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Python Programming (Online, Self-Paced)

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  • Overview

    This course is an introduction to the Python programming language. Programming techniques covered by this course include modularity, abstraction, top-down design, specifications, documentation, debugging, and testing. Selected topics in computer science are introduced through programming projects in the Python language. The core material for this course includes functions, strings, loops, and files. Students learn how to develop, test, and debug Python programs. Example programs are used extensively to illustrate object-oriented programming. Students complete numerous hands-on exercises to reinforce programming concepts.

    There is a shortage of Python programmers with the skills and problem solving abilities necessary to develop and maintain the software applications and Web services that power our nation’s businesses and government agencies. This represents a tremendous career opportunity for motivated individuals with the right skills and qualifications. This online Python Programming course is an excellent step toward a rewarding career as a software developer. It is also a suitable course for experienced programmers who wish to learn Python at their own pace.


    • To develop problem-solving skills, especially in the use of computers to solve real-world problems.
    • To learn basic programming skills, especially software development using the Python language.
    • To be able to use Python to write programs to perform various user and administrative tasks.


    This is a self-paced, instructor-mentored course. Students access the course lessons through UMBC Training Centers’ Web-based Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). A textbook will be mailed to the student shortly after successful class registration. Students complete lessons independently, working at their own pace. Students may email questions to the instructor and submit programming exercises to the instructor for review and feedback.

    To complete the course, the student must complete and submit the required programming assignments within the Blackboard LMS. Students will have 90 days from the date of course registration to complete the course. It is recommended that students complete at least one Blackboard module (lesson) per week. Nothing prevents the student from working at a faster pace and completing in the course in a shorter amount of time.

  • Who Should Take This Course


    A complete list of system requirements can be found here.


    Students should have experience performing basic computer and file management tasks on a modern operating system such as Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. Students should have good problem solving and logical thinking skills. Prior computer programming experience is helpful but not required.

  • Schedule
  • Course Outline
    • Lesson 1: An Introduction to Computers, Programming and Python
    • Lesson 2: Writing Simple Python Programs
    • Lesson 3: Computing with Numbers
    • Lesson 4: Objects and Graphics
    • Lesson 5: Sequences: Strings, Lists, and Files
    • Lesson 6: Functions
    • Lesson 7: Flow Control and Conditional Expressions
    • Lesson 8: Loops and Compound Booleans
    • Lesson 9: Designing a Simulation
    • Lesson 10: Defining Classes
    • Lesson 11: Advanced Features
    • Lesson 12: Web-Based Applications
  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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