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School of Economics and Business - (ISEM) - University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis

Introduction to Python - Master 1 Economy - UE 1 : Methodological prerequisites (EE - Economic Expertise / SIED - Social Interactions and Economic Dynamics)

Objectives of Teachings

This 18-hour module provides an introduction to the Python programming language.

Python is a modern, powerful and very accessible programming language for non-specialists. Today, it is used in many fields, both in the research world or in companies. It is a language that goes to the essential, minimizing technical constraints which makes it an ideal language to learn programming. It can help to solve a problem in a few lines of code. However, it can also be used for larger projects. It is free and open-source, and it can used under the main operating systems such as Windows, MacOS or Linux.

Courses will take place at the St Jean d'Angely campus, ISEM. See which rooms below.

You must take your laptop. The Wifi Internet access should be available using your student card identifiers.


This course is for beginners and does not require any special computer skills. Computers will be available in the classroom, but it is highly recommended to have your own personal computer (PC or Mac) in order to do the exercises and to performed the final project.

Schedule 2020 (18h)

  1. Wednesday September 9th | 13:00 - 16:00 (+3h) | room 211 (or 306)
    • Why Python, first lines of code
    • Manipulate the variables
    • Tutorial 1 (exercises)

  2. Thursday September 10rd | 13:00 - 16:00 (+6h) | room 211 (or 306)
    • Use of functions, logical conditions
    • Create a simple game in Python
    • Tutorial 2

  3. Tuesday September 15th | 13:00 - 16:00 (+9h) | room 203
    • Loops, lists and dictionaries (part 1)
    • Tutorial 3

  4. Wednesday 16th | 13:00 - 16:00 (+12h) | room 203
    • Loops, lists and dictionaries (part 2)
    • Tutorial 3

  5. Tuesday September 29th | 13:00 - 16:00 (+15h) | room 203
    • Access and manage files content
    • Tutorial 4

  6. Wednesday September 30th | 13:00 - 16:00 (+18h) | room 203
    • Create graphical interfaces : use of TKinter
    • Tutorial 5




Send me an email ( with your work, before these dates

  • Write the instructions of a project : before Sunday October 18 0:00pm

Imagine a problem that needs to be solved using Python. This problem must be related to your Master's degree in economics, for example, it may involve sorting and calculating data contained in a file. Your instructions do not need to mention any technical concepts and have to be a “realistic”. If required, you can also provide one or more files with some values in a table-like format. ⇒ For example in .txt format, sorted by rows (separated using \t) and lines

Here some examples

  • Achievement of the project (a Python program + a short report) : max. Sunday, November 22 0:00pm

I will send you one of the project from your colleagues as soon as possible (<1 week after I received the projects proposals). Before the dead-line, do the project and send back the program. The program should be in Python and obviously should answer the project's problem. In addition, join a small document report of a few pages (~5-20 pages, in pdf, doc or odt format) summarizing the initial problematic, how you planned to answered this (drawing, picture or flux diagram should be welcome) and how to use your program (ie. help or tutorial, using or not some data test as example).

If require, I am still open to questions by emails before these dates

Good luck.

teachings/teachings_isem.txt · Last modified: 2020/09/04 16:24 by olivier