Nov 15, 2016
Excellent course content, very well presented, great slide decks.\n\n(When I hear "DB Management" I think of tablespaces and indexes. The course should be named "Data Modelling Essentials" instead. )
Oct 21, 2016
Excellent introduction to DB Management, I learned everything that I wanted to learn from it. I highly recommend it and actually I am already enrolled to the next course of the specialization.
von Jason C•
Jun 06, 2019
Lessons started out very strong, the middle was a little muddled, but ended strong.
von adrian a•
Aug 25, 2019
Review process taking a longer time, plus assignment solutions have few errors
von Jeff S•
Jul 10, 2019
Should have been a bit more challenging.
von Mauro G•
Jul 01, 2019
Theory about BCNF a bit poor, but in any way it's a very good
von Esteban R•
Sep 02, 2019
Muy buen curso, los conocimientos quedan muy claros después de realizar los assignments
von Denis M•
Oct 25, 2019
Good overview of DB basics but be ready to train your patience as software installation will be the most demanding task.
von Basem E•
Oct 13, 2019
Valuable Course Content, Good Instructor
von Friso S•
Nov 04, 2019
Content wise a very good and useful course. But the technical support on the installation and use of the software needed to complete the course is very limited, and the manuals are not up to date, as they refer to older versions of the proposed software.
von NUKALA V S J•
Nov 07, 2019
excellent for learning about database management
von Meena V•
Dec 14, 2018
Very time consuming.
von Brian M•
May 04, 2016
The specialization is great, and the course breadth and topics described in each is equally good. For this course, however, I felt like I could have covered what was taught by myself with a book, i.e. I didn't feel like it was class room level engaging with the explanations.
I realized this is a one way MOOC, but I've taken courses off and on since they came out, and some others felt more interactive. This was more of here's a slide, I will read what's on the slide and explain some topics. The assignments were not bad, but definitely took more time than stated (just keep that in mind). The other thing that would help immensely is having TAs in the course. It's possible that they may get some later, but I've felt I learned/got feedback a lot more in courses with TAs.
That said, this is an excellent introduction to databases course, and there's not many of them out there. If I had to go it again, I would, and I also paid for getting the cert - if anything for career advancement and having it on your LinkedIn profile as a starter DB course.
von Matko V•
Jul 10, 2016
Nice introductory course for database management. Assignments are challenging enough for beginners like me but I like that. If I'm already 'investing' my time into something I expect to learn something in return. This course gave me that kind of reciprocity. Course would benefit from radically different approach to video-lessons. Reading from power-point slides which are written in the same manner, have identical structure tends to become tedious after a while. Professor seems nice and knowledgeable but a bit more relaxed and/or engaging approach would be beneficial to many. Oh, and peer-reviewed grading, wherever possible, should be replaced with an auto-grader. That's not a critique, though. Not quite sure if it's even possible with this kind of material.
von Cesar O M•
Jan 03, 2016
I wish to have more contact with the academic crew.
von Amber B•
Oct 05, 2016
Need more lessons on nested queries and subqueries
von Mordi O•
Oct 29, 2015
looking good, so far
von Harshit S•
Oct 17, 2017
Start of this course was very good. But after week 5, assignments became very repetitive and most of the assignments were based on developing an ERD in a tool called ER Assistant. I feel like this part could be covered in 2 weeks time and more stress could have been given to the SQL part of the course.
von Xiyu F•
Jun 15, 2016
The course was clear, I had difficulties to find course materials, especially examples were used in the video class, I wish they had been put in more obvious places.
von Donatien L•
Jan 27, 2016
Interesting, I would have liked to deepen SQL knowledge and practice. The conceptual parti seems a little bit too important.
Aug 16, 2016
Great content, horrible technical support from Coursera and the team that runs this program (since it is clearly obvious that Michael Mannino just recorded the videos and is not part of the class anymore).
von Jason L•
May 07, 2016
Pros: Information is perfect for anyone looking at Business Intelligence as a career field, or already in the career field itself. I found the first week to challenge my on-the-job knowledge of a fuller set of concepts and general terminology.
Cons: The wording on the quiz questions, in some cases, seems much different than the PPT slides and the instructor's language. UPDATE: The wording is a significant challenge, even when advancing into the more complex topics. I have had many differences of opinions on the solutions based on wording in the requirements.
von STEVEN V D•
May 17, 2018
Good course with a lot of hands-on assignments. Sometimes the lectures could be brought in a more intuitive way and were a bit 'over-theorized', which made relatively simple concepts seem more complex than they were.
von Rana Q U Z•
Sep 02, 2016
This course is really helpful About Database Systems.
von DWARAKANATH S•
Aug 09, 2017
von Rohan S•
Mar 08, 2016
Pros: The course content covers a lot of relevant topics on Database Management. Things like Basic SQL queries, Database Normalization, Conceptual and Logical databases, and making ER diagrams are covered in the course.
Cons: Prof Mannino is a bit robotic in his reading out of long sentences and the constant pace of talking. There is tons of repetition of sentences and words mere seconds after they were just spoken. The lectures seem to be a collection of bullet points.
The assignments and the peer review structure is really a low point. There's no specific grading rubric - so points allocation is random and based on your peer's assessment. I had many instances where my right answers were marked as wrong. There is nothing you can do to correct it. Moreover, the questions are iterative and thus the same apparent error carries on and you get multiple wrong scores.
Assignments need to be submitted in documents. Separate documents for each question !! At times, even a one-line answer needs to be in a separate document. Pictures of database diagrams need to be pasted in said documents. It was a bit frustrating to take screenshots all the time. Especially when you make a small correction, and have to take screenshots AGAIN, then paste it AGAIN, and upload AGAIN !!
Summary: Take the course for it's content, and use the assignments as good practice. Don't take the grading seriously. Also, focus on the content rather than the delivery by the professor, and you will still be able to get some value out of the course (and the specialization by extension)
von Noel S•
Oct 24, 2016
The material is fine but the course isn't taught well. The instructor tends to start talking immediately in subject jargon and abbreviations without first giving students an intro or explaining foundation material first. It seems a lot of material is left out of the lectures and slides on purpose and forces students to buy the instructor recommended text book (which is also authored by the instructor). After each lecture I'm forced to Google search a lot of what was mentioned before I even understood half of what the instructor was talking about. I didn't pay to listen to something that forces me to Google search everything.