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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Bioinformatics
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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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.

Syllabus

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

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Reviews for Coursera's Genomic Data Science with Galaxy
1.8 Based on 12 reviews

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Brandt P
2.0 2 years ago
by Brandt 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 the introduction to working with Galaxy is reasonably interesting. The explanations given by Dr. Taylor are fairly good, but as with other courses in this specialization and in the Data Science specialization, the depth of the instruction is not quite enough to prepare students for the final project.

A fair amount of time is spent on demo…
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Adelyne C
2.0 3 years ago
by Adelyne 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 the content is from the lectures, or simple analyses to be performed on provided datasets on the Galaxy web platform.

Cut to the course project and it is a completely different story. The execution of the project is extremely poor, there is insufficient background information provided in the lectures and the course project instructions t…
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Anonymous
1.0 3 years ago
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 spent probably 25 hours on the project (in addition to the several hours per week doing all the other lectures etc.). The forums were helpful but it was also annoying to see people come in at the last min and get told how to set everything up correctly. Grading was a complete farce because no one understood the project instructions to begin with. <…
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Juan R
1.0 3 years ago
by Juan partially 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 it up, it pulls in numerous pieces of software from all over the web which are not under its control so you get different versions or work in progress. * no control over input sources at all.

Instructor acknowledged that you can't get the same results, just approximate, but he still doesn't get that this makes it not-repro…
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Bruno L
1.0 3 years ago
by Bruno 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 in the lectures but not a word about why you'd do it and what the results mean.

The project is a nightmare. There's absolutely no guidance and no support from the staff. There's nothing in the lectures to explain what you need to do and how.

Basically, your job is to search the web for a workflow corresponding to…
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Anonymous
1.0 3 years ago
Anonymous partially 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 R
3.0 3 years ago
by Jianyi 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.

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Anonymous
1.0 2 years ago
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 Coursera.com I've finished (I've done plenty courses).
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Ben M
3.0 3 years ago
by Ben 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
1.0 11 months ago
by Kiran 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

AVOID THIS COURSE
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Colin K
1.0 3 years ago
by Colin partially completed this course.
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Ali K
4.0 3 years ago
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