Python is a flexible programming language that is becoming increasingly popular for scientific computing. This course will give you a basic introduciton in how to use Python. The course will work towards a script for parsing FASTA files and calculating the GC-content of DNA sequences.
Next session: Jan 2018
For beginners interested in using Python to solve problems in Biology.
Python is a flexible programming language that is becoming increasingly popular for scientific computing. The course is is split into 12 modules and runs over two half days. At the end of each module there a number of exercises to help solidify the learning. By the end of day one you will have created a function for calculating the GC-content of DNA sequences. By the end of day two you will have a script for reading in sequences from FASTA files. The final exercise will be two combine the two to create a script that can read a FASTA file and calculate the GC-content of each sequence in that file.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Ability to run Python scripts and work in interactive Python sessions
Ability to understand and edit existing Python scripts
Ability to manipulate numbers and text
Ability to create reusable functions
Basic understanding of Python's built-in data types and structures
Basic understanding of control flow and loops
Ability to read in and write out files
Ability to reuse functionality from Python's built-in standard library
Experience of creating a complex data analysis script
No previous experience is needed although some basic familiarity with programming and/or the Linux command line would be beneficial. As the course is structured around the participants working through course material a certain degree of curiosity and self motivation is required along with a willingness to ask for help and clarification when required.