The atmospheres of planets are often in the news. Earth’s climate and weather often make the front pages of newspapers. News of rockets taking robots off to understand distant planets is big news. In this two week course, two leading academics from the University of Leeds will explain: climate and pollution science atmospheres of other planets in and beyond our solar system. You’ll learn about the role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increase, you will discover the solutions scientists are exploring to reduce levels. Missions to other planets and moons in our solar system are revealing extraordinarily diverse atmospheres. You’ll discover how an exponential increase in the discovery of new exoplanets is helping us learn about the evolution of our own atmosphere. Intrigued? Then sign up for this short course to find out more. Earn credit from the University of Leeds This course is part of the Discovering Science program from the University of Leeds. If you complete all five courses in the program and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will be eligible to complete an assessment that can lead to the award of 10 credits (or equivalent) from the University of Leeds. Gain key science writing skills This course is currently seeking CPD accreditation. Once accredited, it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development. To learn about the fundamentals of science writing, it is recommended that you complete Discovering Science: Science Writing before taking this course. Your science writing skills are then further developed in this and three other topic courses in the Discovering Science program. Choose how you would like to learn If you have a general interest in this topic, you can work through the activities in around four hours each week. You will have the opportunity to check your understanding and spend some time joining the discussions. If you would like to know more about the topic, you can spend up to an extra one hour a week reading the additional materials and watching the videos provided in the ‘Downloads’ and ‘See also’ sections within some course steps. By doing this, you will have the required knowledge to attempt the end of course test. If you have more time to study, you can also complete the optional revision activity and join a live Q&A session in the second week of the course – this will help you when you attempt the end of course test. You will need to allow a further two hours a week to cover the revision tasks.
FutureLearn est une plate-forme d'apprentissage proposant des formations en ligne ouvertes à tous (MOOC)
Fondée en Décembre 2012, la société est entièrement détenue par l'Open University à Milton Keynes, en Angleterre.
Elle est la 1ère plateforme offrant des MOOC au Royaume-Uni, avec à son actif plus d'une cinquantaine d'universités partenaires provenant du Royaume Uni mais aussi du reste du monde.
FutureLearn se différencie également par des partenariats avec des entités non-universitaires comme le British Museum, le British Council, la British Library et la national Film and Television School.