Online Diploma in Python for Data Analysts

Take the first step in learning how to code

11 weeks, part-time, one evening per week, 6.30-9.30pm
Start Date:
30th September
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This course is starting September 2021. Apply now!

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Why Python Programming?

Python has become one of the most useful and widely used programming languages by both software developers and data scientists. One of the main reasons it is popular as a programming language is that it's a great way to learn how to code. It reads almost like plain English and has many features that allow you to write complex tasks very simply.  

Python’s design is based on the principles of elegance, simplicity, readability. Its massive libraries used for data manipulation and are easy to learn for anyone looking to take their data analytics skills to the next level. Where Python differentiates itself from other programming languages is in the area of Data Analytics, AI and Machine Learning. Because Python comes with many built-in libraries it provides a wealth of additional functionality for Programmers, Data Analysts and Data Scientists. Also with the rise of the Internet of Things, Python has moved to the top of programming languages which have been adopted to support devices such as Raspberry Pi and Bluetooth.

Companies like Google, Dropbox, and Instagram all rely heavily on Python; Python has been used to strengthen Google’s internal infrastructure and in building applications like YouTube.  One of the best features of Python is that it is an open-source language. This means anyone can add to the existing functions of Python. In fact, companies each day are coming up with their own set of frameworks and functions that are helping them accomplish a goal faster and at the same time also assisting other developers and data analysts who share the platform. 

  • With over 12,000 vacancies across the Irish technology industry, Python programming ranked 6th among the most 'in demand' skills.
  • In 2019 Q3, Indeed found that searches for specific coding languages remained strong, with the most popular coding languages among Irish jobseekers being Python and SQL, with jobs using C_sharp, JavaScript, Php also in demand.
  • Python is listed among the main job titles that are difficult to fill in 2019 according to Recruitment Agency survey & Solas.

"Python is now of the world's most popular programming languages. In fact, it's more so than ever. Python climbed from third place to tie for second in the latest ranking of programming language popularity published by the analyst firm RedMonk"

Python Is More Popular Than Ever, Wired Febuary 2020 

"Data really powers everything that we do. Developers and researchers are using it for all sorts of reasons. Statistics suggest that Python is officially the most widely used programming language in the world today"

Why learning Python is now essential for all data scientists, TheNextWeb April 2020 

This course is designed for

  • Anyone looking for hands-on instructions, interesting and illustrative examples while learning Python.
  • Anyone wishing to design and implement scalable automation solutions using Python.
  • Anyone looking for the ability to use Python's inbuilt data structures in your programs.
  • Anyone looking to take their data analytics skills to the next level.

Course Overview

The course uses a package called Jupyter Notebooks to practice programming. The main emphasis of the course will be hands-on, so students will be required to program for themselves during lectures, and practice outside the classroom. Students should commit to at least 5 hours learning outside of class time each week. 

Due to the interactive nature of the classes the number of students is limited.

What you will Learn

If this all sounds like double Dutch, don’t worry, this introductory-level Phyton programming course is specifically designed for those with little or no previous experience in the area. It provides learners, regardless of their background, to feel justifiably confident in their ability to write code and is ideal for any learner with an interest and motivation to embark in a career in software development.

On this programming course, you’ll go from a complete beginner with no prior programming experience to having a solid understanding of the Python programming language.

You’ll begin by completing basic exercises that focus on the core concepts of programming. As you progress, you’ll learn how to use variables to store, retrieve and calculate information. Then move conditional execution, iteration and many other functions, lists, list processing, objects custom types and, handling exceptions.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

This is an interactive hands-on course in Python and Jupyter Notebooks

At the end of this course students will have:

  • A fundamental understanding of programming and the different techniques and languages used for programming
  • A firm base in procedural programming using Python
  • A fundamental understanding of Python Object Orientated Programming.
  • A sound knowledge of the major libraries used for data analysis, [NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, Seaborn].
  • Practical knowledge on how to import, filter, manipulate and save data to CSV files.
  • Ability to use the relevant tools to output data in tabular and graphical format.
  • Recognise the power of Jupyter Notebooks to carry out, report and demonstrate sophisticated and complex data analysis.

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

Career Opportunities

Developers with Python Skills are in high demand given the speediness with which Python programme can be developed.  Reducing project time has a positive benefit to all development projects.  Data Scientists and Analysts also embrace Python as a language.  It has an extensive set of libraries and APIS for data analysis and manipulation and visualisation.  

Academic Progression Opportunities

Students who complete the Diploma in Pyton Programming  and are interested in furthering their study in the area of programming are eligible to progress onto the more Advanced Diploma in Computer Programming (Advanced Java) or Mobile App Development.

Lecturer Profile

Morgan McKnight/ Lecturer Diploma in Python Programming /
Morgan currently teaches on a number of programming courses in both DCU and IBAT College which include a number of development languages such as JavaScript, PHP and Python.

Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at beginner programmers. No previous knowledge of programming is required. However, to ensure sufficient digital literacy students should be familiar with the core applications such as word-processing, and spreadsheets, at ECDL level or equivalent.

How to Apply

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You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

We look forward to meeting you.

IBAT is now offering 100% interactive learning via virtual classrooms, all at an affordable price. We’re adapting along with the rest of the world, to the new normal. With an increasing shift towards online learning and as jobs become harder to find, now is the time to take initiative and upskill by gaining a diploma from the comfort of your own home.

Benefit from live sessions with our expert tutors who are teaching in real-time and can therefore engage with you directly. Seize this opportunity to boost your prospects and stay ahead of the competition. 

Average Base Pay for Python Programmers.
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Python ranking within TIOBE programming language index.

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