Jul 16, 2018
A very good course for its length and the amount of time it requires. It improved my python skills and knowledge of Genomics. I'm more engaged in my pursuits than before taking the course.
Jul 14, 2022
It was easy in the beginning but gets hard and changing at the end.
It was such an honor th have a course with Professor Salzburg.
I would recommend it to all bioinformatics lovers.
By Jingyuan H•
Sep 18, 2020
Need some python background before learning this.
By Yuxi L•
Dec 15, 2019
The final project may be too hard for beginners.
By sonali g•
Feb 15, 2018
could have included some practical sessions
By shubham k•
Jun 2, 2020
please make things easy for learning
By FABIEN C•
May 24, 2020
Interface not the most Pleasant.
By Maria S•
Aug 7, 2022
The instructors told this course is not made for people with a programming background. In my opinion - as a software engineer (without much python experience) - this course is not made for beginners. The lectures are starting with basic programming knowledge but this is not enough to pass to quizes at all. You need much more exercise to understand the basic concepts.
The course and the quizes have more potential. I wish they would care more about highlighting, formatting,readability and also correctness of the provided code snippets. The final exam was totally confusing - a sample file is provided for implementing the algorithms, but no solution is available for the asked questions. Also the explanations are not always clear, so you need to guess what could be another possible solution
By Lauren M•
May 15, 2020
This is not a beginner course. Lectures were fine, but FAST and more like a review than an actual lecture. Quizzes were off the wall difficult especially in week 3 and 4, and do not get me started about the Final Exam. Im not sure why lectures spoke about one topic and all quizzes were seemingly BARELY related. If you are new to programming, start python somewhere else, and come back to this later. I found myself spending 50% of my time googling other resources trying to figure out basic code syntax. Super frustrating and I dont feel I learned very much here, unfortunately. This course may be helped a lot if the quizzes were RELEVANT to lecture material and if it would be at all possible to provide PRACTICE PROBLEMS as assignments instead of some of the quizzes? Just a thought...
By Cesar P G G•
Sep 2, 2020
El curso se encuentra desatendido, las actividades/examenes no presentan el formato correcto (desactualizado) lo que hace más difícil aun contestarlos, el examen final es bastante complicado para primerizos en Python. El curso te da conceptos básicos de Python aplicada a secuencias genomicas, es retador por los problemas anteriores, pero el conocimiento que se logra es bastante bueno. Recomiendo tomar otro curso de Python y posterior a ese tomar este, además, recuerda revisar los foros de debate dentro del curso para que conozcas de antemano los problemas que existen con cada actividad/examen.
By Leah P•
Jan 6, 2021
The modules are good and fairly easy to follow, although the course states you don't need any background in biology or coding (which they go very fast and offer little explanation of concepts) so this is coming as someone with a background in both. The quizzes are much harder than what they show you in the modules for examples, bringing in new concepts not discussed entirely. I wouldn't advise someone without a need for Bioinformatics programming to take this course (e.g. someone who is just interested in Molecular biology etc but hasn't taken courses before)
By Jennifer D•
Nov 21, 2016
This class was really difficult. The course material did not cover what we needed for the weekly quizzes (particularly in Week 3 & 4) and the final exam was immensely difficult. Additionally, the written instructions for the final exam did not even cover some of the questions that needed to be answered i.e. repeats or questions about particular reading frames when analyzing the ORFs. I had to do a lot of self teaching using random resources and I simply didn't have the bandwidth to dig around as much as was needed in order to do well in the class.
By Jorge M Z H•
Jun 15, 2022
The course is not for beginers, the difficult is far than that level. I had some experience in Python, because of that, I passed the course. Some question in the quizzes are pointless and in the discussion forums there are many questions with no answers, the course was left unattended ny the instructors.
I know Dr. Perthela is an excelent researcher, but during the lectures, she looked very uncomfortable and is was evident she was reading all the time. That made me feel uncomfortable too.
By Laura E•
Dec 30, 2021
The beginning information and instruction was fine, but after they started introducing more and more Python code, things got more complicated. Also the final exam introduced topics that weren't even covered by any of the lecture material. There was no introduction or even a link to any explanation on how to use the Python sandbox or Python in general. I was completely new to Python, and after this course, I'm not going to continue with the specialization.
By Xavier L G•
Oct 29, 2016
Although courseware video is well done
Assigment are poorly designed and imbalanced
Far too easy on end of each week
Last week final assignment overly difficult and poorly guided
The sense of progress is very small after completing the course
Biology meets programming from UCSD is better designed on pedagogy and code challenges level.
Can't recommend not worth investing time or 50 bucks
By Toygar P•
Dec 27, 2020
The content and the exams were way more different. With those lectures it is impossible to pass final exam. There are a lot f untold part about programming. You shouldn't take this course before knowing Python. It does not teach Python for beginners exactly.
By Timothy M•
May 15, 2020
Just tried to get through functions week. The video shows how to write an reverse compliment function and then doesn't show you that it works. Only one example and then, done. Then the quiz asks about reiterative functions which was never covered. Sloppy.
By Kagning T E•
Dec 12, 2017
The instructors explain well, but it is difficult for beginners to implement the codes using python. Therefore, video tutorials describing how to implement the codes in python would have been better to further make this course beginners friendly.
By PROMISREE C•
May 11, 2020
This course is not really meant for beginners! From week 2 onwards it gets very challenging and difficult to follow. The quiz questions do not match with the content of the the lectures and some of the questions are even framed wrong.
By Bao B•
Nov 20, 2021
Both professors go through lectures at a very fast pace, Lectures are informative but lack demonstration. I don't mind going through long lectures, and I wish the professors had shown step-by-step instructions in an actual IDLE.
By Anastassiya Z•
Feb 14, 2016
Not enough material provided to successfully complete final exam. More detailed explanation needed for newbies in Python and especially for newbies in programming, as it is , I am assuming, target group.
By MUHAMMAD I U H•
Nov 29, 2021
I had worst experience as content was too short. Quizzes are like for expert programmer. They taught less and ask very hard questions which you've learn a lot to answer.
By Bryan G•
Jul 20, 2018
It's a decent course, but do not expect them to explain much on how to code in Python. It would've been much more helpful had I taken an intro course on Python first.
By Aspaas L•
Aug 2, 2022
While the course is ok, the quizzes are way too difficult compared to what is learned during the course. It makes the whole course fall for me
By Limeng X•
Mar 10, 2018
very poorly taught,really don't recommend it. The Algorithm for DNA sequencing is the best in this Specialization.
By Jessica A•
Jun 28, 2020
The lectures are great but the quizzes and the final are so hard compared to what they teach.
By Tahani A B•
Oct 19, 2020
it is very hard
need advance and good background in python