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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Data Science Capstone by Johns Hopkins University

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About the Course

The capstone project class will allow students to create a usable/public data product that can be used to show your skills to potential employers. Projects will be drawn from real-world problems and will be conducted with industry, government, and academic partners....

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Mar 4, 2018

Capstone did provide a true test of Data Analytics skills. Its like a being left alone in a jungle to survive for a month. Either you succumb to nature or come out alive with a smile and confidence.


Mar 28, 2017

Wow i finally managed to finish the specialization!! definitely learned a lot and also found out difficulties in building predictors by trying to balancing speed, accuracy and memory constraints!!!

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By Emi H

Jun 22, 2017

Good project. Got me to think outside the box and really challenge myself.

By Oswaldo P

Jul 5, 2021

Good experience, little guidance for the topic but big challenge


Aug 26, 2017

Challenging real life project that apply the academic knowledge

By Greig R

Mar 16, 2018

A tricky end to the specialisation - but quite a lot of fun.

By Chonlatit P

Jun 26, 2019

Project is good for practice what you've learnt

By Murray S

Oct 9, 2016

Good test of what we learned in the courses.

By Ajay K P

Mar 29, 2018

I really had fun working on this project.

By Artem V

Sep 14, 2017

Nice balance of focused and open-ended

By Gary B

Sep 14, 2017

tough capstone and took a lot of time

By Yew C C

Jul 19, 2016

Good and interesting project.

By siqiao c

Sep 22, 2020

Very fun final project!

By Tiberiu D O

Sep 21, 2017

Interesting assignment!

By Sabawoon S

Nov 25, 2017

Excellent course.

By Filipe R

Oct 7, 2018

Great project.

By Kevin M

Jan 15, 2018

Very hard!

By David M

Jul 21, 2016

This was essentially a self-study project with some social peers. The topic, approach, and standards were different from all of the other units in the Data Science specialization. I found the other units more enjoyable.

Learning the essentials of NLP quickly is necessary to begin the project. I ordered a textbook, for example, and I was fortunate that it arrived quickly. If NLP is a prerequisite for this capstone project - whether in the form of a prior class or textbook knowledge - this should be indicated clearly on the course description page.

Nevertheless, the main learning that I achieved with this course was in the area of software engineering - specifically, how to take advantage of vectorization in R to achieve reasonable computing performance. While this is a valuable skill, it doesn't seem the proper focus of a capstone course in a sequence focused primarily on other topics.

As noted elsewhere in these comments, there was a complete absence of any traditional teaching support. Learning outcomes suffered as result. The missing resources included instructors, mentors, partners, and learning materials.

The course site notes an expected time requirement of a few hours per week. My commitment was 20 hours per week, under some pressure. Numerous students take this "course" multiple time, in order to arrange for reasonable software development time.

Producing working software was fun, as it always is. The course learner community was supportive, which is fortunately typical for Coursera.

All in all, this project was *not* an effective capstone for the Data Science specialization. The project was interesting in its way, but it felt 'parachuted in' to this learning sequence.

By Visha P

Aug 25, 2021

Really enjoyed this specialization and have learned a ton (and now applying it too!). Sadly, won't be able to get to finish off the specialization because the capstone course is just too different from what we learned, especially with the prediction model piece. Not using the package caret at all and that was the main premise of that course and I just really can't figure out how to build out prediction model with this kind of structure. Kind of bummed because I was looking forward to the certificate - but I just couldn't figure it out in a way that would be my own. Shoutout to the people who are able to figure this out and extrapolate all their learning to finish it. My brain just doesn't work well like this. I need examples and then can replicate. Please let me know if you ever modify the capstone experience and I will try to come back and finish it! Thanks for all the great material - will be using for sure.

By Diego C G

Apr 13, 2016

Could be better. The teacher sometimes explain the concepts in a hard way, and not always shows how to do in practice.

But you will get curious and in case of doubts, you can find more simple explanations on the web, and the forum is very good.

The assignments are hard, you will need do research to accomplish then, but is the best way to learn.

I think the specialization is good to someone without much knowledge on the field (like me). But it's only the start!

By Antonio E C

Dec 30, 2016

It's been a challenge to learn all these new concepts and package them into a working product in such a small period of time. I am glad of the things I learned. Also, in my opinion the materials / resources given to this course are scarce compared with previous courses of the specialization.

By Matias T

Jul 18, 2016

Hi, the prject was nice and at the end I learned some new things, but it didn't have people to provide any guide. In the videos it was said that personal from SwiftKey will be there as well as JHU teachers could provide some insights. It looked a bit like a phantom course

By Rainer-Anton E

Aug 3, 2021

I liked all previous courses. However, it feels like the task is a little outdated.

Maybe it would already help if students were free to use the programming language and approach they prefer. Like python and RNN models.

By Simon Y

Feb 10, 2018

It's an inspiring project in the field of NLP, however, the major concern is that this topic and the corresponding skills have never been introduced before the capstone project.

By Max D

Aug 19, 2019

NLP module should definitely be included into JHU Data Science specialization.

By Michael N

Jan 12, 2018

Had to learn a lot on our own but very valuable content once acquired.

By Pradnya C

Apr 13, 2016

Most stressful but interesting. Not enough material was provided