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Introduction to the Raspberry pi (Part II): Build your own Amazon Echo digital assistant

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2019
Prof. Dr. Stefan Spinler, Alexander Hess
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

Themain purposeof this course is to make the student familiar withbasic conceptsofprogrammingandPython(one of the most important languages used at the moment).

This prepares the student for further courses, for example, in Data Science, Machine Learning, or Web Development.

Students taking this course in the past reported that they could use what they learned in summer internships as well, in particular when they worked in start-ups.

The topics introduced are:

  • basic components of a programming language
  • modularization via functions
  • boolean if-else logic
  • flow control via for or while statements
  • data types (lists, dictionaries, tuples)
  • object-orientation
  • replacing Excel with Python
  • data mining via web APIs or web scraping
  • prototyping with the Raspberry Pi
Date Time
Wednesday, 06.03.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Wednesday, 13.03.2019 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 20.03.2019 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 27.03.2019 15:30 - 18:45
Thursday, 04.04.2019 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 09.04.2019 08:00 - 11:15
The main goal is to enable the student to implement simple programs on his or her own and to show how easy Excel can be replaced with professional software.
All study materials can be found on GitHub:https://github.com/webartifex/intro-to-python
Being a coding course, the teaching style is rather pragmatic and applied. Theoretical concepts are explained in class with actual code. The study materials enable the student to code along either right away or re-do everything at home.

Additional exercises, assignments, and case study show how the learned concepts can be applied in the real world.

The course runs over 14 weeks (with a 2-week break in between because of the general exam period) from mid-September to mid-December (it ends before the second exam period begins). So there is NO overlap with any exam.

There is only one 90-minute class session per week. This is done as most students taking this course in the past two semesters suggested to have more time to digest the contents.

As this course is a programming course, there are NO quizzes or exams. The grading is based on weekly take-home assignments, exercises, and case studies that relate what the student learned in class to the real world. In addition, there is a bigger semester project involving the Raspberry Pi device. All examinations are conducted in small and randomized groups. Lastly, attentance and activeparticipation in class is part of the grade as well.
There are NO prerequisites for this course. Anybody interested in learning to code is welcome to join.
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