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Genomic Data Science with Galaxy

Johns Hopkins Online Course Highlights
  • weeks long
  • 12 hours long
  • Learn for FREE, Upgradable
  • Self-Paced
  • Taught by: James Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Computer Science
  • View Course Syllabus


  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Analysis
  • Genome
  • Genomics

Today we are going to discuss an amazing course that will help learners to develop different skills regarding how to use a number of tools that are available from the galaxy project. This is the 2nd course from the genomic data science specialization and taking this course can help learners to be able to learn a number of things. There will be a bunch of skills that a learner will manage to learn from this course like bioinformatics, genome, genomics, data analysis and many other as we’ll cover the course. This is a 4 week long course and each week will help you get a sense of the course. In the first week, learners will be introduced to galaxy and what galaxy framework is. Then in the following week, learners will be taught how to perform different analysis using galaxy, following the next week the instructor will teach learners to work with sequence data. Similarly in the last week, we will become capable of running our own galaxy. Each week has some quizzes in the end that will help learners to understand the concepts more easily. Hence we can say that taking this course can really help a learner to use galaxy easily.

Who should take this course?

As this is a very informative and technical course so it would be better if a person has prior knowledge of genomic data science and what galaxy framework is. The course can really help learners to develop a good understanding of how to use a galaxy framework and analyze data. If you have some prior knowledge of genomic data science and galaxy then taking this course can really take your understanding to an advanced level. Also this course can also turn out to be really helpful for all those people who are experienced professionals and need to refresh their skills. By taking this course, professional people can refresh their skills and update their knowledge and can also learn a new bunch of skills in the way. The instructor has tried to be very elaborative so that both beginners and experienced professionals can learn according to their caliber from this course. So all you have to do is to be determined enough to learn a lot of things from this course.

Social proof:

The social proof contains all the comments and views that users have given about this course. The section contains honest opinions from different users. By reading these comments, it can give an idea about the course to other users and can help them decide whether buying this course is worthy enough or not.

5-star rating:

This is a great course for all those who are interested in dissecting genome.

The course is a really great opportunity for all those interested in learning about genome data science with the galaxy. Because of this course, people like us who are not professionals in this field can learn a lot from this course.

I found the course to be very challenging but in the end, it was all worth it.

When I started the course, I faced a lot of problems in getting a sense of the whole concept. But when I started to put in some effort, I was finally able to understand what the course has to offer and the course turned out to be worth having.

Great course! Could divide the learning experience into two parts. Genomics and IT.

The course had two important parts in it genomics and IT, I was able to understand both these concepts in a very explanatory way and all the lectures were very well structured.

This was a great course! For beginners, this will feel very easy in the beginning but there is a lot more to know and understand.

This is a very interesting and engaging course that one can really enjoy learning from. Being a beginner I had to work a little hard to get a sense of the course but it was all for my own good. At the end of the course, I was able to learn so much from just this single course.

The final project was challenging and the forum contributors helped a lot in pointing out good resources or strategies they had used.

The whole course was very technical and a little challenging but I must say that the final project made me restless. It was quite challenging and I had to work really hard and put in a lot of hours in order to complete it. But overall the course helped me to take my understanding to the next level.

Very useful course, do not miss it. It puts a lot of things together. The project will make you work a lot if you really want to learn.

The course is very useful and there are a number of things that a learner will learn from this course. With the help of this course, a learner can become capable of putting a lot of things together regarding genomic data science. Also, the projects are a must solve, only then a learner can judge himself as to how much he has understood.

A very informative and well-conducted course.

The course has tons of information in it that most of the instructors fail to provide. Although this is a short course, the amount of information that this course has to offer is amazing. The whole pattern of the course is very admirable and I pretty much enjoyed every second of the course.

Useful and lightweight course except for the final project which is quite difficult, in my opinion.

The course is very useful as I was able to learn a bunch of things from it but I must say that the final project was very difficult. I was hoping the final project would be difficult but not this much.

This course offers a practical way to start NGS data analysis with Galaxy.

The course is really amazing as it provides a practical way to start NGS data analysis with galaxy and with that it also provides an overall concept about what to do when we handle Genomic Data, with less pain.

Good introduction to Galaxy. The final project will require a lot of reading and time understanding various tools.

The course has an amazing introduction to galaxy and I was able to know everything there is about galaxy and galaxy framework.

4 star rating:

The course is all good, except that for the project part, I guess there should be more flexibility in grading part.

The course videos are lean and has enjoyable hands on assignment to accomplish. In particular the last assignment is very exciting for its formula of peer (student to student) reviewed valuation systems.

The final project (forced hands-on) was the most helpful task that brought out real knowledge and experience in galaxy.

The thing that turned out to be of most helpful throughout the course is the final project. It really helps a learner to judge himself as to how much he has managed to learn.

Course is very good! Fun to learn about Galaxy.

This course introduces the powerful Genomic software Galaxy, which accesses supercomputers to solve bioinformatics problems. The lectures are very interesting and concise.

Great introduction to a new piece of software I had not yet come across. The lectures were clear and concise.

The course has a great introduction to galaxy and all the lectures available in the course were very clear, precise and relevant.

The course was highly practical and enlightening.

I think everything that is being taught in the course can be totally applied in practical life. The course throws light on different concepts of genomic data science and how galaxy framework can be used in dealing with data in a less time. The whole delivery style of the course is very appealing and easily understandable. Indeed the course is very helpful and every concept can be easily applied when it comes to applying in real world.

Great balance of theory, instruction and reference material.

This is a balanced course that has everything explained in it in an equal amount. All the instructions, reference materials and theory is explained in a balanced form. Neither one part is explained too long nor the other one too short.

3 star rating:

This is a very good beginner course. The only complaint I had on this course would be to have the instructors include ‘additional’ material that the students could access if they so desired.

I just have one problem that I would like to share and it is the absence of additional material. If the course had additional material in it then it would have given the learners an opportunity to take some more guidance from it.

2 and 1 star rating:

It is great, but can be better if there are more examples added in the course.

The course should have a number of examples in it but it had only a few ones. As we all know that what is taught with the help of examples is much effective and helps a learner to understand in an easiest way. So if the course had a number of examples in it then it would have been really easier to understand.


In this section we are going to discuss some of the alternatives that can be taken if a user thinks that this course is not suitable or he wants something more from the course. We are going to give a brief introduction about the courses that can give the users an idea about what each of the courses has to offer and whether the course is helpful or not. In this way it can help a user to decide which course a user should take.

Python for genomic data science:

This course aims to help learners to get familiar with Python and how it works. The course provides a perfect introduction to the Python programming language and the notebook. The course has been designed in a very organized manner and has four modules in it that are to be completed in a time period of four weeks. Each module is very well structured and is totally independent of one another. The first week will have overview of Python, second week will be containing material related to data structures and Ifs and loops, similarly in the third week we will be discussing about functions and finally in the fourth and last week, we’ll have lectures about communicating with outside along with a final lecture about Biopython. Now that we know what the course has to offer, it can become really easy for a person to decide whether this course can turn out to be helpful for him or not. Either way this is a high class course that has been made my world class professors. The skills that a person is going to gain from this course are bioinformatics, genomics, python programming and biopython. Hence the course is worth a try. So click on the course to get it now.


Statistics for genomic data science:

This is a 4 week long course that aims to teach learners how they understand, organize and interpret data from the next generation sequencing experiments. The course has all the instructions in it that are required for a learner to use the command line, Python, Bioconductor, galaxy and R. The skills that a person will learn from this course are biostatistics, data analysis, R programming, statistics, python and much more. The course has been instructed by Jeff Leek who has a lot of experience in this field and has tried to be as elaborative as possible so that any kind of learner whether a total beginner or a complete professional can learn everything there is to know about this field. The rating of this course is 4.1 and more than sixteen thousand students have been enrolled in this course. Also this course can be enrolled in for free so this means that anyone interested in this field is welcome to join this amazing course. So don’t waste your time anymore and get yourself enrolled in this amazing course for free and take a first step toward making your career.


We can conclude our topic by saying that learning genomic and its framework can become easy to learn with the help of this course. The course has everything there is to know about how galaxy can be used to analyze data and how a person can make the most out of this course. The course can really help learners to understand these concepts with the help of different lectures. The course also contains a number of quizzes at the end of every week and solving these quizzes is very important because only then a learner will be able to analyze himself as to how much he has learned from the course and what else there is to learn from it. The rating of this course is very appealing and more than ten thousand students have been enrolled in this course. So make up your mind and enroll yourself in this course now.

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