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Johns Hopkins University

Genomic Data Science with Galaxy

Johns Hopkins University via Coursera

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Learn to use the tools that are available from the Galaxy Project. This is the second course in the Genomic Big Data Science Specialization.


  • Introduction
    • This week, we will present some of the research challenges that motivated the development of the Galaxy framework. We will then introduce Galaxy, describe what the Galaxy framework is, and look at different ways you can use it.
  • Galaxy 101
    • In this module and the following modules we will start to use Galaxy to perform different types of analysis.
  • Working with sequence data
    • In this module we will be studying sequence data quality control as well as ChIP-Sequence Analysis with MACS.
  • RNA-seq & Running your own Galaxy
    • In these final modules, we'll take a look at working with sequence data and RNA-seq and at installing and running your own Galaxy.

Taught by

James Taylor


1.8 rating, based on 12 Class Central reviews

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  • Adelyne Chan completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

    This course is so inconsistent I don't even know how to write a short review on it. Content-wise, from the videos, there is nothing too difficult and most of the topics taught are fairly easy to follow. The same goes for the quizzes where most of th…
  • Brandt Pence

    Brandt Pence completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I took the first offering of this, the second course in the Genomic Data Science specialization, and there are a number of issues that I hope the specialization team can work out. The video lectures are short (20-30 minutes total per module), and th…
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I'm a biologist who has some familiarity with Galaxy and I just about gave up during the course project (I believe the gamer term is "rage quit"). The project instructions were completely unclear and the material needed was difficult to find. I sp…
  • Juan Reza

    Juan Reza completed this course.

    This course, Genomic Data Science with Galaxy, is the worst online science course in this Johns Hopkins specialization. Some observations: * Instructor claims that Galaxy is capable and good for reproducibility. Wrong on many points: when you start…
  • Bruno Lehouque

    Bruno Lehouque completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    This course teaches you how to use Galaxy, an interface with a bunch of tools to perform genomics analysis. But be warned, this course assumes that you are a seasoned biologist. There are some examples of how to use the tools to do basic analysis i…
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A sort of a con operation by John Hopkins: create a bunch of watery courses, charge 49 dollars for each, run each one once per month. This one is totally useless: four lectures of 20-25 minutes and a final project that is impossible to complete based on those lectures. The staff was mostly absent from the course -- completely absent in the second half when the students realized they could not complete the final project.
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    Jianyi Ren

    Jianyi Ren is taking this course right now.

    I was struggling hopelessly on the final project, originally expecting it would be as easy as the quiz, only to find it's surprisingly clueless and extremely demanding. And after reading the reviews from others I found I am not the only one.

    Galaxy is a cool platform, I am grateful to the Professor and staff of JHU who share the teaching resources. Some more clear instruction will be very helpful to us. Many thanks.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Avoid this course at all cost. You will not learn anything. Instructor just keeps clicking on galaxy platform, he doesn't explain anything. Final project is nightmare.

    This is by far the worst course on I've finished (I've done plenty courses).
  • Ben M. completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I found going through the galaxy tutorials very helpful. I recommend doing that as well. If things get hard the community TA on Coursera and participants really helped me out. Someone recommended that doing command line tools for genomic data science really helped them.Definitely, worthwhile course.
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    Kiran R

    Kiran R is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

    Worst course ever on coursera. The assignment has no relationship to what is taught in class. Examples considered are worthless

    People take this assuming JHU is a good brand but seems like JHU name is being spoilt by the course teachers
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