By Oen M•
I wish I could give this a negative rating. I have, to varying degrees, enjoyed all of the other courses in the Cybersecurity certification. However, this course was entirely awful. I would have enjoyed the content of creating a website, using our knowledge, etc. if it had not been so poorly managed, poorly executed, and poorly put together. This course, put simply, was unorganized and broken, and did not work. After all of the hectic problems of getting the people in charge of the course to actually do their jobs and split us up, they wound up leaving us no method to communicate, so I had to do the entire assignment (supposed to be done by a group of 5) in less than a week (when we were supposed to get 2). The scheduling also did not make sense, as the course was supposed to run for 6 weeks but only lasted 5. Even aside from all of that, the prompts for the assignments were vague at best, and at some points were downright misleading. It was a terrible and stressful experience all around.
By Elias R•
This course is terrible. There is no meaningful schedule and the instructors themself don't stick to it.
The group assignments were published one week after the first project deadline was officially over!
The submission system / review section is not suited to comply with the given task and provide the required feedback.
The capstone project is simply a mess and should be redesigned as a whole.
By Phil :•
A great idea for a course, but utterly shambolic in its implementation. Who in their right mind would organize a course where "week 2" is actually weeks 2-3, "week 3" is actually weeks 4-5, and "week 4" is week 6? (This is a 5-week course, by the way.) The most important part of this course was the "break-it" assignment and peer review. This was supposed to award higher scores for the discovery of crashes (10pts) and vulnerabilities (15pts) than for other bugs (5pts) as described in the course outline. But instead we only got 5 points for bugs of any kind. (Finding an incorrectly labelled button in the menu: 5 pts; Discovering a vulnerability that allows the entire contents of the database to be decrypted: also 5 pts.) This resulted in a lot of wasted time as people had to submit and re-submit their reports many times to scrape through with a pass. According to the Discussion Forum page, there were six people available to help us with any problems: one instructor, two teaching staff, and three mentors. Five of them (including the instructor) were completely absent throughout the entire duration of the course, despite the many issues people had raised as the course unfolded. I couldn't possibly recommend this course to anyone.
By Alexey F•
The 4 courses which comprise the Cybersecurity course were mostly good and worthwhile. The capstone itself, sadly, was a total disaster. I would have never took it if I knew in advance it will be such a mess. I understand that the university was trying to be creative with it with all the best intentions in mind, but have to admit it didn't work for the course takers this time. I've done A LOT of courses on Coursera, this was the worst one by far :(
By Claudio K•
The organization of the project and the reviewing process is a mess. The "reading" documents describe something completely different than what is actually enforced by the assignments. For example, the "reading" documents say that you have 2 weeks to implement the project, but the assignment is ~1 week after the groups are defined. Criteria for the project evaluation are described differently in different places. The evaluation report of a project, where you should describe bugs, vulnerabilities, and rate the usability must be put into some ugly text boxes without possibility to format the text; source code is completely unreadable. There is also no way to upload a PDF or other document.
Worst of all: After someone reviewed your project, and maybe find some bugs, you don't even get informed about those (which would be very useful to learn what you could improve)..
By Eugenia G•
Lacl of support and proper information to finish the project.
By Ujjwal S•
This is one of the best project I have done in my life. This project gives you insights into how to build secure applications. It has three different rounds including a built-it round, break-it round and fix-it round and each of them were equally challenging and fun.
I would recommend everyone to take this capstone project and you won't regret your investment ever.
By Enrique A M•
Mil Gracias U. Maryland, Mil Gracias Coursera.
By mamoud a a•
I have learnt a lot in this track
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By Gaurav B•
it was awesome
By Iqbal U K•
Very Good one
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By Hiroshi T•
It was a great opportunity to create a carefully secured app. However the team assignment in this term did not work as expected so I guess some of participants couldn't complete the project due to very short timeframe. I hope the tutor of the project will fix this for the next term.
By Sjir B•
The project itself was very fun and I definetly recommend it to others.
however the grading can be improved because allot of people do not serious grade and just give random number to have the grading done.
By Abiven J C•
I paid the course and the course seem to be no longer supported, I tried without success to switch session , in summary : You paid and don't get to follow the course, incredible :-( ....... !
By Ayman M H•
Too much grades and wrong distribution of points on the break it part.. Too much to be 80% for it
By Federico C•
The organization is not the best.
By André L A B•
Lot of confusing course.
1) Week 2 is week 2 and 3. Week 3 is week 4 and 5.
2) There is no way to avail other projects individually. So the purpose of give grades based on found bug and vulnerabilities doesn't work.
3) The grade is not fair. 60% is given only if the home page is available.
4) The time is not enough. 1 week to develop an entire application.
By John F•
The assignment input system for the course is quite poor and doesnt fit what really is requested.
Many users taking course are offering to falsely rate your project unless you rate their at 100%
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By Daniel S•
This is so frustrating, I finished all 4 courses for the cybersecurity specialization and now I shall wait 3 months until the capstone project starts because of this group work project. And if I can't participate during this time you have to wait again several months until the next start date. If I would have known I would not have taken this specialization!