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Fri 28 Apr 2017
09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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Working with Python: functions and modules

Fri 28 Apr 2017


This course will cover concepts and strategies for working more effectively with Python with the aim of writing reusable code. In the morning session, we will briefly go over the basic syntax, data structures and control statements. This will be followed by an introduction to writing user-defined functions. We will finish the course by looking into how to incorporate existing python modules and packages into your programs as well as writing you own modules.

Course materials can be found here.

Note: this one-day course is the continuation of the Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with Python; participants are expected to have attended the introductory Python course and/or have acquired some working knowledge of Python. This course is also open to Python beginners who are already fluent in other programming languages as this will help them to quickly get started in Python.

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
  • Please be aware that these courses are only free for University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged a registration fee in some form. Registration fees and further details regarding the charging policy are available here
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Having attended the An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with Python course and/or have a working knowledge of Python


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Fri 28 Apr 2017   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Cristian Riccio,  G.E. Parada-Gonzalez
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Biology, Data handling


After this course you should be able to:

  • Write reusable Python code, using functions and libraries effectively, and according to best practice guidelines
  • Acquire a working knowledge of key concepts which are prerequisites for advanced programming in Python e.g. writing modules

During this course you will learn about:

  • Writing functions
  • Best practice approaches to write reusable code
  • Structuring code in a custom module
  • Using Python libraries
  • Working with biological data using BioPython

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
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 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

1 day


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