What was the Big Bang? How do black holes work? Could there be life elsewhere in the Universe? In this course we’ll address those topics, as well as gaining some insight into how great scientific discoveries were made, and what's involved in scientific research.
We'll also look at the vital role that new technology plays in scientific discoveries. We'll talk to scientists about their role in the development of largest telescope in the history of astronomy: the Square Kilometre array.
What will I learn?
How people over the ages have tried to understand the world around them
How we have developed our current picture of the Universe
What the Universe looks like on different scales - from the Earth and the Solar System right up to the largest-scale structure of the universe
Key theories in astronomy and the key individuals behind them
How the universe has evolved and what new discoveries we are finding through the use of new technologies
Some insight into the big questions we hope to find answers for, such as whether we are alone in the universe
This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments.
If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.
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MODULE 1: GREAT DISCOVERIES IN ASTRONOMY
MODULE 2: UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE: HOW WE DO SCIENCE
MODULE 3: BUILDING THE WORLD'S LARGEST SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
MODULE 4: ANSWERING BIG QUESTIONS WITH THE SQUARE KILOMETRE ARRAY
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
It's an okay course in terms of material. But I do feel it's a bit on the cheap side. Most learners excel using the audio visual method. With that said there has been no use of 'cgi whatsoever or other very inexpensive technological features to make this course more interesting and user friendly. To have an English bloke standing in front of the screen video after video without any exciting schematics or videos is really really boring!
Melissa Rcompleted this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A very good introductory course with no physics background needed. The lecturer spoke in an easy-to-understand language, with all the jargons explained. It's also fun to know how Ph.D candidates explained their projects, such as researching black holes and extraterrestrial lives.
Charlie Solimancompleted this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is a beginner course in astronomy. It's probably too short for those in the field even as amateurs. But it certainly does whet the appetite to dig for more information. I would say enjoyable but wish there had been more detail on topics for each of the 4 week.