Sep 28, 2021
This is the practical course.There is some concepts and assignments like: pandas, data-frame, merge and time. The asg 3 and asg4 are difficult but I think that it's very useful and improve my ability.
May 9, 2020
The course had helped in understanding the concepts of NumPy and pandas. The assignments were so helpful to apply these concepts which provide an in-depth understanding of the Numpy as well as pandans
By Markus Z•
Aug 7, 2020
Compared to the previous course I have taken at University of Michigan the content was ok but how it was taught I didn't like. Just reading rapidly the text of the Jupyter Notebook is not enough from my point of view. Ok you can find out the stuff yourself but why take then this course and don't go directly to stack overflow.
You just get weird replies from the auto grader and search through the forum to get any idea why you didn't pass. And if you pass, you will never know if your solution was the proper way to solve this task....
By Ruibo S•
Oct 4, 2020
The assignments are much more difficult than what is covered in the class. The teaching speed is too fast without enough PPT slides. The class coding demonstration is also too fast. The lecturer should either teach more in class or make the assignments easier. Assignment 3 and assignment 4 need a lot of independent studies of the functions in pandas library. If the assignments need a lot of independent studies, what is the meaning of the teaching in class?
By Daniel D•
Jan 29, 2020
I agree with some reviews saying that course was mostly limited to self-learning. Videos were rushed and learning mostly limited to self-studying. Assignments descriptions were confusing and not well explained, not to mention that it takes hours to figure out why correct solution is not accepted. I'd say writing code (correctly) takes 4 hours but then you need 8 hours to figure out why your answer is not accepted.
By Carl M•
Nov 14, 2019
Poorly worded questions (that are mentioned throughout the discussion board), older version of pandas and the course resources don't help you with course. Get ready to 'learn' by looking in StackOverflow or reading the volumes upon volumes of python/pandas documentation. In other words, expect to spend 15 hours a week per week (obviously it will vary)
By Brent D•
Aug 12, 2020
Lectures do not reflect what is required to complete the assignments. Much of the learning is left to independent study by the student. Assignment questions are too vague and frequently require parsing through class discussions to determine the answer the auto-grader is looking for.
By Olena K•
Mar 28, 2019
The lectures are not good. They go too quickly. They're about 5 minutes long, but you have to stop every minute or 30 seconds and rewind to understand what the instructor is saying. He just goes way too fast, and it's very frustrating. Really ruins the experience.
Feb 17, 2021
The teaching was sparse and assignments got very difficult very quickly. An inordinate amount of time was spent Googling to get past each step due to poor foundations. I learned more in a much shorter time from more gradual and concise YouTube tutorials.
By Yizi Z•
Nov 9, 2018
There is only few minutes taught video courses each week, although the reading materials and topics are quite interesting. The learning of python coding rely heavily on your own trial and error, which you could do even without this course.
By Saurabh C•
Sep 2, 2020
The level of course content and assignments is not at all similar. The course contents need to be revised, seems like the professor assumes we know everything about the topic. Also the teaching speed is extremely fast. Very Disappointed!
By Tsvetov P A•
Oct 3, 2020
With great tasks, lectures, there're terrible assignments, w/o explanation, multiple interpretations. Ttest task in Module 4, is really a hard task, w/o any explanation, could have moved it in a different course.
By BOORLA V N•
Sep 15, 2020
The instructor seems like he's reading out points of a book. No proper explanation of tools used followed by assignments so hard compared to what being taught in classes
By Lucas T•
Oct 22, 2020
not bad... theres a big mistake in the regex video.
assignments don't really match the lectures.
Without Corey Schafer and Sentdex on youtube I would've quit.
By Chris L•
Dec 17, 2019
It never felt like the material was covered in enough depth to give me confidence in the ability to do the assignments.
By Lee S•
Dec 19, 2018
Starts off well, then escalates way too quickly. Assignment 4 is incredibly complex and has poor guidance notes.
By Afshin A•
Sep 21, 2020
I really don't like the way of explaining the process
the worst course i have ever seen
By Avneesh D•
Aug 7, 2020
The assignments were way more complicated than the examples used during the lectures.
By Georgios A•
Jan 7, 2019
Too difficult, poor connection between lectures and assignments
By Divyanshu P•
Sep 13, 2020
Insanely fast paced course.. Needs Improvement
By Pranav t p•
Sep 27, 2020
Very fast paced and poorly taught.
By Kannan S•
Nov 21, 2016
This is in fact the worst course so far. Mainly because of auto grader. Here are my reasons.
Actually I did not complete the course at all. But I suddenly got a message saying that I have completed the course. I was working on the first problem of the 4th assignment. I did a provisional submission to see if my answer was right. Auto grader reported the grade for the 3rd assignment and said that I have passed the course. Any submission I did after that was not graded at all.
The assignments are not very clear. Looks like I had a older version of the questions while others had a different version. I was stuck in a particular problem because auto grader did not give me a clear feedback as to why I was incorrect. I wasted too much time on this already.
The assignments require too much research outside what is covered in the videos. I don't feel that is right. The assignment requires that we research on Stack Overflow and Pandas documentation. I strongly feel that such activities should be performed only outside the course work when we try to solve real world problems. Course assignments should be reasonably given based only the materials covered in video. This was taking too much time.
The discussion forums are not giving clear hints. When we are stuck in a problem, we are not able to proceed further. I still son't know the answers for certain problems because the coordinators do not explain the answers well. When we complete assignments we don't get to see the instructor's solution.
The video instructions were too fast paced. The instructors do not pause and explain critical aspects of the code.
Overall I am very disappointed with this course. There are much better videos on Youtube and Lynda than this . I am sorry. I never thought it would be this bad. The first course on Python from University of Michigan was really very good.
By Dorian B•
Apr 17, 2022
1. Recommend immediate termination and removal of this course due to the disservice to the field. The course is so horrible it convinces students that data science is not for them.
2. It appears that Brooks has only superficial understanding the material himself, as he is unable to explain it.
3. Lectures are waste of time, consisting of watching Brooks speaking as someone types what he says into the files already downloaded.
4. No relationship between lectures and homework assignments.
5. Repeated references to promote Brooks’s book. Lectures are so useless, his book likely only suitable for lining birdcages.
6. Repeated acknowledgment of inadequacy of lecture material with Stack Overflow cited as primary resource for learning.
7. Homework assignments
a. Incredibly poorly written, as if student inability to complete them is the principal objective.
b. Auto-grader errors incomprehensible and fail to indicate which part of the assignment has issue.
c. Auto-grader reports errors that are actually auto-grader processing problems. TA in discussion forums attempts to interpret, without success.
8. Discussion forums
a. TA complaints not enough time to support students
b. TA agreement assignments poorly written
i. Attempt to balance helping students without disclosing actual solution, with infrequent success
ii. Repeated apologies and responds there are notes on where to improve (dated over a year ago, no changes made)
9. I have been programming since yellow paper tape. I know a terrible course in my field when I see one.
With so many negative reviews, why are the problems in this course not addressed?
By Hari B•
Apr 9, 2017
Very poor course, badly taught and terrible value for money. The lessons are brief beyond any form of reasonableness, the teacher seems completely unconnected with his students. There is no detail at all and no logical progression. I took and passed this course with a view to doing the specialisation but I'm not going to waste any more money on University of Michigan courses. I've found similar courses on other platforms which cover the same material. The assignments were awful, in some cases they covered material to be presented the following week, in others the questions were wrongly stated and did not match the output from the machine grading. The machine grading itself gave you no clue as to where you went wrong. I'm not talking about the odd question here or there, I'm talking about consistently throughout every assignment. I don't normally, in fact ever, leave bad reviews, I usually just chalk it up to experience and move on but in this case, the course was so bad, I had to say something. I've done two other courses on Coursera with Rice University and the difference to this course is huge, while I would wholeheartedly recommend the Rice Intro to Python courses, Don't do this course, it is not coherently presented or graded. The mentors in the forum tried their best but even they had to admit the grading system was riddled with errors. Absolute rubbish, avoid and spend your money elsewhere.
By Albi K•
Oct 30, 2019
I have just completed this course. I have learned quite a bit about the pandas library and that has nothing to do with this course.
The lectures seemed to be scripted; and extremely condensed. At best, they can be used as a sparse reference manual for some undefined subset of the pandas library.
The assignment 4 instructions encourage googling things. Basically "go forth and figure it out on your own" ... why would I need a full course for that piece of advice?
The autograder seems to forbid the usage of certain lines of code in Assignment 4. It will reject your answer and give you no feedback whatsoever with respect to the reasons why your answer was rejected.
As well, it has inconsistencies that will cost you time. The question on the recession_start() function will be graded as correct if recession_start() outputs a certain value, say x. Yet, in another question recession_start() is expected to output some other value y. Go figure. Not even a warning about it.
So, to sum up the salient points:
1. Autograder has holes.
2.Extremely condensed scripted lectures and sparsely sprinkled with practical advice.
3. Useful for letting you know that pandas exist.
By Vikram A•
Aug 8, 2017
This course is poorly done, and I'm sorry but in no way close to an intermediate level. Even knowing a fair amount of python, I struggled with learning from this course. I find it ironic that the teacher specializes in education and mostly sits in a chair and speaks code at you. There are very few visual aids to help.
Furthermore, individual topics are not broken down well, showing you how to develop a mastery over the fundamental data objects like a data frame before moving on to the next. Code that is demonstrated is typed out unreasonably fast, and very few examples are done on how to properly access the elements in different ways. The video where the grad student/post doc spits out code 3 lines a minutes made me laugh at how ridiculous it was as if it were an explanation.
I ended up very frustrated with this course, and I'm not convinced it's all me or my inability to learn. I suggest learning data science in python from another site, I'm already finding a different class much better and more understandable. Your mileage will obviously vary.
By Marty Z•
Mar 17, 2020
A very solemn warning for those working professionals who wish to add this valuable skill or change career, which is so in my case, DON'T spend time on this course! The problem comes from a very error-prone auto-grader system and an outdated pandas library used by this course.
I understand the ability to research your solution in the absence of guidance is a valuable skill, which is what the course instructors claim. However, setting the student up with an outdated library where the student not only has to figure out how to search for their solution but navigate different library versions is just mean and irresponsible.
If you are planning to be a programmer, I do see the value of grinding this skill out of you. But if you are a domain expert that wants to learn "Applied Data Science" which is what this course is supposed to be for. I do not see the value of dropping the student in the deep end and having them figure out version updates and learn outdated syntax.
Our time is valuable, go learn from people who respect your time. I will.