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steffen schwientek

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  • 7 reviews
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The videos are aimed for kindergarten, not for college level moocs. Very few topics are covered in the "lecture", the quizzez are a little bit more difficult (without additional sources or pre known knowledge its almost impossible to answer the questions. Perhaps the courseinstructors want to use the course to promote their game, eye wire. I will get an A grade, but I have learned nothing in the course.
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Challenging, not watered down MIT introduction in classical mechanics. One of the best MOOCS I ever took.
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Little experience in biology before this course. Prof. Lander is an amazing lecturer, it's fun to watch the lectures. The problem sets are quite challenging, but I managed to master most of them. But it took me 10hr the week.
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I took this course parallel to Introduction to biology 7.00x. Compared withs 7.00x this course ist very easy to follow. Dropped it, because I found it not challenging enogh. The homework questions are very simple, if you watch the lectures (just memorize some facts presented in the lecture)
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It's a very basic, low level introduction to linux (perhaps the wrong word, it's just an introduction in computers). I have done the final exam in 15 minutes and got 95% . Never got an an certificate that easy. Perhaps good if you never got an computer on your hand, but otherwise it's an joke.
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I had no experience with neuroscience before. The lectures are nice animated and easy to understand. There are also very good labs available. The best thing: In this course you can do some really nice experiments with invertebrates (cockroaches), you can actually see the spikes. Very cool. Now for the problems I had with this course: There are no mandatory tests or homework, there is just a final exam. I think the exam is doable (but it's not easy) if you prepare well for it. The final exam is timed, so you should really know the stuff. (I didn't prepare well, this course could the first I don't reach a passing grade...) If you want to pass the exam, I would recommend to work to the optional practise problem sets (which are only pdf files, the solutions are also provided with pdf). The use of Google Chrome is required or strong suggested. With firefox or safari there are several technical issues (can't login, lectures are not visible....). Better use Chrome for this course.
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Easy introduction for the fossile evidence of Human Evolution. Had no problems to follow the topics, but: The homeworks (mostly multiple choice questions) are ambigous, failed sometimes (specially at the beginning) to interpret the questions correctly. The "Lab homeworks" were much better organized.