About this Course
Develop a greater appreciation for how the air, water, land, and life formed and have interacted over the last 4.5 billion years.
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 16 hours to complete

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Building Blocks of Earth’s Climate System

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Reading
15 videos (Total 98 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video15 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
Reading7 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
Quiz1 practice exercises
Assessment 120m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Formation, evolution, and processes of the solid Earth

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Reading
14 videos (Total 107 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 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
Reading2 readings
Formation, evolution, and processes of the solid Earth10m
Google Earth Tour 2 and 310m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Assessment 220m

3

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

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

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Reading
14 videos (Total 124 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 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
Reading5 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
Quiz1 practice exercises
Assessment 320m

4

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Life, and its Effect on Earth’s Climate System

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Reading
17 videos (Total 116 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video17 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 Manning0m
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
Reading2 readings
Life, and its Effect on Earth’s Climate System10m
Google Earth Tour 510m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Assessment 420m

5

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Build Your Own Earth and Conclusion

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Reading
5 videos (Total 40 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
BYOE Video 2: How to Use Build your own Earth8m
BYOE Video 3: How to Interpret Climate Properties: Surface Temperatures, the Jet Stream, Clouds, and Precipitation 9m
BYOE Video 4: Using Build Your Own Earth to Study Past Earth Climates 10m
Video 5.0: Synthesis and Anthropogenic Climate Change7m
Reading4 readings
Build Your Own Earth10m
Activity 1: Introduction10m
Activity 2: Further Exploration10m
Activity 3: Assessment10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
BYOE Assessment36m
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Briefcase

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Money

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Top Reviews

By SSMar 22nd 2018

It was a really nice, and interesting course, which will definitely help me in my career. Thanks University of Manchester!

By MMSep 12th 2017

Excellent course to know more about our planet Earth and to understand why we are so fortunate to live in it now.

Instructors

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Prof. David M. Schultz

Professor of Synoptic Meteorology
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Dr Rochelle Taylor

Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Dr Jonathan Fairman

Postdoctoral Research Associate

About University of Manchester

Tracing its roots back to 1824, the University of Manchester is home to almost 40,000 students. The University has three Nobel laureates among its current staff – more than any other British university - and a total of 25 Nobel laureates have come from our past and present students and staff. We have three main goals: to undertake world-class research; to deliver an outstanding learning and student experience; and to be socially responsible....

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