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Introduction to Python – Data Analysis and Programming

20th August 2018 @ 8:00 am - 24th August 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Organised by Goldsmiths, University of London
Presenter Dr. Will Lawrence
Date 20/08/2018 – 24/08/2018
Venue 8 Lewisham Way
Map View in Google Maps  (SE14 6NW)
Contact Teemu Toivainen, 020 7078 5468. [email protected]
Description Learn how to manipulate and shape your data, automatic processes or write bespoke programs.

This is a practical introduction to programming using Python.

This course is aimed at those new to programming and provides an introduction to programming using Python.

If you are involved in the analysis and management of data, you will soon encounter the need to manipulate and shape your data, automate processes or write bespoke programs. Due to its versatility and gradual learning curve, Python has quickly risen to be one of the languages of choice for introductory courses in programming. Moreover, through the use of excellent numerical packages it can compete against more statistical and mathematical packages such as Matlab and R.

By the end of this course, you should be able to write useful Python programs, use Python for more advanced data analysis and understand more complex Python programmes written by others. The final group project will involve creating a useful program that can help a user control their finances.

The course will cover the following key aspects of programming using Python:

  • General introduction to programming
  • Programming in Python
  • Using the interpreter and iPython
  • Writing Python scripts
  • Loop and control flow (for-loops, if-statements)
  • Data-types: strings, lists, dictionaries
  • Using and writing functions
  • Functions for scientific programming: Numpy and SciPy
  • Finding problems in code
  • Data manipulation project using Python

This module can be taken in conjunction with Introduction to R. Also available, 3-day intermediate course on Python packages.



  • 10% if you are taking two courses in consecutive weeks
  • 20% UK students
  • 25% UK Law & Society Association (UKLSA) Members
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
  • Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni – email us for current discounts
Level Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
Cost £750
Website and registration
Region Greater London
Keywords Quantitative Software, Python
Related publications and presentations Quantitative Software


20th August 2018 @ 8:00 am
24th August 2018 @ 5:00 pm
NINE DTP - a collaborative partnership funded by the ESRC