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About the Course

This course teaches computer programming to those with little to no previous experience. It uses the programming system and language called MATLAB to do so because it is easy to learn, versatile and very useful for engineers and other professionals. MATLAB is a special-purpose language that is an excellent choice for writing moderate-size programs that solve problems involving the manipulation of numbers. The design of the language makes it possible to write a powerful program in a few lines. The problems may be relatively complex, while the MATLAB programs that solve them are relatively simple: relative, that is, to the equivalent program written in a general-purpose language, such as C++ or Java. As a result, MATLAB is being used in a wide variety of domains from the natural sciences, through all disciplines of engineering, to finance, and beyond, and it is heavily used in industry. Hence, a solid background in MATLAB is an indispensable skill in today’s job market. Nevertheless, this course is not a MATLAB tutorial. It is an introductory programming course that uses MATLAB to illustrate general concepts in computer science and programming. Students who successfully complete this course will become familiar with general concepts in computer science, gain an understanding of the general concepts of programming, and obtain a solid foundation in the use of MATLAB. Students taking the course will get a MATLAB Online license free of charge for the duration of the course. The students are encouraged to consult the eBook that this course is based on. More information about these resources can be found on the Resources menu on the right....

Top reviews


Jun 5, 2020

Instructor of this course Mike Fitzpatrick is a very good teacher who encourage students to do something new and interesting.

I really enjoyed learning this course and learned new skills in MATLAB.


Jun 23, 2020

I would like to thank vanderbilt university for providing such a wonderful course and i am much impressed by the use of the basic matrices in each and every programming purpose.thank you again!!!!:)))

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By Prashanna B

May 30, 2020

Too complicated assignments not taught in course

By Kishore S

Apr 13, 2020

if there is more examples then that will be good

By Amrit T

Apr 23, 2020

Awesome learning Matlab with this instructor.

By Shubham A

Jul 25, 2020

Assignment Questions were not well explained

By Tanay V

Jun 20, 2020

Coursera App is not that much user friendly

By Robertus A K P

Mar 20, 2017

Very helpful but sometimes it is too slow

By -{RT}- D

Nov 21, 2021

very useful course MATLAB basic things

By adnan m

May 26, 2018


By F3-27 H C

Oct 20, 2019

I learned a lot from this course.

By Jackie W

Aug 15, 2020

too difficult assignments

By Vishnupriya.P

May 28, 2020

it is very useful course

By Wang T (

May 10, 2020

too easy compared to cs50


Dec 16, 2020

its very easy to learn

By Samuel E E V

Nov 14, 2021

pudo ser mejor

By Jiacheng Z

Nov 29, 2018

Too easy!!!!

By Eslam M S A H

Aug 31, 2020

Good course

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By Zachariah H

Oct 14, 2021

I was following quite well up until week 5 when all of a sudden the material got extremely dry. I understand that we need to learn the basics, but my goodness at least offer students some type of meat and potatoes to what they're learning and WHY. We began to learn how to create and print format strings, with the assumption that we even knew what or how to type out a program string in the first place.

I think that this course would have been more enjoyable with some real world applications instead of printing out a bunch of letters and numbers included in "zombie matrices" with no real value to the user or the programmer. Tangible data might actually get students excited.

By Justin D

Feb 13, 2021

Like many of the other reviews say, the lectures were interesting for the most part and it was a valuable course overall. However, the later assignments (especially week 9) were way too hard for the material taught in the course. A recommendation would be to show examples on how to solve more complex problems, and be more thorough/detailed with lectures opposed to only giving a few examples of built in MATLAB functions.