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About the Course

ChatGPT and other large language models are going to be more important in your life and business than your smartphone, if you use them right. ChatGPT can tutor your child in math, generate a meal plan and recipes, write software applications for your business, help you improve your personal cybersecurity, and that is just in the first hour that you use it. This course will teach you how to be an expert user of these generative AI tools. The course will show amazing examples of how you can tap into these generative AI tools' emergent intelligence and reasoning, how you can use them to be more productive day to day, and give you insight into how they work. Large language models respond to instructions and questions posed by users in natural language statements, known as “prompts”. Although large language models will disrupt many fields, most users lack the skills to write effective prompts. Expert users, who understand how to write good prompts, are orders of magnitude more productive and can unlock significantly more creative uses for these tools. This course introduces students to the patterns and approaches for writing effective prompts for large language models. Anyone can take the course and the only required knowledge is basic computer usage skills, such as using a browser and accessing ChatGPT. Students will start with basic prompts and build towards writing sophisticated prompts to solve problems in any domain. By the end of the course, students will have strong prompt engineering skills and be capable of using large language models for a wide range of tasks in their job, business, personal life, and education, such as writing, summarization, game play, planning, simulation, and programming....

Top reviews


Feb 20, 2024

Prompt Engineering for ChatGPT has been a great introduction course. I look forward to diving into additional AI courses. I've even joined a Meetup group to continue learning outside of the classroom!


Apr 17, 2024

I really loved it, I used chatgpt to understand the videos and I'm glad coursera offers context under the videos, this helped me finish the certificate in not a long time, all it takes is dedication.

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By Somaan M

Jun 12, 2023

Very good course. The Instructor is also very good but the reason for 4 star is that the instructor should also provide some tips for people who are interested in doing freelance with this skill and also want to earn Money as I came to this Course because i heard that many companies hire prompt engineers and also pay them a huge salary. But I was not guided how can I make an earning through prompt engineering. Anyways this was a good experience .

By Jenny L

May 20, 2023

For someone who knows nothing about programming and ChatGPT, this course opens up the door to understanding how to communicate with large language models via a programming mindset. I would recommend this course to anyone at an entry level and is looking in learning more about the dialogue with any AI Model.

By Shai M

Jul 22, 2023

over and over same explanations.

I finished week 2. And all the lessons could be in 1 lesson.

I jumped to week 3, 4,5 and 6, and I see some concept reapeted. Very bad time spending for me.

The teacher is nice though.

By Charles C

Jul 20, 2023

I really enjoyed this course. From knowing nothing about LLM's I am now confident that I can utilise ChatGPT to improve my business, optimise my time and increase my outputs at the same time.

By Abe M

May 26, 2023

I highly recommend this course to any professionals looking to use technology to enable AI functionality to achieve better outcomes related to automation and consistency. While some knowledge of Computer Science may be helpful, you do not need to know any specific programming languages. Dr. Jules White of the Computer Science Dept @ Vanderbilt University has genuine expertise and provided actionable use cases for Large Language Models, including various prompting techniques - and combinations thereof. The course was excellent & the tests required continuous application of new concepts. Highly recommend!

By T

Aug 5, 2023

This is really inspiring. Easy to understand with the help of examples. Jules you have done a great job.

My two cents. Enriching the content with more printed examples would be very helpful.

By Hector M

May 20, 2023

Enjoyed the class. I would like to continue with Prompt Engineering. Do you have any advice for other training programs?

By Lisa

Aug 7, 2023

I enjoyed the course, but I felt the instructor spent too much time repeating himself. He'd say the same thing several different ways, as though trying to make a difficult concept easier to understand. There were very few things that needed repeating, and the redundancies mainly filled up his video time. That time would have been better used by providing more examples.

While there was some benefit to using prompt engineering as examples, it was a little too "meta" for me. Adding a few everyday examples to the prompt engineering ones (and the other ones) would have been more helpful. I would have liked more examples for the few-shot examples prompt that required intermediate steps. Seeing other ways to write the intermediate steps would have made it much easier to come up wit h an example of my own.

The other thing, which seems to be more a Coursera trend than specific to this course, was the complete lack of assistance in the forums. Years ago, it used to be that teaching assistants - and sometimes the professor - would monitor the forums and answer questions.

By Lynn B

Jul 4, 2023

This course was exactly what I was looking for. A deeper dive into the possibilities of learning language models, that shows how to use the patterns of language to better control outputs from ChatGPT. I absolutely loved the printable pattern sheets that summarized each different prompt pattern - great future resource to hang onto. Information was well presented and organized. The additional resource articles were phenomenal. I really enjoyed the additional research that coincided with the prompt patterns.

By melanie f

May 14, 2023

Great course really well presented - suitable even for people with little or no IT or AI background

By Benjamin T

Jul 5, 2023

Great course — instructor has a great deal of enthusiasm for the topic and it shows, and the taxonomy of pattern types is a very useful motivating framework for exploring the possibilities with LLMs. Definitely inspired me to play around more with ChatGPT and Bard and others and overcame my initial skepticism / lack of luck with getting LLMs to do what I wanted. If I had a few critiques: - Some of the audio is off on some of the videos - I think some of the evaluation of homework output could be automated in the same way that other programming courses can do (i.e. copy and pasting an answer, etc) - It would be great to get real life practitioners / enterprises to comment on how they've used prompt engineering to improve their applications or processes

By Annie M

Jun 13, 2023

Both accessible and helpful. The structure of the course was really well organized, and the activities and examples helped me learn things that I wouldn't have been able to do on my own.

By D. T

Jun 19, 2023

I had been searching and doing trial and error with all things AI since the Beta and Public access to AI programs and apps. For the past few months, I have been trying to watch videos and read any info that would give me some background and explain how AI works. Not only did this class give an easy-to-follow overview and description of AI and how is it used, but I learned the prompts and thinking process to start building my prompt engineering skills and background. Dr. Jules White did an excellent job with teaching this course. The course gave me the foundation I needed to advance my knowledge and skills as a prompt engineer.

The only negative thing I have to say is, I wish there was more courses teaching more advance skills that go deeper into AI and prompt engeneer.

By David P

Jul 3, 2023

The teacher is saying a whole lot of nothing. going to see if I can get a refund.

By Stefano B

Aug 14, 2023

Found the course has given me a greater insight into the world of LLM, how they think and the number of other LLM’s that sit behind ChatGPT. Enjoyed the Coursera platform as a positive learning tool.

By Hassan S

Jul 24, 2023

Great course. I enjoyed learning its contents. Some examples used to illustrate the prompts could be improved (as always).

Thank you for this chance to learn more about prompt engineering.

By Edward R

Jun 21, 2023

Excellent primer on expanding the use of ChatGPT. I really liked the creative aspects covered in the examples and assignments. This is going to help my use of LLMs immensely!

By Jan D

May 13, 2023

hope there is continuation for advance prompting

By Matt B

Jul 17, 2023

A bit repetitive at times, but overall a great primer. Can't wait to learn more!

By Cansu Y

Jun 19, 2023

More examples please. So much time spent just reading the long prompts and distracts. I do not understand bike examples.

By Shinysheep “

Sep 21, 2023

My first and last course ever from Cousera. I did learn something, but the hard way. - The course lacked structure. The various types of prompts were just taught one after the other. - The material provided is a laughing stock. When learning to prompt, it is important to re-read the examples given. These were not made available. The reading consisted of only a few sentences. - The examples were fun at the beginning. But they centered around the private interests of the speaker. In the end it was difficult to take it seriously. - The presentation of the prompts and the results were far too quick. No chance of taking it in. The weekly tests - A JOKE - I had expected multiple choice questions with which you can control achivements. Instead you are asked to come up with a prompt which uses the type of prompt you just learnt about. I spent more time wondering which example to use than focussing on the formulation of the prompt. UNBELIVABLE: you send your assignments and immediatly you got your results: 100% correct. I am still speechless. I put all that effort in and have no idea whether I my answer was correct or not. I am happy that I have a certificate which I can show my employer. But the next time I will stick to Youtube videos and websites from experts. The graphics provided there are much more helpful. Coursera: your quality management obviously did not work. And sorry, I told lots of people how bad this experience was.

By Dan F

Sep 25, 2023

Fantastic course if you are currently using ChatGPT for just asking it questions or have never used it at all. If you take the time to actually watch and pay attention to these videos, use the prompt ideas and make them your own to try out, take notes, read the material, basically all the stuff you would have done in any class in school, you will learn a ton about how to use this tool better and how it works. I'm 31, and have worked for software tech companies for 10 years and the knowledge from this course will save me hours and hours at work, not to mention make me look good as I can now go teach my co-workers how to save themselves time and bring new ideas to everything we do. The reviews that talk about the professor being repetitive - sure, this can be true at times, but this is what teachers are supposed to do in order to reinforce concepts and makes sure students of all levels are understanding the content. If you are finding that you already understand a concept and the professor is repeating himself, just skip forward in the video, it's not a reason not to take the course. Last few pieces of advice: 1. For each new prompt pattern, whether you are prompted in the homework or not to do so, take time to think of a use case that's personal for you to use the new pattern for to check it out for yourself. If you are struggling with ideas, just ask ChatGPT to help you brainstorm ideas :). 2. There are some links to academically published research papers and while these are a bit dense, I highly recommend you take time to read them, especially the first linked paper about the prompt pattern templates as that will really set you up for success in the rest of the course and for however you're going to use the tool moving forward.

By Matt S

Nov 30, 2023

A lot of fun, and it takes you from the basics of prompt engineering to complex but extremely useful patterns and formulae. Grab this course and you'll be "programming" in plain English in no time.

By Nazneen A

Jul 26, 2023

The knowledge I have gained in this course will help me to work with data in ways that is absolutely new to me. Thank you to the Course Instructor. I have found this course extremely useful.

By Hakan K

May 29, 2023

It was a fun course with a great instructor as well as good examples and assignments. I especially like that the course emphasized different patterns one can use for prompt engineering.