/Simple Coding

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Provided by: Open University

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: Anytime

Subjects: Coding

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Course overview

Coding (or programming) is the construction of software. Coding involves writing a ‘recipe’, which in computing is called an algorithm, in a so called programming language that a computer can understand. When the computer runs the code we wrote, it follows the ‘recipe’, step by step.


We will use Python, a popular programming language for teaching and for professional software development. You will see that Python code reads almost like plain English. Writing simple programs in Python is not very difficult, once you have come up with the ‘recipe’, the algorithm.


This tutorial shows how to code in Python the basic building blocks of all algorithms, and how to ask the user for input and produce some output on the screen. The skills, concepts and jargon (in boldface) you will learn are the foundations for coding all sorts of apps in all sorts of languages, not just Python.


You won’t have to install any software, the code examples are embedded in this course and you can execute and change them right here.


This course can be started at any time after the advertised date and is available now.

Who is this course for

For anyone interested in finding out more about to use digital thinking tools. This is a free open online course. Learners can start this course at any time.

What will I learn

  • use the programming language Python to produce code
  • understand the sequences of instructions in Python programmes
  • understand repetition in Python programming language.
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