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In this anatomy course, part of the Anatomy XSeries, you will be introduced to the central and peripheral nervous systems. You will learn about basic neuroanatomy, sensory pathways, motor pathways and the autonomic nervous system.
The course includes illustrated lecture videos and quizzes to help you expand and test your knowledge of the nervous system.
By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of how the entire body influences, and is influenced, by the nervous system.
Organizations now have access to massive amounts of data and it’s influencing the way they operate. They are realizing in order to be successful they must leverage their data to make effective business decisions.
In this course, part of the Big Data MicroMasters program, you will learn how big data is driving organisational change and the key challenges organizations face when trying to analyse massive data sets.
You will learn fundamental techniques, such as data mining and stream processing. You will also learn how to design and implement PageRank algorithms using MapReduce, a programming paradigm that allows for massive scalability across hundreds or thousands of servers in a Hadoop cluster. You will learn how big data has improved web search and how online advertising systems work.
By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the various applications of big data methods in industry and research.
How long should the handle of your spoon be so that your fingers do not burn while mixing chocolate fondue? Can you find a shape that has finite volume, but infinite surface area? How does the weight of the rider change the trajectory of a zip line ride? These and many other questions can be answered by harnessing the power of the integral.
But what is an integral? You will learn to interpret it geometrically as an area under a graph, and discover its connection to the derivative. You will encounter functions that you cannot integrate without a computer and develop a big bag of tricks to attack the functions that you can integrate by hand. The integral is vital in engineering design, scientific analysis, probability and statistics. You will use integrals to find centers of mass, the stress on a beam during construction, the power exerted by a motor, and the distance traveled by a rocket.
1. Modeling the Integral
- Differentials and Antiderivatives
- Differential Equations
- Separation of Variables
2. Theory of Integration
- Mean Value Theorem
- Definition of the Integral and the First Fundamental Theorem
- Second Fundamental Theorem
- Areas and Volumes
- Average Value and Probability
- Arc Length and Surface Area
4. Techniques of Integration
- Numerical Integration
- Trigonometric Powers, Trig Substitutions, Completing the Square
- Partial Fractions, Integration by Parts
This course, in combination with Part 1, covers the AP* Calculus AB curriculum.
This course, in combination with Parts 1 and 3, covers the AP* Calculus BC curriculum.
This course was funded in part by the Wertheimer Fund.
*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.
The Capstone is the last step to complete the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Credential and is designed to test the knowledge gained in the four courses.
The Capstone will consist of two tasks comprising:
- A timed multiple choice online exam; and
- A proposal and presentation to a funding provider, that tackles a development challenge.
To enrol in the Capstone, learners must complete a Verified Certificate in these four courses:
- LGDM1x Leaders in Global Development
- LGDM2x The Science & Practice of Sustainable Development
- LGDM3x Adaptive Leadership in Development
- LGDM4x Critical Development Perspectives
This assessment is one of the eligibility criteria for admission to the on-campus Master of Leadership in Global Development program at the University of Queensland.
On successful completion of the 4 courses and the Capstone you will be awarded the MicroMasters credential.
Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable society? Tackle the challenges in the transition towards a circular economy? In this course you will analyse what it takes to create a circular economy including sustainable supply chains.
Circular economy challenge
The transition towards a circular economy is one of the biggest challenges in order to create a more sustainable society. This transition requires an interdisciplinary approach, combining socio-technical, managerial, and environmental considerations.
Valuable resources often end up as waste. We challenge you to find and analyse examples of this in your own environment. You could consider possible solutions to reduce or recycle waste, but you soon realise that waste is not the only problem. Precious materials such as copper, gold and phosphorus are gradually disappearing. Water is becoming scarce, pollution of water and air is massive and a lot of food is thrown away.
Right now we design products from cradle to grave: from production to consumption to waste, which is a linear model. But we should design products from cradle to cradle: in a closed loop whereby they don’t become waste, but valuable resources again. And when we start thinking in circles, we might as well try to reinvent not just supply chains, but entire systems.
Because that’s what we have been doing with sustainability: we have been departing from the status quo, while cradle to cradle and circular pushes us to think outside the box.
Conventional understanding of sustainability proposes activities defined in terms of decreasing and reducing, such as ‘zero footprint’, ‘zero waste’, reduction of pollution, reduction of energy consumption. The focus is on reducing negative impacts. We call this eco-efficiency, which is often seen as a goal in itself – we can keep doing what we do, just strive to do it less.
Cradle to Cradle celebrates abundance; it recognises that people, just like ants and trees, are abundant and have a large impact on their environment. The challenge is to make this impact a positive one and we invite you to join this challenge!
Systems approach to circular economy
In this course, we therefore take a systems approach to the circular economy, considering different stakeholder perspectives, their incentive structures, and their impacts on circular alternatives.
The circular solutions will be identified by technological assessment using applied as well as emerging technologies. Since identifying and evaluating potential circular alternatives based on quantitative techniques is key in achieving sustainable solutions, you will also learn how to use life cycle assessment and agent-based modelling to assess the socio-technical and manageable challenges and environmental benefits of alternative solutions.
By integrating all perspectives in a case study, you will learn how to comprehensively and critically assess strategies to transition towards a circular economy.
The exciting field of Cloud Computing is rapidly changing how businesses operate today. Cloud computing provides rapid access to shared pools of resources, such as: compute, storage, networks, applications, services, or libraries using an on-demand, utility-based model. The characteristics of a cloud computing model include: self-service, network access, resource pools, rapid elasticity, and metered resource usage. As with any large-scale shift, new skills and processes must be learned and implemented to overcome management challenges. Existing business processes, workflows, and policies must be adapted to account for this new technology.
This course, part of the Cloud Computing MicroMasters program, focuses on commonly encountered management issues with the adoption and implementation of cloud computing. Examples include: Cloud migration, Cloud Requests for Proposals, Cloud Service Level Agreements, and other business process compliance issues.
You will examine these issues in depth, then review industry best practices and other case studies to develop the techniques that address and mitigate them. Business processes such as procurement, vendor management, and end-user management are also covered.
Business organizations are constantly engaged in financial decision-making related to financial planning, investments, capital purchases, etc. The right financial decisions play a critical role in maximizing an organization’s business value.
- How do we value assets?
- What is a good investment?
- Does a project create value?
Corporate finance will address these issues to help managers make value-enhancing decisions.
This business and management course will introduce you to the role of corporate finance in an organization and the tools used to evaluate investment proposals.
The course will cover commonly used tools and techniques that help managers make decisions that create value for their organizations such as time value of money, opportunity cost, net present value and internal rate of return.
If you are interested in creating value for your organization, then this course is for you.
In this course, you will focus on the pathways to cybersecurity career success. You will determine your own incoming skills, talent, and deep interests to apply toward a meaningful and informed exploration of 32 Digital Pathways of Cybersecurity.
You will complete a self-assessment comprised of elements needed to determine essential next steps on your career path.
Using a variety of learning tools and methodologies, this course will help you understand the role that the internet plays in economic development, and in the lives of people and businesses in general.
Traditional development challenges are preventing the digital revolution from fulfilling its transformative potential: the opportunity to bring broader development gains in the form of faster growth, more jobs and better services to economies.
In this course, you’ll explore answers to the following key questions: What are the challenges that prevent digital dividends from spreading more rapidly? What are the most important returns to digital investments? What should be done to fully benefit from the digital revolution?
The course will benefit a broad variety of audiences, ranging from student to policymaker, and from entrepreneur to civic actor.
Are you a student, professional, educator, home-maker or someone who dreams of someday starting your own venture?
This hands-on, action oriented business and management course will introduce you to a systematic, scientific and an easy process of testing your ideas and opportunities you envision.
You will learn the “DO your Venture” ideology, which will teach you common paths entrepreneurs take when launching their own venture. You will also learn the tools and techniques for generating ideas and then test your ideas in the field and gather feedback.
The course will end with a focus on the Lean Canvas business model and effectuation, which is a set of decision-making principles expert entrepreneurs use in situations of uncertainty.
A hallmark of success for the world’s largest and most successful companies can be found in the way they value and use information. Unfortunately, the vast majority of firms have neither the knowledge nor skills to fully exploit their information assets.
Evidence-based technology management focuses on properly evaluating evidence in support of different technology management strategies. The goal is to give managers the capabilities to better use their information assets via a more effective use of technology and technology fundamentals to create a competitive advantage.
This business course will help you understand the strategic value of information by using analytics. It will also provide an overview of emergent technologies and trends, and help prepare you for a technology-enabled future.
The knowledge and skills developed in this course are particularly valuable for business analysts, aspiring chief technology officers and chief information officers, and tech-entrepreneurs.
This course is part of the Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters Program.
Have you created an outline and now feel prepared to start writing your novel? Or have you started a novel draft only to find your interest or confidence waning? In this course, the international best-selling authors and professors from The University of British Columbia’s renowned MFA program introduce the essential fiction craft toolbox for writers struggling with the common hurdles of first drafts.
While ideas and inspiration are often enough to ignite interest in writing a novel, writers can quickly lose confidence, especially when their best efforts have inadvertently produced flat characters, waning conflicts, tangled plots and weak dialogue. Reaching your goal of writing (and perhaps, publishing) a novel requires an understanding of fiction’s deeper mechanics and a familiarity with the specific craft elements that will help translate your creativity and imagination into compelling paragraphs, scenes and chapters.
Through writing exercises aimed at developing new skills, concrete examples from published novels, feedback and discussion with fellow writers and opportunities to identify and strengthen weaknesses in their own projects, learners will broaden their knowledge of fiction craft as they explore creating memorable characters, the art of scene design, tactics for managing unwieldy plots and steps for writing layered and meaningful dialogue.
Whether you’re beginning your novel draft or nearing the end, this course is a unique opportunity to learn the essentials of strong fiction writing from award-winning authors sharing their proven methods and approaches.
The course is recommended for professional and aspiring writers, writing groups, those participating in NaNoWriMo, teachers and anyone who has a novel in progress.
Comment décrire l’écoulement d’une rivière ou d’un fleuve ? Quelle influence un rétrécissement local ou une pile de pont dans la rivière peuvent-ils avoir sur le niveau d’eau ? Quels aménagements vont permettre de limiter les impacts d’événements naturels tels qu’une crue ou une inondation sur la population et les villes avoisinantes ? Autant de questions qui reflètent l’importance de la compréhension du fonctionnement des cours d’eau.
Face aux enjeux majeurs liés à la problématique de l’eau, ce MOOC en hydraulique à surface libre va vous donner des clés pour comprendre les écoulements et leurs interactions avec l’environnement. Cette compréhension joue un rôle primordial pour assurer une gestion responsable et concevoir des aménagements qui permettent de tirer profit des cours d’eau tout en préservant l’environnement des impacts négatifs.
Ce cours résulte d’une collaboration entre experts de plusieurs universités. Durant les quatre semaines de cours, vous serez confrontés à la modélisation des écoulements à surface libre, en allant de l’écoulement uniforme aux écoulements graduellement et brusquement variés avec les ressauts hydrauliques. Vous apprendrez à déterminer l’influence que peuvent avoir des singularités locales sur le niveau d’eau, comme des rétrécissements ou la présence de piles de pont.
Au fil des séquences, notions théoriques s’alterneront avec applications concrètes sur des sites haïtiens, français et suisses. Afin de consolider vos connaissances, vous serez encouragés à répondre à différents questionnaires ou à interagir concrètement avec les autres participants.
Ce cours peut ensuite être complété par le cours « Hydraulique fluviale 2 –Sédiments et morphologie fluviale ».
En collaboration avec le réseau Rescif.
This is an introductory course to learn programming with Java designed to teach how to code good programs in Java, understanding “good” as both correct and efficient. Basic principles of software engineering will be introduced to make it easier for our future self and others to reuse code. Ethical issues and the intellectual property of our programs will also be addressed in the last part of this course. Examples and case studies will be provided, so that learners can implement simple but increasingly complex programs in Java.
Emphasis is put on immediate feedback and on having a fun experience. Programming knowledge is not only useful to be able to program today’s devices such as computers and smartphones. It also opens the door to computational thinking, i.e. the application of computing techniques to every-day processes.
This course is designed taking into account the subset and recommendations of the College Board in order to prepare learners for the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A exam..
Gain the leadership skills highly valued and needed to perform in the digital age with practical tools to use in real time, using workplace challenges you are currently experiencing.
This course, part of the Digital Leadership MicroMasters program, begins with a focus on the trends of the digital age and how they shape your industry, your organization and your career no matter what job or sector you work. We then focus on the capabilities needed to both successfully grow your own career and effectively lead individuals, teams and organizations.
Using current workplace challenges you will learn how to work within the digital age: developing unique skills to execute and innovate, build trust, lead virtual teams, collaborate, negotiate and managing conflict, adapt and learn from experience, and drive continuous change.
You will learn about and practice skills such as:
- leveraging a network of relationships;
- using conflict to drive creativity;
- working across boundaries;
- coming to a common core purpose across competing agendas and metrics;
- leading change through experimentation and implementation.
No previous courses in leadership or organization behavior are required. We will begin the journey from where you are and will use innovative cases, assessments, simulations, etc. Leadership is fun and so is the process we use to advance your capabilities.
Have you ever encountered any matters of life and death? Do they have any meanings to you? Are they mysteries that you could never understand? Or are there any facts about them yet to be uncovered? Are you prepared if they happen unexpectedly in your life? How would you understand them?
If you have ever thought about these questions, this course is for you.
This course begins with a micro-movie presenting a case of fatal traffic accident with a family. You will start reflecting matters of life and death from the perspectives of different family roles. You will then expand your understanding through the journey from birth through ageing and illnesses to death, which forms the core components of this course. An immersive card game and polling questions are designed to articulate and share your own viewpoints. This course will amaze you with diverse interpretations and answers to these perennial questions. This introductory course also prepares you for another advanced course in applied ethics.
All around us, engineers are creating materials whose properties are exactly tailored to their purpose. This course is the third of three in a series of mechanics courses from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Taken together, these courses provide similar content to the MIT subject 3.032: Mechanical Behavior of Materials.
The 3.032x series provides an introduction to the mechanical behavior of materials, from both the continuum and atomistic points of view. At the continuum level, we learn how forces and displacements translate into stress and strain distributions within the material. At the atomistic level, we learn the mechanisms that control the mechanical properties of materials. Examples are drawn from metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, biomaterials, composites and cellular materials.
Part 3 covers viscoelasticity (behavior intermediate to that of an elastic solid and that of a viscous fluid), plasticity (permanent deformation), creep in crystalline materials (time dependent behavior), brittle fracture (rapid crack propagation) and fatigue (failure due to repeated loading of a material).
This course is the second of a series of modules that cover calculus-based mechanics. You will learn about the concepts of momentum, impulse, energy, and work, as well as the powerful idea of conservation laws. You will apply these concepts to solve interesting mechanics problems such as collisions and rockets.
The complete series of modules is based on the MIT subject 8.01: Physics I, required of all MIT undergraduates. The modules are:
To understand the material in this course you should have taken Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics.
The course image is a fire truck on top of the MIT dome. Image taken by Sarahjane10784 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MIT_firetruck_hack_2006.JPG
Have you ever wondered about the right methods to improve productivity, configure your supply chain or address the demand on hand?
In recent years, businesses have strived to improve productivity and quality, reduce costs and delivery times, and embrace flexibility and innovation. These strategies are part of the Operations Management (OM) activities that service and manufacturing organizations engage in.
Operations Management helps you to understand the role of OM in a firm and to develop abilities to structure and solve operations related problems. The course will empower you with skills to address important aspects of business operations including capacity, productivity, quality, and supply chain.
You will understand how operations in an organization are configured and factors that can potentially drive the complexity of managing such operations. We will also introduce concepts like estimating capacity, identifying bottlenecks, and de-bottlenecking.
Throughout the course, you will join us in discussions on productivity improvement methods, development of quality assurance systems and configuration of supply chains.
The course will equip you with the right tools, techniques and skills to estimate, compute, analyze and configure key elements of operations management.
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