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Introduction to Programming Workshop

9th April 2018 - 10th April 2018

Course Code MAN-05-17/18-P-R
Organised by The University of Manchester & UKDS
Presenter Mr Peter Smyth
Date 09/04/2018 – 10/04/2018
Venue UCL London. Full room details to be confirmed.
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Contact Claire Spencer, 0161 275 4579, [email protected]
Description This workshop is co-sponsored by the UK Data Service  https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/

There is more to programming than simply writing lines of code. This workshop will provide you with a basic set of skills which are aimed at making the coding process more effective, less error prone and more maintainable.

This workshop is intended for researchers who are looking to obtain a basic understanding of the approach to be taken when designing a program as well as actually writing small programs to solve specific problems.  This course will be of interest to those who may have previous experience with writing SPSS or Stata code but with no formal training in programming.

This workshop will provide an overview of:

Day 1 : 10:00 – 17:00

  • Specifying the problem to be solved
  • Creating flowcharts and pseudo-code
  • Program documentation
  • Basic Python coding constructs
  • Minimal introduction to object oriented programming
  • Processing data from files

Day 2: 9:30 – 16:30

  • Testing and debugging
  • Creating functions and using parameters
  • Running programs from the command line
  • Introduction to the Pandas and Matplotlib Python packages.
  • Creating and running complete programs

The format of the workshop will be a mixture of PowerPoint presentations and hands-on practical exercises using the Python programming language and open source datasets.

Level Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
Cost • £30 per day for UK/EU registered students
• £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions.
• £220 per day for all other participants.

Website and registration
Region Greater London
Keywords Matplotlib Python
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