Jul 30, 2018
This course is very very good. Challenging at times. It does not hold your hand at all times and sometimes requires research to solve some of the problems, but I like the community and the approach.
Sep 11, 2019
The material of the course is simply exquisitely presented. The concepts are clear, easy to grasp. You won't be a bioinformatician after doing this course, but you'll make the first step.
von Meng Z•
Mar 04, 2019
The course is great!
von Yousef A S A•
Jan 12, 2019
I really liked the course, I had fun finishing assignments and learning the theory behind each concept. However, I take my time very seriously and this course has underrated the time you should devote as I end up having too much pressure due to other work I should be doing.
von Shiv H•
Sep 28, 2018
Good Course but at times difficult to understand.
von Christiane A•
Mar 06, 2017
Fascinating subject where informatics and biology come together . By taking these courses you get a deep understanding of how research results are obtained by multidisciplinary teams.
von Beatrice R•
Sep 28, 2017
I enjoyed and learned a lot from this course. I have no background in biology or computer science. My recommendation would be that there are more examples and explanations and problem-solving activities that do not require programming. This is my first Coursera course and I realize I could have benefitted more from hearing and speaking about what I was learning. It would have helped me answer the short-answer questions of the project. I hope to complete the specialization and have already started the second course.
von Micheal A•
Jun 26, 2018
I found this course incredibly enlightening and because I feel so highly of it I'm going to buy the accompanying book. My one issue is with peer evaluation of the final assignment, I don't believe in peer evaluation in situations where the peers may not be trained. What if one of the graders don't understand why they have a question wrong, despite having seen the answers. I don't think such a person should be allowed to perform evaluations. That being said,all the algorithms and the explanations behind them, super interesting and because I have taken this course and learned what I have, I am now considering graduate school in this field.
von Francois O•
Oct 31, 2017
Very interesting. I learned two important concepts about DNA during this class. C-G skew due to a more likely odd of mutation; and how to find motifs in seemingly random DNA strings. However some pseudocodes need some improvements. They sometime have part that only make sense after you read comments by other students, or variable names that could be better chosen (I wrote a comment at that place).
von Owen J•
Jan 04, 2017
This is certainly not a course for beginners! The content of the course were rather complex and prior computer science knowledge is extremely helpful to finish this course. It was a struggle for me to finish this course without any background in computer science. However, it was definitely challenging and gave me an insight on how two different disciplines can be connected in a single field of study. The only improvement I could think of is if there were videos regarding the basic computer science knowledge that could have helped biologists such as myself. Perhaps giving an example on how things are done could be useful. There were only a handful of examples and the examples only gave the answers but did not explain how to get that answer well enough.
von Michael O•
Jun 29, 2016
Very nice course and information, but backend could be more polished. Many tasks (expecially about randomized algorithms) could fail even if you do 100% right. And very little debug information provided.
Mar 06, 2017
Есть недоработки, но вместе с комментариями других учащихся, можно разобраться в сути заданий
von Estefania E•
Jun 28, 2017
A good course and introduction. Some of the computer graded homework assignments need better explanations for the desired result set, to avoid frustration.
von Igor K•
Aug 18, 2017
Very interesting lectures and practical assignments. But in my opinion the capstone project is not too interesting for "computer" people.
von Todd T•
Nov 09, 2017
von Juana S L•
Apr 22, 2018
I couldn't finish successfully last question but I don't know why. I believe I understand the meaning of the question
von Rohit C R•
Jan 15, 2017
It may be more helpful to students who are not taking the honors code if they had access to ready made programming codes to complete the stepik exercises as it is extremely taxing and not feasible to solve all problems by hand.
Brilliantly structured and very effective learning method!
I also felt that Gibbs sampling could have been explained further or more in detail.
von Jennifer M M•
May 01, 2018
Great course. Good introduction to applying computer science to real biology problems. Only cons to this course is that it tries to split the line between biologists wanting to learn more bioinformatics and data scientists wanting to learn bioinformatics which boils down to the coding being tough and at times not well explained and there not being enough explanation for the biology part. I wouldn't take this if you don't have any coding skills because without working through the coding challenges the course isn't useful and for those with what would be more novice coding skills (like me) be prepared to spend a lot of time on this course. Well worth the challenge.
von Aditya B•
Aug 05, 2016
Very well explained for both biologists and computer scientists.
von TeriLynn S•
Jul 09, 2018
The two platform format is quite complex. But the material is excellent!
von Evgeny T•
Feb 09, 2017
To be completely honest, I was expecting more from this course. One big setback is that the course material does not really go into biochemical fundamentals of what is going on, and instead jumps straight into algorithms. This might work for someone with enough background in biology who needs to learn to code. I, on the other side, have already had some exposure to software development and algorithms, but when Pavel mentions gene expression and transcription I have a very vague idea what he is talking about.
von Tomas R H•
Sep 17, 2016
Some of the algorithms are pretty cool but overall the course is not worth it. The material is pretty weak.
von Jonathon T•
Jul 27, 2018
Instructions are often not clear and require you to read the comments to even grasp what the problems are asking for. Also the format for teaching is to teach you a bad way to solve a problem then go "well that didn't work out, lets try a different way." I felt these were a waste of my time as I sat around trying to understand why I was being asked to solve a problem in such an inefficient manner.
von Erdős G•
Aug 08, 2016
Very bad course. No videos, just an interactive textbook. The course states all you need is "high school level biology" yet you require coding knowledge for the very first quiz. there are side questions on the first week like does this algorithm runs in O(k * l * x^2) or O(xllogk) without ANY explanation. I guess you can find much much better book about bioinformatics, and as this course is nothing more then a book i recommend a better one.
von Barry L K•
Jun 09, 2016
Unfortunately, as often happens, what is "simple" and basic for one is not that for another. This course presumes a comfortableness with coding that I simply do not possess as a teacher of high school science. Please try and develop a true introductory course that normal, non-programmers can access. Thanks!
von Zhenan L•
Aug 26, 2019
some technical problem, those explanation figure not working.