Apr 17, 2016
I give this course 5 star because I did Bioinformatics I and I totally enjoy it.
This is where programming can be fun, and practical, and you'll learn some basic biology too.
What's not to love?
Apr 14, 2020
A very good course for those who has some (at least a little) experience in programmimg! I really loved it, it was challenging sometimes, especially in the end, but I did it and learned a lot.
By Daniel P•
Feb 15, 2020
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.
Sep 6, 2017
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 Cameron c•
Jun 19, 2022
Although the course may introduce beginner based Bioinformatics and the overall coding is initially taught from a beginner level, it quickly evolves into a level of coding that I and many in the class did not understand given our lack of coding back ground. I would recommend taking a beginner python course followed by a basic data analytics with python course first. This is just so you can adequetly understand what youre doing with the data.
By Jorge M R B•
Aug 10, 2022
Stepik and codeacademy aren't the friendliest options for beginners. You can see that by the number of success on each Stepik exercise and the decreasing number of students each week.
I managed to undersand a great part of it mainly because I wasn't a beginner at either Biology nor Programming, but still, the programming part was hard.
By Mary C•
Jan 17, 2021
This isn't really a course for beginners. I learned a few things about biology, sure. But if I hadn't already known Python code, I wouldn't have been able to figure out half of the exercises in this course.
This course is do-able if you're willing to put in the effort, but it is not an easy introductory course to bioinformatics.
By Shyam P•
Jun 16, 2018
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•
Sep 17, 2020
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.
Jan 4, 2021
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 Banjul D•
Aug 18, 2021
the content is good but it is definitely not for beginners. the course content requires a lot of coding knowledge and basics of molecular biology to understand
Jun 10, 2020
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•
Oct 21, 2020
Can be more interactive with videos for beginners for more comprehensive understanding. Otherwise, wonderful, highly informative content!
By Afonso L•
Oct 3, 2021
Very complex for students. Coding wise very dificcult to follow for beginners, but with perserverance you can understant the message.
By Adam J•
Jul 7, 2018
Programming part not well explained and too difficult- it can clearly be seen from the comments that many people have the same issues
By Jaher N•
Oct 13, 2018
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 Ammar Y M•
Oct 29, 2022
It's really helpful and amazing for those who know basic statistics, maths and programming. But it's not for beginners at all
By Florian H•
Jul 14, 2020
Gets quickly very confusing and difficult. Also, do the Codeacademy Python class before even starting this course.
By Kyle S•
Oct 6, 2020
Programming Level is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. The Codecademy was useless when compared to the coding assignments given.
By Ojochenemi E•
Sep 12, 2020
the coding aspect were neither clear nor easy enough for a biologist who is new to programming to grasp
By Shana M•
Mar 20, 2021
Steptik images in week 4 aren't showing up which means its impossible to understand what's going on
By dheeraj K•
Dec 23, 2020
in my opinion, this course is hard for beginners. i do not have computer background in programming
By Celine A•
Jul 16, 2020
Too complicated for a beginner's course, the quizzes don't match the stepik chapters.
By Haritha I J•
Jul 6, 2020
It is hard for beginners. Especially for some who has no computer lesson background.
By Víctor R D•
Aug 15, 2020
It has been the most stressful and frustrating course, certainly not for beginners.
By Spencer P•
Jun 16, 2020
Its called Bioinformatics for "Beginners", when it is still extremely difficult.
By Vidya B•
Jun 15, 2020
This course is not for begginers. please change tag line.but good to learn