Live Course: Python Essentials for Water II

Australian Water School Develop confidence in the powerful programming language Python.

Target Audience

This course is intended for anyone working in the water sector, that has no or very limited experience with Python. In three sessions, you will learn the basics of Python and be provided an overview of its most important libraries. The course will give you the confidence to create basic programs to process hydrological data and calculations.


Python has become part of the toolbox of scientists and engineers, and has numerous applications in hydrology. By mastering Python, you are able to extend data analysis and modelling capabilities far beyond what is possible with spreadsheets, GIS platforms and other standard software. All sessions will be held 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Sydney Time, 2 hours per session)

Schedule Outline

Session 1: Thursday 18th August, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Sydney Time)

  • Things you need to get started with Python
  • Basics of Python and useful packages
  • First steps: Python language and simple scripts

Session 2: Thursday 25th August, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Sydney Time)

  • Working with arrays and dataframes
  • Loading, viewing and analysing data
  • Statistics and curve fitting

Session 3: Thursday 1st September, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (Sydney Time)

  • Working with time series and geospatial data
  • Interfacing with GIS software
  • Create stunning graphs and animations

Attendees earn CPD hours/points (ie with Engineers Australia) for at least 12 hours for the entire course.

Learning Objectives

In this course, you will be able to;

  • Gain basic command of the Python programming language
  • Ability to work with arrays and dataframes
  • Process spreadsheet and GIS data
  • Perform hydrological calculations
  • Visualise data and model results in graphs
  • Be introduced to pandas, NumPy, Matplotlib, SciPy
  • See Jupyter and Anaconda scripting demonstrated