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A System View of Communications: From Signals to Packets (Part 1)

Written 4 years ago
I thought the lectures were delivered in a very clear fashion and professor Bert Shi did a great job explaining the concepts starting with the basics. Staff was helpful in the discussion forums. The exercises were well designed and not too difficult (I perhaps would have liked some extra challenges) and the lab exercises (tiny programming exercises is Matlab) helped to better digest the material. I look forward to part 2 and 3 of the course.
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Bart completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Data Analysis: Take It to the MAX()

Written 4 years ago
The instructor, Felienne Hermans, is very a very enthusiastic and engaged teacher. Also the TA team was very involved in the discussion forum. I thought the format of the lectures, Felienne standing full size in the foreground and the spreadsheet in the background was less ideal: sometime it was difficult to see which commands were typed or which buttons clicked. My main criticism is the lack of graded exercises in the course. One learns a software tool by doing and in such the course did not entirely succeed: the graded tests were very minimalistic (small in size and not very challenging; some "challenge" questions were ungraded). Compare e.g. with MIT's Analytic Edge, which does a much better job in this respect. If you have worked with Excel but want to learn some neat tricks, it is an OK course though, where you certainly will learn some new things.
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Bart completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Introduction to Differential Equations

Written 3 years ago
Excellent introduction to the subject in three parts. Next to techniques, the course also spends a lot of time on conceptual understanding and how/where differential arise in practice/physical applications.

The prof has relaxed and easy to follow lecturing style and the course staff in highly involved and helpful in the forum.

A little calculus (differentiation and some integration) background required, but the course is rather easy going.
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Bart completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Linear Differential Equations

Written 3 years ago
Same high quality of part 1 of the course.

Excellent introduction to the subject in three parts. Next to techniques, the course also spends a lot of time on conceptual understanding and how/where differential arise in practice/physical applications.

The prof has relaxed and easy to follow lecturing style and the course staff in highly involved and helpful in the forum.

A little calculus (differentiation and some integration) background required, but the course is rather easy going.
My rating
Bart completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Nonlinear Differential Equations: Order and Chaos

Written 3 years ago
Perhaps 1 star less that part 1 and 2, because I felt that on the perhaps most interesting chapter of this third part, the Lorenz system, we could have spend more time and there weren't any assessment questions on this last section of the course. For the rest the same high quality of the first 2 parts of which I copy my review down here. This part 3 was perhaps a little (but not too much) more challenging than part 1 and 2.

Excellent introduction to the subject in three parts. Next to techniques, the course also spends a lot of time on conceptual understanding and how/where differential arise in practice/physical applications.

The prof has relaxed and easy to follow lecturing style and the course staff in highly involved and helpful in the forum.

A little calculus (differentiation and some integration) background required, but the course is rather easy going.
My rating
Bart completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Introduction to Enumerative Combinatorics

Written a year ago
Surprised this course hasn't received any reviews. A real gem of a course. There aren't that many good math courses in MOOC format, but I can highly recommend this one. The lectures are crystal clear and are easy to follow. Course level goes beyond what is covered in standard intro to probability classes. If you enjoy math, you won't regret taking it. Exercises vary from easy to moderately challenging. Only downside is the platform: Coursera, where (after the horrible redesign) the forum interaction approaches zero.
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Bart completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Viruses & How to Beat Them: Cells, Immunity, Vaccines

Written a year ago
I really liked this course. Professor Gershoni does an excellent job in explaining a complicated subject (the inner workings of the cell) in a very clear manner, without leaving out details or watering down. It is clear that the course has been put together with a lot of enthusiasm and eye for detail. Also during the course, the staff is also very involved on the discussion board. Icing on the cake is the interviews with experts (including Nobel laureates!) in the field. Recommended for people want to understand the biology of viruses, and the biology of replication, in some detail.
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Bart is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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