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Language: English

Course Description

A general introduction to programming using the Python programming language. Explore key components of problem solving using logically ordered steps and apply them to problems across disciplines. Gain a solid foundation in algorithmic design of programs and implementing them in Python.

Scope and Objectives

Python Coding Winter School is targeting high school students who are interested in Computer Science and coding. Attending such a program not only provides students personal enrichment, but also helps to develop ‘algorithmic thinking’ to handle significant challenges. The Winter Program focuses on teaching the creation of computer algorithm development, numerical computations, data visualization and data analysis using Python.

Buket Yüksel Lecturer Department of Computer Engineering

Buket Yüksel is a Python instructor at Koç University. She has more than 10 years of experience in Python programming language and used it on her research during her Ph.D as well. She has been teaching UNIV199 (Python) Course for 3 semesters at Koç University. Her current research is about Object Tracking using Deep Learning. Her research interests include Neural Networks and Reinforcement learning.

In a world where computers and coding are having a wider application area every day, computer programming literacy is becoming more and more important. This Winter Program aims at giving students from non-technical majors literacy of computer programming, so that they can use those skills in their professional life to build more efficient solutions to real-world computational problems.

Another aim of this course is to give students the means of breaking down complex problems to smaller parts and solving the overall problem by finding solutions to the small components.

Topics to Be Covered

  • Programming structure overview with Karel the robot.
  • Variables, constants, operators, expressions.
  • Flow control (selection structures).
  • Repetitions (loop structures).
  • User-defined functions.
  • Strings, lists, dictionaries, tuples, nested structures.
  • File processing.
  • Turtle Graphics.
  • Plotting.
  • Object oriented programming.

Course Outline

Week 1


24 January 25 January 26 January 27 January
10:00-10:50 Lecture1: Introduction to Python No Class Lecture7: Karel While Loops No Class
10:50-11:10 Break Break
11:10-12:00 Lecture2: IDE Installation Lecture8: While Loop Exercises (Group Work)
12:00-13:00 Break Break
13:00-13:50 Lecture3: Meet Karel Robot Lecture5: Karel Control Flow Lecture9: Karel For Loops Lecture11: Variables, print, input, math library
13:50-14:10 Break Break Break Break
14:10-15:00 Lecture4: Karel Robot (Exercises) Lecture6: Control Flow Exercises (Group Work) Lecture10: For Loop Exercises Lecture12: IF Statements

Week 2


31 January 1 February 2 February 3 February
10:00-10:50 Lecture13: Loops No Class Lecture19: Strings & Lists Exercises (Group Work) No Class
10:50-11:10 Break Break
11:10-12:00 Lecture14: IF & Loops Exercises Lecture20: Files
12:00-13:00 Break Break
13:00-13:50 Lecture15: Functions Lecture17: Strings Lecture21: Files (Exercises) Lecture23: Turtle Graphics
13:50-14:10 Break Break Break Break
14:10-15:00 Lecture16: Functions (Exercises) Lecture18: Lists Lecture22: Plotting Lecture24: Object Oriented Programming