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Ram Pratap Aditham

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I had been hesitant at taking this course thinking that it would be a tough course. But thanks to Professor Franklin in class teaching style I enjoyed his course very much. What I liked about the course is ++ The Professor gave access to his live class at Wharton. That was very valuable. ++ The Professor would slowly build up the case and start with motivational examples.The pace of the class was thus slow and easy.I found it easier to appreciate the arguments he put forward and let it sink in. He also gave time to the the class to ask questions. ++ The video lectures are broken up in short 15 min segments and not very dense in information The Professor provided not just video lectures but also lecture notes where I also found additional material and examples discussed. So to review, I need not had to watch videos again. ++ I got to to do not just problem sets but also to solve a case study and test my understanding. which I have not done before in the accounting course. ++ The Professor brings a light hearted sense of humor and talk to his class that one can surely appreciate. All in all I am very happy to have stuck with this course in spite of negative comments from some early participants in the forums and later dropped out. \-- There were issues in the first week of the course. The videos taken in the actual Wharton class had the audio quality marred by a student coughing in the background. Sadly one would have to persist here. \-- The engagement of the staff in the discussion forums was minimal. Nothing to speak off here, No forum policy. This meant students were free to exchange quiz answers using codes like 1XX9.3 \-- The course was short with just 6 weeks material. But it covered the basics thoroughly. There is a longer free video course available .of 12+ weeks on MIT OCW by an ex Wharton Professor Andrew Lo. He actually uses the same book authored by Professor Franklin. What I found though that the students in the actual Finance class are more keen to learn to make more money and have a ROI given the opportunity costs that the Professor understands and caters to but for the Coursera student population it was the grades that served as a motivational factor. All in all do the course not for the certificate but to get started in to the topic of Finance (i.e. making money) and then take it further on your own using his book or doing other advanced courses and putting it in to practice.
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If you are a novice who is keen to understand the language of accounting and get in to the habit of reading financial statements like Warren Buffet, look no further as this is the course to take. More so because of Brian Bushee who is a Professor par excellence.In 10 weeks he takes you through a journey from simple topics like double bookkeeping to advanced topics such as COGS, AOCI, DTA, NOL carryforwards. The Professor has a flair for keeping you engaged even though the going gets tough with his superb delivery style. The material he has put together for the lectures is of the highest quality, easy to understand and with numerous examples along the way. What is also interesting is that on top of all this he uses virtual class students whose questions preempt that the viewers would be having and he takes on these with ease and injects a good dose of humor along the way. His desire to make you learn goes even further as he gets personally involved in some of the discussion forum threads. With 100K+ students signing up for this course and also a record number signing up for the verified track, and the constant stream of thanks pouring in from the 1st week onwards from happy students, Professor Brian Bushee has found himself in the pantheon of the best MOOC / coursera course instructors.