Python for Everybody Specialization

This certification course teaches the basics of programming computers using Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course.

Created by: Charles Severance

Produced in 2014

What you will learn

  • Syntax and semantics necessary to work in Python 3.
  • How to construct programs out of simple Python instructions.
  • Why programming is important.
  • How to install and operate Python.
  • Variables, conditions, functions, loops and iteration.

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Overall Score : 94 / 100

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Course Description

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This course aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. We cover the basics of how one constructs a program from a series of simple instructions in Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course. This course will cover Chapters 1-5 of the textbook "Python for Everybody". Once a student completes this course, they will be ready to take more advanced programming courses. This course covers Python 3.

NOTE: This course is the first course in a 5-course series offered for free on Coursera. The combined length of the video content of all 5 courses is 25 hours.



    • Developed by the University of Michigan.
    • No prerequisites necessary and minimal math is used in the course, making it very beginner friendly.
    • Lectures are designed in extremely consumable format that makes it easy for new programmers to progress.
    • Course is extremely beginner friendly and does not delve into more complicated or challenging ideas and problems.
    • Assignments border on being too easy to properly develop the skills being taught.
    • Students with computer science experience are likely to be bored if not underwhelmed.

Instructor Details

Charles Severance

Charles Severance (a.k.a. Dr. Chuck) is a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, where he teaches various technology-oriented courses including programming, database design, and Web development. Chuck has written a number of books including Using Google App Engine, and Python for Everybody. His research field is in the building of learning management systems such as Sakai, Moodle, Blackboard, ANGEL, and others. He was the chief architect for the Sakai Project, a learning management system used at about 300 schools worldwide and wrote the book Sakai: Free as in Freedom, that describes his experiences as one of the leaders of the project. In the mid-1990s he was the host of Internet:TCI, a national television talk show about the Internet that ran for several years on the TCI cable system. He was long-time a columnist for the IEEE Computer Magazine writing a monthly column called ""Computing Conversations"" that features video interviews with famous technology leaders and innovators.



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By Shan on 9/13/2019

Great class! Recommended for beginners. Absolutely right class for developers

By Yashraj on 3/19/2019

Coursera Python for Everybody specialization is extremely good and provides you with all tools you need in I had opted for Udemy Python bootcamp by Jose please as well but asked for refund as he rushed

By Brandt Pence on 4/18/2019

A gentle introduction to data structures in Python, but a little light on the exercises needed to become really proficient in using them.

By Frederick N Numbisi on 4/19/2019

I found the course and teaching method very comprehensible for a beginner (like me) and other interested students.

By Johnny Lam on 4/22/2019

This course lays a very good foundation to Python basics. Dr Chunk, the instructor has a very good and professional voice and teaching style.

By Andrea Refatto on 4/25/2019

I believe that, for mastering the content, some part of the material might need to be reinforced with additional excercise references are given during the classes for useful resources.

By Valerie Lui on 4/25/2019

I must say that the classes are easy to follow and it really helped pique my interest in programming and computer science.

By Trias Moodley on 4/25/2019

The lecture videos, downloadable slides and textbook as well as the curated notes and bonus material were all very effective in helping me come to grips with the course content.

By Del John Ventruella on 4/25/2019

The class is taught by a professor who clearly knows his stuff, and it shows in the lectures. The recorded videos were very informative and related to the homeword.

By Nikita Neganov on 4/25/2019

This course introduces students to more complex part of python: strings, list, dictionaries, tuples, etc. The more I learn python through this course, the easier earlier assignments seem to me.

By Pamela Eisenbaum on 4/25/2019

Each lesson is very focused on accomplishing one particular thing, while building on knowledge accumulated in previous weeks.

By Alex Martin on 4/25/2019

Dr. Chuck is an engaging lecturer who manages to clearly explain the fundamentals of Python and take special attention to ensure you understand the nuances.