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HarvardX: Quantitative Methods for Biology

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Learn introductory programming and data analysis in MATLAB, with applications to biology and medicine.

Quantitative Methods for Biology
10 weeks
3–5 hours per week
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Starts Feb 28
Ends Dec 4

About this course

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Are you a biologist, health worker, or medical student who needs to learn how to program? Are you a programmer who wants a better understanding of the medical field? Are you looking for an introduction to MATLAB?

For beginners, Quantitative Methods for Biology takes a unique approach, giving you an inside glimpse of a course and its learners. You'll study alongside students who are also learning to code.

For expert programmers, this course has a will help you learn the MATLAB you need without getting slowed down by introductory concepts that you already know. Whether you're already comfortable with Python, Javascript, r, or some other language, we'll help you translate that knowledge to MATLAB.

All learners will be able to access MATLAB Online, which they can use during the run of the course, free of charge.

In this new run of the course, assignments have been simplified and streamlined to ensure greater browser compatibility.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills:Quantitative Research, JavaScript (Programming Language), MATLAB, Biology, Data Analysis, Python (Programming Language)

What you'll learn

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  • The basics of MATLAB
  • How to troubleshoot your code
  • Basic biological and medical applications

This course offers the following modules:

  • Introduction to MATLAB
  • Arrays
  • Images
  • Loops
  • Functions and Scripts
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Arrays, pt 2
  • Special Topics
  • Yeast Showdown
  • Pro Tips
  • References and Tools

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Do I need to own a copy of MATLAB to participate?
A: All learners will receive access to MATLAB Online for the duration of the course, free of charge.

Q: What platforms does MATLAB run on?
A: MATLAB works on Windows, MacOS, and several Linux distributions. You should check the MATLAB hardware and operating system requirements if you run less common Linux distributions or an older computer. For access via mobile devices, see MATLAB Mobile. For access via web browser, see the MATLAB Online system requirements. Ensure that cookies, pop-ups, and javascript are enabled.

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