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Meh... Astrobiology is incredibly interesting, but this course really just made me think it was a boring netflix documentary on Astrobiology. There was way too much speculative information given on the various topics, which a well produced documentary can do much better. I didn't complete any of the quizzes, as there was never anything engaging enough in the lectures that wanted me to test my knowledge of the material.
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I have mixed feelings about this course. It was one of the first courses I signed up for. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from it, but overall I would say I enjoyed it. I had hoped to be exposed to more examples of world music, as each week focused only on 1 or 2 songs. The most interesting parts of the course to me where some of the videos linked to on youtube, as opposed to any of the video lectures. I was very annoyed at the actual powerpoint slides that the professor used. They looked like they had been slapped together at the last minute, as they were full of typos, and could really have benefited from some simple editing.
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This course is terrible. As another said, the videos are simply horrible quality audio recordings of an actual class. with a simple slideshow rewriting stuff along to the audio. I tried to give it a chance, as I was very interested in the course material, but I just could not get through even 1 week of the lecture videos. I have no doubt that this is an awesome course to have taken in person, but this format and quality is just unacceptable as a class offering for coursera, and I'm surprised Coursera ok's something like this. Maybe this class will serve as an example of how NOT to create a MOOC.
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I really don't understand this course. I'm taking it now, and the only reason I haven't dropped it yet, is simply because there are only 20-30 minutes of lectures each week. But it hasn't been engaging enough for me to want to do any of the quizzes or homework. This course seems to be about developing a mathematical framework to discuss these games and mechanics of playing several of these games at once, which I will never do... The professor never gives any explanation or introduction as to why turning these simple games into a mathematical language is interesting or useful.
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This is a good introduction to programming. It is also a good programming course for a scientists, as it introduces some usage of graphing packages for python. The autograder was very frustrating at times, but there is a significant amount of programming assignments, that really benefited my python ability. The class started very strong, but kind of loses steam after halfway through, and the number of lecture questions and programming decreases. I think they realized much of this though, and hopefully things improve in subsequent offerings of this course.
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I couldn't say enough good things about this course. This was one of the first courses on Coursera I took, and even after taking nearly a dozen courses, this is probably still my favorite. Dr. Rabkin is a joy to listen to. The workload of this course is 90% reading. Reading a book a week can be very time consuming! However, all the books are enjoyable, and easily available.
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This class should only be taken by people completely new to programming with ZERO experience. If you have any previous experience, this class is pretty much a waste of time. Although it does not require much time. Each week consists of 30-60 minutes of lectures. There are only two actual code-writing assignments. The weekly quizzes are mostly tedious and annoying to complete. In my opinion, the best way to learn how to program is to actually write code, and there is very little of that in this course. I would say that even if you are completely new to programming, your time would be better spent taking another introductory python course, such as the Interactive Programming in Python on Coursera, or the edX Object Oriented Programming course, where there are significantly more assignments that require the student to write code.
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First of all, it should be stated that is a real deal programming course. Many courses on coursera do not require that much time commitment, and are definitely laid back versions of college courses. This class however, is tough, and requires a lot of time. It is definitely NOT an introductory programming course. Each weeks contains approximately 3 hours of lectures, and expect to spend 10+ hours doing each homework assignment. If you have the time available, and the will to get through the difficult material, this course is fantastic. Dr. Grossman has put together a great course on some fundamental concepts of programming, and you will be a better programmer after completing it. I will definitely be signing up for this again the next time it is offered, because I was not able to complete everything, as I couldn't devote as much time to the course as I would have liked.