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Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

Duke University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Biology
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-6 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 11 weeks long

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Introduction to Genetics and Evolution is a college-level class being offered simultaneously to new students at Duke University. The course gives interested people a very basic overview of some principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology. We often hear about new "genome sequences," commercial kits that can tell you about your ancestry (including pre-human) from your DNA or disease predispositions, debates about the truth of evolution, why animals behave the way they do, and how people found "genetic evidence for natural selection." This course provides the basic biology you need to understand all of these issues better, tries to clarify some misconceptions, and tries to prepare students for future, more advanced coursework in Biology (and especially evolutionary genetics). No prior coursework is assumed.

Taught by

Mohamed Noor

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4.6 Based on 30 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I'm taking this course currently and already running ahead of schedule on Week 3 despite the course set to begin 10 days later. It's solely because of the interesting way in which the material is presented by Professor Noor and how well he organises the ideas he has to convey. He also offers great resources. The quizzes aren't too easy and aren't too hard. They just require some effort, which is nice.

I have a little bit of advice though. It would be great to have an understanding of basic genetics and cellular reproduction before you take this course: things like mitosis, meiosis, DNA replication, transcription, translation, basics of Mendel's laws etc. I took a semester of General Biology before this course, which made me comfortable even as he whizzed by these topics in the first two weeks. I'd definitely have had to put in more effort on my own to understand these things had I not known them before.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is an excellent class. The topic is interesting and very relevant today with the availability of direct-to-consumer DNA analysis. Prof. Noor has put together a wide array of material that will enable you to much better understand and appreciate the beauty of evolution and the power genomics is bringing to our world.

There are no prerequisites. The class took a fair bit of effort to answer a problem set each week. The problem sets were well designed. The two exams were challenging and fun. If you've gotten an analysis from 23andMe, you should take this class.

My biggest reward came a day ago when I looked at a journal paper online with an interesting title. While I didn't understand everything, I could read and make sense of much of the material. Thank you Prof Noor!
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very well done with an engaging, enthusiastic professor. Material presented in a clear, logical format. Challenging enough to make you think, but within the scope of an "Introduction" level class. Problem sets and exams were fairly framed using the information presented in the course but requiring some thought, not taken right from the lectures. Professor was actively involved in the discussion forums directly with students.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I've taken about half a dozen courses at coursera and udacity so far, and this has been the best - mainly because of the enthusiasm of Prof. Noor and his ability to get even complex ideas across in an entertaining & clear manner. The content of the course is mid-level - not trivially simple and not excessively hard. Expect to put in some work, but it's well worth the effort.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent class! Dr. Noor is an outstanding professor...very down to earth with a good sense of humor. All topics are explained clearly. Exams can be challenging, but are reasonable. If you have an interest in evolution and genetics, you should take this class. Dr. Noor teaches it in a way that anyone can understand, with no pre-requisites.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Lectures are from a high energy and enthusiastic teacher who encourages questions on the forum and participates in discussions. Content is up to date and engaging. It's hard to keep up, but when you're learning so much it's worthwhile.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this class. The material was fascinating and the lecturer Dr Noor, is so enthusiastic and friendly and easy to understand.

I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in the subject.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent course, wonderful and enthusiastic instructor who made himself available and was supportive beyond what I had expected in any online course, let alone a MOOC.

Loved the format and learned a lot.
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Maboroshi M
4.0 4 years ago
by Maboroshi completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Prof. Noor is undoubtedly passionate! Great lectures help beginner indulge into the topic quickly. Although the quiz and exam are a bit difficult and grading policy is strict, you should have a try.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
A1 marvellous , fascinating , amazing .Prof Noor is a brilliant educator and my fellow students were at once humorous and knowledgeable some of them frighteningly so , but in a good way
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Astrid A
4.0 10 months ago
Astrid is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.
Starts with an easy lecture on evolution but then goes deeper into gene analysis. Great lecturer but you do need some a good background in biology to really appreciate and follow the course.
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Pat B
5.0 6 months ago
by Pat partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
An interesting course for people interested in genetics. There is some mathematics, especially in calculations of where on the chromosomes the genes are located.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Rewarding experience: Prof. Noor reads it really well. At the same time, homework requires serious thinking, research, and dedication.
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Anonymous
5.0 6 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Professor Noor is an exceptional teacher. It's one of the best courses I've ever taken. I'd recommend it to anyone!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Well crafted, well presented introduction to genetics and evolution by an amazingly involved instructor.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course, favorite topics were genetic drift, neutral theory and population genetics.
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