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Introduction to Programming for Social Scientists

22nd November 2017 @ 9:45 am - 5:30 pm

Course Code MAN-15-17/18-P-R
Organised by The University of Manchester
Presenter Mr Peter Smyth
Date 22/11/2017
Venue Cathie Marsh Institute
Humanities Bridgeford Street
University of Manchester
Map View in Google Maps  (M13 9PL)
Contact Claire Spencer, 0161 275 4579, [email protected]
Description Objectives

Provide an understanding of what a computer program is and how it must be precisely defined before a computer can understand it.

Appreciate that there are several ‘programming’ tasks which can and should be done before coding begins.

Understand some of the basic programming constructs that can be used to describe programs in words and pictures as well as being used to write actual programming code.

Appreciate the need to test and debug programs and provide an understanding of the processes involved.

Introduce the Python programming language as a means to practice the concepts above and produce a simple working program



There are no prerequisites for this course. It is assumed that attendees have little or no programming experience.



Mon 17th

9.45 – 10:00 Registration

10:00– 10:45 Lecture 1

10:45 – 11:00 Practical 1

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/tea

11:30 – 12:45 Lecture 2

12:45 – 13:15 Practical 2

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:15 Lecture 3

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee/tea

15:45 – 16:30 Lecture 4

16:30 – 17:30 Practical 3

Level Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
Cost NCRM Course Fees
£30 – For UK registered postgraduate students
NCRM Course Fees
£60 – For staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations
NCRM Course Fees
£220 – For all other participants

Website and registration
Region North West
Keywords ICT and Software, Quantitative Software, Python, Data Visualisation
Related publications and presentations ICT and Software
Quantitative Software
Data Visualisation


22nd November 2017
9:45 am - 5:30 pm
NINE DTP - a collaborative partnership funded by the ESRC