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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Origin of the Elements, the Solar System and the Planets

2 hours to complete
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

Week 2

2 hours to complete

The early Earth and origin of life

2 hours to complete
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

Week 3

2 hours to complete

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

2 hours to complete
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

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

2 hours to complete
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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