Aug 4, 2014

Weekly MOOC Buffet 18 (4th – 10th Aug, 2014)

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This week we have 6 more courses from Coursera covering Film, Statistics, Computer Graphics, Financial Management and Ancient History. The University of Tokyo joins the MOOC race with two courses, including one (From the Big Bang to Dark Energy) which serves as an introduction to the frontiers of our universe and it’s creation. Also, if you missed last week’s post on the Best Online Courses on Astronomy, head here!


1. The Camera Never Lies
This short history course is an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical adoptions as public history.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of London | Duration: 6 weeks


2. From the Big Bang to Dark Energy
This course will cover various topics on the discoveries about how the Universe evolved in 13.7 billion years since the Big Bang – such as antimatter, the newly-discovered Higgs Boson and dark energy. Students can choose either a Basic, or an Advanced track according to their interest, motivation and prerequisite knowledge and skills.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Tokyo | Duration: 4 weeks


3. Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 2
This class presents fundamental concepts in data analysis and statistical inference, focusing on one and two independent samples. Students having taken this class should be able to summarize samples, perform relevant hypothesis tests and perform a collection of two sample comparisons. Classical non-parametric methods and discrete data analysis methods are discussed. The class is taught at a master’s of biostatistics introductory level and requires Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1 as a prerequisite.

Provider: Coursera | University: Johns Hopkins | Duration: 7 weeks


4. Interactive Computer Graphics
This course will introduce various interactive tools developed in computer graphics research field with their design rationales and algorithms. Examples include enhancements to graphical user interfaces, authoring tools for 2D drawings and 3D animations, and interactive computer-aided design systems. Rich live demonstrations and course assignments will give you insights and skills to design and implement such tools for your own problems.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Tokyo | Duration: 7 weeks


5. Managing Your Time, Money, and Career: MBA Insights for Undergraduates
This course will use as its foundation the principles of managerial economics and draw in a multidisciplinary way upon other disciplines in business education.The goal of the course is to introduce college students in a very practical and useful way to the concepts of time and money management along with career and life planning.

Provider: Coursera | University: UC Irvine | Duration: 5 weeks


6. A Brief History of Humankind
About 2 million years ago our human ancestors were insignificant animals living in a corner of Africa. Their impact on the world was no greater than that of gorillas, zebras, or chickens. Today humans are spread all over the world, and they are the most important animal around. The very future of life on Earth depends on the ideas and behavior of our species. The course surveys the entire length of human history, from the evolution of various human species in the Stone Age up to the political and technological revolutions of the twenty-first century.

Provider: Coursera | University: Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Duration: 4 weeks

As always, if you have taken any of these courses before, do give it a review on Springboard!
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