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An Introduction to Python

The Urban Big Data Centre at the University of Glasgow is pleased to announce its first data skills training course for 2018.

An Introduction to Python will take place on Monday 23rd April offering an opportunity for hands-on experience with Python as a programming language and to learn how it can be effectively used for data processing including big data. Full course details below.

Date: Monday 23 April 2018
Venue: University of Glasgow Library, Hillhead Street, Glasgow
Time: 10:00-16:00
Fees: £35 (For UK registered students), £60 (For staff at UK academic institutions, Research Council UK funded researchers, UK public sector staff and staff at UK registered charity organisations), and £100 (For all other participants). Find out about payment options.

Pre-requisite knowledge: This is an introductory level course aimed at anyone who has an interest in using Python. Some basic programming background (enough to understand of logic of programming) would, however, be helpful but is not required. Please contact for any clarification prior to booking.

Course summary: Python is an interpreted high-level programming language for general-purpose programming. Python has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability, and a syntax that allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code, notably using significant whitespace. It provides constructs that enable clear programming on both small and large scales.

This course will introduce you to Python. The course will cover the basic structure and overview of the programming language and the data types that you will be able to use within the language.

Course Outcomes: In this one day course delegates will learn about programming possibilities using Python. Starting with a one-hour seminar the day will continue with two hands-on exercise sessions enabling you to apply the tools and techniques. The day will end with a 15-30 minute brainstorming session and discussion to help you think about applying what you have learnt to your own work.

Programme (specific session timings may vary):

Time Description
9:45 – 10:00 Arrival and registration
10:00 – 10:30 Seminar: What is Python?
10:30 – 11:30 Introduction to Python
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 12:30 Introduction to Python continued
12:30 – 13:15 Lunch and break
13:15 – 14:15 Python and Data
14:15 – 15:00 Exercise Two: Group discussion
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:30 Python and Data (continued)
16.30 Close

Tutor’s bio:

Richard Skeggs joined the Centre in 2014 and focuses on document management, report archiving and big data. Richard is responsible for the collection and curation of data with a focus on business. He also provides data users with information and support.

Richard has provided training to a variety of audiences on topics such as Python, R, mahout and machine learning. He has a technical background having worked within systems administration, database programming and web-based application development since 1996. Previously as a technical consultant, he has been responsible for designing, developing and delivering highly scalable customer solutions.

Richard has a particular interest in:
Oracle development and administration, Java, Perl, Unix and Linux system administration, Technical and Information Architecture, Solution Delivery, Change management, Hadoop infrastructure and Proposed Schedule.