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Mon 5 Dec - Tue 6 Dec 2016
09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with Python
BeginnersPrerequisites

Mon 5 Dec - Tue 6 Dec 2016

Description

This course provides a practical introduction to the writing of Python programs for the complete novice. Participants are lead through the core aspects of Python illustrated by a series of example programs. Upon completion of the course, attentive participants will be able to write simple Python programs from scratch and to customize more complex code to fit their needs.

Course materials are available here.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Target audience
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
Prerequisites
  • The course is suitable for complete beginners and assumes no prior programming experience (beyond the ability to use a text editor).
  • A very basic knowledge of UNIX would be an advantage, but nothing will be assumed and extremely little will be required.
Sessions

Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Mon 5 Dec 2016   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map A.S.M.M. Hossain,  Dr A. Pajon,  Tomás Di Domenico,  Mareike Herzog
2 Tue 6 Dec 2016   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map A.S.M.M. Hossain,  Dr A. Pajon,  Tomás Di Domenico,  Mareike Herzog
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Biology, Data handling

Objectives

After this course you should be able to:

  • Edit and run Python code
  • Write file-processing python programs that produce output to the terminal and/or external files
  • Create stand-alone python programs to process biological data
  • Know how to develop your skills in Python after the course
Aims

During this course you will learn about:

  • Core concepts about Python syntax: Data types, blocks and indentation, variable scoping, iteration, functions, methods and arguments
  • Different ways to control program flow using loops and conditional tests
  • Writing functions and best-practice ways of making them usable
  • Reading from and writing to files
  • Code packaging and Python libraries
  • How to work with biological data using BioPython
Format

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

Registration fees
  • Free for University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • £ 50/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 100/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here
Duration

2

Frequency

A number of times per year

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Theme
Basic Skills and Programming

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