Hillcrest Python Unit
What is Python and why is it important?
Python is an interpreted text based general purpose programming language, which is a key requisite of the 7-10 Digital Technologies Curriculum. Python is also the only professional programming language that was designed with beginners in mind; it is intuitive and easy to use.
What are the student outcomes in this module?
- They perform string operations like capitalisation, formatting and concatenation
- They store user inputs in variables and use them later
- They gain a conceptual understanding of loops and application in times tables
- They use ‘If – Else’ statements and the simulation of an intelligent conversation
What is the educational approach of the course as a whole?
The course explicitly teaches the concepts such as loops or functions, performing several examples in the interactive shell. Then these concepts are employed to create a computer program. These programs progress in their level of difficulty, eventually performing complex tasks like encryption. Beyond the concepts and applications, students will also learn the following skills:
- Creating algorithms which can be represented in the form of flowcharts, which are in turn easy to translate to code.
- Building programs in separate stages, all of which can be tested
- Gain insight and understanding from error messages
What are the technical requirements?
- Students should have a Windows PC, a Mac or a Linux Computer
- Students should install the latest version of Python 3
- Students should have a basic understanding of Algebra (Yr 8 level)
- Ideally students have some previous programming experience (in any programming language)
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