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Introduction to Python for Biologists 2020

This introductory level course is intended for people with a biological background but with no previous programming experience. The course introduces basic programming concepts with plenty of time to practice writing code and working on your own data.

Start date:

08 June 2020

End date:

12 June 2020

Time:

09h00 - 17h00

Venue:

Earlham Institute

Registration deadline:

03 May 2020

Cost:

£550

About the event.

About the event

Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. This workshop is aimed at complete beginners and assumes no prior programming experience. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. The workshop is structured so that the parts of the language most useful for bioinformatics are introduced as early as possible, and that students can start writing plausibly-useful programs after the first few sessions.

After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to:

(1) apply the skills they have learned to tackling problems in their own research, and;

(2) continue their Python education in a self-directed way.

"Extremely useful and approachable way to learn a new language. I definitely love the way how Martin teaches and the logics to show the computing language."

~ Introduction to Python course attendee, July 2018

"Really excellent. I learned so much and have never loved coding so much."

~ Introduction to Python course attendee, April 2017

Please see here for a detailed syllabus of the course.

Course prerequisites/target audience:

This workshop is aimed at researchers and technical workers with a background in biology, but no previous programming experience.

Students should have enough biological/bioinformatics background to appreciate the examples and exercise problems (i.e. they should know what a protein accession number, BLAST report, and FASTA sequence is). The syllabus has been planned with complete beginners to programming in mind, so no particular computer skills (beyond the ability to use a text editor) are necessary.

During the workshop students will use their own laptops. Instructions for any software to be installed will be sent out prior to the course.

Looking for more advanced training? See our Advanced Python for Biologists 2020 course.

If you are unsure about the suitability of this course for your needs, questions can be directed to Martin Jones.

About the trainer:

Martin started his programming career by learning Perl during the course of his PhD in evolutionary biology, and started teaching other people to program soon after. Since then he has taught introductory programming to hundreds of biologists, from undergraduates to PIs, and has maintained a philosophy that programming courses must be friendly, approachable, and practical.

In his academic career, Martin mixed research and teaching at the University of Edinburgh, culminating in a two year stint as Lecturer in Bioinformatics. He now runs programming courses for biological researchers as a full time freelancer.

Programme.

The provisional course programme is outlined below. Please see here for a detailed syllabus of the course.

Looking for more advanced training? See our Advanced Python for Biologists 2020 course.

 

Day 1 - 08 June 2020

Time

Topic

09:00 - 09:30

Registration and Coffee

09:30 - 12:30

Introduction and Manipulating text

Coffee available from 10:30

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 17:00

Working with files

Coffee available from 15:30

17:00 - 17:15

Close of Day 1

Day 2 - 09 June 2020

Time

Topic

09:00 - 09:30

Arrival coffee

09:30 - 12:30

Lists and loops

Coffee available from 10:30

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 17:00

Conditions

Coffee available from 15:30

17:00 - 17:15

Close of Day 2

Day 3 - 10 June 2020

Time

Topic

09:00 - 09:30

Arrival coffee

09:30 - 12:30

Writing functions

Coffee available from 10:30

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 17:00

Regular expressions

Coffee available from 15:30

17:00 - 17:15

Close of Day 3

Day 4 - 11 June 2020

Time

Topic

09:00 - 09:30

Arrival coffee

09:30 - 12:30

Dictionaries

Coffee available from 10:30

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 17:00

Working with the file system

Coffee available from 15:30

17:00 - 17:15

Close of Day 4

Day 5 - 12 June 2020

Time

Topic

09:00 - 09:30

Arrival coffee

09:30 - 12:30

Programming workshop based on progress of the course and delegates' interests

Coffee available from 10:30

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 17:00

Programming workshop based on progress of the course and delegates' interests

Coffee available from 15:30

17:00 - 17:15

Close of Day 5

Further information.

Please carefully review our standard online event booking terms and conditions prior to registering for this event. Completing an online registration and associated payment process will mean that you are bound by these terms and conditions. Any supplemental terms or changes to these conditions on a per event basis will be included on this page. If you have any queries regarding our events or in relation to your booking, please contact us at training@earlham.ac.uk

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Registration deadline: 3 May 2020 - 23:45

Participation: First come, first served