Incubator Lesson Spotlight: Python for Business

Highlighting this lesson from The Carpentries Incubator, teaching Python for Business.

The Incubator Lesson Spotlight highlights a lesson under development by our community in The Carpentries Incubator. In this edition, we look at the progress being made on the Python for Business lesson, and hear from the authors about how The Carpentries community can get involved with the ongoing development of this lesson.

Lesson Profile

  • Title: Python for Business
  • Lesson Pages: https://carpentries-incubator.github.io/python-business/
  • Lesson Repository: https://github.com/carpentries-incubator/python-business

Learning Objectives

  • teach data processing skills that are automated, repeatable, and testable
  • apply Python as a replacement for spreadsheet-based analysis

Target Audience

Python for Business is a software skills training programme aimed at business students. It helps business students learn about basics of programming and how to perform Excel-like tasks with Python.

Lesson Progress

The lesson is in beta after several alpha pilot runs and a complete rewrite. All lessons are complete but could benefit from some more exercises and a bit more exposition as the Python→Pandas pipeline is a bit steep still. The authors have taught a version using the spreadsheet example of each Python equivalent which was well-received, but this is not explicitly mentioned in the current materials.

How You Can Help Develop This Lesson

We are looking for more exercises, prose elaboration of concepts (such as statistical analysis), and possibly collaboration on an integrated spreadsheet-equivalent as mentioned above.

Community members who are interested in contributing to the further development of the lesson should contact Neal Davis or open an issue on the lesson repository.


About This Series

Incubator Lesson Spotlight is a regular feature in The Carpentries blog and Carpentries Clippings newsletter, highlighting the great work our community is doing to develop new lessons in The Carpentries Incubator. Developers of any lesson in the Incubator are encouraged to submit details about their material for inclusion in the series. If you would like to increase the visibility of your lesson and encourage Carpentries community members to contribute to its ongoing development, fill in this short form.

Dialogue & Discussion

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