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Course overview

In this course, you’ll explore the world of Python data engineering. You’ll learn basic Python concepts such as dictionaries, functions, and default arguments.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser. The course will conclude with two guided projects:

  • The first one teaches you to learn and install Jupyter Notebook
  • The second one asks you to perform practical data analysis on profitable app profiles for the App Store and Google Play Market

Key skills

  • Refining fundamental Python knowledge for data engineering
  • Using dictionaries, functions, and default arguments
  • Using Jupyter Notebook

Course outline

Dictionaries and Functions in Python [5 lessons]

Dictionaries 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Create dictionaries
  • Update dictionary values
  • Check for dictionary membership
  • Count with dictionaries

Functions: Fundamentals 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Define a function
  • Create functions
  • Combine functions
  • Debug functions

Functions: Intermediate 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Define default arguments
  • Employ multiple return statements
  • Return multiple variables
  • Identify mutable and immutable data types
  • Employ documentation

Project: Learn and Install Jupyter Notebook 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Define the basics of Jupyter Notebook
  • Install Jupyter Notebook locally

Guided Project: Profitable App Profiles for the App Store and Google Play Markets 2h

Lesson Objectives
  • Expand your portfolio with a guided project
  • Add business value using Python skills

Projects in this course

Project: Learn and Install Jupyter Notebook

For this project, you’ll take on the role of a Jupyter Notebook beginner. You’ll learn the essentials of running code, adding explanatory text, and installing Jupyter locally to prepare for real-world data projects.

Guided Project: Profitable App Profiles for the App Store and Google Play Markets

For this project, we’ll assume the role of data analysts for a company that builds free Android and iOS apps. Our revenue depends on in-app ads, so our goal is to analyze data to determine which kinds of apps attract more users.

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