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Cell Biology Free Online Course by Harvard University

Harvard University is offering free online course on Cell Biology: Mitochondria. This course is designed to explore the fundamentals of cell biology.

The overarching goal is for learners to understand, from a human-centered perspective, that cells are evolving ensembles of macromolecules that in turn form complex communities in tissues, organs, and multicellular organisms. The course will start on August 8, 2017.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours pw
Subject: Biology & Life Sciences
Institution: Harvard University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on August 8, 2017

Providers’ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

About This Course

The cell is a powerful case study to help us explore the functional logic of living systems. All organisms, from single-celled algae to complex multicellular organisms like us, are made up of cells. In this course, you will learn the how and why of biology by exploring the function of the molecular components of cells, and how these cellular components are organized in a complex hierarchy.

Why Take This Course?

This course is designed to explore the fundamentals of cell biology. The overarching goal is for learners to understand, from a human-centered perspective, that cells are evolving ensembles of macromolecules that in turn form complex communities in tissues, organs, and multicellular organisms.

Learning Outcomes

  • How the internal structure and organization of a cell provides an understanding of how and why a cell works
  • The role mitochondria play in the cell and why it is important for a cell to make ATP
  • How cells metabolize food to provide the molecules necessary for mitochondrial function
  • How the structure of the F1F0 ATP synthase leads to the production of ATP
  • What experimental techniques are used to investigate mitochondrial structure and function in the laboratory

Instructors

Robert A. Lue

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

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