This course is the epitome of a perfect online course; everything from the lesson plan, lesson formats, video formats, homework formats and grading. This course does establish you with the basic programming concepts you'll need as a programmer as well as the programming functionality of MATLAB. The professors and assistants of this course definitely know the material, but also know how to teach, as well as how to present the materials. The homework problems tend to be non-simplistic and personally I have found that in order to truly learn anything proficiently you have to challenge yourself.
Also, I truly would like to thank Vanderbilt University, especially for their work in developing this type of online/video learning method. Additionally, COURSERA to me is a revolutionary idea realized and i thank its founders immensely.