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Python – Introduction

Python is a popular general-purpose programming language that can be used for a wide variety of applications – especially in data analytics. Python’s simplicity lets newcomers learn to use it quickly, yet it is still powerful enough for experts. Users can spend more time solving problems and less time thinking about how the language actually works. In this hands-on course, you learn the basics of Python and take home code that you can reuse in your workplace.

Knowledge of Python has become a skill much sought by employers in a wide variety of fields. It has become so popular that it is taught from high school through graduate school.

This course involves lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice and instructor coaching.

No previous computer science or programming skills are necessary.

This course can be applied to the Data Analysis Certificate.

Instructor

Jacob Fink, MS, CFA

Jacob Fink, MS, CFA

Jacob Fink is an equity risk analyst at Wells Fargo Asset Management. In this role, Jacob evaluates the risks that are embedded a variety of quantitative strategies. He uses Python on a daily basis to automatically scan portfolios for changes, ... read more

Who Should Attend

The target audience for this course is analysts and others who are called upon to interpret data, identify trends and provide insights. No previous computer science or programming skills are necessary.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the capabilities of the Python ecosystem
  • Memorize the basic syntax and program flow operators
  • Install packages to extend the features of the core language
  • Solve practical business problems with Python automation
  • Build a portfolio of simple programs which help you save time and avoid errors in your daily work

Course Outline/Topics

  • Overview of Python
    • Uses of Python in business and academics
    • A brief comparison of Python vs R
    • How to configure your development environment
    • Saving current work and accessing previous work
  • Basic commands and capabilities
    • Workspace navigation
    • Data types, operations, logic and control flow commands
    • Running programs in the IDE and command prompt
    • Creating your own Python functions for financial calculations
    • Interpreting and fixing errors through debugging
  • Using and installing packages
    • Exploring the built-in standard packages that come with Python
    • Extending functionality by installing new packages with pip
    • Explaining the most commonly used packages
  • Importing and manipulating data
    • Reading and writing to text files
    • Learning Pandas DataFrames
    • Data cleaning and preparation tips
    • Merging together multiple data sources
    • Reading and writing to Excel files
  • Making decisions with data
    • Calculating summary statistics
    • Visualizing raw data and custom graphs
    • How to translate business needs into small useful programs

Testimonials

"This has been my favorite course on the data analysis certification yet! I am excited to use the things that I have learned from this class in my job.

Jacob was super helpful with problems, along with questions on real-world issues. The PowerPoint and the project questions were very well thought out and thorough on the concepts.

I really enjoyed the virtual class. Living an hour away from campus, it allowed me to focus more on the material and not have to worry about making the drive down in time. The remote desktop was great for an easy start to the classes without having to worry about downloading a bunch of programs. Very well put together class.

 "  —  Morgan Bauer MilliporeSigma, Participant, March 2021

"It was definitely a good class to learn an overview of the variety of things Python can be used for in the workplace. Very patient and helpful to everyone’s questions – makes a huge difference when learning new complex (or even simple) concepts and especially via virtual learning."  —  Participant, March 2021

"Very good instructor … could tell he really understood the material and gave us tons of help and example problems."  —  Participant, March 2020

Date: March 8,10,15,17,22,24 2022

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CT

Platform: Canvas

Instructor: Jacob Fink MS, CFA

Fee:

$845 by Feb 22, 2022
$895 after Feb 22, 2022

CEUs: 1.4

Enrollment Limit: 15

Program Number: 5020-13904

Registration Deadline: Mar 8, 2022

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