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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Data Analytics Foundations for Accountancy I by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Welcome to Data Analytics Foundations for Accountancy I! You’re joining thousands of learners currently enrolled in the course. I'm excited to have you in the class and look forward to your contributions to the learning community. To begin, I recommend taking a few minutes to explore the course site. Review the material we’ll cover each week, and preview the assignments you’ll need to complete to pass the course. Click Discussions to see forums where you can discuss the course material with fellow students taking the class. If you have questions about course content, please post them in the forums to get help from others in the course community. For technical problems with the Coursera platform, visit the Learner Help Center. Good luck as you get started, and I hope you enjoy the course!...

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By Kevin M

Aug 6, 2019

Little instruction occurs during this course - basically you will teach yourself from an intermediate-level smattering of lessons, the quizzes cover topics not covered in the materials, assignments appear to contain errors, and there is effectively no support from the teacher or assistants.. the vast majority of questions are unanswered.

Poor execution of what otherwise appears to be worthwhile content and material.. if you get stuck, you are toast!

I would be embarrassed if I were a University of Illinois alumni. To those charged with oversight: you need to adequately support this course in its current format or redevelop.

By Ryan B G

Jul 15, 2020

I have very mixed thoughts about this course. I made it through the course and definitely understand data analytics much better than when I started. However, here are my complaints:

- The class seems to have been abandoned by the University of Illinois and Professor Brunner. There haven't been any replies or posts in the discussion board from any staff for one year, despite the fact that there are various typos and errors in the Jupyter notebooks. This is truly a self-guided course.

- It's difficulty is listed as "beginner" and there are no prerequisites. However, I had to pause the course to go learn Python on Codecademy and then finish a full Python specialization here on Coursera before feeling like I knew it well enough for this course. And then I had to pause the course again to go learn NumPy and Pandas over at Yes, all of these things are taught in this course, but they are taught so quickly and with very few practice opportunities, that it is really hard to master the skills prior to moving onto the next step.

- Besides Python, NumPy, and Pandas, I recommend that you have a pretty good handle on statistics before taking this course.

- And my final complaint is that this course really never teaches you anything about accounting. A few articles are shared for you to read through, but none of the data analytics examples use accounting data. The dataset that is most frequently used in this class involves the petal and sepal widths and lengths of three different types of Iris flowers.

By S. U

Sep 2, 2020

Awful course. Zero actual instruction. The videos are 4-5 minutes of someone blathering on while scrolling over a Jupyter notebook saying "here's the notebook you'll be working on, but we're not going to explain anything". There is absolutely *zero* accounting-related content. NONE. Queries from students have been ignored for months - in fact, years. Weird grading errors means you won't be able to submit assignments, but you only get the completion certificate if you pass all assignments. Which you can't.

The university should be embarrassed. My impression of GIES is that it's filled with incompetent, lazy, greedy instructors that simply keep this awful course up as a money-grab. Coursera needs to take this course down.

By Deleted A

Nov 7, 2021

I just want to unenroll

By Vijay G K

Apr 7, 2018

Amazing course in terms of design, content. I was badly searching for a course in Data Analytics for Accounting Professionals. This course fits the right content needed to start of ones basics in learning Python and then seamlessly integrates into Accounting Profession. Thanks to amazing professor, he makes the solid content look easy to grasp.

By Paul V

Jul 27, 2019

This is a great course to expose you to a lot of different topics. I've gotten more comfortable with Python, and have a number of topics to draw from when thinking through how to analyze financial data. This is a must if you want to become a better analyst.


Sep 26, 2019

One of the most under-rated courses on Coursera. It really tests you and forces you to learn, albeit at your own pace, depending on whether you're a beginner or an expert in the subject. It really opens up an entirely new world for accountants.

By Chinmay S M

Oct 2, 2019

Nice way to get started on the career path of Data Analytics. Thank you Prof. Brunner.


Mar 23, 2020

Very good for beginners.

By Nyam-Ochir B (

Aug 13, 2020

nice experience

By shan

Jun 2, 2020

This course is difficult for the beginner.

By Jacob R

Jul 1, 2022

I've taken many courses online through the University, and this is definitely the worst. If you'd like to take a python data analytics course, take one with linkedin learning. University students have free access to it.

Zero support, some of the code is outdated and doesn't work, typos everywhere, the videos don't help, the notebooks don't give you enough information to complete the assignments. The only good part is that it teaches you how to use the internet to solve code problems (which is a crucial skill in computing).

Just don't waste your time.

By Lam C V D

Jul 9, 2023

Outdated Python codes since 2017, beware, autograder issue problem still exists