Sep 08, 2017
It was really insightful, coming from knowing almost nothing about statistics or experimental design, it was easy to understand while not feeling shallow. Just the right amount of information density.
Jul 22, 2017
Great Primer for what Data Science is about. It also provides the infrastructure of tools needed. This was what I was after, a way to provide other data scientist hardware and infrastructure support.
by mathias b•
Aug 15, 2016
This is a really basic course. If you have never touch code before, it's more useful, but little is actually covered here and the gap between it's contents and the next class, R programming is dramatic.
by Chris H•
Dec 15, 2016
Super basic, each week was only about 30 minutes of video lecture... but I think that was their goal? Bad form on coursera for making you pay to submit assignments that are autograded to begin with.
by Geoff S•
Jul 27, 2016
This is a required course in the Data Science specialization. If you're planning to take that specialization, you should start with this course. If not, you shouldn't bother - there's not much here.
by Michal Š•
Aug 12, 2016
As a software engineer I found this course a bit useless, but I do understand other people don't have the same background. Having said that, I believe it should be optional in the specialization.
by Yueming P•
Nov 18, 2017
It's a great course. But the peer-graded setting of projects really delays the grant of certificate. It took me more than two sessions of waiting just to get a grade for the peer-review project.
by Michele B•
Sep 13, 2018
Very basic, can be done in one day! However, we always need something simple to begin learning something new. Also, it was useful to have some guidance in the installation of the various tools.
by Alan Z•
May 29, 2016
The course is basic, and quite simple. Some might say too simple. I think it should be about 1 week long. I already knew all the things going into it so it was easy to finish it over two days.
by Joseph S•
Feb 01, 2020
The theoretical part of the course is good, but the quizz questions were simplistic and very hastily prepared. I would recommend this course as an optional module and not as a graded course.
by Constantin S•
Feb 10, 2016
It's a very basic introduction. Would be nice to have the option to skip it for more advanced students.
Also the recorded lectures are really quite, so you have to turn up the speaker a lot.
by Pratheek G•
Nov 16, 2017
Good Introduction to the basic tool set, Can be bit more comprehensive by giving an overview of other tools available to do the same operations and also why this tool set has been chosen.
by Fraida L•
Nov 25, 2016
There wasn't much to learn that I didn't already know. There was a lot of talk but no real practical application (I guess except for github for people that didn't know how to use that).
by Olexandra M•
Nov 27, 2017
This course coud have been provided as intro to R programming course or it could be just planned for 1 week. Anyway, overall it was ok though not yet extremely intense or informative.
by Lauren O•
Apr 13, 2017
It was a good overview. I understand that it’s really just a quick intro into upcoming specialization courses. I wouldn’t take it alone. But I’m excited for the rest of the courses!
Feb 07, 2018
Make it more illustrative.. The examples are very less and not explained properly for beginner. Assignments should be more practical. There must be a tutor to clarify the query.
by Abhijit H D•
Sep 25, 2017
A good attempt to give introduction on basic Data Science tools though most videos end abruptly which spoils the seamless navigation experience. Maybe the team can work on this.
by Justin B•
Sep 15, 2016
Good introduction, but the professor could have been more descriptive about how to use git/github. These are new concepts for people so it may be difficult to grasp right away.
by James S•
Mar 28, 2017
Probably a good course if you aren't terribly familiar with GIT or some form of version control. It also helps to get all the tools in place to be ready for the other courses.
by George C•
Jul 05, 2017
Good outline but perhaps a bit slow going when a lot of people want to get into coding as quickly as possible- could some of the git instructions come further down the line?
by Peter P•
Mar 05, 2019
The automated videos have seriously reduced the value for money for this course. With thousands of students, surely you can spend a bit more time making this presentable.
by Christian B•
Jan 15, 2018
Good course for an absolute beginner, but much too light if you have any experience at all with data science or programming. Entire course completed in just a few hours.
by breana m•
Aug 11, 2016
It is a good intro course to get set up with everything you may need for future courses, but it's not necessary if you are already a little familiar with github and R.
by Chaitanya A•
Jun 22, 2017
The assignments were too simple to solve. Maybe 1 or 2 graded questions on Git/GitHub could have been added considering the importance of its usage in future courses.
by Chrissie J•
Feb 01, 2016
I enjoyed the start up course and look forward to more, but am battling to figure out how to sign-up for the next step all roads seem to force me back to the Toolkit.
by Sam K•
Jan 22, 2019
Nice to have a place to get all the tools setup but it's also harder to feel like it's worthwhile when there are no applications for any of the things we installed.
by José A d C F•
Sep 22, 2019
I think final assignment can be improved. For example, the assignment implies that you know how to generate a codebook.md and the video classes doesn't teach that.