Jun 11, 2017
This course covers the basic data management and visualization using SAS and Python. I like the simplicity and straightforwardness of the contents. Will continue to explore this specialization.
Jun 26, 2018
This is a great course for beginners. The course instructors have arranged the course at a very comfortable pace and this is a great beginning point for anyone who wants to learn SAS or Python.
By Elizabeth C•
Aug 06, 2018
Felt like a lot of the lessons were more about just following the directions or structure of the videos and not really learning the actual language of SAS or Python and how to be creative with it. I feel like I know how to use them at this point, but only for the specific commands we were instructed on. However, material is clear and easy to follow. I am not a fan of the overall Coursera structure of peer graded assignments because it seems pretty arbitrary or you may do the work and just not get the right number of reviewers and then you're screwed.
By Avinash S•
Dec 30, 2016
A decent start for anyone interested in learning the basics. However, please make sure you add extra efforts from your end in understanding stats concepts if you are totally new to the subject as well as browsing things related to usage of SAS or python. The course touches only the basics so it is up the learner to explore and learn more about interested statistical tool.
By Francois R•
Jan 20, 2016
The course is a very good introduction to Python for data exploration and management.
That being said, it focuses too much on categorical data analysis, and I felt the transition to quantitative/continuous data was not very well done.
Moreover, some more explanations about several Python functions or coding choices could be better explained.
But it's encouraging to see this type of statistical course for Python and not R!! Again!
By Johann Q•
Sep 27, 2015
A great idea to create a project based online course. We should focus on application based learning not on lectures. You need improve this course still. 4 weeks are to short.
We need more deep and more weeks.
By Rong G•
May 16, 2018
So many unanswered questions in the forum. Peer reviews suck
By Chris B•
Nov 23, 2016
It is a good beginners course but I think there are better lessons in SAS and Python if learning these is your goal, and the content in data cleaning and visual analysis is very basic.
By Jonnatan S C•
Mar 04, 2016
Very superficial. Too few in statistics, too much in python and SAS.
By Steven B•
Jun 29, 2016
I appreciate the fact that this course doesn't go into the fine detail on how to code everything, I believe there is still more information on the coding and data management practices that could be included in the course content. In addition to that, I feel the course could use the following adjustments to make it better:
1 - Have Python students grade other Python students and SAS students grade other SAS students. While it is nice to get exposure to another language, it is more than enough to learn one at a time.
2 - Add quizes and/or other well formed questions that are graded (automatically, not peer graded) to help enforce the concepts being taught.
3 - Make the assignment instructions/expectations more clear. I feel there are times when the grading criteria don't exactly match the requested assignment. While people follow the spirit of the assignment, the grading questions may ask for slightly different or additional items.
4 - Certain aspects of statistical analysis are glossed over and should be covered in more depth in the training videos. While I like the short videos for brevity, I would prefer to watch 10-15 minutes more content and really feel like the material was well covered.
Oct 06, 2015
good but i thought it will cover most of SAS technology. But it has covered basics only .
By Tiffany L•
May 01, 2016
Course material needs to updated to reflect current software updates.
By Sarah P•
Nov 07, 2015
They put a lot of effort into this course, but especially for the videos it was a bit too much. So many different visual backgrounds, sounds, music, text floating it... It's as if they just wanted to use everything, while never thinking about when it would start being too distracting.
By Markus K•
Aug 21, 2017
Nice course to learn Python and some graphing libraries besides doing your own study from real-life data
By James M•
Mar 06, 2016
It was good overall, some of the course materials were a bit sparse. You had to do your own research into getting packages working in spyder etc.
I'd probably recommend that learners learn some python separately and read the docs for pandas.
By Aneeshaa S C•
Jul 05, 2017
course should've had deeper python content.
By Mark E•
Jan 04, 2017
Course content good but a little too basic in my eyes. I think the addition of more functions in SAS/Python would be useful. Having to do peer reviews is also not ideal.
By Nicolas K•
Feb 07, 2016
The course has its positives, but overall does not perform well instructing on the use of the two statistical software offered (SAS & Python). At the beginning they offer multiple data sets to use and formulate a research question, but all the examples utilize only one data set and do not cover the differences you might face with the other data sets - leading to a lot of missed opportunities. Additionally, the tutorials for using the statistical software do not lend themselves towards a thorough understanding and more to a route learning.
By Elma B•
Dec 23, 2015
The slides are excellent and instructions are clear and to the point. But that point is very limited. The main negative about this class is that there is absolutely no student/TA/teacher feedback and you're pretty much on your own learning.
By Andrey M•
Jun 11, 2016
It is too small and shallow. Whole specialization is actually one full course split into 4 tiny parts.
By Gildas B•
Jul 04, 2018
I'M only 5 and i do not understand what x=x+5 means so make the quiz eazyer thx
Dec 27, 2015
The content is OK, but that's about it. Near zero interaction from staff, short videos leave a lot to be desired, and worst of all, there seems to be a problem getting everyone's assignments peer reviewed (which makes no sense).
There is a somewhat comical thread wherein staff direct students to contact coursera directly via a "contact us" link on a page, but get this, the link isn't there. Students repeatedly pointed this out only to get directed again to the non-existant link. In an online forum it's important to actually address concerns. Replys that avoid directly addressing concerns sound like automated messages. And that's the feeling I get here.
This course requires a DIY attitude and a willingness to proceed without feedback.
If you're looking for a good example of online learning, look elsewhere.
Dec 08, 2016
A very beginner level course aimed at starters who dont have much experience with Data. Emphasis was on teaching Data Management with area of our interest. In Order to support this, assignments didnt had clear objective. I would have learnt a lot more through a course had they been more defined assignments.
Not a course if you are looking to be ready for data related interviews. However, this course will be okay if you are working on some other field and want data management as an extra skillset.
By Avinash M•
Mar 31, 2019
To sum up this course in one word - 'Hopeless'. Please don't take it. There are better ones available on Coursera.
By Dongzhou Y•
Oct 16, 2016
This course didn't talk too much about data management and visualization, which made me feel quite disappointed. And you couldn't feel you could practiced what you learned in the course in the assignment. Most part of the assignment just focused on making some comments.
By Ivan K•
Jan 24, 2016
The highest video production values of any class I've seen on Coursera so far. Unfortunately, that's the best part of the class; the support is simply nonexistent (a post by someone associated with the staff from a previous run of the course suggests getting help troubleshooting Python from Coursera staff), the instructions for the class software are out of date, the source material for the assignments is sometimes unsuitable to the task you're asked to perform (e.g. statistical analysis on a data set aggregated from disparate sources), and the pretty videos are at times completely unrelated to the actual assignments (the very first week with the literature review). Dropping this specialization like a hot coal; it looked quite promising, but the aggravation over the poor organization and lack of support considerably outweighs anything I could get out of it.
By Eelco H•
Feb 05, 2016
Very disappointed about this course. The topic is very interesting, for me at least, but the course organization is horrible. Lectures do not provide enough information to complete the assignments. Zero interaction from course staff. Issues with getting assignments graded. In previous session the staff just refered you to the coursera helpdesk, but you cannot easily contact coursera directly.
Main focus of course seems to be earning money and not educating. Be warned and don't pay for this course!
I really don't get why this course has so many good reviews.