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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Building Blocks of Earth’s Climate System

3 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 98 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
15 videos
Video 1.0: Introduction and Philosophy7m
Video 1.1: How does science work?6m
Optional Video: How do scientific papers get published?10m
Video 1.2: Introduction to the Earth's climate system8m
Video 1.3: How do we measure geologic time?9m
Video 1.4: Geological Time Scale Song2m
Video 1.5: Minerals and Rocks2m
Video 1.5.1: Igneous Rock3m
Video 1.5.2: Sedimentary Rock6m
Video 1.5.3: Metamorphic Rock5m
Video 1.6: Using radioactivity to date rocks - Dr. Ray Burgess7m
Video 1.7: Using stable isotopes to understand Earth processes - Dr. Ray Burgess6m
Video 1.8: How do we know how old the Earth is?5m
Video 1.9: What are those rocks doing lying around?10m
7 readings
Course Guide10m
Grading & Logistics10m
Building Blocks of Earth’s Climate System10m
Google Earth Tour 110m
Activity 1: Introduction10m
Eloquent Science10m
Our Earth 001 Course Book10m
1 practice exercise
Assessment 120m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Formation, evolution, and processes of the solid Earth

2 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 107 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
Video 2.1.2: Why is the Moon important to life on earth? - Dr. Katherine Joy 3m
Video 2.2: What came before plate tectonics?5m
Video 2.3: How did plate tectonics get discovered?6m
Video 2.4.1: The Earth's magnetic field7m
Video 2.4.2: The magnetic poles flip? You're kidding me, right?6m
Video 2.5: How earthquakes happen14m
Video 2.6.1: What's inside the Earth?6m
Video 2.6.2: How do we know about the insides of the Earth?6m
Video 2.7: How do the plates move?3m
Video 2.8: How does magma form?11m
Video 2.9: How were the Himalaya formed?7m
Video 2.10: Supercontinent Pangaea9m
Video 2.11: The supercontinent cycle4m
2 readings
Formation, evolution, and processes of the solid Earth10m
Google Earth Tour 2 and 310m
1 practice exercise
Assessment 220m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Water in Earth’s Climate System: Oceans, Atmosphere, and Cryosphere

3 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 124 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
14 videos
Video 3.1.2: Are the Oceans in Steady State?13m
Video 3.2.1: How the oceans work - Dr. Gregory Lane-Serff9m
Video 3.2.2: The oceanic conveyor belt - Dr. Gregory Lane-Serff12m
Video 3.3.1: What is the Atmosphere Made Of?6m
Video 3.3.2: What Controls the Temperature Profile of the Atmosphere?5m
Video 3.3.3: Three Radiation Laws4m
Video 3.3.4: What if the Earth had no Atmosphere?7m
Video 3.4.1: How does the Atmosphere Work?9m
Video 3.4.2: How do the Jet Streams Control the Weather?7m
Video 3.5: Extratropical cyclones8m
Video 3.6: The Rise and Fall of Ice on Earth12m
Video 3.7: How do Glaciers Control the Height of Mountains? – Dr. Simon Brocklehurst10m
Video 3.8: Why the Arctic is Crucial to Earth's Climate - Dr. Bart Van Dongen and Dr. Robert Sparks 7m
5 readings
Water in Earth’s Climate System: Oceans, Atmosphere, and Cryosphere10m
Google Earth Tour 410m
Activity 2: Further Exploration10m
The Thinking Persons’ Guide to Climate Change10m
The shaping of storm tracks by mountains and ocean dynamics10m
1 practice exercise
Assessment 320m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Life, and its Effect on Earth’s Climate System

3 hours to complete
17 videos (Total 116 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
17 videos
Video 4.3.1 The Formation of Organic Molecules and the Tree of Life13m
Video 4.1: The Earth's primitive atmosphere10m
Video 4.2: Fossils6m
Video 4.4.1: Welcome to The Manchester Museum - Prof. Phil Manning54s
Video 4.4.2: Apex Chert and Stromatolites - Prof. Phil Manning 3m
Video 4.4.3: Ediacaran Fauna - Prof. Phil Manning 5m
Video 4.5.1: How Oxygen Changed the Earth Forever11m
Video 4.5.2: The Arrival of Multicellular Life and the Cambrian Explosion11m
Video 4.6.1: How Plants and Animals Came Onshore - Dr. Victoria Egerton7m
Video 4.6.2: Colonization of Land3m
Video 4.7.1: Devonian: From Fish to Tetrapod - Prof. Phil Manning7m
Video 4.7.2: Carboniferous - Prof. Phil Manning2m
Video 4.7.3: Jurassic Coast - Prof. Phil Manning3m
Video 4.7.4: Dinosaurs - Prof. Phil Manning 4m
Video 4.7.5: Chemical Fossils - Prof. Phil Manning 4m
Video 4.8: Controls on Life on Earth: Mass Extinctions12m
2 readings
Life, and its Effect on Earth’s Climate System10m
Google Earth Tour 510m
1 practice exercise
Assessment 420m

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