The scope of the course is definitely introductory. It covers all of the basics of what you need to get started using MongoDB, but does not go very deep. I can see that this course could be quite challenging for someone who is new to programming.
This was my first time-boxed MOOC. The hard deadlines were a key feature for me, because I tend to get really excited about a topic, dive in, burn out, and quit.
I found myself completing the lectures and homework and being anxious to start on the next week's material. This pushed me into the forums where I was actually able to answer questions and help other students. That felt really nice.