Free Online Course: An Introduction to Biology in Collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About the course
The edX platform offers a free online course, “Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life”, to explore life through the basics of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant nucleic acids, genomics and rational medicine. Introductory Biology course materials are available for exploration by registration as a certified learner, as the course includes videos, an interactive problem set, and multiple exams. Training is highly encouraged through doing activities, towards one goal of biology learning. The edX platform has improved course settings for learning: receive instant feedback after problem solving and quizzes on correct answers and provide all content available at all times for self-advancement.

Course details:
The course content reflects the topics taught in MIT’s introductory biology courses and many biology courses around the world. As a learner, you will first focus on the structure and function of macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, and proteins. You will explore how the structures and functions of some of these macromolecules change and what the implications these changes have on human health. As you continue the course, you will apply your understanding of genetics and intracellular information flow to human health and diseases and learn about molecular biological technologies and their potential to influence our changing world. After completing the course, you will have a foundation in biology that allows you to understand the wonderful medical revolution taking place today. The course will last for 15 weeks, with a weekly effort of 5 to 10 hours.

What you will learn:
How to describe the building blocks of life and how their interactions dictate structure and function in biology
How to predict the given genotypes and phenotypes of the genetics data
How to explain the central tenet of molecular biology and convert DNA to RNA sequence to protein sequence
How to use molecular tools to study biology
How to describe the principles of early sequencing as well as modern sequencing and the effects of these techniques on genomics
How to apply the principles of modern biology to issues in today’s society
About the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology – a private coeducational research university established in 1861 – is dedicated to developing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other fields of scholarship that will serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The institute’s courses embody creativity, openness, accuracy and quality that are its hallmarks. Many study the materials developed for the Institute’s residential courses in the Institute’s five schools and 33 academic majors.

Quick information about the course
Course language: English
Share Certificate: Yes
Course fee: Free

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