Oct 13, 2014

Weekly MOOC Buffet 28 (13th Oct – 19th Oct, 2014)

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Music buffs rejoice! Berklee brings to you 3 courses from it’s ‘Modern Musician’ Specialization, which will teach you to write and produce your own music and test your newly learnt skills on a Capstone Project. Other topics covered this week include Marketing, Surveillance Law, Sustainability and Psychology among others. Enroll now!


1. Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery
This course explores how to bring a drug from concept to market, and how a drug’s chemical structure relates to its biological function. The course opens with an introduction to the drug approval process. This introduction combines the social, economic, and ethical aspects of drug discovery.

Provider: edX | University: Davidson College | Duration: 8 weeks


2. The Violent Universe
This course will introduce you to the deadliest and most mysterious parts of our universe. Black holes, which warp the very fabric of space-time around them. White-dwarf stars and neutron stars, where the mind-bending laws of quantum mechanics collide with relativity. Dwarf novae, classical novae, supernovae and even hypernovae: the most violent explosions in the cosmos. You will look at what we know about these objects, and also at the many unsolved mysteries that surround them.

Provider: edX | University: Australian National U. | Duration: 7 weeks


3. Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science
An introduction to early Chinese thought, exploring connections among Chinese thought and Western philosophy, modern science and everyday life.

Provider: edX | University: U. of British Columbia | Duration: 7 weeks


4. Introduction to Functional Programming
Functional languages represent the leading edge of programming language design, and the primary setting in which new programming concepts are introduced and studied. This course will use Haskell as the medium for understanding the basic principles of functional programming.

Provider: edX | University: Delft | Duration: 6 weeks


5. The Divine Comedy: Dante’s Journey to Freedom, Part 1
Jorge Luis Borges, the great Argentine writer, said that no one should deny themselves the pleasure of reading Dante’s Divine Comedy. In this course, you will discover precisely what Borges meant.

Provider: edX | University: Georgetown | Duration: 6 weeks


6. Combinatorial Mathematics
The contents of this course are mainly based on the corresponding Tsinghua Class (Combinatorics) — a course that has been awarded as the quality curriculum in Tsinghua. It is ideal for students who are interested in mathematics or computer science. It will lead you to gasp the mathematical theory essentially needed to solve the real-world applications.

Provider: edX | University: Tsinghua University | Duration: 10 weeks


7. Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 1
In this course you will learn several fundamental principles of algorithm design: divide-and-conquer methods, graph algorithms, practical data structures (heaps, hash tables, search trees), randomized algorithms, and more.

Provider: Coursera | University: Stanford U. | Duration: 6 weeks


8. Surveillance Law
This course explores how American law facilitates electronic surveillance—but also substantially constrains it. You will learn the legal procedures that police and intelligence agencies have at their disposal, as well as the security and privacy safeguards built into those procedures. The material also provides brief, not-too-geeky technical explanations of some common surveillance methods.

Provider: Coursera | University: Stanford U. | Duration: 6 weeks


9. Jazz Improvisation
Learn the basic concepts of improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world, including the mental, melodic, and harmonic processes that contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.

Provider: Coursera | University: Berklee College of Music | Duration: 5 weeks


10. Introduction to Guitar
Grasp the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic or electric guitar. You’ll learn an easy approach to get you playing quickly, through a combination of exploring the instrument, performance technique, and basic music theory.

Provider: Coursera | University: Berklee College of Music | Duration: 6 weeks


11. Songwriting
Learn an efficient, effective process for writing songs that express your ideas and emotions, including a range of tools that revolve around the concept of prosody—the matching of lyrics and music to support your underlying message.

Provider: Coursera | University: Berklee College of Music | Duration: 6 weeks


12. Introduction to Music Production
Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer.

Provider: Coursera | University: Berklee College of Music | Duration: 6 weeks


13. Analyzing the Universe
Using publicly available data from NASA of actual satellite observations of astronomical x-ray sources, we explore some of the mysteries of the cosmos, including neutron stars, black holes, quasars and supernovae.

Provider: Coursera | University: Rutgers U. | Duration: 6 weeks


14. An Introduction to Marketing
This Wharton course will teach the fundamentals of marketing by getting to the root of customer decision making. The course will focus on branding strategies, customer centricity and new market entry.

Provider: Coursera | University: Wharton | Duration: 9 weeks


15. Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications
Abortion is a common experience for women around the world; yet, abortion is often excluded from the curricula of health professionals. This course, geared toward clinicians, health care workers, and students, aims to address this gap and will contextualize abortion care within a public health framework from both clinical and social perspectives.

Provider: Coursera | University: UC San Fransisco | Duration: 6 weeks


16. The Brain and Space
This course is about how the brain creates our sense of spatial location from a variety of sensory and motor sources, and how this spatial sense in turn shapes our cognitive abilities.

Provider: Coursera | University: Duke U.| Duration: 6 weeks


17. Wheels of Metals: Urban Mining for a Circular Economy
Population and welfare are growing. Providing the world with metals is becoming a major challenge. Only by closing the loop will metals be available in sufficient quantities, not just now but also in the future: urban mining, the substantial re-use and recycling of metals. In this MOOC we will explore the challenges related to metals supply, both scarcity and environmental impacts, and the conditions and consequences of a circular economy for metals, based on the reports of UNEP’s International Resource Panel.

Provider: Coursera | University: Leiden U. | Duration: 5 weeks


18. Developing Your Musicianship
If you have a passion for music and are curious about how it works, or if you are a musician who learned to play by ear without formal study, this course will provide you with an engaging introduction to key concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. Taught by Berklee College of Music professor George W. Russell, Jr., the course includes six lessons that delve into harmony and ear training—two areas of intensive focus for every entering Berklee student.

Provider: Coursera | University: Berklee College of Music | Duration: 6 weeks


19. Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies
Learn more about how to plan for urban sanitation at city and local/community levels, different sanitation system and technology configurations and examples of successful and failed urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Provider: Coursera | University: EPFL | Duration: 5 weeks


20. GPS: An Introduction to Satellite Navigation, with an interactive Worldwide Laboratory using Smartphones
Explore the fundamentals of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and how it works by conducting “backyard” laboratory experiments on your own mobile device. Learn the basics of satellite navigation and witness the power of a network with planet-wide coverage. Gain a deeper understanding of GPS and its role in our lives, while interacting with a worldwide community of learners and backyard scientists.

Provider: Coursera | University: Stanford U. | Duration: 6 weeks


21. The American South: Its Stories, Music, and Art
From small farms to urban neighborhoods, from the region itself to the more distant worlds of the southern diaspora, we discover the stories, music, and art of the American South.

Provider: Coursera | University: UNC Chapel Hill | Duration: 6 weeks


22. Water: The Essential Resource
Using water as the unifying theme, explore ocean and freshwater topics and instructional strategies to integrate environmental content in your teaching practice.

Provider: Coursera | University: National Geographic | Duration: weeks


23. Take the Lead on Healthcare Quality Improvement
This course presents the concepts and processes of quality improvement (QI) and the importance of QI in improving patient outcomes. Its aim is to enhance the competence of working healthcare professionals to lead and participate in interprofessional healthcare teams that are focused on quality improvement.

Provider: Coursera | University: Case Western University | Duration: 5 weeks


24. The Mind is Flat: the Shocking Shallowness of Human Psychology
Make better personal and professional decisions and consider the psychological dimension to key ethical and political choices.

Provider: Futurelearn | University: U. of Warwick | Duration: 6 weeks


25. Digital Marketing: Challenges and Insights
This short course introduces you to exciting new concepts and applications of digital marketing. It takes an informal “story telling” approach, encouraging you to share your own stories as consumers and/or marketers for the benefit of the learner group as a whole.

Provider: Futurelearn | University: U. of Southampton | Duration: 3 weeks

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