Open University Free Online Course on Introduction to Ecosystems

The Open University is offering free online course on Introduction to Ecosystems. This is a six- week course in which applicants will gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.

openuniThis course is intended for those with an interest in natural history, conservation or the environment and does not require any previous experience of studying these subjects. The course will start on October 24, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort:  3 hours/week
Subject: Ecosystems
Institution: Open University (OU) and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on October 24, 2016

Providers’ Details

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. All Open University Science courses presented on FutureLearn are produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.

FutureLearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

In this course, you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular habitat interact with the organisms that inhabit it. Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to an understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Applicants will gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.

Requirements

This course is intended for those with an interest in natural history, conservation or the environment and does not require any previous experience of studying these subjects.

Instructors

David Robinson




He is a zoologist specialising in acoustic behaviour and evolutionary biology, now researching insect ecology and ultrasonic communication.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, they will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on their My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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