Jul 17, 2018
A very good course for its length and the amount of time it requires. It improved my python skills and knowledge of Genomics. I'm more engaged in my pursuits than before taking the course.
Oct 07, 2017
Easy to understand and very powerful examples. Not just it made me familiar with python, it also made it easy for me to teach to my students and inspire them to pursue python further.
von samarth K•
Jun 15, 2019
A fantastic course for the beginners. More of biopython modules training will be appreciated.
von Satarupa B•
Aug 12, 2019
final exam was tough
von Marcel V N•
Nov 25, 2018
I took this course without a background in biology or genetics. The material sounds interesting but the lecturers rush through it so fast. They do not provide sufficient explanation of the biology to allow completion of the programming assignment. They ask to write a code for finding ORFs yet they don't even explain how ORFs are defined in case of multiple start codons and end codons.
Feb 15, 2018
could have included some practical sessions
von Lily Z Z•
Jun 19, 2018
Great leaps of difficulty seem unavoidable in this kind of courses. It felt rather easy at the beginning of the course but the level of difficulty just increased exponentially. Programming actually takes a much longer time than simply 4 weeks to learn and practice to be skillful. So please add some sort of warning stating"decent background knowledge required" to the course introduction or it will be a torture taking the course as a completely beginner. The course design could have been done better.
von Michael G•
Feb 25, 2018
Could use more focus on Biopython, less on fundamentals
von Stefanie M•
Jun 20, 2017
Course content is ok, but didn't prepare well enough for the final exam
von Priscilla C•
Apr 13, 2017
I didn't know anything about programming and needed a lot of help with this course. I would have like more help in getting python and its complements install. Thanks.
von Inmaculada M•
May 19, 2017
Dfficult to follow, at least for people without a background in programming.
von Antoon L•
Jan 11, 2017
A good introduction to Python, but the course is a rather short & I think more could have been said about genomics-specific functions, modules, etc. and how to use them.
von Alex G•
Mar 30, 2016
Can't easily understand one of the instructors. Dislike how it chops and changes instructors in the same course.
von Konstantinos K•
Apr 17, 2017
Good but need more practise problems in order to understand what you are learning
von Ian P•
May 23, 2018
The final lecture on Biopython, and the exam exercise are good. The quiz questions are annoying because the indentation is messed up.
von sally s•
May 07, 2016
I enjoyed the lectures, but I felt they didnt go into enough details on analysis of sequence data. The final project was considerably harder than the material taught in the class and problems with the course (e.g. the final exam file not being available) had obviously not been fixed since the last version of the course. A fell I now have a good basic understanding of python but not enough to do any real analysis. Fantastic course mentor/TA.
von Benson N M•
Jun 17, 2016
I think someone who has never coded before can approach this course. However, further reading of the resources presented will augment what has been taught and to better handle the quizzes.
von Ming L•
Dec 07, 2017
one pretty lecturer, the other with relative faster speak speed, some small error in slides
von Felipe B•
Aug 01, 2019
This course is advanced and fast-paced. I found it difficult for those with minimal programming experience.
von Leo U•
Sep 11, 2018
von Andrew M•
May 13, 2017
If you don't already know some programming, then don't take this course. Without some idea of the concepts involved when you go in you will be setting yourself up for failure. This course is very poorly taught.
von Jennifer D•
Nov 21, 2016
This class was really difficult. The course material did not cover what we needed for the weekly quizzes (particularly in Week 3 & 4) and the final exam was immensely difficult. Additionally, the written instructions for the final exam did not even cover some of the questions that needed to be answered i.e. repeats or questions about particular reading frames when analyzing the ORFs. I had to do a lot of self teaching using random resources and I simply didn't have the bandwidth to dig around as much as was needed in order to do well in the class.
von LE G X•
Oct 29, 2016
Although courseware video is well done
Assigment are poorly designed and imbalanced
Far too easy on end of each week
Last week final assignment overly difficult and poorly guided
The sense of progress is very small after completing the course
Biology meets programming from UCSD is better designed on pedagogy and code challenges level.
Can't recommend not worth investing time or 50 bucks
von Limeng X•
Mar 11, 2018
very poorly taught,really don't recommend it. The Algorithm for DNA sequencing is the best in this Specialization.
von Kagning T E•
Dec 12, 2017
The instructors explain well, but it is difficult for beginners to implement the codes using python. Therefore, video tutorials describing how to implement the codes in python would have been better to further make this course beginners friendly.
von Anastassiya Z•
Feb 14, 2016
Not enough material provided to successfully complete final exam. More detailed explanation needed for newbies in Python and especially for newbies in programming, as it is , I am assuming, target group.
von Ezen C•
Apr 10, 2016
final project almost impossible based on lectures