Prior experience in the field: None
Just as an introduction (and possibly a disclaimer), I never liked finance. I hoped this course would change my mind (or just give me another perspective) and I think it didn't really succeed.
Got to learn about the basic topics of finance well enough that I can probably read a few pages of the business paper now.
Got to learn how to use functions in Excel to simplify financial calculations.
The questions in the assignment were too tough - way tougher than the examples shown in the lectures. It felt like someone had thrown you out of a boat into the cold water and asked you to swim at full speed.
A lot of time in the lectures was spent talking about "non-finance" stuff (love/random topics). This would be great (and it was engaging initially), but it took up so much of the lecture time that you could forward through the lectures and not miss much.
There was hardly any explanation given on the assignment questions - even if you had finished them. The reason being given was that it would take them too much time to create a new set of questions for the next offering of the course and that people would easily copy the answers, but the answers were being handed out by the bunch on the discussion forums! Instead comments like "think again" or "try harder" or "draw it out" only served to make one feel like they were being mocked.
Make the lectures less about the "love/feel" aspect and more about the finance aspect.
Give solutions to assignments.
Make lectures deal with more complex concepts, they dealt with obvious concepts.
Left feeling very disappointed with the course. It promised so much, yet delivered so little. Definitely not a great course as an "introduction".