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 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.
The course is hard for whose major is biology because there is no detailed explanation regarding algorithms. I do not recommend this course to people who have not studied programming.
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!
By Adam J•
Programming part not well explained and too difficult- it can clearly be seen from the comments that many people have the same issues
By MD A J N•
no 6 quiz of week 4 is bad in answering every time ans submit the right ans i got the wrong in after assessment. it may be improved
By Florian H•
Gets quickly very confusing and difficult. Also, do the Codeacademy Python class before even starting this course.
By Kyle S•
Programming Level is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. The Codecademy was useless when compared to the coding assignments given.
By Ojochenemi E•
the coding aspect were neither clear nor easy enough for a biologist who is new to programming to grasp
By dheeraj K•
in my opinion, this course is hard for beginners. i do not have computer background in programming
By Celine A•
Too complicated for a beginner's course, the quizzes don't match the stepik chapters.
By Inukonda J H•
It is hard for beginners. Especially for some who has no computer lesson background.
By Víctor R D•
It has been the most stressful and frustrating course, certainly not for beginners.
By Spencer P•
Its called Bioinformatics for "Beginners", when it is still extremely difficult.
By Vidya B•
This course is not for begginers. please change tag line.but good to learn
By Vaishnavi R•
This course is definitely not for beginners.
By Lina S P R•
Is NOT FOR BEGINNERS, WAS SO HARD.
By Kaelyn B•
This course was supposed to be for beginners, but I found that this is not the case at all. I had to spend about 10 hours a week for about four months outside of the course using other resources to actually be able to complete it. The fact that each question in the interactive learner does not show the full code is extremely limiting and frustrating for people completely new to learning to code. I would not recommend this course to others as a result.