Python Crash Courses

University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC Research Computing


Installing the Anaconda Distribution.

If you run into problems during installation, please come 30 minutes early to the first session for help.

View our introductory orientation to Python and Spyder (YouTube) before Week 1.


Week 1

We’ll introduce fundamental Python concepts like variables, object types, and indexing.

Week 2

We’ll return to the Introductory Materials to review fundamental concepts, packages, file paths, and a few important extensions, then we’ll work through an example using data on COVID-19.

Practice Exercises (Introduction)


Intro to Data

Week 3

We’ll introduce a format for literate programming: Jupyter Notebooks. Then, we’ll get started with Pandas for Data in Python.

Week 4

We’ll continue with Pandas and explore some visualization tools by applying them to some simple research questions about a dataset.

Week 5

We’ll finish up some topics in Pandas and base Python, and survey some other useful tools.

Pandas Exercises


Getting Help!

References and Resources

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