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Top 20 Free Courses starting in January 2016


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Critical Perspectives on Management
Start date: 1st Jan

An unconventional approach to management strategy! This class offers students the opportunity to explore today's management practices from unexpected perspectives in order to ask provocative questions about the modern business environment. This approach will allow us to interrogate key management concepts in order to explore the thinking that informs them ...

Medical Neuroscience
Start date: 4th Jan

Explore the structure and function of the human central nervous system. Learn why knowledge of human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neural plasticity, and new discovery in the brain sciences matters for clinical practice in the health professions.

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The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges
Start date: 1st Jan

In this engineering course you will learn how to analyze bridges from three perspectives: Efficiency = calculations of forces/stresses Economy = evaluation of societal context and cost Elegance = form/appearance based on engineering principles, not decoration With a focus on some significant bridges built since the industrial revolution, the course ...

Principles of Synthetic Biology
Start date: 4th Jan

Do you like biology, biotechnology, or genetic engineering? Are you interested in computer science, engineering, or design? Synthetic Biology is an innovative field bringing together these subject areas and many more to create useful tools to solve everyday problems. This introductory synthetic biology course starts with a brief overview of ...

The Beauty and Joy of Computing (CS Principles), Part 3
Start date: 4th Jan

The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) is a computer science principles course developed at the University of California, Berkeley, intended to broaden participation in computing to non-traditional groups. Computing has profoundly changed the world, opening up wonderful new ways for people to connect, design, research, play, create, and express ...

The Science of Happiness
Start date: 5th Jan

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in. “The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science ...

The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours
Start date: 6th Jan

Explore what it means to be human today by studying what it meant to be a hero in ancient Greek times. In this introduction to ancient Greek culture and literature, learners will experience, in English translation, some of the most beautiful works of ancient Greek literature and song-making spanning over ..

Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract
Start date: 7th Jan

Learn about contracts from Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried, one of the world’s leading authorities on contract law. Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. But when will the law refuse to honor a promise? What happens when one party does not hold to their part of the deal? ...

An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health
Start date: 11th Jan
Explore how food intersects with public health and the environment as it moves from field to plate.

Engineering Software as a Service (Saas), Part 2
Start date: 11th Jan

This SaaS course is Part 2 of the University of California, Berkeley's semester-long course on Engineering Software as a Service. Part 1 of the course covers Agile development methods to deploy a simple SaaS app in the cloud. In this second part of the course, learners will create more sophisticated apps ...

Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy
Start date: 11th Jan

In this introductory 4-credit hour lecture and laboratory course, we will explore the origins, structure, contents, and evolution of our solar system and exosolar planetary systems. We will cover the history of astronomy, properties of light, instruments, the study of the solar system and nearby stars. Throughout the course, we ...

Statistical Learning
Start date: 12th Jan

Learn some of the main tools used in statistical modeling and data science. We cover both traditional as well as exciting new methods, and how to use them in R.

Fundamentals of Immunology, Part 2
Start date: 12th Jan

The immune system plays a fascinating and vital role in the human body, recognizing outside threats and protecting our bodies against disease. This introductory immunology courses will help you understand the interactions of the immune system, and the jargon scientists use to describe immune function. This is the second of ...

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python
Start date: 13th Jan

This course is the first of a two-course sequence: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python, and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science. Together, they are designed to help people with no prior exposure to computer science or programming learn to think computationally and write programs to tackle ...

Our Earth: Its Climate, History, and Processes
Start date: 18th Jan

Develop a greater appreciation for how the air, water, land, and life formed and have interacted over the last 4.5 billion years.

Inclusive Leadership Training: Becoming a Successful Leader
Start date: 19th Jan

What separates a successful leader from a mediocre one? In this course, you will learn what successful 21st-century leaders look like and how you can adopt their inclusive leadership style. Using research and best practices, as well as stories from great leaders and everyday people, you will practice empowerment, accountability, ...

Jazz Appreciation
Start date: 19th Jan

Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. You’ve heard their names, but do you know what makes them great? In Jazz Appreciation, you will learn what these artists and many others contributed to America’s great original art form, revered the world over for its innovation and creativity. Jazz emerged during a ...

Embedded Systems - Shape The World
Start date: 20th Jan

Learn how electronic gadgets are designed, developed, and built as embedded systems that shape the world. This is a hands-on, learn-by-doing course that shows you how to build solutions to real-world problems using embedded systems. The course uses a bottom-up approach to problem solving, building gradually from simple interfacing of ...

Music Production and Vocal Recording Technology
Start date: 25th Jan

We are in the midst of an explosion of musical creativity as a result of technologies that allow you to record music using your laptop or tablet. Whether you are a singer, music producer, audio engineer, or just someone that likes to make good music with vocals, it is essential ...

Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Start date: 25th Jan

Creativity & Entrepreneurship will help you tap into your inner creativity and learn how to leverage it for career development or business innovation. Presented by Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship founder Panos Panay, this course features interviews with world renown entrepreneurs, innovators, songwriters, producers, creative directors, educators, performers, visual artists ...
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