. We will explore the world of programming through the fundamental syntax and meaning of the Python programming language. This course will introduce the general theories of computer programming and explore basic Python concepts including control structures, repetitive tasks/loops, arrays, lists, and functions. Students then will apply these skills to a budget-related project, in which they will process a CSV file and generate proper categorization and totaling. By the end of the course, students will be able to write and build a program using Python and figure out how to solve a problem in a programmatic way.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 26 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

No programming experience is necessary. Students must be familiar with computer basics.

CS 46 W and CS 05 will cover similar introductory content. As these courses will be taught by different instructors, their structure and format will vary slightly.

Eli Lev, Technology Manager, Stanford Continuing Studies

Eli Lev received an MSEE from Johns Hopkins and has developed software for various government and private-sector projects. He has taught continuing education courses at UC San Diego, Foothill College, and Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Al Sweigart, Automate the Boring Stuff with Python (ISBN 978-1-59327-599-0)