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Programming in Python

Friday 8 November 2019
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
to be announced two weeks in advance

This course offers a basic and accessible introduction to programming in Python, aimed specifically at researchers and teachers without prior coding skills.

During three interactive weeks, this course will explain the core features of the Python programming language, including topics such as variables, daa types and control structures. Additionally, participants will learn about the main techniques that can be used to clean, enrich, analyse and visualise data.

The course consists of three sessions on 25th Ocotber, 1st November and 8th November, all 09:30-12:30

For more information or to enroll, you can send an email to: cds@library.leidenuniv.nl

What you'll learn

Week 1:

  • Installing Python and running code via the command line
  • Variables and data types
  • Control structures
  • Functions
  • Modules and libraries

Week 2:

  • Jupyter notebooks
  • Data acquisition via web scraping and APIs
  • Cleaning and enriching data sets

Week 3:

  • Data analysis with Pandas
  • Data visualisation with matplotlib


The course consists of three sessions of three hours each. Participants are also requested to do some background reading and to carry out simple coding tasks as homework. The total workload is estimated at about 20 hours.

Approximately two weeks before the start all registered participants will receive practical instructions on how to prepare for the course.

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