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Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

Mohamed Noor Duke University @Coursera
Class Start: TBA
Duration: 12 weeks
Approximate Workload: 5-6 hours/week
Certificate: Yes
Level: beginner
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A whirlwind introduction to evolution and genetics, from basic principles to current applications, including how disease genes are mapped and how we leverage evolutionary concepts to aid humanity.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-17
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 (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-16
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 (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-11-10
Great course, favorite topics were genetic drift, neutral theory and population genetics.

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-20
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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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-20
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 (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-19
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 (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-19
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 (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-18
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 (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-17
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 (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-17
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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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2012-12-01
Rewarding experience: Prof. Noor reads it really well. At the same time, homework requires serious thinking, research, and dedication.

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