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This class is primarily meant for 18-year-old college freshmen who have never thought about savings, life insurance, or budgeting. I imagine this would be a good class for someone with zero training or life experience, but is just not that useful for anyone older and more experienced. There are definitely some production issues – such as the professor standing in front of the screen so that some of the words cannot be read.
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This class is an easy introduction to some of the elements of corporate finance. While not a definitive course for mastery, it serves as a good starting point before jumping into other MOOC's on the subject.
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This is a tough class for learning finance. I suggest looking at one of the other introductory courses first, and then coming back here. Prof. Franklin's derivations for many of the formulas and conclusions presented in class are daunting for someone who does not have the appropriate mathematics background. There are definitely some production issues with the first few videos and that the microphones in the room turned on so that I can hear every cough, sneeze, or shuffle of paper. However these issues to improve is the videos go on. It is an altogether good course on solidifying an understanding of where the principles of finance come from, but definitely not for someone who has zero background of the field.
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I'm not sure why the reviews seem to be so polar in that some people love the class, and others hated it. This course is by far the worst of any that I have bothered to stick to the very end. The class structure could best be described as one part finance and three parts Jedi philosophy. The professor routinely gets off on tangents and then makes unhelpful remarks like, "I'm teaching you the fundamentals," without bothering to give any motivation or derivation for where any of the formulas come from. There is a dearth of examples on how to apply the principles learned in class, which then makes the assignments all the more difficult. Homework does not mirror what is happening in the lectures, which consequently forces students to surf the web looking for other resources. The professor talks so incredibly slow that I had to watch the videos on triple speed just to keep interested. I recommend looking elsewhere for another finance course.
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Writing a review for this course is pretty difficult. On the one hand, there is quite a bit of information provided on what make someone happy, but on the other, this is definitely a "touchy-feely" course that uses weekly happiness surveys and encourages keeping a journal to measure your own happiness. The neuroscience is not very rigorous – I think the course directors intentionally made this an easy class so they could get more people to sign up and get through the material. Computer graded homework assignments are a breeze. Again, I think this course is really meant as a simple introduction to the science of happiness, yet seems more focused on having the student find his own path to what makes him happy.
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A challenging, yet rewarding course that introduces you to many of the different disciplines that go into building and flying aircraft. You'll learn everything from the history of hot air balloons, to watching wind tunnel demonstrations, to taking a ride along with a test pilot, to lots of homework assignments that solidify the concepts taught in class. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but well worth the effort.
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An awesome class from Harvard University that brings together statisticians, clinical researchers, and ethicists to present the various stages of a clinical trial. Students will learn about the rigorous mathematical and statistical requirements that go into analyzing data, the steps involved in getting approval from an institutional review board, and the implications of research. The homework assignments are pretty easy – I think that the purpose of this course is more for teaching than for working through difficult problem sets. A must-have for anyone who wants to learn how the FDA works.
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This course is an amazing overview of surveillance law in the United States. It is appropriately paced with fantastic visual aids that teach the material. The quizzes are a breeze – the professor even openly states that passing the course is meant to be easy. More than anything else, this class is a great way to scare people with all of the ways different levels of government can spy on their citizens.
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Another home run for the Wharton School. Many other reviewers on this site have already highlighted all the positives. I will just echo that the explanations, lectures, theory, examples, and the assignments are all great. This class is a model example of what all MOOC's should be.
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Holy cow! This course was amazing. I have tried for years to learn financial accounting by either reading books or watching videos, but could never get over just how boring the subject is. Prof. Bushee is simply amazing. In each video he walks students through a particular concept using the appropriate level of theory and concrete examples. He also emulates the classroom environment by using animated virtual students who ask questions for points of clarification. The quizzes and final exam were definitely challenging, but appropriate for the material covered in class. I'm saddened that he only teaches this course and none other. Otherwise I would sign up for anything with his name on it.