Course Description

Informatics is the study of structure, algorithms, behavior, and interactions of information systems. Its applications are powerful and broad, and include such fields as life sciences, data mining, business analytics, and social computing.

This hands-on course introduces the Python programming language and is targeted toward students without prior programming experience who are interested in how informatics can be employed to provide solutions to complex, data-intensive problems in a variety of scientific and business domains. After learning the core syntax and elements of the Python language, students will gain experience in the fundamentals of network programming, web services, databases and Structured Query Language (SQL), and data visualization.

Course Outline

  • Variables, expressions, and statements
  • Conditional execution and functions
  • Iteration and strings
  • Files and lists
  • Dictionaries and tuples
  • Regular expressions and network programming
  • Web services, database connectivity, and Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • Data visualization
  • Automation through scripting

Learner Outcomes

  • Write programs using the core Python language elements
  • Create IPython Notebooks to document coding sessions
  • Use Python to explore network programming, web services, databases, PySQL, and data visualization


Introduction to Programming, or demonstration of equivalency. 


You will have access to your course materials on the published start date OR 1 business day after your enrollment is confirmed if you enroll on or after the published start date.

Software: Students will use Python 2.7 and 3.X in this course. There is no additional cost to access this software.
Hardware: Computer with Windows or Mac OS preferred.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Jul 02, 2024 to Aug 31, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (3 units) $725.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
3 units
Section Notes

How to Access Your Online Course:


One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Required Textbook(s): None

No refunds after 7/9/24