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  • Scientists
  • Translators
  • Entrepreneurs

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Approx. 29 hours to complete

Suggested: 5-7 hours/week...

English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Origin of the Elements, the Solar System and the Planets

11 videos (Total 85 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Introduction to time lines – Henning Haack3m
1.1 Nucleosynthesis: the origin of elements in our Solar System - Part 1 – Jim Connelly11m
1.2 Nucleosynthesis: the origin of elements in our Solar System - Part 2 – Jim Connelly9m
1.3 Origin of the Elements, the Solar System and the Planets - Origin of the Solar System – Henning Haack9m
1.4 Origin of the Elements, the Solar System and the Planets - Meteorites – Henning Haack17m
1.5 Origin of the Elements, the Solar System and the Planets - Mars and the Moon – Henning Haack18m
1.6 Origin of the Elements, the Solar System and the Planets - Exoplanets – Henning Haack2m
1.7 The Worlds Largest Meteorite Slice – Henning Haack4m
1.8 Allende - A World Famous Meteorite – Henning Haack2m
1.9 Imilac - An Exceptionally Beautiful Meteorite Slice – Henning Haack1m
2 readings
Lecturers10m
Recommended resources – Module 110m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 122m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

The early Earth and origin of life

6 videos (Total 98 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
2.2 The early Earth and origin of life - Geologic Time and the Origin of Earth - Emily Pope15m
2.3 The early Earth and origin of life - Finding Evidence for the Origin of Life - Emily Pope19m
2.4 The early Earth and origin of life - How to Make Life (or at Least a Best Guess) - Emily Pope 15m
2.5 The early Earth and origin of life - Geology of the Precambrian: The Mantle and Crust - Emily Pope15m
2.6 The early Earth and origin of life - Geology of the Precambrian: The Hydrosphere and Atmosphere - Emily Pope17m
1 reading
Recommended resources – Module 210m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Origin of the microbial world / The Cambrian Explosion and Exceptional Preservation

8 videos (Total 100 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
3.2 Origin of the microbial world: Part 2 - Jan Audun Rasmussen12m
3.3 Origin of the microbial world: Part 3 - Jan Audun Rasmussen13m
3.4 Origin of the microbial world: Part 4 - Jan Audun Rasmussen 9m
3.5 Origin of the Metazoans and evolution of life at small scale - Danny Eibye-Jacobsen15m
3.6 The Cambrian Explosion and exceptional preservation: Part 1 - Danny Eibye-Jacobsen12m
3.7 The Cambrian Explosion and exceptional preservation: Part 2 - Danny Eibye-Jacobsen12m
3.8 The Cambrian Explosion and exceptional preservation: Part 3 - Danny Eibye-Jacobsen6m
1 reading
Recommended resources – Module 310m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Transition from Microbial to Macrobial Life: Snowball Earth and the Ediacara Biota / Eukaryotic Evolution and the Phylogeny of All Life

7 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
4.2 Transition from microbial to macrobial life: Snowball Earth and the Ediacara Biota - Part 2 - Svend Stouge13m
4.3 Eukaryotic Evolution and the Phylogeny of All Life - The Transition from the Prokaryotic to the Eukaryotic Cell and the Endosymbiont Theory - Martin V. Sørensen11m
4.4 Eukaryotic Evolution and the Phylogeny of All Life - The Eukaryotic Tree of Life and the Six Super Kingdoms: Archaeplastida - Martin V. Sørensen7m
4.5 Eukaryotic Evolution and the Phylogeny of All Life - The Six Super Kingdoms: Excavata and Rhizaria - Martin V. Sørensen7m
4.6 Eukaryotic Evolution and the Phylogeny of All Life - The Six Super Kingdoms: Chromalveolata - Martin V. Sørensen5m
4.7 Eukaryotic Evolution and the Phylogeny of All Life - The Six Super Kingdoms: Amoebozoa and Opisthokonta - Martin V. Sørensen 7m
1 reading
Recommended resources – Module 410m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top reviews from Origins - Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

By MNAug 29th 2018

The course help me discover answers to so many questions I had in mind and discover so many more. It made me realize how little I know about life itself and how precious life on earth is.

By ABAug 29th 2016

I enjoyed the course. It was a steep learning curve. Only one suggestion. The reading material is all mentioned in week 1, it would be easier to work with if it was mentioned per week.

Instructors

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Henning Haack

Associate Professor
Natural History Museum
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James Connelly

Professor
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Vivi Vajda

Professor
Department of Geology, Lund University
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Jon Fjeldså

Professor, Curator
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Michael Houmark-Nielsen

Associate Professor
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Bent Erik Kramer Lindow

Curator
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Gilles Guy Roger Cuny

Associate Professor
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Ole Seberg

Associate Professor
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Gitte Petersen

Associate Professor
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Tais Wittchen Dahl

Assistant Professor of Geobiology
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Arne Thorshøj Nielsen

Associate Professor
Natural History Museum of Copenhagen
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Martin Vinther Sørensen

Associate Professor, Curator
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Svend Stouge

Associate Professor
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Danny Eibye Jacobsen

Associate Professor, Curator
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Jan Audun Rasmussen

Associate Professor
Natural History Museum of Denmark
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Emily Catherine Pope

Assistant professor
Natural History Museum of Denmark

About University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest University in Denmark - founded in 1479, and with over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees. The purpose of the University is to conduct research and provide education to the highest academic level. Based in Denmark's capital city it is one of the top research institutions in Europe. ...

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