Introduction to Finance

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IMPORTANT UPDATE:  This course is being discontinued after the current session June 1 - mid September is over. The content has been translated into the first two courses of a new specialization we are launching titled "Introduction to Finance: Valuation and Investing" offered by Professors Gautam Kaul and Qin Lei. The specialization has been motivated by two specific kinds of feedback consistently provided by learners over the past three years who have enrolled in this MOOC: to make the content more modular, while also providing advanced frameworks and applications. There are two introductory courses based on this MOOC, and we have added two more advanced and applied courses. All learners interested in the Introduction to Finance MOOC should enroll in the specialization instead;  the first course launches on September 15, 2015.  For more information please visit the Specialization site. If you are enroll... IMPORTANT UPDATE:  This course is being discontinued after the current session June 1 - mid September is over. The content has been translated into the first two courses of a new specialization we are launching titled "Introduction to Finance: Valuation and Investing" offered by Professors Gautam Kaul and Qin Lei. The specialization has been motivated by two specific kinds of feedback consistently provided by learners over the past three years who have enrolled in this MOOC: to make the content more modular, while also providing advanced frameworks and applications. There are two introductory courses based on this MOOC, and we have added two more advanced and applied courses. All learners interested in the Introduction to Finance MOOC should enroll in the specialization instead;  the first course launches on September 15, 2015.  For more information please visit the Specialization site. If you are enrolled in the next session of this MOOC, Coursera will batch-enroll all leaners in the first course of the specialization. Anyone can choose to unenroll at any time of course.

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This course is primarily devoted to the fundamental principles of valuation. We will learn and apply the concepts of time value of money and risk to understand the major determinants of value creation. We will use both theory and real world examples to demonstrate how to value any asset.

Subtitles for all video lectures available in: Chinese (provided by Yeeyan), English, Portuguese (Lemann Foundation), and Ukrainian (Pinchuk Foundation)
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2/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 6 months ago
Warning: I don't recommend this course to anyone. Do not lose your money, do not lose your time. Why? - No practice questions before exams. - They don't give the correct answers of the exams. So you don't have the possibility to understand your mistakes. - No course notes. - The professor writes (10 pages syllabus anyone?) and talks too much. The average length of course videos is longer than average MOOC length, because professor talks of unnecessary things. I'm not a native English speaker and I've watched all videos with x1.5 speed because they were boring and slow. - He solves some questions during lectures but they are very basic. - You don't have course notes, you don't have practice questions before exams. And during exam you wrestle with new types of questions that you've never seen before. - If you follow the forum, you'll see that many exam questions are unclear. The staff uses same exam questions ov... Warning: I don't recommend this course to anyone. Do not lose your money, do not lose your time. Why? - No practice questions before exams. - They don't give the correct answers of the exams. So you don't have the possibility to understand your mistakes. - No course notes. - The professor writes (10 pages syllabus anyone?) and talks too much. The average length of course videos is longer than average MOOC length, because professor talks of unnecessary things. I'm not a native English speaker and I've watched all videos with x1.5 speed because they were boring and slow. - He solves some questions during lectures but they are very basic. - You don't have course notes, you don't have practice questions before exams. And during exam you wrestle with new types of questions that you've never seen before. - If you follow the forum, you'll see that many exam questions are unclear. The staff uses same exam questions over and over the iterations of the course (that's why they don't provide the answers). And some questions with "bugs" stay the same. Many people are lost even when "explaining" the questions in the forums... - I'm a finisher so I finished the course to get a certificate. But I hated every moment of it after 3-4th week. I'll never again take another course from the same staff... - It's a shame because the ideas are very easy to understand if there were more exercices. - For statistics part he gives you some general formulas without any examples. And he recommends you to work with the assignment. It's like a joke: you know that they don't give you assignments' answers... PS: Good insights about risk-return balance. PS: You must have access to a spreadsheet like Excel.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 6 months ago
I have no experience in finance. I enrolled for this course just to understand some basic concepts and i never thought i would complete the course. But the way Prof. Gautam taught, i went on to complete the course. Very enriching and helpful. I can now understand basic economic terms and above all, i know if i should invest in certain bonds or not :) Thanks!!!
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4/10 starsDropped
4 years, 7 months ago
The professor is chatty and charismatic but it would be much better to have less chat and more help with the concepts. Homework activities nearly impossible and no feedback on why answers to assignments were wrong during the course due to excessive secrecy about the correct answers and correct methodology. In the end, I lost any motivation to through frustration with the difficulty of tests and lack of meaningful feedback.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 7 months ago
This course is a gem. Challenging, fun (!) and well-done. Professor Kaul is really passionate about the subject and manages to make finance fun and engaging. The homework and exams are rather tough. But TAs are helpful and the forum is active.
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2/10 starsDropped
4 years, 7 months ago
Out of 10 Coursera courses I have completed, without question the worst lecturer. The lecturer is a self aggrandizing person who obviously has never worked in the real world nor has he consulted for corporations. He likes to imply that finance is esoteric; cannot be further from the truth. This course is not difficult, complex and awesome as he constantly states. Take differential calculus, abstract algebra, if he wants complexity and difficulty. I am taking a real financial course from Wharton Business School from a qualified professor who does know what he is teaching.
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1/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 11 months ago
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 cour... 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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4/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 3 months ago
I came into this course with a strong computational mathematical background but little specific finance background. The workload represents my personal experience with my background (and is closer to 7 hours than 5), but may be higher if you don't have as much mathematical or computational experience. The same could probably be said about the difficulty. There are a couple high points here: Professor Kaul is rather endearing and he explains the material well (if extremely verbosely). The exercises are challenging and interesting. Many students complain that exactly similar examples are not given in lectures, but I don't think that's fair: part of the learning process is trying to reason about situations that aren't directly analagous to what you are given in lecture. Sadly, the cons outweigh the pros. The biggest, perhaps, is that explanations are not given for wrong answers. The stated reason for this is that the professor claims th... I came into this course with a strong computational mathematical background but little specific finance background. The workload represents my personal experience with my background (and is closer to 7 hours than 5), but may be higher if you don't have as much mathematical or computational experience. The same could probably be said about the difficulty. There are a couple high points here: Professor Kaul is rather endearing and he explains the material well (if extremely verbosely). The exercises are challenging and interesting. Many students complain that exactly similar examples are not given in lectures, but I don't think that's fair: part of the learning process is trying to reason about situations that aren't directly analagous to what you are given in lecture. Sadly, the cons outweigh the pros. The biggest, perhaps, is that explanations are not given for wrong answers. The stated reason for this is that the professor claims that this would prevent reuse of questions, but I'm skeptical: Other course manage to give explanations, either by changing questions or just accepting that people might copy solutions. But this is Coursera: If you cheat, you really are just cheating yourself. The reason this is the biggest flaw is that the most learning happens when you learn from what you did wrong; not what you did right. By denying explanations, he's actively impeding actual learning, and that's a shame. Along the same lines, not only are explanations not given, but often the commentary comes off as arrogant/condescending (if you get something wrong you'll just get something like "Think again." How useless!). Also a major flaw: questions are too vague. This may be forgivable in a classroom setting, where a student can state assumptions in the case of ambiguity and be graded accordingly; automatic grading leaves no such margin for error. Combined with the lack of explanations which might give some hint as to what assumption you got wrong, this really leads me to the conclusion that I cannot recommend the course. It's a shame, because I really do like Prof. Kaul, but he needs to "think again" about the tradeoffs he's making in designing this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 8 months ago
I love this course and professor Kaul. He made Finance Very Awesome.If you are new to this subject. I will recommend Very much to you. You will enjoy the course. It has made me think differently and also look at everything on why we do Things the way we do. This is an amazing Course. The Professor will make you like finance. I also enjoy all the taking he does in the course. That Is what it make it very special..
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5 years, 5 months ago
I have seen 4 weeks of lectures and I can say that course is pretty good, Professor very passionate and knowledgeable, but is pretty verbose which may not go well with some people. Assignments are intriguing. overall a good course.
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5 years, 5 months ago
Early days to judge. I will stay on for now but find this course increasingly frustrating with little information to grab onto within videos ( mostly general peripheral chatter),  and no available English captioning on all videos. I don't mind working to develop an understanding of course material to suit my needs but but I do expect to get access to course information and for that info to be delivered in a meaningful and concise manner Update: have withdrawn from this course. When a course won't allow students to learn from their mistakes it's time to walk away from this course ( E.g. Incorrect quiz answers : students are not given the correct answer or any explanation of the process students should have followed to arrive at the correct answer). Plenty of other choices for Finance out there that suit my personal needs better. Thanks anyway.
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5 years, 8 months ago
Not a course to be taken by a person who wants to be spoon feed the information or one that does not want to be challenge. If you the type of person who is happy to go looking for additional information and work things out for themselves then this course can be a good introduction to finance. The professor is engaging and someone that beams happiness and enthusiasm about finance, he makes a dry subject a lot more bearable. The assignments are quite hard and may take up a lot of your time but structure is so that once you done the assignments you have a much better understanding of finance.
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5 years, 10 months ago
The professor talks too much, explains very very well the concept, but to be able to resolve really any financial problem you need to do a lot of extra work. Just watching classes is not enough. A lot of things you must learn by yourself (reading, trying...) because the lectures are just for the basic concept.
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6 years, 1 month ago
Prof. Gautam Kaul covers all the basics using clear, simple explanations with much personal wit and charm. Lectures and other material are very well produced. This course does require time and effort, but is suitable for those with no prior background. Most of the computations are just arithmetic, but you still have to work through them carefully. Also, the weekly quizzes will have questions that are a bit more detailed than the lecture examples. One last caveat -- some of those test questions can be tricky. :) Highly recommended!
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5 years, 11 months ago
I am on the week 8 already and I can say that it is a very good course for beginners. Lectures are clear and assignments are just right. The only demerit is the lecturer does not value my time - he talks a lot, really a lot, and mostly not about finance. Also he talks really slowly, so I had to watch the videos at 2x speed.
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3/10 starsCompleted
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6 years ago
No prior experience with Finance. Haven't taken other finance classes. First couple of weeks were good, after that it's a disaster, you feel like you are grasping the material, until you hit the assignments. Lectures are long and hard to stay focused on. I'll attempt to take other finance classes when/if they appear.
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6 years, 2 months ago
I am a financial planner and took this course in part to refresh my understanding of basic principles. I got a lot more than that out of the course and have already been able to apply my increased knowledge in my work with clients. This course is not for those who want to be spoon fed or tested on exactly the same material presented in the lectures. The lectures introduce the key concepts and expose you to the larger context in which these concepts fit. The weekly assignments build and extend on the lectures and really force students to apply and extend their knowledge. In this sense, the assignments are not just a rehash of the lectures but an extension of the learning process designed to help you truly understand and internalize the material. Students looking for a more "transactional" experience ("Just tell me what I need to know!) will be frustrated, as evidenced by many of the comments here. Those looking to really learn and be ... I am a financial planner and took this course in part to refresh my understanding of basic principles. I got a lot more than that out of the course and have already been able to apply my increased knowledge in my work with clients. This course is not for those who want to be spoon fed or tested on exactly the same material presented in the lectures. The lectures introduce the key concepts and expose you to the larger context in which these concepts fit. The weekly assignments build and extend on the lectures and really force students to apply and extend their knowledge. In this sense, the assignments are not just a rehash of the lectures but an extension of the learning process designed to help you truly understand and internalize the material. Students looking for a more "transactional" experience ("Just tell me what I need to know!) will be frustrated, as evidenced by many of the comments here. Those looking to really learn and be challenged will be well rewarded. The professor is charming and expresses his love of the material throughout. I felt he did a great job explaining the key concepts and their greater significance within the process of valuation and decision making. He does not just focus on the mechanics, most of which can be executed using Excel or a financial calculator. Beginning the course, I knew I was fairly adept at the mechanics but wanted to better understand their value and applicability. I can say with all honesty that I achieved my goal. The online discussions are a mixed bag but if you screen out the noise are able to usually find what you need. The final was incredibly fair and a true reflection of the material presented. If you kept up with the lectures and diligently worked through the weekly problem sets, you did not have to study very much to pass. I doubt I spent more than an hour reviewing my notes before sitting for the final and I passed on the first attempt with plenty of time to spare. You are allowed two attempts to pass and the exam is timed. I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to take this class for free and to attend from the convenience of my home PC. This course is world class and will reward those who approach it with an open mind and the goal of enriching themselves. You are wasting your time if all you care about is passing a class via rote learning so that you can add it to your resume.
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6 years, 3 months ago
I took this course a year ago and I actually retained a lot of the knowledge because the course really gets to the essence. This is also what makes the course difficult as in the tests you really have to apply the basic theory to questions far beyond what you got in class. If you don't like this teaching style I can imagine the class is frustrating. I liked this set up as I knew I could only get into the tests if I was really certain I had deeply understood the concept. So all energy goes in thinking about one issue and how everything is connected. I have to admit however that I had a good math background and some prior exposure to the topics of the first half of the class. Without that I can imagine the class would have been more difficult and maybe even frustrating. What I disliked was that like many of the other reviews said the teacher really wastes a lot of your time off topic. His teaching style is to give you the bare minimum ... I took this course a year ago and I actually retained a lot of the knowledge because the course really gets to the essence. This is also what makes the course difficult as in the tests you really have to apply the basic theory to questions far beyond what you got in class. If you don't like this teaching style I can imagine the class is frustrating. I liked this set up as I knew I could only get into the tests if I was really certain I had deeply understood the concept. So all energy goes in thinking about one issue and how everything is connected. I have to admit however that I had a good math background and some prior exposure to the topics of the first half of the class. Without that I can imagine the class would have been more difficult and maybe even frustrating. What I disliked was that like many of the other reviews said the teacher really wastes a lot of your time off topic. His teaching style is to give you the bare minimum to survive and let you think of how to apply it yourself. The time that is freed by that all goes to his life philosophy. In conclusion, this course cannot really be rated. I can imagine for some people this is a 5 star course for others a 1 star.
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6 years, 2 months ago
I had no prior experience in this subject other that high school maths. I took this course to understand practical financial calculations which I can apply in my financial planning myself. And Prof. Gautam Kaul has exceptionally taught this course well. He has taught every concept with a supporting example which helped in better grasping of course material. Assignments are also good for practice for a novice in this field. Overall I liked this course very much both because of its content and the teacher presentation of concepts.
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6 years, 2 months ago
Do you have no or little knowledge of finance.Are you interested to know the subject.Well,Do yourself a favour and DON'T join the course. Why- 1.lectures are unnecessarily long and contain some irrelevant anecdotes,philosophy, overly patronising advice which are repeated throughout the course.Two or three minutes worth of topic is covered in 20+ minutes lecture. 2\. No slide of lecture is provided.
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6 years, 3 months ago
There is not enough documentation for this course, you can find a lot of PDFs for other courses but this one simply gives like 5 documents, and three of them is related to course schedule. And the instructor just can't distinguish 'p' and 'b', and sometime you get really confused by this. Due to this, subtitles are oftentimes incorrect as well. Well, accents are fine as long as enough documents are provided, I think. And the instructor is like too verbose and talk like stock trader or stock commentator but you know these information are not helpful. And they refuse to provide answers to those quizzes, which is absurd. You gonna have to find help else where or you don't know why you are wrong. This is definitely a mistake. You know the answers to the question are easy to find on the Web and people are talking about those answers in clear text. They should simply provide explanations to those quizzes. One thing I like about the instruc... There is not enough documentation for this course, you can find a lot of PDFs for other courses but this one simply gives like 5 documents, and three of them is related to course schedule. And the instructor just can't distinguish 'p' and 'b', and sometime you get really confused by this. Due to this, subtitles are oftentimes incorrect as well. Well, accents are fine as long as enough documents are provided, I think. And the instructor is like too verbose and talk like stock trader or stock commentator but you know these information are not helpful. And they refuse to provide answers to those quizzes, which is absurd. You gonna have to find help else where or you don't know why you are wrong. This is definitely a mistake. You know the answers to the question are easy to find on the Web and people are talking about those answers in clear text. They should simply provide explanations to those quizzes. One thing I like about the instructor is that he is somewhat humorous, and he keeps smiling all the time.
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1/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 4 months ago
The faculty wastes majority of time on non-finance related examples and topics, does not go into the detail of why and wherefores of actual finance. He is fond of showcasing simple mathematical formula oriented examples and then asking difficult and confusing questions in the assignment. Sometimes the assignment also has errors.
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6 years, 5 months ago
This is an important subject, and the professor obviously knows and likes it, so I regret having to give it only two stars. The reason is poor pedagogical design and execution. First a venial sin: Professor Kaul is needlessly verbose, and tends to wander rather than adddress the subject. More seriously, where are the slides of his presentations? Trying to find something he said or did means listening to much of the whole wordy lecture again. The mortal sin is the problem sets. There are no practice problems, and the problems sets make use of language and concepts not addressed in the lectures. Worst of all, there are no answers, so you can only guess where you might have gone wrong. Kaul's excuse is that he is too lazy to make up more problems. This is nonsense - all he would need to do is change a few names and numbers. Even if he want to preserves his quiz problemes, how about some practice problems with answers. That fact is proba... This is an important subject, and the professor obviously knows and likes it, so I regret having to give it only two stars. The reason is poor pedagogical design and execution. First a venial sin: Professor Kaul is needlessly verbose, and tends to wander rather than adddress the subject. More seriously, where are the slides of his presentations? Trying to find something he said or did means listening to much of the whole wordy lecture again. The mortal sin is the problem sets. There are no practice problems, and the problems sets make use of language and concepts not addressed in the lectures. Worst of all, there are no answers, so you can only guess where you might have gone wrong. Kaul's excuse is that he is too lazy to make up more problems. This is nonsense - all he would need to do is change a few names and numbers. Even if he want to preserves his quiz problemes, how about some practice problems with answers. That fact is probably the reason this course has achieved some notoriety on the web as the poster child for what's wrong with the MOOC concept.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 6 months ago
This course should be compulsory for all. One learns how to make money in this course. You could argue that anyone could have made money in the stock market recently but this course allows you to have more fun accomplishing this. One learns how to evaluate financial data, learn how to evaluate all sorts of strange problems that are of relevance to every day living, such as retirement, educational planning, investments. There are many questions to answer and if these are accomplished without cheating I am convinced that one would learn as much as you would paying money to take a similar course at the University of Michigan. This is because most learning is accomplished individually. It takes time to listen to the lectures and to do the many problems. The style and manner of instruction by Gautum Kaul was outstanding. Hey I just saved $1000 in home and auto insurance.
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5/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 5 months ago
This class suffers from two major problems: 1\. Lectures are too long and not concise. 2\. Syllabus is not well designed to my opinion, All in all, I feel that in spite of the hard work I did in the course, not much practical knowledge is left.
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6 years, 6 months ago
Like: The instructor is awesome and he knows how to explain the concepts clearly. His sense of humour and passion about life is really engaging. Dislike: 1\. The assignments and exams are far more difficult than the easy and intuitive examples used in the lectures. No answer or solution is given so the students are on their own to figure out whether they misunderstand concept or they just do not type the answer in correct format. 2\. The instructor and TAs never look at discussion forum and they forbid any detailed solution to assignment to be posted even after the deadline. Only two community TAs and some helpful students provide helps and practice questions. 3\. The requirement to get a certificate is the strictest and least flexible among all courses I take.
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6 years, 10 months ago
Prett poorly taught Finance course. To echo and summarize others' opinions: -course is poorly taught without covering some of the intuition presented in normal Finance courses. Too much time is taken covering more simple, algebra- related topics without covering the intuition behind higher level concepts -lectures that don't hold my attention bc of the excessive love/peace/hugs -homework is way harder and out of proportion with the lecture videos.
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6 years, 9 months ago
This was a great class for the 4 weeks took it. The instructor is awesome. He is very personable, he loves what he is doing and he very much cares and wants people to learn what he is teaching. He gives you everything you need to know when it comes to working out the problems on the quizzes and he does give you fair warning that he is going to not go easy on you and that you as the student are expected to work and that it's going to be a lot of work. I expected this to be very serious and dry class; However, the instructor has a great sense of humor and is very engaging. He states in the intro that he does not want you to have to take a lot of notes and that he does his best to make sure of that and he tries to make it obvious what he wants you to take notes on. On the forums there are problems sets given that help with the weekly quizzes and the staff is great about helping with questions related to the material. Over all a great cl... This was a great class for the 4 weeks took it. The instructor is awesome. He is very personable, he loves what he is doing and he very much cares and wants people to learn what he is teaching. He gives you everything you need to know when it comes to working out the problems on the quizzes and he does give you fair warning that he is going to not go easy on you and that you as the student are expected to work and that it's going to be a lot of work. I expected this to be very serious and dry class; However, the instructor has a great sense of humor and is very engaging. He states in the intro that he does not want you to have to take a lot of notes and that he does his best to make sure of that and he tries to make it obvious what he wants you to take notes on. On the forums there are problems sets given that help with the weekly quizzes and the staff is great about helping with questions related to the material. Over all a great class and a great staff. I dropped the class because I could not give it the time it deserves and therefore that would be disrespectful to the instructor and the time and love he put into this (as he really seems to love this topic).
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3/10 starsDropped
  • 11 reviews
  • 10 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
Let me be clear from the start: I did not get past the first few lectures. Simply put, the lecturer talks too much. A 10-minute lecture might contain 1 or 2 minutes of actual content. The rest of the time is spent saying things that have no relevance to the material. This would be acceptable if this only happened now and again, but this recurred throughout the lectures I managed to finish. Not my cup of tea.
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2/10 starsCompleted
  • 3 reviews
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6 years, 8 months ago
This was a frustrating class. The first few weeks were awesome, but then things started to deteriorate. There were four main problems: 1) Principles were explained in a very simple way, but never presented in their complicated real-life settings during class. Instead, a lot of the practical applications were presented in increasingly difficult and complicated quiz questions. 2) The correct answers were NEVER provided for these quizzes, which were the main teaching tool. You could only take them twice and the questions changed. So if you got a question wrong you couldn't tell if you misplaced a decimal point, misunderstood the question, or completely got the principle wrong. If you didn't get it right the first or second time on your own, tough luck, no learning for you. I'm a smart guy and I usually do very well on exams, so I was okay there except for the thing which bothered me the most: 3) The quizzes, and the course itself, lacke... This was a frustrating class. The first few weeks were awesome, but then things started to deteriorate. There were four main problems: 1) Principles were explained in a very simple way, but never presented in their complicated real-life settings during class. Instead, a lot of the practical applications were presented in increasingly difficult and complicated quiz questions. 2) The correct answers were NEVER provided for these quizzes, which were the main teaching tool. You could only take them twice and the questions changed. So if you got a question wrong you couldn't tell if you misplaced a decimal point, misunderstood the question, or completely got the principle wrong. If you didn't get it right the first or second time on your own, tough luck, no learning for you. I'm a smart guy and I usually do very well on exams, so I was okay there except for the thing which bothered me the most: 3) The quizzes, and the course itself, lacked rigor. When we learned a concept the professor shared his thoughts (and feelings) on it, but these were generally not tried and true refined principles. Rather they were short phrases in incomplete sentences that didn't make sense until they were explained, and they weren't explained very logically at times. I paid close attention and replayed different parts of the videos, and my notes still didn't end up making any sense. In the quizzes, the questions didn't always clearly explain all of the details, or explained them in a misleading way. English is a very demanding language, a misplaced or poorly chosen word completely changes the meaning of a sentence. A missing word leads to more confusion. I know the word is missing, I know it appears to him to be so obvious he doesn't think he needs to say it, but I can think of two different meanings for this statement by inserting a different missing adjective or noun in a different place. I found myself trying to put myself in his head and guess what he was trying to say. More than a few times I got questions right by thinking "the question says this thing, but I know he means that other thing". This might be a cultural thing, it seemed to me from the forums that the Indian students could understand him better than the American students, and you can also see that from the reviews here. 4) Finally, there was material that had to be learned in the middle of the class that was not actually taught in the class. He literally said, go learn statistics and come back. And then you had to know statistics (terms and mathematical equations) to answer the questions. What ended up happening was people got frustrated. Unwilling to waste their chance of passing the class by messing up the quizzes, many people turned to cheating using methods I will not discuss for the integrity of future courses. In summary, there was very simplistic teaching that left a lot to be desired, poorly designed quiz questions, and zero helpful feedback to help anyone who was struggling. Every professor has their quirks, but the fact that the quizzes were used so heavily as teaching tools but the correct answers were not only not provided, but were clearly banned from discussion between students in order to protect the integrity of future classes, all while cheating was so rampant and obvious just killed this course for me. I don't care what the intentions were, what actually happened was that immoral people who cheated received a better experience, learned more, and got a certificate, while honest people learned less and flunked the course. When we attempt to do good things we need to use our brains to do it right. The answers to the quizzes should be provided so people could learn from their mistakes, and some values can be changed for the quiz questions for the next class so that the answers aren't the same. If professor Gautam put as much passion into educating us as he did in convincing us he is a super nice guy the course would have been awesome.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 9 months ago
Nice Course which makes me excited about Finance that it never happened before for me as a undergraduate in mathematics school. And the suggested textbook is really appreciable for me and I feel like swallowing them without seconds. Maybe the first four weeks are not very tough and of course, I'll keep up with the pace of this course. By the way , the forum is fantastic and enjoyble for me which make me sovle some problems about crucial concepts and some other assignment. In short, taking the course is nice option, I suppose, at least for me which have been in this course for 4 weeks.
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