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?
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.
By Clive T•
Disappointing lack of feedback from any course organiser (most recent response seemed to be about two years old). The biological content tailed off to become much more of course in programming for search algorithms
By Akinyi O•
Some background knowledge on coding is definitely needed for this course, despite the info saying none is needed. The progress expected is way too fast for an actual beginner with no coding experience.
By Saadman K•
This is not for beginners. You need to know more about python to complete it easily and the time limits of Stepik is not correct. It needs far more time than mentioned.
By Ajith M•
This course is definitely not for beginners. I was on the verge of giving up throughout the course. But once you get ahold of the concepts, it is very interesting.
By James O•
The course tries hard to balance programming and biology but the programming can become quite a challenge for people with little to no experience in programming.
By Pablo R M•
Not truly for beginners. If you don't have previous knowledge of Python and algorithms expect to invest a lot more than 4 hours a week
By Merna F•
this course was very useful for me but it is very very difficult for a beginner, I was suffering from trying to understand it
By Chahat B•
Very difficult for no coding background people. It would be really helpful if you could describe the error in better ways
By Osi A•
This course although well taught does not take into account those that know nothing about programming
By Linyi Z•
the instructions in the stepik notes were unclear. i would say the optional lecture video was better
By Nesrine K•
quite difficult for a begginer we have to practice python first before starting the course
By ISIAKA B A•
This course is not for beginners. It is for those with background computer knowledge
By Rubén d S I•
Very interesting but i don't like switching e-learning platforms
By Laura D C L•
Useful but terribly difficult, it is not for beginners
By Aravind S•
I am not able to find the unenroll option
By Dr. A A M•
The coding is too tough for beginners
By Akshita J•
its quite tough for beginners
By Zsuzsanna Z•
You have to be very dedicated and have high frustration tolerance if you are actually a beginner in programming. This course expects you to complete the Codecademy Python Course in advance (which will take you several weeks) but it still won´t be enough to really keep up with the bioinformatics concepts that are introduced. Also, the explanations in the course itself are very, very rudimental, although the optional videos do a better job here.
All in all, I am glad I had the possibility for learning something new and I fought myself through the course but please don´t believe that it´s suitable for beginners.
By Rohit P•
Not one i would recommend to a beginner. I feel not so well by this course haha. It was tough, very tough for a biologist [ Primatologist/Zoologist ] like me but ofcourse i fought through & finished it. However, if any beginner wants to start this, i would recommend they learn Python atleast to the advanced level before approaching this course. That would make this fine. Also, the hours denoted to all weeks are not correct. Some weeks have 4 hours mentioned as the required time but those were the weeks that required me to put in 16+ hours. Cheers for the efforts to the team though.
By Daniel P•
As a biologist without any programming skills, I found this course REALLY difficult. That was totally unexpected as the description of the course states that no programming skills are necessary. I thought really hard to learn the Python by resolving Codeacademy exercises while trying to implement the language to solve the book problems. In other words, I felt that the platforms used in this course were very disconnected. In my opinion, it would be easier to learn python by directly learning how to solve simple biological questions instead of complicate ones presented in the book.
This course replies heavily (almost entirely) on codeacademy to teach the coding material. Unfortunately, the material chosen for this course does not line up with the courses supplied by codeacademy. If you want to follow the lesson plans as outlined here, you need to do multiple extra courses on codeacademy before you can reach the material discussed in the coursera lesson. As such, the estimated time for completion is drastically lower than the actual time to completion for people new to coding.
By Shyam P•
The quizzes were extremely annoying, they weren't hard but for example with the final quiz: I would properly calculate the normalized probabilities but every possible version of me rounding it was incorrect. I proceeded to show a friend who has a PhD in mathematics and he was equally stressed by questions like this
By Misheel E•
The description of the course is misleading, you do have to know Python in order to fully focus on the biological problem. Requires more than 8 hrs per each coding section if you are beginner. Wouldn't mark the class as Beginner.
By Anhiti S•
The external tool was too complex for a beginner in programming, which defeats the purpose of the exercise. This made me lose interest very quickly.
By Rithvik S•
Can be more interactive with videos for beginners for more comprehensive understanding. Otherwise, wonderful, highly informative content!