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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.


Jan 20, 2022

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 Avinash K S

Jun 9, 2020

This is truly a great course for MATLAB beginner or even for an intermediate learner to clear the concept. This makes me able to think like a programmer. The descriptions and practice problems are up to the mark. This should be the first course to anyone new to the MATLAB and want to peruse a career in MATLAB programming. One suggestion is to use little more easy problems in assignments and increase the difficulty levels gradually. Also, suggest some practice problems source or books.

By Ali

May 13, 2020

The course was really great, I enjoyed it. It was easy to understand, however the lecture took so long, its designed for nonprogrammers and sometimes I felt I should speed up the video to listen quickly to many parts during the lecture. Regarding the quizzes, I think it would be better to jump levels in the quizzes. The quizzes in the first 7 weeks were relatively very easy compared to the last two that took lots of time and thinking to figure out how to solve them.

By Piyush G

Jul 8, 2020

I got stuck in some of last week assignment, and did not have any clue what was going on. So, I refered MATLAB Community and got answer..... but still not satisfied got from that. Could you make an explanation video on Week 9 assignment and Post it in the Youtube, so that I can get overall clear explanation of what was going on?!. I have already subscribed to your Youtube channel. I loved your course, and learned so many things, Thank you sir!

By Richard E F

Nov 20, 2020

I worked through this fairly quickly. I found getting the assignments correct quite hard as you get almost no feedback as to what your problem is from the grading process. It was quite awkward to find the appropriate submissions inn the discussion forums. Other coursera courses I have done had links to the appropriate weeks discussions on most pages.

I mostly enjoyed it, as a retiree I do these courses to keep my brain active.

By Hamid N

Mar 3, 2018

The course materials are good and very well presented by course instructor. However, the homeworks are not that well designed. The main focus goes to the mathematics behind the problems instead of focusing on the programming skills. So doing the homeworks was kind of boring staffs, as I had to spend time for mathematics instead of Matlab itself. Nevertheless this course is highly recommended to get in to MATLAB programming.

By Sergio P

Aug 23, 2020

Algunos ejercicios no se pueden hacer con lo explicado en el curso. El nivel de estos ejercicios debería reducirse. Algunos ejemplos: valid date, caesar y echo gen( este último se complica más bien por la mala explicación y algunos conceptos más que por la complejidad de la función a programar en sí).

Por lo demás, en general está bastante bien. Aunque a veces las explicaciones se hacen muy lentas en los videos.


Jun 10, 2019

The course was excellent. Although there is more to MATLAB but it's enough for a beginner. The assignments were good . I think there should be more tough assignments in between the lessons because the final problems were way tougher than the in-between lesson problems. Even though the final problems were very interesting and challenging to complete. Overall it was a very good course with a wonderful lecturer.

By LeighAnn W

Apr 11, 2021

Overall great class, the instructor was easy to follow, gave great examples and exercises. The only thing I suggest changing is it would be nice to have sample output to many of the exercises as it was often difficult to determine what the problem was asking for and how the output was to be formatted (this especially applies to the final exercises which were much more difficult than the other exercises)

By Divya P R

May 26, 2020

The course was very helpful in learning the basics of Matlab coding. Though i had an academic course in my institute on Matlab, this course helped me to strenghen my previous knowledge and also made me a better Matlab user. I found the last few exams difficult to crack. However, i am happy that i am able to finish this long course. Thanks to all the peopel behind this course. Thanks for your effort.

By Sunny Y

Jun 26, 2019

This Course really helped me in clearing basic concepts in MATLAB and has definitely provided me with the necessary skills and confidence to use it in handling the real life practical problem.

This course also provides good base if you want to study advanced topic in MATLAB.

Although most the assignment were simple and easy but final assignment must require separate video to really understand them.

By Andrej K

Apr 26, 2020

The course definitely requires some programming experience. I would appreciate to have some more practice questions before hitting the problem set. Problems in the first couple of weeks were too easy, and the rest of them assumed prior experience in at least some kind of programming. In all, I think it will give you a solid base for the beginning, alghouth you may not understand it completely.

By Yi Q

May 1, 2019

Very good and basic introduction to Matlab. If you are blank on the programming. It is recommend and almost no program pre-knowlege requirement. If you have some experience on python(or Numpy), you will see most of them are similar and very quick to handle Matlab work. The teacher and saffing team are very friendly and can response you very quickly when you have some challenge during learning.

By Moses R

May 14, 2020

More guidance on the assignments towards the last couple of weeks would be useful. Instructions on how to procced with the tougher assignments should be given as this is a course for beginners to programming as a whole not to experienced programmers who are new to MATLAB. Other than that, course content is the best for beginners who want to learn MATLAB.

Course Content & Delivery: 5/5

By Julianna R

Jul 11, 2020

Really educational, but a lot of the problems expected you to know matlab functions already. I started this course thinking it was an introduction, but upon re-reading the course overview it said 'Nevertheless, this course is not a MATLAB tutorial.' I was still able to complete the course, but I wish problems would have been more relevant to practicing skills taught in the videos.

By Walter W

Sep 13, 2017

This courses covers a lot of useful stuffs in Python making it really very comprehensive. While homework and exams remain at an entry level. However, I strongly recommend more programming homework added and completion time expanded in order to let students go further. Also, if you want to explore every stuff in this course like me, it will take much more time than it suggests.

By Shubham T

May 23, 2020

I have been working on MATLAB for a long time. I managed to complete this course quickly. The First 7 weeks are really easy in the last two weeks are really difficult. The instructor is focusing on the theoretical part instead he can tell more about the functions required for the assignment. We have to google for function for lots of time. Everything else is fine.

By Kirstie W

May 26, 2016

Very good course, with clear explanations of the key concepts. However, I felt hindered in being able to complete all tasks in the homeworks each week as many questions alienate someone like me with little mathematics/physics background. I feel if the questions were more general I would have been able to perform better each week. Very good lecture content though.

By Anurag A

Jul 29, 2020

Things are good but learner should have a prior knowledge of coding (in any language).

Also, the problems of last 2 weeks are very very good, even they were showing 1 hr. to solve but it took me more than half a day for each, one whole day for the last one. I know I am way too slow, but what I recommend the University to have video solutions to these problems !!!

By Koushik C

May 19, 2020

This course started with absolute ground level basics and went up to a moderate level. I really liked this course, especially the challenging assignments which were quite standard I mist say. Thank You all for developing such an amazing course and keeping it updated as more features and functions are introduced by Mathworks in the newer versions of MATLAB.

By Dimitrios V

Jun 4, 2021

I liked the delivery of the material however, some of the graded questions had little relevance to the material covered and one would probably need to know a little bit (or quite a bit on occasion) more about MATLAB to complete them. Also the error feedback on the graded questions was inadequate and often I would have to guess what mistake I had made

By Vistasp E

Jun 23, 2020

A very well designed course for both total beginners and those seeking to add to their knowledge of MATLAB. The assignments at the end seem to be oriented though towards computer science and were tough for a mechanical engineer like me, wanting numerical problem solving. A well taught course with an extremely nice lecturer, who keeps it interesting.

By Chinmay B

Oct 9, 2020

The programming exercises are too difficult from week 5 onwards and the last week are off the charts difficult, they seem for pro programmers! Need to reduce the difficulty significantly and also reduce the number of weeks and videos. It is too long a course for beginners and amateur programmers to grasp and maintain attentiveness and enthusiasm.

By Nikhil M K

Jan 5, 2022

The course was very good in terms of teaching concepts and the ease of understanding. Also, the assignments and quiz provided with the course were helpful in understanding the concepts too. However, I was disappointed with the lack of programming assignments provided as some concepts which were taught were not covered in the assignments at all.

By Solène F

Jun 27, 2020

Assessments become a bit too difficult from week 6 or the text does not carry the goal of the test as clearly as it did for previous weeks. The examples given in the course are extremely easy compare to what is asked during assessments and some of the MATLAB functions that are necessary to write the code are not mention prior to the test.

By Muhammad A

Nov 13, 2019

The course was really amazing and very useful but I think many other points should be explained. Also, the solutions provided are not self-explanatory. A separate video should be added to explain the solutions to the assignments. The biggest problem was that the final problems at the end of the course are very hard are not useful at all.