I most value the exposure to the different coding languages/software that we learned to use (R, Stata, QGIS, LaTeX, Excel), as well as the introduction to development economics. The course was nowhere near as traumatizing as I expected it to be, despite all the analytical work that we had to do. The assignments were absolutely reasonable, although they took a lot longer than she seemed to think they would. I'm finishing the course feeling that I picked up more technical skill here than I have in all 3 years combined otherwise. Grading was, for the most part, fairly reasonable or even easy.
It also offered great opportunities to improve on our presentation skills, with two short group presentations throughout the semester.