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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.


Dec 19, 2021

Basics concepts are well covered within a short time and a few videos. I would recommend it for those who want to learn complete basics. but to master it, you need to enrol in a specialization course.

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By Minh N

Mar 2, 2018

The course provide details on programming with MATLAB. Students can actually write codes after learning. However, the course does not cover Graphical User Interface (GUI).

By ali e

Apr 14, 2022

this course is very comprehensive with a very great mentor; any body attemp to complete this course will have all the tools and basics for being a professional programmer

By Ammar R

Aug 26, 2020

The course is designed in such a manner that if we are using MATLAB for the first time we can learn each and every thing as well. But the assignment for little more tough

By Abdeali S

Aug 20, 2020

Awesome experience with the best tutor. I am glad that I attend this course and got this opportunity to study from the great teachers of Vanderbilt university from India.


Jul 25, 2020

This is very thorough course for those who want to learn programming in Matlab. Its perfect for beginners who have not any previous knowledge of any programming language

By Randall A

Jun 10, 2020

The lecturer is extremely engaging which is very amazing for an online lecture. He ensures that the lessons are fun even when the contents start to get dry and technical.

By Gonçalo C

May 14, 2020

Great Course!

I learned Matlab almost from scratch and now I'm fluent on it.

The homework is no joke, but looking back on it, it is probably why the course is so effective.

By Deleted A

Aug 17, 2016

Excellent! Challenging HW Assignments. Lecture notes & Presentations cover the fundamentals of matlab in details. Good course to get started with programing using Matlab.

By Gerard R

Aug 19, 2022

I wish I knew this course when I was in my engineering degree and couldn't learn Matlab at all. Now I am. It's simply a 5/5. Thanks to the professors and the university.


Sep 3, 2020

This is a very good course for learning Matlab from scratch, It teaches Matlab from very basis and for new learner it is a best course to start learning coding in MATLAB

By Buğrahan Y

Aug 26, 2020

Even though the exercises are really difficult in the las weeks, I enjoyed the whole course pretty much. Thanks for the course and the really good programming experience

By 陈易静

Jun 3, 2020

The teacher is very good at telling jokes, and I am very happy to learn MATLAB with him. Thank you for teaching me so much practical and efficient programming knowlegde.

By Jodie B

Apr 30, 2019

Exceptional course! The forum is fantastic with extremely helpful teaching staff. Would highly recommend. This course is definitely worth doing, I may even do it again!!

By Vatsal G

May 27, 2018

The instructor, book he referred, and the problem questions in the assignment were both fantastic and challenging. Special thanks to the instructor for guiding too well.

By Rohit S

Feb 5, 2017

Well this is the first time I learned any programming tool. I find overall course well defined. It helped me a lot. Thanks Vanderbilt, Coursera, Instructors and mentors.

By Suleman J

Sep 16, 2016

I have learned a lot, unforunately the level of difficulty was extraordinary hard. I spent endless hours reading, studying, and reasearching on solving certain problems.

By Shaz A 1

Nov 24, 2020

Problems given are very intuitive and complex. If done properly, can be very useful.

Rest, the overall course structure is well planned and focusses on what's necessary.

By Fahad B H

Jun 23, 2020

One of the best online courses which helped me to enhance my programming skills and as a mechanical engineer it will allow me to design and simulate different problems.

By Mohamed H Y A

Jan 26, 2019

Honestly, this course is one of the most useful online courses I have ever taken. It is interesting, challenging and the instructor is more than professional. I love it

By Aditya S

Oct 27, 2018

Wonderful course. I am a mechanical engineer myself but I was interested to learn and it served the purpose.

help me a lot to learn about programming and MATLAB as well.

By Ajay K

Dec 17, 2017

The course seemed menacing at the start, but as time progressed it started to keep me interested and active throughout the course and I learned a lot from this course.

By Emrehan K

Oct 20, 2020

It was an amazing experience for me. I have wanted to learn how to use MATLAB for a long time. In this course I've learned how I can use MATLAB. Thanks for everything.

By Shivam S

Sep 14, 2020

This course at the start is very easy but at 6,7 and 9th week gets harder and harder. I would suggest to more ease it up by adding more assignments or videos for help

By Ajinkya C

Jun 17, 2020

This was a very good course, especially for beginners like me. It made me more familiar and more importantly comfortable with various data types and coding as a whole.

By Venkadeshwaran V R

May 19, 2020

Excellent overview on MATLAB for beginners! Thanks a lot for designing a course like this and conveying it in an entirely enthusiastic approach throughout the journey!