Mar 30, 2019
To try to compress the universe in only a few lessons is incredibly hard so we can only say this is an introductory course. I hope other courses are developed to explore this subject more deeply.
Jul 16, 2017
Wonderful course! A brief introduction to cosmology but with plenty of material to cover. I recommend researching for papers additionally to the material, but you'll need more time than 4 weeks.
par Shiyu Z•
Mar 06, 2020
Impressive. You can learn a broad range of things and get an insight into the universe.
par Trương L G B•
Sep 07, 2018
Useful for every beginners starting to follow their dream of astrophysics
par Abhirami R S•
Aug 04, 2019
i really really love it... its highly inspirational!!!!!!
par Rahul R•
Jun 28, 2019
Very nicely planned and covered all the important topics.
par Jack L•
Jul 31, 2019
Amazing introductory course to astronomy. LOVE IT!
par Jaswant J•
Apr 23, 2020
Very useful and much needed for beginners.
par Saumya V•
Mar 28, 2020
Professor George is a brilliant educator.
par Shahid Z•
May 08, 2019
Excellent course and highly recommended.
par Evisa T•
May 16, 2019
Thank you for the really nice course!
par Rao W A•
Nov 22, 2019
Learn a lot in very little time.
par Carlos J C•
Jan 12, 2020
Great Course and content
par Alexandra L•
Mar 03, 2020
par Karthik R•
Sep 18, 2017
Volume is too low
par Dr. D S•
Nov 05, 2019
par Tony D•
Feb 17, 2018
Excellent course overall. I learned a lot and it sparked my interest to study more about astronomy. The only caveats I have to offer here are that this course is not for total beginners: a student really needs to have a background in basic calculus and physics in order to get anything out of the course. Sometimes it feels like the professor is presenting results at a research conference rather than teaching students with no astronomy background---which can be exciting to watch but it can also be baffling to beginners. Also, I felt the course presented a little too much material for a single session, perhaps the course should be split into two parts? Other than that, highly recommended.
par Simon C•
Dec 19, 2016
Prof Djorgovski's lectures are excellent, especially Week 4. I may be biased, as I knew much of the Planetary & Stellar material before, I didn't know much about galaxies, so week 4 was all new to me. The quizzes are well designed to test the student's understanding.
I'm giving the course 4, rather than 5, for two reasons: a lack of further reading, which many other courses provide; and the forums are almost completely dead. Generally I learn by discussing things with other students, with help from the instructors when needed. The course could work better, IMHO. This should not be interpreted as a criticism of Prof Djorgovski'slectures, which are worthy of Caltech!
par Joseph G•
Jun 06, 2018
Great course overall. Detailed coverage of the subject. Learnt a great deal of information. There is alot of content to cover and hence not much time is spent reinforcing concepts. Also, marks arent recorded in the free version of the course to allow you to track how youre progressing. Waiting to see if notification appears in completions. So far i havent seen a notification of course completion under completions or achievements. This may take some time to appear though.
par Manuel B•
Jan 27, 2018
Great course! Not only learned the concepts, also learned the math and how we know it, something that does not happen in school. The only problems is that some classes were mush harder than others so it was kinda like a rollercoaster of noledge.
par Andras H•
Feb 10, 2016
Depth of material
Exams are shit, full of mistakes, stuid questions asking 2 values but you have one field to fill in the data. Totally unacceptable quality issues with exams. READ THE FORUM!!!!
par Kaustubh R G•
Oct 21, 2018
Excellent course for beginners. just one issue: the audio is very soft and is often hard to hear even in full volume. it would be appreciated if the audio could be increased a bit
par Angelina W•
Dec 26, 2016
Requires some knowledge of physics to do calculations. Concepts are well explained (with examples and graphics) so that anyone can understand the material otherwise.
par daniel e•
May 08, 2017
Some of the problem calculations should be given in handouts, or listed as a prerequisite. Otherwise, great course.
par Gavin K•
Dec 01, 2019
This course was a little disappointing. There's two problems, I think. First, the course attempts to give a survey of pretty much the whole of astronomy and cosmology in just a few lectures. There's simply too much material to give anything but the most cursory treatment. Second, the presentation style of just reading stuff off powerpoint slides is pretty terrible. There are some equations presented on the slides, by the lecturer neither derives them, nor shows how they can be used to do anything useful. Nor does he really get much into the question of how we know the things we know. Oh and the quizzes aren't very challenging at all.
If you're really interested in learning astronomy, the ANU Astrophysics program on edX (https://www.edx.org/xseries/astrophysics) is far superior. The four ANU courses cover almost everything touched on in this course, in much greater depth, and the presenters are way more engaging and entertaining and really give you an idea of how things are discovered in astronomy. And they get you doing actual calculations and solving problems. A far better investment of your time.
par Mauro B M•
Jan 16, 2019
Videos are taken from classes in the university and sometimes not really clear.
I have found few questions in the Quiz whose subject has not been covered in class.
The professor, during the class, too often asks questions to the audience and that does not give any benefit to the student here.
I honestly regret having applied to this course.
par Davide N•
Dec 06, 2017
The course is really interesting in itself, would have been better without the anti-European comments