Apr 18, 2016
I give this course 5 star because I did Bioinformatics I and I totally enjoy it.\n\nThis is where programming can be fun, and practical, and you'll learn some basic biology too.\n\nWhat's not to love?
Aug 16, 2017
I learned a lot from this difficult and time-consuming course! It covers biological concepts using Python. It made learning Python more interesting for me, since I have always loved biology.
von Simon C•
Jan 05, 2019
I came to this course with a decent computer science background (some undergrad courses) and basically no biology knowledge (grade 10 general science twenty-some years ago). I found this course to be really easy and pretty fun. I'm still quite confused about the biology concepts, but that didn't make it hard to write the code or implement the algorithms. I'm definitely continuing with the following courses. I only watched the first of the videos. It was ok, but I found the interactive text easier better. The only reason I'd watch the videos is to learn the pronunciation of the biology terms, but the prof has a really heavy accent.
von Daniel H•
Feb 12, 2019
A very interesting course, but perhaps not necessarily for "begginer" programmers.
von María A B•
Feb 17, 2019
I have learnt a lot, but sometimes I missed some help or feedback.
von Irina U•
Mar 14, 2019
it was challenging, but interesting with very exciting code challenges! however, i really wish the theory was explained in a more visual manner. i believe that would increase the understanding of the concepts described there, because as for me, i don't yet feel confident with the theoretical basics of the course. though i got much more confident with python programming - practical part was much easier for me.
anyway, i'm VERY GRATEFUL to the creators of the course for providing me with this awesome opportunity to familiarize myself with Bioinformatics.
von Rachel B•
Oct 13, 2018
A heavy emphasis on Python using codeacademy's python course. I have been trying to learn python anyway so it complements what I was already doing. I like the integration of biology and tech used. Because I do not know python yet, this is a lot more time and work than other courses I have taken through coursera. I am working through the free version but might restart the paid course to earn the certificate when I am done with the other paid certificate I am working on.
von Ziliang L•
Jul 13, 2018
overall, it's a good course. But it has many places to improve. It's better if you have the biological and programming background, or you gonna struggle. And some tricky and sometimes misleading parts can cost you a long time.
von Mario E S•
Jun 23, 2016
VERY GOOD. CONGRATS!
Sep 06, 2017
Novel knowledge and require some python base.More useful for leaners if printable handout with summarized information provided .
von MacKenzie K•
Aug 09, 2017
You definitely need to complete the codecademy lessons or at least have Python experience before the end of week one for this course. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the course.
von Michael G•
Oct 13, 2017
The Stepik textbook needs to be updated. The quantity of test cases and the quality leave a lot to be determined. The format of input on the quizzes needs to be specified more clearly. Otherwise a great course but I would not market it towards beginners.
von david h•
Oct 10, 2016
very challenging course
von Fikrat T•
Jan 01, 2017
The course was amazing!
von Ramesh S•
Jun 05, 2017
Very interesting introduction to two topics at once- genomics and Python programming, resulting in a perfect storm for me! But I thoroughly enjoyed the way the concepts were presented, explained, and then examined in some detail. Perhaps the course stopped too early- just when I was able to build up some momentum. That said, some of the details (especially in the programming exercises) were of uneven difficulty: cleaning up the examples and smoothing the exercises would go a long way to make this course even better.
von Jonathan N•
Jan 14, 2018
Very interesting course, but its estimated time is about 17 h 20min. I took about 53h and am an absolute beginner in this, so this took a lot longer than I thought it would. I think the estimated time should be revised up to take programming beginners into account.
von David K•
Mar 01, 2017
This has been a very helpful course, showing me how to program in a fun way because every coding challenge is linked to a biological question. I think the pace of the course was good, without any prior experience in coding I've had a few moments where I was stuck. But thankfully with some patience and helpful replies from the teaching assistant of the course to my questions in the discussion, it was possible to get past those coding problems.
von Abdullah D S•
Jun 05, 2018
The course is alright. I learned a great deal from the challenges in the Stepik modules. The only issue is that the material is pretty dry.
von Jeffrey L P•
Aug 30, 2016
Not a bad course, but it is a python programming class. There are some steeper steps at times if you are not used to python. Support can seem distant if you hit one of these steeper steps. It's best to have a coding attitude and not a "I want to read about biology and genetics" attitude to approach this class.
von Laura L•
Jan 31, 2017
Really liked the course and love the topic, however the algorithms section was very difficult and could use some more in depth explaining. Without that, I would not quantify it as "beginner".
Jun 04, 2016
Stepic issues with not syncing progress and assignment completion. All else was good. Well paced.
von IDIR A•
Dec 27, 2016
I really enjoyed this course, thanks to coursera
von Marek B•
May 18, 2017
It's quite hard to complete this course without any knowledge of Python. I don't recommend it as introduction to programming. BUT as a course about bioinformatics it's great!
von LE G X•
Oct 08, 2016
The course content is highly challenging and that's great for a sense of accomplishment. The biological problems motivates the biologist to go through the abstract mathematical concepts(but I have to admit there is a threshold where the biologist can not get it well anymore(greedy motifs, gibbs ...) and I wonder if he does really need it to be practical with day to day problems with chip array seq selex...)
be ready you will struggle hard here
von Paul J•
Jul 27, 2017
First time coding, so found some parts challenging, but worked it all out in the end!
von Abraham M E•
Jul 01, 2018
It is a little bit basic, but a great introduction to bioinformatics
Jan 16, 2017
The stepik interactive text was just amazing !! I think it is a great way to teach. Integrating with Code Academy to learn Python was really helpful. I spent quite a bit of time on a few challenges. However, arriving at the solution was very rewarding. As a biologist, it is a good start for first time exposure to bioinformatics and algorithms. There were some concepts I had to read multiple times to understand. Some detailed explanations by earlier students were helpful in a few cases.