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BiologySolar SystemsMicrobiologyAstrobiology

Learner Career Outcomes

33%

started a new career after completing these courses

27%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 12 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Russian, Romanian, German

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Life and Its Origins

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 132 min)
10 videos
Introduction17m
History of Astrobiology20m
What is Life?20m
Life on Earth13m
Structure of Life: Building Blocks9m
Structure of LIfe: Cells14m
Origins of Life: Building Blocks11m
Origins of Life: Location11m
Origins of Life: Alternative Chemistries11m
3 practice exercises
Introduction and History of Astrobiology20m
Life: The Basics40m
Origins of Life40m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Life on Earth

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 82 min)
7 videos
Conditions on the Early Earth 12m
Evidence of Early Life7m
The Tree of Life9m
Life in Extreme Environments18m
The Rise of Multicellularity13m
The Great Oxidation Event17m
2 practice exercises
Life on the Early Earth40m
Life Through Time40m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Habitable Environments Elsewhere in our Solar System?

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 71 min)
7 videos
The Search for Life on Mars10m
Mars as a Location for Life15m
Could We All be Martians?7m
Europa7m
Enceladus6m
Other Icy Bodies14m
2 practice exercises
The Habitability of Mars40m
Life and Icy Bodies38m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

The Search for Habitable Exoplanets

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 36 min)
5 videos
Types of Planets8m
Biosignatures of Life in Exoplanet Atmospheres8m
How to Look for Biosignatures6m
Missions to Search for Biosignatures6m
2 practice exercises
The Search for Exoplanets40m
Biosignatures on Exoplanets40m

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