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 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.
von Ivan L•
Mar 22, 2018
A good course that gives an introduction to bioinformatics by applying programming in python. Overall, some of the challenges became difficult towards the end, but I definitely learned something.
von Jane D•
Jan 26, 2018
It was a challenging course but the support was good for the most part. There were some that I struggled a lot with and had to ask external help, but as a whole, the community was super helpful.
von Afshin P•
Apr 25, 2017
This course was very effective for me.
It has a lot of details, and I need to review some issues agian
von Kie V I S•
Jul 03, 2017
Overall it was a good experience. I had so much fun learning the connection between molecular biology and programming. The programming assignment was okay but the theory of molecular biology was still out of reach for me. We had to use a third party application (stepik), which is good.
Mar 26, 2017
Limited intro course compared to one offered few years ago but still Great start , Thank you
von cristina g g•
Apr 29, 2018
It doesnt seem for begginers in coding but still there is a lot of helpful information!
von Mohamed A•
Jan 04, 2017
Very good introductory course to new learners in bioinformatics or students who are just curious about this field.
von Michael E L•
Jul 04, 2017
Great intro course even if tedious for those who know next to nothing about coding
von Helena C P d A B•
Jul 31, 2016
It's good, but I would prefer that the python was taught within the course.
von Igor K•
Aug 16, 2016
A good introduction to computational aspects of bioinformatics. However, the pace of the course might seem too low if you have a strong computer science background.
von Ellen G•
Aug 01, 2017
This was an extremely challenging and time-consuming course for me, a non-programmer, non-biologist health care IT professional. My only negative criticism is that for absolute beginners, the estimated time for most exercises is very very very low. Exercises that were estimated at 39 minutes sometimes took me 8 hours of actual labor.
However! Our course instructor, Niema Moshiri was wonderful - very responsive, very patient, and excellent at coaching students without giving away the answers. I learned to read the assignment, then go directly to the comments, reading all of them, and taking especial note of the "instructor replied" answers. I had a good correspondence with a learner for a while - really helped morale and let me feel connected to the community.
And wow! did I learn a lot about the necessity for computational techniques in bioinformatics, and loads about Python programming!
von itay b•
Sep 19, 2016
very interesting!, i liked the stepik interactive lesson very much, i prefer them over lectures
von Rohan S•
Jul 24, 2017
Excellent course to learn Python programming and great way to learn very interesting topics in biology and be introduced to bioinformatics.