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2017-2018 Extension Course Archive

AAAS E-119
Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food

Carla Martin, PhD

Lecturer on African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24223

Description
This course examines the sociohistorical legacy of chocolate, with a delicious emphasis on the eating and appreciation of the so-called food of the gods. Interdisciplinary course readings introduce the history of cacao cultivation, the present day state of the global chocolate industry, the diverse cultural constructions surrounding chocolate, and the implications for chocolate’s future of scientific study, international politics, alternative trade models, and the food movement. Assignments address pressing real-world questions related to chocolate consumption, social justice, responsible development, honesty and the politics of representation in production and marketing, hierarchies of quality, and myths of purity.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Byerly Hall 013

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

ANTH E-1000
Pyramid Schemes: The Archaeological History of Ancient Egypt

Peter Der Manuelian, PhD

Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25007

Description
This course surveys ancient Egyptian pharaonic civilization. It emphasizes Egyptian material culture: pyramids, temples, tombs, settlements, and artifacts. The course explores major developmental themes that defined the Egyptian state: the geographical landscape, kingship, social stratification, and religion. It follows a chronological path with excursions into Egyptian art, history, politics, religion, literature, and language (hieroglyphs). It also touches on contemporary issues of object repatriation, archaeology and cultural nationalism, and the evolution of modern Egyptology. Local students may participate in field trips to the Egyptian collections of the Peabody Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, along with immersive 3D computer models in Harvard’s Visualization Center.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Societies of the World 38. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 am-12 noon for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/39540

ANTH E-1050
Moctezuma’s Mexico Then and Now: The Deep History, Triumphs, and Transformations of the Aztecs and their Descendants

Davíd Carrasco, PhD

Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America, Harvard University

William L. Fash, PhD

Charles P. Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15416

Description
This course explores how the origins of Mesoamerican civilization played a pivotal role in the birth, glory days, and fall of the Aztec Empire. We explore the profound contributions of Moctezuma’s Mexico, then, and now in today’s world, through the lenses of five major concepts: gift exchange (access to the gods and the goods); surplus and social hierarchy (the raison d’être of all civilizations); the longue durée (cosmovision and ideas bred into the biology of people); gender and duality; and trade and tribute. The course takes a hard look at the Great Encuentro and the positive as well as the tragic results of the European invasion of Mexico through the lens of the conquistadors (in Bernal Diaz del Castillo’sTrue History of the Conquest of New Spain) as well as the voices of the scribes, warriors, and rulers (male and female) who survived and transformed the ordeal. The struggles of post-independence Mexico are contextualized within the framework of the globalization wrought by the industrial revolution, and the ways in which post-revolutionary Mexico has led the way in embracing hybridity for other cultures and countries in the Americas. The disciplines of archaeology and religious studies take us into contemporary Mesoamerican and Latino cultures. The course has the added feature of online meetings that focus on ways Latino art, music, and dance utilize Aztec and Mesoamerican themes. Artists include Frida Kahlo, Dr. Loco, Son Jarocho, Gloria Anzaldua, John Phillip Santos, and Cherrie Moraga. Hands-on work with objects at the Peabody Museum aid in examining the material expressions of daily life and cosmovision in Moctezuma’s Mexico. The Peabody Museum’s yearly celebration of Day of the Dead is a central component of the course and one of many ways in which students will take their experiential learning in this course with them, for the rest of their days.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Societies of the World 30. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15416/2017

ANTH E-1168
Ancient Maya Art and Writing

Nicholas Michael Carter, PhD

Lecturer on Anthropology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25108

Description
This course introduces students to the art and hieroglyphic writing system of the classic Maya (A.D. 300–900) civilization of Mesoamerica. Students learn to read Maya hieroglyphs, acquire a basic knowledge of the classic Mayan language, and discover the workings of the Maya calendars. At the same time, they explore Maya iconography, including its intimate connections to the hieroglyphic system, and learn how it reflects ancient Maya and wider Mesoamerican concepts of cosmic order and an animate world. Thematic lectures on classic Maya culture and history are combined with practice in iconographic interpretation and hieroglyphic decipherment. No previous experience in Maya archaeology, language, or art history is necessary.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 208Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

ANTH E-1660
Anthropology and Human Rights

Theodore Macdonald, Jr., PhD

Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23622

Description
This course combines an introduction to the formal, theoretical, and normative structures of human rights with analyses of contemporary case studies. It illustrates several critical human rights issues, debates, and practices that demonstrate the increasing significance of ethnographic field methods and related interpretive analysis. Accepting that agreement on and realization of human rights often require negotiation and compromise, the course illustrates why, and suggests how, realization of many broadly-defined human rights requires specific contextualization.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
William James Hall 105

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23622/2018

ANTH E-1700
Race in the Americas

James P. Herron, PhD

Director of the Harvard Writing Project and Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Michael Baran, PhD

Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research

January session | CRN 24416

Description
In 1903, W.E.B. DuBois wrote prophetically that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.” More recently, anthropologists and historians have argued that the very idea of race—the notion that human beings can be exhaustively divided into enduring groups such as whites, blacks, or Indians—was first invented in the New World, in the Americas. But what are races? Does it mean the same thing to be white in Boston as it does in Bogotá? If blackness in Alabama is rooted in assumptions about essential biological nature, does the same go for Rio de Janeiro? Is race simply an illusion, a convenient mask for political domination and economic exploitation? Can we hope to abolish the concept of race altogether, or is its grip too tenacious, its appeal to the psyche too great? This course considers episodes in the development of racial categories in Latin and North America. Our aim is to arrive at an overall sense of the nature of race in social life by comparing the logic of racial practices at different times and places in the hemisphere.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 pm
Sever Hall 306Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. Final papers due February 5. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24416/2018

APMA E-115
Mathematical Modeling

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25077

Description
Mathematical models are ubiquitous, providing a quantitative framework for understanding, prediction, and decision making in nearly every aspect of life, ranging from the timing of traffic lights, to the control of the spread of disease, to resource management, to sports. They also play a fundamental role in all natural sciences and increasingly in the social sciences as well. This course provides an introduction to modeling through in-depth discussions of a series of examples, and hands-on exercises and projects that make use of a range of continuous and discrete mathematical tools.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Applied Mathematics 115. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: MATH E-21a and MATH E-21b or permission of instructor. Knowledge of some programming language is helpful, but not necessary, as we introduce Matlab to those with no previous experience. Students must have a laptop computer for class with Matlab installed.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25077/2018

APMA E-207
Advanced Scientific Computing: Stochastic Methods for Data Analysis, Inference, and Optimization

Rahul Dave, PhD

Lecturer on Computational Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24932

Description
This course develops skills for computational research with a focus on stochastic approaches, emphasizing implementation and examples. Stochastic methods make it feasible to tackle very diverse problems when the solution space is too large to explore systematically, or when microscopic rules are known, but not the macroscopic behavior of a complex system. Methods are illustrated with examples from a wide variety of fields, like biology, finance, and physics. We tackle Bayesian methods of data analysis as well as various stochastic optimization methods. Topics include stochastic optimization such as stochastic gradient descent (SGD) and simulated annealing, Bayesian data analysis, Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), and variational analysis. This course is broadly about learning models from data. To do this, we typically want to solve an optimization problem. Some problems might have many optima, and we will want to explore them all. It is not enough to find an optimum. Bayesian statistics gives us a simple and principled way to find the distribution of predictions consistent with the data. This allows for an intuitive and better way to test hypotheses than the confidence intervals and p-values used in traditional statistics.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Applied Mathematics 207. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am-1 pm for registered students. Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: Introductory statistics including probability, multivariate calculus, basic linear algebra, and comfort programming in a scientific computer programming language (such as R, Python, Matlab, or Julia).

ARAB E-1
Intensive Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I

Sami Alkyam, PhD

Preceptor in Arabic, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13547

Description
The course introduces students to Arabic sounds and the writing system, basic vocabulary, and grammatical structures up to a mid-beginner’s level. The course also focuses on developing oral-aural skills, rudimentary reading, and basic composition. Students are also exposed to cultural topics and discussions, with the goal of appreciating the cultural context in which the language is used.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 107Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13547/2017

ARAB E-2
Intensive Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II

Sami Alkyam, PhD

Preceptor in Arabic, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23418

Description
This course is the continuation of ARAB E-1. The course introduces students to Arabic sounds and the writing system, basic vocabulary, and grammatical structures up to mid-beginner level II. The course also focuses on developing oral-aural skills, rudimentary reading, basic composition and oral presentation. Students are also exposed to cultural topics and discussions, with the goal of appreciating the cultural context in which the language is used.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 107Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: ARAB E-1, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

ASTR E-80
Planets, Moons, and the Search for Alien Life

Alessandro Massarotti, PhD

Associate Professor of Physics and Director, Earth and Planetary Science Program, Stonehill College and Associate of the Department of Astronomy, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15072

Description
Astrobiology, the subject of this course, is a new discipline born out of the convergence of all scientific inquiry currently under way on the question of the origin and development of life here on Earth and potentially elsewhere in the Universe. Recent advances in planetary exploration, astronomy, geochemistry, and biochemistry are leading to a revolution in our ideas on the emergence of life on our own planet and the likelihood of finding life outside the Earth. In particular, much is being learned about Mars and Venus because of the many recent and ongoing space missions. Spectacular data from Jupiter’s and Saturn’s moons, like Titan, Europa, and Enceladus, show that these moons may become possible targets of future searches for life in our solar system. Geochemists are finding more and more intriguing clues about the Earth’s past by analyzing rocks dating from the very first period after the Earth’s formation, thus providing a fundamentally new context for research on the transition between chemistry and primordial life. And astronomers have been recently successful in searching for planets around other stars. Searches for extra-solar planets are currently under way and are leading to the discovery of Earth-like planets around solar-type stars.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Geological Museum 103AStart Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: High School algebra. Some chemistry and physics background useful but not necessary.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15072/2017

BIOS E-1A
Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

Casey J. Roehrig, PhD

Project Lead, HarvardX

Zofia Gajdos, PhD

Project Lead, HarvardX

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13096

Description
This introductory series focuses on the principles of cellular (BIOS E-1a) and organismal (BIOS E-1b) biology. BIOS E-1a topics include the molecular basis of life, energy and metabolism, and genetics. BIOS E-1b builds on the foundation established in BIOS E-1a and covers the origin of life and principles of evolution, and anatomy and physiology. Laboratory sections scheduled throughout the series allow students to reinforce concepts covered in lecture. The series fulfills current medical school requirements for one year of introductory biology.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center Hall D

Class meets 6:40-9:40 pm or 7:40-10:40 pm during laboratory weeks. Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: High school mathematics, chemistry, and biology; although CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b, or their equivalents, are not required, they are strongly recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13096/2017

BIOS E-1B
Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Casey J. Roehrig, PhD

Project Lead, HarvardX

Kalmia Smith, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22957

Description
This introductory series focuses on the principles of cellular (BIOS E-1a) and organismal (BIOS E-1b) biology. BIOS E-1a topics include the molecular basis of life, energy and metabolism, and genetics. BIOS E-1b builds on the foundation established in BIOS E-1a and covers the origin of life and principles of evolution, and anatomy and physiology. Laboratory sections scheduled throughout the series allow students to reinforce concepts covered in lecture. The series fulfills current medical school requirements for one year of introductory biology.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center Hall D

Class meets 6:40-9:40 pm or 7:40-10:40 pm during laboratory weeks. Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22957/2018

BIOS E-10
Introduction to Biochemistry

Robin Lynn Haynes, PhD

Principal Associate in Pathology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Travis I. Moore, PhD

Research Fellow in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Immune Disease Institute, Harvard Medical School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14563

Description
This course provides an overview of the main aspects of biochemistry by relating molecular interactions to their effects on the organism as a whole, especially as related to human biology. The organization of macromolecules is addressed through a discussion of their hierarchical structure, and a study of their assembly into complexes responsible for specific biological processes. Topics addressing protein function include enzyme kinetics, the characterization of major metabolic pathways, and their interconnection into tightly regulated networks.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Fridays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Science Center Hall B

Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14563/2017

BIOS E-10
Introduction to Biochemistry

Robin Lynn Haynes, PhD

Principal Associate in Pathology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Travis I. Moore, PhD

Research Fellow in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Immune Disease Institute, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24316

Description
This course provides an overview of the main aspects of biochemistry by relating molecular interactions to their effects on the organism as a whole, especially as related to human biology. The organization of macromolecules is addressed through a discussion of their hierarchical structure, and a study of their assembly into complexes responsible for specific biological processes. Topics addressing protein function include enzyme kinetics, the characterization of major metabolic pathways, and their interconnection into tightly regulated networks. The recorded lectures are from the fall course.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24316/2018

BIOS E-12
Principles and Techniques of Molecular Biology

Alain Viel, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22965

Description
Students gain in-depth knowledge of nucleic acid structure, molecular genetics, and the biochemistry of transcription and protein synthesis. Working from this foundation, students explore mechanisms of gene regulation in prokaryotes, eukaryotes, and viruses. The roles played by gene regulation and rearrangement in diseases are also examined. One large project comprises three linked laboratory exercises that introduce students to important recombinant DNA and protein expression techniques. Students learn about the construction of an expression plasmid and assays for normal promoter function.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center Hall E

Required laboratories Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 58 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22965/2018

BIOS E-14
Principles of Genetics

Frederick R. Bieber, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22962

Description
This is a general course in genetics providing a broad view of gene action from the molecular to the population levels, with emphasis on eukaryotes. Topics include bacterial and viral genetics, Mendelian genetics, mutation and DNA repair, forensic DNA technology, chromosome structure and function, genomics, and population and evolutionary genetics.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Harvard Hall 201

Required sections Mondays, 7:40-8:40 pm.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: MATH E-8, BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, and CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22962/2018

BIOS E-16
Cell Biology

Alison Marie Taylor, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

Allison Lau, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22958

Description
This course cultivates an understanding of eukaryotic cellular and subcellular structure, with close attention to structure/function relationships that govern cellular processes at the molecular level. We examine the differences between several eukaryotic model systems, including fission and budding yeast, slime mold, plants, and mammalian cells in culture. We further discuss the specific experimental techniques amenable to the study of cell biology in each system and how discoveries made using model organisms have influenced modern cell biology.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Science Center Hall E

Required sections Wednesdays, 7:40-8:40 pm.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, or the equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22958/2018

BIOS E-18
Evolution

Maria E. Miara, PhD

Lecturer in Biology, Brandeis University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14330

Description
Evolution is such a major tenet of modern biological theory that in 1973, evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky penned that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” This course provides a comprehensive introduction to evolutionary biology. Students are introduced to both short-term and long-term evolutionary processes and they explore the patterns that result from those processes. Topics covered include the history of evolutionary theory, evidence for evolution, the origin of life, the origin of animals and the Cambrian explosion, genetic evolution, natural selection, sexual selection, species and speciation, human evolution, and evolutionary issues in modern society.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 1-3 pm
1 Story Street 306

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1b.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14330/2017

BIOS E-27
Invertebrate Zoology

Cassandra Extavour, PhD

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25150

Description
This course introduces students to the diversity of invertebrates, which are the vast majority of all animals on the planet. We cover the development, adult anatomy, biology, and evolutionary relationships of the main animal phyla including but not limited to sponges, mollusks, annelids, and arthropods. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the similarities and differences in embryonic development, the broad diversity of animal forms and their adaptations to different ecosystems, and how these phenomena shape animal evolution. The aim of this course is to understand animal diversity from a phylogenetic perspective as well as from a developmental and functional morphology point of view, and to be able to understand the evolution and divergence of these features in the context of animal evolution.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 306Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a or BIOS E-1b or permission of instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25150/2018

BIOS E-30
Epigenetics and Gene Regulation

Amy Tsurumi, PhD

Research Fellow in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24705

Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the concept of epigenetics and how it regulates gene expression and heritable phenotypes without changes in the underlying DNA sequence. The first phase is a thorough mechanistic overview with discussion topics including DNA methylation, histone modifications, chromatin remodeling, and non-coding RNAs, as well as the key players that regulate these processes. In the second phase, we cover molecular techniques and model organisms used commonly in epigenetics research. Finally, students apply their knowledge to understand the epigenetic basis of various developmental disorders, the natural aging process, environmental exposures, and relevant human diseases such as tumorigenesis, obesity, neurological disorders, and infections.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 206

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-12, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24705/2018

BIOS E-40
Introduction to Proteomics

Alain Viel, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13099

Description
The completion of several genome projects, including the Human Genome Project, has further fostered a systems-based approach to biology. The goal is to determine how all the genes in a genome act and how their products interact to produce a functional organism. Proteomics seeks to identify and to characterize all the proteins synthesized in a cell or a tissue. Based on this information, one can then try to understand how individual proteins or protein collectives function within an organism. The first half of the course focuses on current methodology used to analyze and identify proteins. This includes protein electrophoresis, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and protein database analysis. The second half of the course focuses on case studies derived from the current scientific literature. This includes comparisons between healthy and diseased tissues, new approaches to analyze metabolic pathways, and the comprehensive analysis of protein-protein interactions in different cell types.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 307

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, or the equivalent; BIOS E-12 recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13099/2017

BIOS E-45
Introduction to Genomics

Arezou Ghazani, PhD

Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23605

Description
This course provides an overview of the genome and genomic architecture, genomic variations, and regulatory mechanisms of the genome. The course topics include current and novel practices in genome interrogations, global copy number variation assessment, genome sequencing, and data analysis. This course cultivates an understanding of functional genomics and genomic malfunction, genome-wide association studies, and the new field of personal genomics along with discussions of social and ethical impacts resulting from advances in genomics.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date:

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the spring 2017 Extension School course BIOS E-45.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b, or the equivalent.

BIOS E-47
Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution

Cassandra Extavour, PhD

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15515

Description
This intermediate level course provides an integrated introduction to the interface between genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology. Lectures assume a minimum of background information, and aim to progress rapidly to a relatively advanced level of understanding by focusing on a few key historical and current examples of research in these fields, rather than trying to provide a comprehensive view of such large subjects. The course includes lectures on applying quantitative approaches to understanding biological problems, the contributions of Darwin/Wallace and Mendel in their historical contexts, discusses how to find and analyze genetic elements that control traits of interest, and covers the evolution of the developmental processes that produce these traits, biological regulatory networks, and protein evolution, and some unsolved problems in evolution.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 304Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15515/2017

BIOS E-50
Neurobiology

Laura Magnotti, PhD

Lecturer on Neurobiology and Associate Concentration Advisor, Life Sciences Undergraduate Office, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13097

Description
This course examines the structure and function of the mammalian nervous system by examining the molecules, cells, and circuits that are involved in directing our behavior. We explore how the nervous system is constructed during development, how it adapts with experience throughout life, how it functions in normal behavior, and how it can be disrupted by injury and disease.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Science Center Hall E

Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Introductory biology, or permission of the instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13097/2017

BIOS E-55
Developmental Biology

Susanne Jakob, PhD

Preceptor in Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22959

Description
Developmental biology studies the mechanisms involved in the development of complex organisms from the moment the egg is fertilized by a sperm. In many ways the basic understanding of developmental biology provides an invaluable foundation for other aspects of biology, as well as medicine, especially as many health issues can be related back to early developmental defects during embryogenesis. This course aims to provide a broad, comprehensive look at embryology with special emphasis on vertebrate models. We take a look at primary data that led to our current understanding of mechanisms involved in development and discuss classic experiments as well as more modern molecular and genetic approaches to answer questions in developmental biology. Over the length of the course we explore how the egg gets fertilized in the first place and subsequently travel the journey of the developing embryo: growing, forming organs, determining gender, making germ cells, and much more. We also talk about the role of embryonic and adult stem cells, the effects of the environment on development, and many more fascinating aspects of developmental biology.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center B-10

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22959/2018

BIOS E-60
Immunology

Mihaela G. Gadjeva, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23186

Description
How does the immune system work? What are the molecular and cellular components and pathways that protect an organism from infectious agents or cancer? This comprehensive course answers these questions as it explores the cells and molecules of the immune system. The topics discussed during the first half of the course cover the structure, function, and genetics of the molecules of the immune system, including antibodies, B- and T-cell receptors, major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins and cytokines; and processes of lymphocyte development and antigen presentation. During the second half of the course the lectures focus on how the individual components of the immune system work together to fight bacterial, fungal, or viral infections. In addition, basic concepts of tumor immunity, immune system deficiencies, AIDS, and autoimmunity are examined. The course emphasizes the research and development opportunities for therapeutic intervention arising from recent advances in immunology (for example, the application of therapeutic antibodies and recombinant molecules as potential drug treatments). Upon completion of the course students have a sound understanding of the essential elements of the immune system, preparing them to engage further in this rapidly evolving field.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G115

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Background in biology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology is helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23186/2018

BIOS E-65C
Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Jennifer A. Carr, PhD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13387

Description
This course is an introduction to human anatomy and physiology from an integrative perspective. Students learn the structure and function of the tissues, the skeletal system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, and muscle function from the level of the cell to the level of the organism.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Science Center Hall D

Required sections and biweekly labs to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, algebra, introductory geometry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13387/2017

BIOS E-65D
Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Jennifer A. Carr, PhD

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23232

Description
This course is a continuation of BIOS E-65c. Students learn the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the immune system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urogenital system, and the reproductive system from the level of the cell to the level of the organism.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Science Center Hall C

Required sections and biweekly labs to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, BIOS E-1b, BIOS E-65c, algebra, introductory geometry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23232/2018

BIOS E-66
Sports Physiology

Maria E. Miara, PhD

Lecturer in Biology, Brandeis University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24683

Description
With Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative and the NFL’s “Play 60” program, there has been an increasing awareness in this country of the importance of physical activity for overall health. In this course we dive deeper into the physiology and anatomy behind exercise science looking specifically at how the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems respond to physical activity. Additionally we consider how the body reacts differently depending on activity type, environmental condition, and participant age.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 3-5 pm
1 Story Street 304

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-65c or BIOS E-65d.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24683/2018

BIOS E-70
Introduction to Epidemiology

Jennifer Fonda, PhD

Epidemiologist, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24809

Description
How can you design a study to evaluate whether exercise reduces depression? Should you worry about news reports regarding Zika virus cases in the United States? This course introduces the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and demonstrates the applicability to public health and medicine. The goal of this course is to provide fundamental skills needed to begin to interpret and critically evaluate literature relevant to public health. Topics include measures of disease frequency and association, epidemiologic study designs, sources of bias and error, screening, and applications to public health.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Emerson Hall 101Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Basic quantitative skills essential; familiarity with medical terminology helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24809/2018

BIOS E-102
Newsworthy Topics in the Life Sciences

William J. Anderson, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23074

Description
Scientists constantly make groundbreaking discoveries, some of which receive attention by the press. This course, designed for non-scientists, provides the scientific background to appreciate these reports more fully. We discuss three exciting topics in the life sciences: stem cells, cancer, and infectious diseases.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date:

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

BIOS E-107
Introduction to Medical Neuroscience

Daniel L. Roe, PhD

Research Associate in Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24579

Description
This course presents students with an introduction to the major topics in neurological injury and disease. The student is introduced to the signs, symptoms, and underlying causes of a variety of conditions. Specific topics discussed include aneurysms, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, prosopagnosia, aphasia, contralateral neglect, neuropathy, meningioma, acoustic schwannoma, epidural and subdural hematoma, and pituitary tumor among others. Emphasis is on the neuroanatomical basis of injury and disease, and how this informs our understanding.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Harvard Hall 201

Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Some background in basic biology is helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24579/2018

BIOS E-116
Principles of Marine Biology

Collin H. Johnson, PhD

Preceptor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14458

Description
This course provides an introduction to marine organisms and the physical and biological processes that affect them. The course begins with an investigation into the geologic processes behind the formation of ocean basins, the causes and maintenance of currents and ocean circulation, and the physical factors influencing primary productivity in marine environments. The course then transitions into an exploration of various marine organisms, as well as the physiological adaptations these organisms have to the marine environment. Overall, the emphasis is on the physical factors behind the formation and maintenance of marine ecosystems, and the complex biological interactions therein.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 102Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Completion of a high school biology course is strongly recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14458/2017

BIOS E-118
Deep Sea Biology

Peter Girguis, PhD

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24171

Description
The oceans contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and host the most disparate ecosystems on the planet. This course provides an introduction to deep sea ocean habitats, animals, and microorganisms. Emphasis is placed on the physiological adaptations of organisms to their environment, as well as the role of microorganisms in mediating ocean biogeochemical cycles.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24171/2018

BIOS E-120
Trees and Forests in New England

Donald H. Pfister, PhD

Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25157

Description
Trees both provide a background in our landscape and play an important role in the ecosystems of the world. This course explores topics related to the growth patterns of trees, their physiology, and their identification. Basic concepts in ecosystem dynamics and forestry practices are discussed. The course provides a broad overview of factors that are important in conservation and forestry management.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 206Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Introductory biology

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25157/2018

BIOS E-123
Reproductive Biology: Physiological, Evolutionary, and Behavioral Aspects

Daniel Spratt, MD

Visiting Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15043

Description
This course undertakes a multidisciplinary exploration of reproductive function in humans, including physiology and evolution as well as the impact on behavior and society. Examples in other species ranging from seasonal reproductive physiology and behavior in deer to effects of testosterone on songbirds’ vocalizations and behavior help provide perspectives on the complex process of human reproduction and the intricacy of its regulation by hormones. The ability of humans to understand and manipulate the influence of these hormones has had an impact on our lives, healthcare system, and society. The impact on society ranges from significant advances in women’s health to passionate controversies on limiting reproduction to scandals involving androgen use in sports. The impact of androgens and estrogens on cognition and behavior is an evolving field in neuroscience, business, and politics.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 303

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Introductory biology or physiology or BIOS E-163.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15043/2017

BIOS E-129
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

William J. Anderson, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14001

Description
We are entering a new era in which a fundamental understanding of developmental biology and regeneration will play a critical role. In this course, embryonic and adult stem cells in different organisms are examined in terms of their molecular, cellular, and potential therapeutic properties. Genetic reprogramming and cloning of animals are critically evaluated. Ethical and political considerations are also considered.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G125

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, or the equivalent; knowledge of cell, molecular, or developmental biology is recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14001/2017

BIOS E-152
Plant Genetic Engineering for Medicine, Agriculture, and the Environment

Margaret A. Lynch, PhD

Associate Director of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Division of Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25032

Description
This course investigates how genetically engineered plants can be used to produce human medicines, foods with improved nutrition, and crops resistant to environmental challenges. We assess a variety of scientific approaches to create a genetically modified organism (GMO), including introducing foreign genes to produce transgenic plants, knocking down expression with RNAi, and gene editing with CRISPR/Cas 9. Through case studies, students examine plant genetic engineering to produce therapeutic antibodies, vaccines, nutrient-enhanced foods, and crops resistant to pesticides, herbicides, or disease. Students also evaluate progress towards developing plants to promote environmental sustainability and critically assess current regulatory frameworks for evaluation and approval.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-12 or equivalents.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25032/2018

BIOS E-155
Medical Microbiology

Anne Piantadosi, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Sanjat Kanjilal, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Brian Zanoni, MD

Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24224

Description
This course introduces students to the microbial species that cause human disease. We cover bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa, and discuss current topics including antibiotic resistance, public health threats, and the microbiome. There is no laboratory component to this course.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Harvard Hall 201

Required sections for graduate-credit students Tuesdays, 7:40-8:40 pm.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Basic molecular and cellular biology (BIOS E-1a or equivalent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24224/2018

BIOS E-157
Viruses and Immunity: A Molecular Arms Race

Jamie Schafer, PhD

Research Associate in Biology, Boston College

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25011

Description
In order to replicate and propagate, viruses must contend with an onslaught of immune responses at both the intracellular and organismal level. Evolutionarily, this leads to an arms race between viruses and the immune system, as each evolves mechanisms to overcome the other. This course provides an introduction to several viruses that cause human disease and the immune responses that they evade or succumb to. The course is organized in two sections: first, introduction of the immune responses most relevant for viral infection (including antibodies, T cells, natural killer cells, and intracellular nucleic acid sensors); and second, discussion of viruses famous for their impact on society and human health (including HIV, Ebola, and herpes viruses, among others). Each virus is explored in the context of its replication, mechanisms of transmission, and interaction with the immune system. We conclude with presentations led by graduate-credit students, which may extend to viruses beyond those previously examined in the course and to specialized topics, such as applications of viruses in biotechnology and therapeutics. Graduate students also participate in discussions of primary scientific literature related to lecture topics throughout the course. Because molecular virology, immunology, and interactive learning are core components of the course, students should come prepared with confident mastery of introductory cell and molecular biology, and willingness to participate in critical thinking activities that involve discussing their ideas with their peers.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G125

Required sections for graduate-credit students to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-12 and BIOS E-16, or equivalents.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25011/2018

BIOS E-162A
Human Pathophysiology I

Stephanie A. Shore, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Physiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Nancy C. Long Sieber, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer on Physiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15353

Description
This course focuses on the pathophysiology of the human cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems, and on how these systems are altered by various physiologic challenges. The concept of homeostasis is integrated with general disease processes such as injury, inflammation, fibrosis, and neoplasia to demonstrate ways in which perturbations in physiological regulatory mechanisms and anatomy result in pathophysiology. We particularly focus on the effects of stress and obesity on these systems, and on differences between men and women in the manifestation of diseases of these systems. Please note that Human Pathophysiology II is offered in alternate years.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building, 651 Huntington Avenue G-13

Optional sections Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-65c and BIOS E-65d, or permission of the instructors.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15353/2017

BIOS E-163
Human Endocrine Physiology

Daniel Spratt, MD

Visiting Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15044

Description
This course delves into the fascinating ways in which hormones influence the body’s development and function. Initial lectures describe the nature of different hormones and how they exert their actions. Subsequent lectures explore how hormones regulate body functions including growth and reproduction, thyroid and metabolism, calcium and bones, nutrition, and salt/fluid balance. Clinical examples from both health and disease as well as evolutionary and historical perspectives are used liberally to illustrate points. We also explore how this physiology can be used to understand and treat diverse medical disorders such as diabetes, infertility, abnormal sexual differentiation and puberty, and osteoporosis.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 304

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, or introductory physiology.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15044/2017

BIOS E-179
Gene Expression: A Hands-on Approach

Alain Viel, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

January session | CRN 24205

Description
This hands-on laboratory course is designed to give students an opportunity to experience how science is done through the practice of experimental inquiry. Under the guidance of the instructor and teaching assistant, students work in small teams to design experiments and test their designs in a fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory. A number of technical skills are utilized, including gene cloning, DNA amplification and mutagenesis by PCR, in vitro transcription and translation, and purification and analysis of proteins. Students assemble synthetic genes from parts and analyze the contribution of these parts in the regulation of gene expression, from transcription to translation. They develop analytical skills, learn how to design experiments, and how to work on open-ended questions. By the end of the course, students present a research paper detailing their findings. Students also submit a weekly description of their experimental designs. Relevant readings from reviews and primary literature are assigned.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 pm
Northwest Science Building 152Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1150
Graduate credit: $1800
Credits: 2

Notes: International Students see important visa information.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 16 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24205/2018

BIOS E-185
Gene Therapy and Gene Editing

Christopher Reid Burtner, PhD

Lecturer on Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and Curriculum Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15036

Description
Gene therapy and gene editing have the potential to cure a variety of genetic and infectious diseases, which is reflected in the vast number of academic and biotechnology labs pursuing research in this field. But several hurdles remain before gene therapy and gene editing can be accepted as a standard of care in personalized medicine. This course provides a survey of the progress made in the field from a primarily historical perspective, starting with initial attempts at mammalian gene transfer (leading to the advent of the transgenic mouse), through the first successful FDA-approved stem cell gene therapy trial for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (the bubble boy disease), and into the recent advances made in targeted gene editing using tools like CRISPR/Cas RNA-guided endonucleases. The course consists of a series of case studies that outline several of the outstanding real-life applications of genetic modification and gene therapy, with a focus on gene therapy for blood disorders. The course material prepares students to grapple with the following essential questions: How would you introduce a genetic modification in people? How would you evaluate whether your gene therapy worked? What potential concerns can you think of when doing gene therapy in people? Because gene therapy occurs at the intersection of several biological disciplines, students should have a prior mastery of concepts in basic cell and molecular biology.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Harvard Hall 202Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a is required. A background in genetics, cell and molecular biology (specifically recombinant DNA technology), physiology, immunology, and/or virology is recommended but not required.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15036/2017

BIOS E-200
Proseminar: Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in the Biological Sciences

Mihaela G. Gadjeva, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13092

Description
This proseminar is designed to teach students many of the writing and analytical skills that are required to succeed in graduate-level courses in the biological sciences. Through critical reading and presentation of research articles, students learn how to form questions that can be addressed experimentally and how to write a corresponding, testable hypothesis. This course also addresses the process of experimental design and current experimental methodologies in biology. Students are given multiple opportunities to hone their writing skills on several short writing assignments and a final writing project due at the end of the semester. This is the required admission course for the Master of Liberal Arts, biology. Students interested in the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology, should see BIOT E-200.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 104Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. In addition, at the first class meeting students must complete a writing assignment that demonstrates their graduate-level reading comprehension and ability to write coherent, logical arguments. Molecular biology (BIOS E-12, or the equivalent) highly recommended. Some immunology knowledge would be beneficial. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13092/2017

BIOS E-200
Proseminar: Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in the Biological Sciences

William J. Anderson, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22950

Description
This proseminar is designed to teach students many of the writing and analytical skills that are required to succeed in graduate-level courses in the biological sciences. Through critical reading and presentation of research articles, students learn how to form questions that can be addressed experimentally and how to write a corresponding, testable hypothesis. This course also addresses the process of experimental design and current experimental methodologies in biology. Students are given multiple opportunities to hone their writing skills on several short writing assignments and a final writing project due at the end of the semester. This is the required admission course for the Master of Liberal Arts, biology. Students interested in the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology, should see BIOT E-200.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 112Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. In addition, at the first class meeting students must complete a writing assignment that demonstrates their graduate-level reading comprehension and ability to write coherent, logical arguments. Molecular biology (BIOS E-12, or the equivalent) highly recommended. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22950/2018

BIOS E-206
Principles of Forensic Science

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25124

Description
This seminar provides a rigorous introduction to the broad field of forensic science, with emphasis on practical applications of chemistry, biology, engineering, and mathematics/statistics to the law. Major topics include forensic anthropology, pattern recognition methods, crime scene investigation, chemical methods for detection of trace compounds, forensic DNA technology, and legal requirements for admission of scientific evidence in the judicial process.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Room to be announced

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets on the Longwood campus.

Prerequisites: One year of organic chemistry and at least two biology courses beyond an introductory, full-year biology course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 12 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25124/2018

BIOS E-210
Neurobiology of Circadian Rhythms: Regulation of Physiological Systems and Involvement in Disease States

Charalampos Pantazopoulos, PhD

Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15073

Description
Circadian rhythms are involved in essential biological processes driving our daily physiology and behavior. They have recently come to the forefront of neurobiological investigations as a key system regulating not only autonomic functions, but also complex brain circuitry processing emotion and cognitive information. Initially thought to arise from a neural circuit fully controlled by the hypothalamus, they are now better understood to involve a complex regulation of clock genes in virtually all cells in the brain, including in a multitude of cortical and subcortical brain regions that participate in fear, stress response, reward processing and, more in general, plasticity and learning. Emerging evidence consistent with these functions supports a key role for a disruption of circadian rhythms in several brain disorders. In addition, circadian rhythms play key roles in regulating functions of several body organs and systems, such as the liver, lungs, and respiratory, immune, and circulatory systems. Recent advances in the understanding of neural circuits and molecular pathways involved in regulating circadian rhythms have broadened our understanding of their role in normal and disease states. This seminar examines the neurobiology of circadian rhythms in mammals. Emphasis is placed on the involvement of circadian rhythms in normal biological functions, such as feeding behavior, energy metabolism, and learning and memory, as well as in disease conditions including cancer, obesity, stress, and mood disorders.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 112Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Introductory biology required, neurobiology recommended. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15073/2017

BIOS E-232
Neurobiology of Emotion and Psychiatric Illnesses

Sabina Berretta, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23451

Description
Investigations on the neural basis of emotion and pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders synergistically inform each other, and in recent years have led to a leap in our understanding of emotion processing in normal and pathological conditions. In this course, a working definition of emotion from a biological point of view serves as background to explore brain circuits involved in aspects of emotional processing and their integration with decision making and goal-directed behavior. Neural networks linking the cingulate gyrus, insula, and ventromedial and orbitofrontal cortices, hippocampus and subcortical regions such as the amygdala, limbic thalamus, and ventral striatum are discussed in light of their relevance to emotion processing and psychiatric disorders. Emerging concepts are the key role of biological value in emotion processing and the relationship between emotion and memory. Within this context, we discuss current knowledge on the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders, with particular emphasis on clinical domains such as anxiety, psychosis, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and antisocial personality disorder. Finally, current knowledge on the neurobiology of emotion and psychiatric disorders is placed in the context of social interactions, focusing in particular on the intersection between justice and psychiatry.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 111Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-50, or the equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23451/2018

BIOS E-240
Biochemical and Physiological Adaptation of Microbes

Alain Viel, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23825

Description
Microbes have developed molecular mechanisms—morphological and anatomical features that allow them to survive in a wide range of habitats. Biochemical and physiological evolution in response to environmental conditions gave rise to an incredible diversity of adaptive solutions. Synthetic biologists take advantage of this diversity to explore biological solutions to problems related to alternative sources of energy and food. Other uses include the detection, processing, and recycling of pollutants as well as new applications for the diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases. This course covers a series of topics including a comparison of catabolism in aerobic and anaerobic microbes, the contribution of microbes in the recycling of nutrients within an ecosystem, the role and organization of bacterial communities, and the potential of engineering microbes for therapeutic and environmental purposes.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Northwest Science Building B109Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, or the equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23825/2018

BIOS E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Biology Tutorial

James R. Morris, MD, PhD

Professor of Biology, Brandeis University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25096

Description
The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question. To support this process students search and review related literature, reading and critiquing sample papers to identify key components of a successful academic paper. The tutorial continues the development of students’ scholarly writing skills and research abilities, discussing writing techniques and appropriate sourcing and citation methods as they study each of the elements of a proposal and analyze proposal examples. Students are asked to write and revise each section of the proposal, culminating in a draft of a complete proposal by the end of the tutorial. Students should not register for this tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. They should consider if this is the right time to start independent research, as the goal of the tutorial is to move from crafting the thesis proposal to thesis registration with no extended breaks. Students should begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing this tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial involves in-person and/or phone or Zoom web conference meetings with the instructor, along with a series of proposal development assignments available online in a modular format. Students are expected to work through all of the assignments during the semester in a timely fashion to reach the goal of a fully developed proposal draft.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biology. They must have completed eight courses toward the degree, including statistics, be in good academic standing, and have the approval of the instructor. Because scientific research is dependent upon laboratory space, project funding, and access to private databases, the thesis proposal is crafted after a thesis director is identified, but before students officially begin work on their thesis. For Harvard lab employees who are currently working in a Harvard laboratory and want to do their thesis research there, the faculty member of the lab could serve as their thesis director. For lab employees who are currently working in a non-Harvard laboratory and want to do their thesis research there, the supervisor could serve as one thesis co-director and their research advisor can help them identify a Harvard faculty member who can serve as a second thesis co-director. Students should work with Dr. Morris to find a lab/thesis director by December 18. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis. Only candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track can register for the tutorial for graduate credit; those in the 10-course thesis track should register for noncredit. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the tutorial.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25096/2018

BIOS E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Biology Tutorial

James R. Morris, MD, PhD

Professor of Biology, Brandeis University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15474

Description
The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question. To support this process students search and review related literature, reading and critiquing sample papers to identify key components of a successful academic paper. The tutorial continues the development of students’ scholarly writing skills and research abilities, discussing writing techniques and appropriate sourcing and citation methods as they study each of the elements of a proposal and analyze proposal examples. Students are asked to write and revise each section of the proposal, culminating in a draft of a complete proposal by the end of the tutorial. Students should not register for this tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. They should consider if this is the right time to start independent research, as the goal of the tutorial is to move from crafting the thesis proposal to thesis registration with no extended breaks. Students should begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing this tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial involves in-person and/or phone or Zoom web conference meetings with the instructor, along with a series of proposal development assignments available online in a modular format. Students are expected to work through all of the assignments during the semester in a timely fashion to reach the goal of a fully developed proposal draft.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biology. They must have completed eight courses toward the degree, including statistics, be in good academic standing, and have the approval of the instructor. Because scientific research is dependent upon laboratory space, project funding, and access to private databases, the thesis proposal is crafted after a thesis director is identified, but before students officially begin work on their thesis. For Harvard lab employees who are currently working in a Harvard laboratory and want to do their thesis research there, the faculty member of the lab could serve as their thesis director. For lab employees who are currently working in a non-Harvard laboratory and want to do their thesis research there, the supervisor could serve as one thesis co-director and their research advisor can help them identify a Harvard faculty member who can serve as a second thesis co-director. Students should work with Dr. Morris to find a lab/thesis director by August 1. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the tutorial.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15474/2017

BIOT E-100
Introduction to Bioinformatics

Edward G. Freedman, MS

Bioinformatics Software Engineer

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14566

Description
This course explores how computer science and mathematics, supported by information technology, have combined with modern laboratory technologies to solve previously intractable problems in the life sciences. Areas of bioinformatics discussed include DNA sequencing and assembly, sequence alignment, gene prediction, functional genomics, phylogenetics, sequence, gene, protein databases, and, time permitting, the impact on society and ethical considerations. Students learn simple programming language approaches using Python to automate the use of bioinformatics tools and interpret their output. Basic concepts of probability are introduced to help understand the significance of results.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
53 Church Street 202

Required sections Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Knowledge of college algebra (logarithms, exponents, factorials, sets) and basic molecular biology of genes, DNA, RNA, proteins. Ability to read and write small computer programs in a modern language, as gained by CSCI E-7, CSCI E-10a, or the equivalent. (Java is not required.) Good qualitative and quantitative reasoning.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14566/2017

BIOT E-105
Bioinformatics: Fundamentals of Sequence Analysis

Michael Agostino, PhD

Senior Bioinformatics Analyst, Pfizer, Inc.

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24434

Description
With breakthroughs in biotechnology such as high-throughput and inexpensive DNA sequencing, we are collecting vast amounts of data that will be analyzed for years to come. The details of this data reveal basic information such as gene and protein structures, and may lead us to major discoveries like gene-disease associations. This course teaches the bioinformatics skills used in academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical laboratories for analyzing individual DNA and protein sequences. This is not a programming course. Classes consist of lecture and extensive hands-on work using mainstream web-based bioinformatics tools. Students learn how to evaluate data sources and choose the correct paths to solutions. Throughout the semester, interesting biological questions are addressed by analyzing sequences, searching databases, using sophisticated software, and interpreting results. Upon completion of the course, students have extensive skills with sequence analysis tools and are prepared for their own laboratory projects or bioinformatics software creation.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Fundamental knowledge of molecular biology (DNA, RNA, protein) and genomics, with more advanced knowledge a definite plus. No programming skills required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24434/2018

BIOT E-120
Ethics and Trends in Biotechnology

Masha Fridkis-Hareli, PhD

President, ATR, LLC

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15456

Description
This is an introductory course that covers selected topics in science and technology as they relate to the development of therapies for different types of diseases. The goal of the course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the processes, trends, technologies, and ethical issues around animal use and healthcare decisions in the biopharmaceutical industry. The course covers the business of biotechnology, genetic engineering, drug development, translational research, diagnostics, therapies including precision medicine, and vaccines.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 110Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, BIOS E-1b, BIOS E-12, or the equivalents.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15456/2017

BIOT E-120
Ethics and Trends in Biotechnology

Masha Fridkis-Hareli, PhD

President, ATR, LLC

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25195

Description
This is an introductory course that covers selected topics in science and technology as they relate to the development of therapies for different types of diseases. The goal of the course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the processes, trends, technologies, and ethical issues around animal use and healthcare decisions in the biopharmaceutical industry. The course covers the business of biotechnology, genetic engineering, drug development, translational research, diagnostics, therapies including precision medicine, and vaccines.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, BIOS E-1b, BIOS E-12, or the equivalents.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25195/2018

BIOT E-200
Proseminar: Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in Biotechnology

Margaret A. Lynch, PhD

Associate Director of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Division of Science, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13645 | Section 1

Description
In this proseminar, we focus on science writing, data interpretation, and collaborative and independent experimental design. Students who successfully complete the course are those who demonstrate an ability to assess information from the primary scientific literature, a command of oral and written communication skills, and the ability to generate a logical progression of experiments to help validate or nullify their hypothesis. Reading materials include publications on scientific writing, experimental design, and peer-reviewed journal articles. This is the required admission course for the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology. Students interested in the Master of Liberal Arts, biology, should see BIOS E-200.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Northwest Science Building B109Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Instructors assume that students already have undergraduate degrees in an area of life, physical, or computer science, as well as professional scientific training. Scientists coming from a physical or computer science background should successfully complete BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b as well as BIOS E-12 before attempting to take BIOT E-200. Students must earn a satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13645/2017

BIOT E-200
Proseminar: Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in Biotechnology

Beth Zielinski-Habershaw, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology, Brown University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14719 | Section 2

Description
In this proseminar, we focus on science writing, data interpretation, and collaborative and independent experimental design. Students who successfully complete the course are those who demonstrate an ability to assess information from the primary scientific literature, a command of oral and written communication skills, and the ability to generate a logical progression of experiments to help validate or nullify their hypothesis. Reading materials include publications on scientific writing, experimental design, and peer-reviewed journal articles. This is the required admission course for the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology. Students interested in the Master of Liberal Arts, biology, should see BIOS E-200.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Instructors assume that students already have undergraduate degrees in an area of life, physical, or computer science, as well as professional scientific training. Scientists coming from a physical or computer science background should successfully complete BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b as well as BIOS E-12 before attempting to take BIOT E-200. Students must earn a satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14719/2017

BIOT E-200
Proseminar: Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing in Biotechnology

Elizabeth Wiltrout, PhD

Graduate Program Manager, Tufts Medical Center

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23457

Description
In this proseminar, we focus on science writing, data interpretation, and collaborative and independent experimental design. Students who successfully complete the course are those who demonstrate an ability to assess information from the primary scientific literature, a command of oral and written communication skills, and the ability to generate a logical progression of experiments to help validate or nullify their hypothesis. Reading materials include publications on scientific writing, experimental design, and peer-reviewed journal articles. This is the required admission course for the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology. Students interested in the Master of Liberal Arts, biology, should see BIOS E-200.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Northwest Science Building B109Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Instructors assume that students already have undergraduate degrees in an area of life, physical, or computer science, as well as professional scientific training. Scientists coming from a physical or computer science background should successfully complete BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b as well as BIOS E-12 before attempting to take BIOT E-200. Students must earn a satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23457/2018

BIOT E-205
Drug Discovery, Project Design, and Management

Donald R. Kirsch, PhD

Biopharma Consultant

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25119

Description
The course outlines the basic principles underlying the design of drug discovery campaigns and the management of such programs without formal authority (matrix management). The course acquaints the student with current drug discovery practices in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The steps in the process are presented and strategic considerations are discussed through case studies. The course helps prepare students who already have a background in the scientific disciplines underlying drug discovery (cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, organic chemistry, and medicinal chemistry) to take on the design and management of research programs aimed at the discovery of new or improved pharmacological agents. The course is not specific to one therapeutic area but rather provides information common to drug discovery in all therapeutic areas.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Science Center 110Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: The course assumes a solid understanding of science. BIOS E-10, BIOS E-12, and BIOS E-16, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25119/2018

BIOT E-215
Clinical Trial Research

Katherine Arbour, ALM

Head of Data Management, Moderna Therapeutics

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14495

Description
This course provides an introduction to clinical trial research using case examples in solid tumor and hematology oncology clinical trials and immunological disorders and infections. Students are introduced to the clinical research spectrum and become familiar with the essential components necessary to conduct clinical trial research in a global market.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 105Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14495/2017

BIOT E-225
Biomedical Product Development

Sujata K. Bhatia, PhD, MD

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23984

Description
This course examines the design and development of new therapeutic products. Students learn through case-based studies of product development for pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, and combination therapies. The course describes the steps of biomedical product development, from conceptualization to design to manufacturing to regulatory approval and commercialization. The course discusses both technical and business factors that contribute to the success or failure of new biomedical products. Appropriate design of preclinical and clinical trials is also included. Students gain an appreciation for emerging technologies in stem cells, gene therapy, tissue regeneration, personalized medicine, and targeted therapies. Additionally, students learn about the special challenges presented by emerging biomedical technologies. By the end of the course, each student completes a project to propose a new biomedical device and identify the regulatory strategy, technical milestones, and business milestones for the new device.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Background in introductory biology and chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23984/2018

BIOT E-230
Structure and Function of Human Monoclonal Antibodies

William Sisk, PhD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15040

Description
Monoclonal antibodies have become the major therapeutic modality for the treatment of many important diseases. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the path from the discovery and development of potential therapeutic monoclonal antibodies to their introduction into the clinic. The course is based primarily on real-world case studies of therapeutic antibody discovery and development. We start with an in-depth review of the immunoglobulin genetic locus and the subsequent generation of antibody epitope diversity. Antibody discovery methodologies, including hybridoma technology, direct isolation of antibodies from B-cells, and the use of various display approaches are covered. The basic structural, functional, and biochemical features of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies are analyzed. Selected topics in antibody engineering cover antibody humanization, affinity maturation, and selection of the appropriate Fc-mediated effector function. The clinical developmental pathway of monoclonal antibodies—including generation of high-titer cell lines, large-scale cell culture development, purification optimization, formulation, stability, and analytical characterization—are reviewed thoroughly. The student develops a greater appreciation for the process of antibody discovery and how monoclonal antibodies have become such effective therapeutics.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 103Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Previous coursework in biological sciences (immunology, genetics, protein biochemistry).

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15040/2017

BIOT E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Biotechnology or Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Tutorial

Steven Denkin, PhD

Director and Research Advisor, Biotechnology, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25097

Description
The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question. To support this process students search and review related literature, reading and critiquing sample papers to identify key components of a successful academic paper. The tutorial continues the development of students’ scholarly writing skills and research abilities, discussing writing techniques and appropriate sourcing and citation methods as they study each of the elements of a proposal and analyze proposal examples. Students are asked to write and revise each section of the proposal, culminating in a draft of a complete proposal by the end of the tutorial. Students should not register for this tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. They should consider if this is the right time to start independent research, as the goal of the tutorial is to move from crafting the thesis proposal to thesis registration with no extended breaks. Students should begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing this tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial involves in-person and/or phone or Zoom web conference meetings with the instructor, along with a series of proposal development assignments available online in a modular format. Students are expected to work through all of the assignments during the semester in a timely fashion to reach the goal of a fully developed proposal draft.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology or bioengineering and nanotechnology. They must have completed the statistics requirement, eight courses toward the degree, be in good academic standing, and have the approval of the instructor. Because scientific research is dependent upon laboratory space, project funding, and access to private databases, the thesis proposal is crafted after a thesis director is identified, but before students officially begin work on their thesis. For Harvard lab employees who are currently working in a Harvard laboratory and want to do their thesis research there, the faculty member of the lab could serve as their thesis director. For lab employees who are currently working in a non-Harvard laboratory and want to do their thesis research there, the supervisor could serve as their thesis director if he or she has a PhD and expertise in the area of research that students wish to pursue. Students should work with Dr. Denkin to find a lab/thesis director by December 18. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis. Only candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track can register for the tutorial for graduate credit; those in the 10-course thesis track should register for noncredit. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the tutorial.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25097/2018

BIOT E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Biotechnology or Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Tutorial

Steven Denkin, PhD

Director and Research Advisor, Biotechnology, Harvard Extension School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15476

Description
The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question. To support this process students search and review related literature, reading and critiquing sample papers to identify key components of a successful academic paper. The tutorial continues the development of students’ scholarly writing skills and research abilities, discussing writing techniques and appropriate sourcing and citation methods as they study each of the elements of a proposal and analyze proposal examples. Students are asked to write and revise each section of the proposal, culminating in a draft of a complete proposal by the end of the tutorial. Students should not register for this tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. They should consider if this is the right time to start independent research, as the goal of the tutorial is to move from crafting the thesis proposal to thesis registration with no extended breaks. Students should begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing this tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial involves in-person and/or phone or Zoom web conference meetings with the instructor, along with a series of proposal development assignments available online in a modular format. Students are expected to work through all of the assignments during the semester in a timely fashion to reach the goal of a fully developed proposal draft.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology or bioengineering and nanotechnology. They must have completed the statistics requirement, eight courses toward the degree, be in good academic standing, and have the approval of the instructor. Because scientific research is dependent upon laboratory space, project funding, and access to private databases, the thesis proposal is crafted after a thesis director is identified, but before students officially begin work on their thesis. For Harvard lab employees who are currently working in a Harvard laboratory and want to do their thesis research there, the faculty member of the lab could serve as their thesis director. For lab employees who are currently working in a non-Harvard laboratory and want to do their thesis research there, the supervisor could serve as their thesis director if he or she has a PhD and expertise in the area of research that students wish to pursue. Students should work with Dr. Denkin to find a lab/thesis director by August 1. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the tutorial.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15476/2017

CELT E-115
The Irish Supernatural

Kathryn Ann Chadbourne, PhD

Affiliate of the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15371

Description
This course introduces students to the Irish supernatural, with sources ranging from the earliest Irish tales to contemporary memorates about ghosts, fairy thorns, and the banshee. Topics include supernatural people, creatures, and places, as well as the way the Otherworld is imagined and described over time. Special attention is paid to human behavior designed to avert, appease, or appropriate supernatural powers. We read and listen to narratives, songs and tunes, first-hand accounts, proverbs, and place lore, and we explore scholarly ideas about belief and disbelief and about the importance and relevance of the supernatural in Irish culture.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 210Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15371/2017

CGRK E-1A
Elementary Classical Greek

James Townshend, AM

Teaching Fellow in Classics, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14240

Description
This course is an introduction to the ancient Greek language intended for students with no previous experience. Starting with the alphabet and basic pronunciation, students learn essential skills they need to start reading ancient Greek at the beginner level.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 109Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1150
Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 2

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14240/2017

CGRK E-1B
Elementary Classical Greek

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23989

Description
This course is a continuation of CGRK E-1A; it builds on that course by introducing students to the remaining aspects of morphology and more complicated syntactical constructions that allow the students to read more difficult ancient Greek texts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 109Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1150
Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 2

Prerequisites: CGRK E-1A, or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23989/2018

CGRK E-31
Homer’s Odyssey

Jeremy Rau, PhD

Professor of Linguistics and of the Classics, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15372

Description
Reading of selections of Homer’s Odyssey, with an introduction to Homeric language and meter and the history of the poem. The course also includes a survey of Homeric linguistics, including the compositional background of the poems, the effect of meter and composition on Homeric language, and the dialect makeup of Homeric language.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 104Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CGRK E-1a and CGRK E-1b, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15372/2017

CGRK E-35
Euripides

Jeremy Rau, PhD

Professor of Linguistics and of the Classics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25048

Description
A close reading of Euripides’ Bacchae and Hippolytus, with an introduction to the language and meter of the plays and their background.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 103Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CGRK E-1a and CGRK E-1b, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

CHEM E-1A
General Chemistry I (Lecture and Lab)

Gregg Tucci, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Justin McCarty, MM

Head Teaching Fellow in General Chemistry, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Fall term 2017 | CRN 11918

Description
CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b are intended for premedical students and science majors. CHEM E-1a is an introduction to the structure and properties of atoms and molecules; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; quantum mechanics of light and particles, including the quantum structure of the periodic table; chemical bonding and photochemistry; coordination chemistry; properties of gases, liquids, and solutions; energy relationships in chemistry; and thermochemistry. Students may not wear contact lenses in the labs and safety glasses are required.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Science Center Hall B

Required weekly discussion sections and laboratories to be arranged at the first class meeting.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Mathematics through high school algebra; considerable fluency in elementary mathematics. Previous study of chemistry is not required but is extremely helpful. Students with no previous background in chemistry should become acquainted with the material beforehand and be prepared to make extra efforts. A review of elementary algebra, particularly word problems, is highly recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 340 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-11918/2017

CHEM E-1AX
General Chemistry I (Lecture)

Gregg Tucci, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Justin McCarty, MM

Head Teaching Fellow in General Chemistry, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14578

Description
CHEM E-1ax and CHEM E-1bx are online versions of CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b but they are not intended for premedical students because many medical schools do not accept online courses and these courses do not included a laboratory. CHEM E-1ax is an introduction to the structure and properties of atoms and molecules; chemical reactions and stoichiometry; quantum mechanics of light and particles, including the quantum structure of the periodic table; chemical bonding and photochemistry; coordination chemistry; properties of gases, liquids, and solutions; energy relationships in chemistry; and thermochemistry. See CHEM E-1bxl for the lab course.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional weekly discussion sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Mathematics through high school algebra; considerable fluency in elementary mathematics. Previous study of chemistry is not required but is extremely helpful. Students with no previous background in chemistry should become acquainted with the material beforehand and be prepared to make extra efforts. A review of elementary algebra, particularly word problems, is highly recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14578/2017

CHEM E-1AXL
General Chemistry I (Lab)

Justin McCarty, MM

Head Teaching Fellow in General Chemistry, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14587

Description
This laboratory class is only open to students who are concurrently enrolled in the online course CHEM E-1ax or have previously taken CHEM E-1ax and earned a C-minus or higher grade. The course allows students to gain familiarity with laboratory techniques and apparatus, and to apply their knowledge of concepts from CHEM E-1ax in an actual laboratory situation. Prior to each lab, students read the lab experiment and complete a pre-laboratory report. All students must complete mandatory safety training to participate in the lab; this training is provided at the first class meeting. Students may not wear contact lenses in the lab and safety glasses are required.

Class Meetings:
On campus only

Labs meet roughly every other Saturday 10 am-12:30 pm. Specific schedule to be announced.Start Date:

Undergraduate credit: $400
Credits: 1

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in one semester of general chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14587/2017

CHEM E-1B
General Chemistry II (Lecture and Lab)

Gregg Tucci, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Justin McCarty, MM

Head Teaching Fellow in General Chemistry, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 20020

Description
CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b are intended for premedical students and science majors. CHEM E-1b is a continuation of CHEM E-1a. Topics include thermodynamics and electrochemistry; rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions; phase transitions, structure, and bonding in solids; acids and bases; buffers and titrations; and environmental chemistry. Students may not wear contact lenses in the labs and safety glasses are required.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Science Center Hall B

Required weekly discussion sections and laboratories to be arranged at the first class meeting.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CHEM E-1a with a grade of C or higher, or the equivalent. Students interested in taking CHEM E-1b without having taken CHEM E-1a should e-mail the instructor with a detailed syllabus and grade report from their previous general chemistry course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 340 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-20020/2018

CHEM E-1BX
General Chemistry II (Lecture)

Gregg Tucci, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Justin McCarty, MM

Head Teaching Fellow in General Chemistry, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24285

Description
CHEM E-1ax and CHEM E-1bx are online versions of CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b but they are not intended for premedical students because many medical schools do not accept online courses and these courses do not included a laboratory. CHEM E-1bx is a continuation of CHEM E-1ax. Topics include thermodynamics and electrochemistry; rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions; phase transitions, structure, and bonding in solids; acids and bases; buffers and titrations; and environmental chemistry. See CHEM E-1bxl for the lab course.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional weekly discussion sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: CHEM E-1ax with a grade of C or higher, or the equivalent. Students interested in taking CHEM E-1bx without having taken CHEM E-1ax should e-mail the instructor with a detailed syllabus and grade report from their previous general chemistry course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24285/2018

CHEM E-1BXL
General Chemistry II (Lab)

Justin McCarty, MM

Head Teaching Fellow in General Chemistry, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24307

Description
This laboratory course allows students to gain familiarity with laboratory techniques and apparatus, and to apply their knowledge of concepts from CHEM E-1bx in an actual laboratory situation. Prior to each lab, students read the lab experiment and complete a pre-laboratory report. All students must complete mandatory safety training to participate in the lab; this training is provided at the first class meeting. Students may not wear contact lenses in the lab and safety glasses are required.

Class Meetings:
On campus only

Labs meet roughly every other Saturday 10 am-12:30 pm. Specific schedule to be announced.Start Date:

Undergraduate credit: $400
Credits: 1

Prerequisites: Previous or concurrent enrollment in two semesters of general chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24307/2018

CHEM E-17
Principles of Organic Chemistry

Sirinya Matchacheep, PhD

Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Director of Instructional Laboratory Programs, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15393

Description
This course is a one-semester introduction to organic chemistry, with an emphasis on structure and bonding, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and chemical reactivity. Many of the major classes of organic compounds are covered, including alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, and carboxylic acid derivatives. Students who succeed in this course are well prepared for more advanced organic chemistry courses as well as the MCAT/DAT/GRE exams. This course does not include a lab; students who need an organic chemistry lab should enroll in CHEM E-17L.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Science Center Hall D

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b with grades of B-minus or higher, or equivalent preparation in general chemistry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15393/2017

CHEM E-17
Principles of Organic Chemistry

Sirinya Matchacheep, PhD

Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Director of Instructional Laboratory Programs, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25023

Description
This course is a one-semester introduction to organic chemistry, with an emphasis on structure and bonding, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and chemical reactivity. Many of the major classes of organic compounds are covered, including alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, and carboxylic acid derivatives. Students who succeed in this course are well prepared for more advanced organic chemistry courses as well as the MCAT/DAT/GRE exams. This course does not include a lab; students who need an organic chemistry lab should enroll in CHEM E-17L.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: CHEM E-1a and CHEM E-1b with grades of B-minus or higher, or equivalent preparation in general chemistry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25023/2018

CHEM E-17L
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Teaching Assistant in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15394 | Section 1

Description
This hands-on experimental course is intended to complement CHEM E-17 and CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the reactions learned in lecture—such as those of carbonyls, alkenes, and conjugated systems—are expanded upon in the laboratory. In addition to performing reactions, purification techniques and spectroscopic analysis are emphasized. Laboratory procedures include acid-base extraction, distillation, chromatography, drug screening, and quantitative multi-step synthesis.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7-11 pm
Science Center 210Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $800
Credits: 2

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 42 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15394/2017

CHEM E-17L
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Teaching Assistant in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25130 | Section 2

Description
This hands-on experimental course is intended to complement CHEM E-17 and CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the reactions learned in lecture—such as those of carbonyls, alkenes, and conjugated systems—are expanded upon in the laboratory. In addition to performing reactions, purification techniques and spectroscopic analysis are emphasized. Laboratory procedures include acid-base extraction, distillation, chromatography, drug screening, and quantitative multi-step synthesis.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 1-5 pm
Science Center 210Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $800
Credits: 2

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

CHEM E-17L
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Teaching Assistant in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25131 | Section 3

Description
This hands-on experimental course is intended to complement CHEM E-17 and CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the reactions learned in lecture—such as those of carbonyls, alkenes, and conjugated systems—are expanded upon in the laboratory. In addition to performing reactions, purification techniques and spectroscopic analysis are emphasized. Laboratory procedures include acid-base extraction, distillation, chromatography, drug screening, and quantitative multi-step synthesis.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm
Science Center 210Start Date: Jan. 27, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $800
Credits: 2

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 42 students

CHEM E-17L
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Teaching Assistant in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15504 | Section 2

Description
This hands-on experimental course is intended to complement CHEM E-17 and CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the reactions learned in lecture—such as those of carbonyls, alkenes, and conjugated systems—are expanded upon in the laboratory. In addition to performing reactions, purification techniques and spectroscopic analysis are emphasized. Laboratory procedures include acid-base extraction, distillation, chromatography, drug screening, and quantitative multi-step synthesis.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 1-5 pm
Science Center 210Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $800
Credits: 2

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15504/2017

CHEM E-17L
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Teaching Assistant in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15505 | Section 3

Description
This hands-on experimental course is intended to complement CHEM E-17 and CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the reactions learned in lecture—such as those of carbonyls, alkenes, and conjugated systems—are expanded upon in the laboratory. In addition to performing reactions, purification techniques and spectroscopic analysis are emphasized. Laboratory procedures include acid-base extraction, distillation, chromatography, drug screening, and quantitative multi-step synthesis.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm
Science Center 210Start Date: Sep. 2, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $800
Credits: 2

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 42 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15505/2017

CHEM E-17L
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Teaching Assistant in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25024 | Section 1

Description
This hands-on experimental course is intended to complement CHEM E-17 and CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the reactions learned in lecture—such as those of carbonyls, alkenes, and conjugated systems—are expanded upon in the laboratory. In addition to performing reactions, purification techniques and spectroscopic analysis are emphasized. Laboratory procedures include acid-base extraction, distillation, chromatography, drug screening, and quantitative multi-step synthesis.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7-11 pm
Science Center 210Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $800
Credits: 2

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 42 students

CHEM E-27
Organic Chemistry of Life

Sirinya Matchacheep, PhD

Lecturer on Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Director of Instructional Laboratory Programs, Harvard University

Brandon David Conley, MA

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25022

Description
This course is a second-semester organic chemistry course focusing on organic chemistry reactivity processes in living systems. Emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms of enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, cofactors, natural products, and the organic chemistry and metabolism of drugs and druglike molecules. This course does not include a lab; students who need an organic chemistry lab should enroll in CHEM E-17L.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Science Center Hall D

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent preparation in organic chemistry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25022/2018

CHEM E-100
Organic Chemistry of Drug Synthesis and Action

Craig Masse, PhD

Senior Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Nimbus Discovery, Inc.

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14210

Description
This course emphasizes the application of organic synthesis to the development of pharmaceutical targets at both the medicinal and process chemistry levels. It examines the macromolecular targets of some of the more popular types of pharmaceutical therapies that exist today using case histories of modern drug molecules for each topic.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center 110Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Two semesters of organic chemistry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14210/2017

CLAS E-116
The Ancient Greek Hero

Gregory Nagy, PhD

Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

Kevin McGrath, PhD

Associate in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24099

Description
The readings, all in English translation, are the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey, seven tragedies (Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, Sophocles’ two Oedipus dramas, and Euripides’ Hippolytus and The Bacchic Women), and two dialogues of Plato (the Apology and the Phaedo, both centering on the last days of Socrates); and from the dialogue On Heroes by an eminent thinker in the second sophistic movement, Philostratus. The recorded lectures are from the HarvardX course The Ancient Greek Hero. The contents are divided into 24 Hours, a term referring to the number of hour-long class meetings in the academic semester. All the texts are freely available on the multimedia interactive HeroesX website. This site also includes the Sourcebook (masterpieces of Greek literature with tools to track over 70 key concepts in ancient Greek civilization); The Ancient Greek Hero, a six-hundred page book which covers everything in the course; a full set of complex self-assessments; videos of textual close reading for each Hour; hundreds of video dialogues on the weekly focus texts and transcripts for all these videos plus audio files for every video; video clips from movies which we quote; images from vase painting; multimedia annotation tools to engage deeply with every focus text and image; and 24-hour access to discussion forums moderated by the Board of Readers and HeroesX participants from all over the world. When the course ends, students are invited to participate in Hour 25, a free, open-ended companion project hosted by Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, with live video dialogues.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required online sections Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24099/2018

CLAS E-116
The Ancient Greek Hero

Gregory Nagy, PhD

Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

Kevin McGrath, PhD

Associate in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13404

Description
The readings, all in English translation, are the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey, seven tragedies (Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy, Sophocles’ two Oedipus dramas, and Euripides’ Hippolytus and The Bacchic Women), and two dialogues of Plato (the Apology and the Phaedo, both centering on the last days of Socrates); and from the dialogue On Heroes by an eminent thinker in the second sophistic movement, Philostratus. The recorded lectures are from the HarvardX course The Ancient Greek Hero. The contents are divided into 24 Hours, a term referring to the number of hour-long class meetings in the academic semester. All the texts are freely available on the multimedia interactive HeroesX website. This site also includes the Sourcebook (masterpieces of Greek literature with tools to track over 70 key concepts in ancient Greek civilization); The Ancient Greek Hero, a six-hundred page book which covers everything in the course; a full set of complex self-assessments; videos of textual close reading for each Hour; hundreds of video dialogues on the weekly focus texts and transcripts for all these videos plus audio files for every video; video clips from movies which we quote; images from vase painting; multimedia annotation tools to engage deeply with every focus text and image; and 24-hour access to discussion forums moderated by the Board of Readers and HeroesX participants from all over the world. When the course ends, students are invited to participate in Hour 25, a free, open-ended companion project hosted by Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, with live video dialogues.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required online sections Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13404/2017

CLAS E-207
Healing Sanctuaries and Medicine in Ancient Greece

Kimberley Christine Patton, PhD

Professor of the Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, Harvard Divinity School

David Gordon Mitten, PhD

James Loeb Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, Emeritus, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15391

Description
How was disease understood, and healing sought, in ancient Greek religion? What was the relationship of religious healing to the practice of medicine in Mediterranean antiquity? What light does this history shed on contemporary ideologies and practices of health care? Exploring three prominent healing sanctuaries of the physician-god Asklepios (Epidauros, Kos, and Pergamon) with a historian of religion and a classical archaeologist, this seminar considers a range of archaeological and literary evidence.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 111Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15391/2017

CREA E-20
Introduction to Memoir

Christina Thompson, PhD

Editor, <em>Harvard Review</em>, Harvard College Library

Fall term 2017 | CRN 12750

Description
This is an introductory course for those interested in autobiographical writing. We explore the possibilities of the medium, the uses of narration and reflection, the changing shape of memories, and the distinctions between the private, personal, and public from the standpoints of material and audience. There is assigned writing for each class meeting, and students submit a final portfolio of their revised work.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 104Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12750/2017

CREA E-23
Fiction Workshop: Story Origins

Gregory A. Harris, MFA

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14251

Description
Does everyone have a story to tell? Why just one—why not 200? Or an infinite number? What if we could see the story in every human moment—and tell it with passion? This workshop focuses on story origins. We spend part of the semester learning new techniques to get stories started and new ways of looking at the very nature of storytelling. We read what different authors have to say about where stories come from, and what different journals seem to look for in stories. We consider a great volume of published fiction to see what makes a plot or character compelling. In the last six weeks of the term, we finish some of the stories we have started, and work on polishing them into completed, publishable works.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 211Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14251/2017

CREA E-24
Story Development

Shelley Evans, MFA

Screenwriter

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24510

Description
This workshop introduces the unique challenges of longform storytelling, and helps writers develop strategies for approaching long projects, either screenplays or novels. Many writers are drawn to the page by character or language or theme, but story is the scaffold on which movies and novels depend. Over the course of the semester, we learn to work creatively with the tasks of story building. We begin with ideas—where and how do we find them? What kinds of ideas can carry a story? How can you turn a wobbly idea into one that works? We then consider character—who does the story belong to? How do their desires, problems, and drives give the story its essential energy? Then we turn to story development and structure, the primary work of the course: how do you keep an idea alive for two-hundred pages, or two hours? What elements help a story build energy and momentum, and deliver us to a satisfying close? We explore these essential story energies using writing exercises, examples from film and literature, and the shared experience of working writers.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 207Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24510/2018

CREA E-25
Introduction to Fiction Writing

Philip Gambone, MA

Author

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23637 | Section 1

Description
A workshop for writers with little or no experience in writing fiction. The class focuses on the elements of fiction: dialogue, voice, image, character, point of view, and structure. Students are asked to read and discuss fiction by major writers, to critique each other’s work, and to write and revise at least one short story. Requirements also include several short writing exercises.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 111Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23637/2018

CREA E-25
Introduction to Fiction Writing

William J. Holinger, MA

Director, Secondary School Program, Harvard Summer School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23177 | Section 2

Description
A workshop for writers with little or no experience in writing fiction. The class focuses on the elements of fiction: dialogue, voice, image, character, point of view, and structure. Students are asked to read and discuss fiction by major writers, to critique each other’s work, and to write and revise at least one short story. Requirements also include several short writing exercises.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 112Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23177/2018

CREA E-25
Introduction to Fiction Writing

Christopher S. Mooney, MA

Author

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13774

Description
A workshop for writers with little or no experience in writing fiction. The class focuses on the elements of fiction: dialogue, voice, image, character, point of view, and structure. Students are asked to read and discuss fiction by major writers, to critique each other’s work, and to write and revise at least one short story. Requirements also include several short writing exercises.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13774/2017

CREA E-30
Introduction to Writing Poetry

John Canaday, PhD

Author

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24737

Description
Students refine their mastery of the essential techniques of writing poetry, including rhythm and meter, diction, voice, sonic devices, lineation, imagery, and mode. They also study technical concerns in forms they identify as of particular interest to them, such as blank verse, sestinas, ghazals, sonnets, and free verse. Classes are divided between discussions of work by contemporary and historical poets and workshops of student writing.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 104Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24737/2018

CREA E-45
Beginning Screenwriting

Susan Steinberg, PhD

Filmmaker

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13975

Description
This is an intensive course that provides participants with a command of basic screenwriting elements and creative methods. The course goal is to promote each member’s originality, voice, knowledge, and screenwriting technical skills, culminating in a written script structure and act one of which students feel proud. Students are welcome to write an entire script, should they wish to—and many have. Among the films analyzed are Chinatown, The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, and Good Will Hunting. Lectures cover essential elements including script structure, plot, theme, character development, dialogue, conflict, and visual sequences. Film business matters such as script formatting, rights options, script registration, marketing, production considerations, and contractual agreements are also discussed.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 302Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13975/2017

CREA E-100R
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Short Story

Lindsay Mitchell, MFA

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14607 | Section 1

Description
This is an intensive workshop in the craft of writing short fiction for students who have read widely among past and contemporary masters of short fiction and who are accomplished in the elements of prose composition (mechanics, syntax, and structure). Students are expected to produce two new short stories (10 to 20 pages each) and to revise them during the term.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Center for Government and International Studies, Knafel Building K108Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: An intermediate-level writing workshop. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14607/2017

CREA E-100R
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Short Story

William Weitzel, PhD

Lecturer on Expository Writing, New York University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22613 | Section 2

Description
This is an intensive workshop in the craft of writing short fiction for students who have read widely among past and contemporary masters of short fiction and who are accomplished in the elements of prose composition (mechanics, syntax, and structure). Students are expected to produce two new short stories (10 to 20 pages each) and to revise them during the term.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: An intermediate-level writing workshop. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22613/2018

CREA E-100R
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Short Story

William Weitzel, PhD

Lecturer on Expository Writing, New York University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15460 | Section 2

Description
This is an intensive workshop in the craft of writing short fiction for students who have read widely among past and contemporary masters of short fiction and who are accomplished in the elements of prose composition (mechanics, syntax, and structure). Students are expected to produce two new short stories (10 to 20 pages each) and to revise them during the term.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: An intermediate-level writing workshop. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15460/2017

CREA E-100R
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Short Story

Christopher S. Mooney, MA

Author

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25235 | Section 3

Description
This is an intensive workshop in the craft of writing short fiction for students who have read widely among past and contemporary masters of short fiction and who are accomplished in the elements of prose composition (mechanics, syntax, and structure). Students are expected to produce two new short stories (10 to 20 pages each) and to revise them during the term.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: An intermediate-level writing workshop. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25235/2018

CREA E-100R
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Short Story

Lindsay Mitchell, MFA

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24317 | Section 1

Description
This is an intensive workshop in the craft of writing short fiction for students who have read widely among past and contemporary masters of short fiction and who are accomplished in the elements of prose composition (mechanics, syntax, and structure). Students are expected to produce two new short stories (10 to 20 pages each) and to revise them during the term.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 104Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: An intermediate-level writing workshop. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24317/2018

CREA E-101R
Writing a Nonfiction Book

Christina Thompson, PhD

Editor, <em>Harvard Review</em>, Harvard College Library

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25084

Description
This is a course for people who are embarked on a book-length work of nonfiction: biographers, memoirists, historians, journalists, science writers, and others who are writing for a non-specialist audience. Students should have a clearly formulated book idea or, ideally, be already working on a project. In the course we talk about voice, structure, audience, and how to pitch projects to agents and publishers. We also read samples from a wide variety of nonfiction books.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Emerson Hall 106Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: At least one creative writing class; preferably beginning or advanced narrative (or creative) nonfiction. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25084/2018

CREA E-103R
Advanced Fiction: Writing Crime Fiction

Seth Harwood, MFA

Instructor in Creative Writing, Stanford University Continuing Studies

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15116

Description
This course is for students eager to write in the mystery, thriller, or crime genres. In the first half of the course, students develop critical craft elements of their work through exercises in dialogue, descriptive action, and in developing three-dimensional characters. To learn how to set the hook and place it firmly, we look at the writer’s connection to readers and strengthen the all-important task of dispersing information. Reading stories by James Lee Burke and Charlaine Harris, as well as Russell Banks and Annie Proulx, students develop the skill of reading as a writer, picking up where literature courses leave off to target exactly how writers read. After building a set of reference points for constructive discussion and the vocabulary for analytic feedback in the first half of the course, each participant workshops a story or excerpt in the second half. By course’s end, students have a developed story or novel excerpt and ideas about submitting for publication.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A college-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should email a sample of their own fiction (10 pages or fewer) to the instructor before the first class. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15116/2017

CREA E-105R
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Novel

William J. Holinger, MA

Director, Secondary School Program, Harvard Summer School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14016

Description
This is an advanced fiction-writing course for novelists. We discuss process as well as various elements of fiction, such as narration and narrative structure, as they relate specifically to the novel. Class meetings run mainly as workshops: students respond to one another’s novel excerpts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 111Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students should have completed other fiction writing courses, and a novel should be under way when the semester begins. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14016/2017

CREA E-110R
Advanced Poetry Writing

David Barber, MFA

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15114

Description
This workshop offers students the opportunity to further develop their aptitude and affinity for the practice of poetry. Students follow a structured sequence of writing assignments, readings, and exercises aimed at cultivating a sound working knowledge of the fundamental principles of prosody and the evolving possibilities of poetic form. There is a special emphasis on listening to lines and saying poems aloud, in concert with an eclectic assortment of audio archives. Another focus is the verse line through time, as we turn for instruction and inspiration to what the critic Paul Fussell calls the “historical dimension” of poetic meter and poetic form. Students also read and report on particular models and masters of their own choosing, along with selections from touchstone works in poetics such as Sir Philip Sidney’s An Apology for Poetry and T. S. Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” The collective goal is to create the conditions for reading and writing poems with a stronger sense of technical know-how and expressive conviction as well as a renewed appreciation for why poetry matters.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A beginning poetry course, or permission of the instructor. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15114/2017

CREA E-114
Advanced Fiction: Writing Suspense Fiction

Christopher S. Mooney, MA

Author

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24772

Description
Learn how techniques used in suspense fiction—structure, pace, tension, and plot—can be applied to your own writing. In addition to studying the bestselling works of both commercial and literary writers of suspense, students complete weekly writing assignments and participate in writing workshops. Writing samples will also be read and critiqued by a literary agent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: An introductory and/or intermediate fiction course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring to class either a work in progress or an idea for a novel or short story. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24772/2018

CREA E-118R
Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Kurt Pitzer, MFA

Author

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15461

Description
This workshop is for students who want to stretch their abilities as writers. The goal of the course is to produce publishable short memoirs, essays, profiles, literary nonfiction, or any of the other subgenres often called creative nonfiction. We develop pitches for editors; gather material through interviews, research, and observation; and then organize and rewrite our pieces until readers won’t put them down. Although we deal strictly in facts, we use literary devices such as scene, plot, character, and voice. We draw inspiration from masters of the craft such as Susan Orlean, Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, Virginia Woolf, and Ryszard Kapuscinski.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15461/2017

CREA E-120R
Advanced Screenwriting

Wayne Wilson, MFA

Screenwriter

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23827

Description
In this advanced screenwriting workshop, students read scripts, watch films, and discuss the work of workshop members. During the course each student presents two 20- to 30-page acts from his or her screenplay for class discussion. The final project is a revision of one of these two workshop submissions.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: CREA E-45, or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Students should e-mail a sample of their own writing (ten pages or fewer) to Mr. Wilson before the first class. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23827/2018

CREA E-124
Writing for TV

Bryan Delaney, MA

Playwright and Screenwriter

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15135

Description
This course provides students with an introduction to the basics of writing for TV, including contemporary digital platforms such as Netflix and Amazon. Topics covered include an overview of the current TV landscape, half-hour comedy versus hour-long drama, writing a treatment/pitch bible for the show, writing a good pilot, episode structure, dramatic conflict, characterization, dialogue, working in a writers’ room, dealing with notes, and understanding the hierarchy. The course also focuses on the business side of writing for TV—pitching, dealing with agents and producers, and more. During the course students write a treatment/pitch bible for a new TV series and write one or two drafts of the pilot script.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Ideally, students should come to the class with an idea for a TV series that they’d like to write (drama or comedy). Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15135/2017

CREA E-125R
Advanced Playwriting

Bryan Delaney, MA

Playwright and Screenwriter

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24828

Description
This course is intended for students who have some experience or knowledge of playwriting or dramatic writing in general so that they can refine the skills they’ve already acquired and take them to the next level. Topics covered include techniques for approaching the first draft, in-depth characterization, dramatic structure, conflict, shaping the action, language/dialogue (including subtext, rhythm, imagery, exposition), how to analyze students’ own work as playwrights, dealing with feedback, the drafting process, techniques for rewriting, collaboration (with directors, actors) and the business of the art—working with theaters, agents, dramaturgs. The focus of the course is more on what might be called the classical principles of dramatic writing rather than the more avant-garde approaches to the art.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Ideally, students come to the first class with an idea for a one-act play to write during the course, although this is not mandatory as the first class explores techniques for generating ideas. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

CREA E-134
Writing War

Chris Walsh, PhD

Interim Director, College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program, Boston University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25160

Description
“War is the best subject of all,” Ernest Hemingway wrote. “It groups the maximum of material and speeds up the action and brings out all sorts of stuff that normally you have to wait a lifetime to get.” This course gives students an opportunity to explore and practice writing about war, whether they have been affected by it directly, as is the case with military veterans and their families, or indirectly, as may be the case with everyone else in the age of an unending war on terror. How does war affect us, whoever we are? How should soldiers be thanked for their service, and what do they have to teach civilians about danger and duty? To respond creatively to these and other questions, students meet war memoirists and read texts such as Tim O’Brien’s If I Die in a Combat Zone Kayla Williams’ Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, and the most recent anthology from the Warrior Writers collective. With the help of inspiring models and the feedback of their classmates, students cultivate their own voices as writers about this “best subject of all.”

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25160/2018

CSCI E-1A
Understanding Technology

David J. Malan, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15513

Description
This course is for students who don’t (yet) consider themselves computer persons. Designed for students who work with technology every day but don’t necessarily understand how it all works underneath the hood or how to solve problems when something goes wrong, this course fills in the gaps, empowering students to use and troubleshoot technology more effectively. Through lectures on hardware, the Internet, multimedia, security, programming, and web development as well as through readings on current events, this course equips students for today’s technology and prepares them for tomorrow’s as well.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15513/2017

CSCI E-1B
Computer Science for Business Professionals

David J. Malan, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15514

Description
This course is a variant of Harvard College’s introduction to computer science, CS50, designed especially for business professionals. Whereas CS50 itself takes a bottom-up approach, emphasizing mastery of low-level concepts and implementation details thereof, this course takes a top-down approach, emphasizing mastery of high-level concepts and design decisions related thereto. Ultimately this course empowers students to make technological decisions even if not technologists themselves. Topics include cloud computing, networking, privacy, scalability, security, and more, with an emphasis on web and mobile technologies. Students emerge from this course with first-hand appreciation of how it all works and all the more confident in the factors that should guide their decision-making. This course is designed for managers, product managers, founders, and decision-makers more generally.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15514/2017

CSCI E-3
Introduction to Web Programming Using JavaScript

Laurence P. Bouthillier, CAS

Senior Director of Digital Learning Initiatives, Brown University School of Professional Studies

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15118

Description
This course provides an introduction to web development by way of the essential language and runtime environment that powers modern web interfaces. Through a series of examples and projects, students learn basic programming concepts while building an understanding of the power and complexities of JavaScript, which can perplex even experienced web developers. The course provides a solid foundation in computer programming in JavaScript: syntax and data structures, conditionals, objects, scope and closures, Ajax, the DOM, and event handling. Students gain an understanding of the popular libraries that power rich web applications such as jQuery, Ext JS, and others. Upon completion, students are prepared to use JavaScript libraries in their projects, write their own or extend existing JavaScript libraries, and build rich web applications using these powerful tools. No computer programming experience is required, though exposure to basic HTML and CSS is helpful.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15118/2017

CSCI E-7
Introduction to Programming with Python

Jeff Parker, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Claudia Virlanuta, BA

Data Scientist and Co-Founder of Edlitera.com

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15376

Description
Python is a language with a simple syntax, and a powerful set of libraries. It is an interpreted language, with a rich programming environment, including a robust debugger and profiler. While it is easy for beginners to learn, it is widely used in many scientific areas for data exploration. This course is an introduction to the Python programming language for students without prior programming experience. We cover data types and control flow, and introduce the analysis of program performance. The examples and problems used in this course are drawn from diverse areas such as text processing and simple graphics creation. Students implement a final project of their own design.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G115

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Comfort with computers, text editors, and the command line.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15376/2017

CSCI E-8
Web GIS: Technologies and Applications

Pinde Fu, PhD

Team Lead and Senior GIS Application Developer, Professional Services Division, Esri, Inc.

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25121

Description
Web GIS, as the combination of the web and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), is a new and promising field. It has unlocked the power of GIS, and put online maps and geospatial intelligence in the offices of millions and the hands of billions. This course aims to provide students with the essential web GIS knowledge needed for managing web GIS projects, teach students the latest web GIS technologies needed for building modern web GIS apps, and inspire students with real world application case studies. This course focuses on Esri’s web GIS platform, the most widely used GIS technology in government and business information systems. Products taught in this course include ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS web, and mobile apps including Story Maps, Web AppBuilder, Collector, Survey123, AppStudio, Operations Dashboard, Insights, Drone2Map, ArcGIS Earth, and 3D web scenes. ArcGIS API for JavaScript, internet of things, GeoEvent Server, big data, and GeoAnalytics Server are also introduced. Access to Harvard ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, and other ArcGIS software is provided.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Basic experience with or knowledge of computer science or GIS. Students should have a computer (either Windows or Mac) and a smart phone or tablet for creating web and mobile applications.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25121/2018

CSCI E-10A
Introduction to Computer Science Using Java I

Henry H. Leitner, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14289

Description
Intended for students with no previous programming background, this course introduces problem-solving methods and algorithm development using Java, one of the most popular high-level programming languages in the world. Students learn how to design, code, debug, and document programs using modern engineering techniques in a cloud-based Linux environment. Related topics include programming using iterative constructs, the basic aspects of arrays and recursion, string manipulation, parameter passing, information hiding and encapsulation using classes, and the functional decomposition of methods to enable object-oriented design. Some applications are chosen for their relevance to more advanced coursework in computer science while others involve nonscientific and business-related areas. Students can count two of the following three courses—CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-10b, and CSCI E-50—toward a degree. They cannot count all three toward a degree.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G115

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14289/2017

CSCI E-10B
Introduction to Computer Science Using Java II

Henry H. Leitner, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24027

Description
This course is a continuation of CSCI E-10a, with an emphasis on object-oriented programming using Java, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. We begin with the implementation of abstract data types using classes, focusing on encapsulation of procedures and data, inheritance hierarchies, and polymorphism across different object types. Other topics include string processing, multidimensional arrays, ArrayLists, Vectors, and linked lists; streams and file I/O; recursion; exception handling; threads and event-driven programming; and graphical user interface design using the Swing classes. The course concludes with an introduction to RISC machine architecture and aspects of compilers and operating systems. Programming exercises are conducted in a cloud-based Linux environment. Students can count two of the following three courses—CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-10b, and CSCI E-50—toward a degree. They cannot count all three toward a degree.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G115

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-10a, or the equivalent experience in a high-level programming language such as C, C++, or Java.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24027/2018

CSCI E-11
Introduction to the Challenges and Opportunities of Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity

Brian Subirana, PhD

Director, Auto-ID Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25189

Description
In this course, we review use cases and challenges of three interrelated areas in computer science: big data, the Internet of things, and cybersecurity. Students gain an overview of the possibilities and challenges of building complex information systems that take advantage of recent advances in these fields. The course is divided into three parts, each presented by leading MIT experts in their field. The first part surveys state-of-the-art topics in big data: data collection (smartphones, sensors, the Web), data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, Spark), extracting structured data from unstructured data, systems issues (exploiting multicore processors, security), analytics (machine learning, data compression, efficient algorithms), visualization, and a range of applications. In this first part students learn to distinguish big data (volume, velocity, variety), learn where it comes from, and the key challenges in gathering and using it; determine how and where big data challenges arise in a number of domains, including social media, transportation, finance, and medicine; investigate multicore challenges and how to engineer around them; explore the relational model, SQL, and capabilities of new relational systems in terms of scalability and performance; understand the capabilities of NoSQL systems, their capabilities and pitfalls, and how the NewSQL movement addresses these issues; and maximize the MapReduce programming model: its benefits, how it compares to relational systems, and new developments that improve its performance and robustness. The second part of the course looks at the Internet of things (IoT). While the promise of the IoT brings many new business prospects, it also presents significant challenges ranging from technology architectural choices to security concerns. This part of the course offers important insights on how to overcome these challenges and thrive in this exciting space. The concept of IoT has begun to make an impact in industries ranging from industrial systems to home automation to healthcare. MIT researchers continue to conduct ground­breaking research on topics that are presented ranging from RFID to cloud technologies, from sensors to the World Wide Web. The third and final part of the course covers cybersecurity issues related to hardware, software, cryptography, and policy to make better, safer decisions. Topics include systems (secure architectures, network security, secure programming languages, system verification); algorithmic solutions (public key cryptography, multi­party computation, secret sharing, distributing trust, computing on encrypted data); public policy issues in cybersecurity; and case studies (BitLocker, web security, mobile phone security). The recorded lectures are from the MITProfessionalX courses. Students may count both this course and CSCI E­11, offered previously, toward a degree.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: An introductory computer science course (for example, CSCI E-3, CSCI E-7, or CSCI E-10a) plus familiarity with precalculus mathematics (MATH E-10 or the equivalent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

CSCI E-11
Introduction to the Challenges and Opportunities of Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity

Brian Subirana, PhD

Director, Auto-ID Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15525

Description
In this course, we review use cases and challenges of three interrelated areas in computer science: big data, the Internet of things, and cybersecurity. Students gain an overview of the possibilities and challenges of building complex information systems that take advantage of recent advances in these fields. The course is divided into three parts, each presented by leading MIT experts in their field. The first part surveys state-of-the-art topics in big data: data collection (smartphones, sensors, the Web), data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, Spark), extracting structured data from unstructured data, systems issues (exploiting multicore processors, security), analytics (machine learning, data compression, efficient algorithms), visualization, and a range of applications. In this first part students learn to distinguish big data (volume, velocity, variety), learn where it comes from, and the key challenges in gathering and using it; determine how and where big data challenges arise in a number of domains, including social media, transportation, finance, and medicine; investigate multicore challenges and how to engineer around them; explore the relational model, SQL, and capabilities of new relational systems in terms of scalability and performance; understand the capabilities of NoSQL systems, their capabilities and pitfalls, and how the NewSQL movement addresses these issues; and maximize the MapReduce programming model: its benefits, how it compares to relational systems, and new developments that improve its performance and robustness. The second part of the course looks at the Internet of things (IoT). While the promise of the IoT brings many new business prospects, it also presents significant challenges ranging from technology architectural choices to security concerns. This part of the course offers important insights on how to overcome these challenges and thrive in this exciting space. The concept of IoT has begun to make an impact in industries ranging from industrial systems to home automation to healthcare. MIT researchers continue to conduct ground­breaking research on topics that are presented ranging from RFID to cloud technologies, from sensors to the World Wide Web. The third and final part of the course covers cybersecurity issues related to hardware, software, cryptography, and policy to make better, safer decisions. Topics include systems (secure architectures, network security, secure programming languages, system verification); algorithmic solutions (public key cryptography, multi­party computation, secret sharing, distributing trust, computing on encrypted data); public policy issues in cybersecurity; and case studies (BitLocker, web security, mobile phone security). The recorded lectures are from the MITProfessionalX courses. Students may count both this course and CSCI E­11, offered previously, toward a degree.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: An introductory computer science course (for example, CSCI E-3, CSCI E-7, or CSCI E-10a) plus familiarity with precalculus mathematics (MATH E-10 or the equivalent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15525/2017

CSCI E-12
Fundamentals of Website Development

David P. Heitmeyer, AM

Director, Tools and Development, Academic Technology, Harvard University Information Technology

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 21144

Description
This course provides a comprehensive overview of website development. Students explore the prevailing vocabulary, tools, and standards used in the field and learn how the various facets—including HTML5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, multimedia, scripting languages, HTTP, clients, servers, and databases—function together in today’s web environment. The course provides a solid web development foundation, focusing on content and client-side (browser) components (HTML5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, multimedia), with an overview of the server-side technologies. In addition, software and services that are easily incorporated into a website (for example, maps, checkout, blogs, content management) are surveyed and discussed. Students produce an interactive website on the topic of their choice for the final project and leave the course prepared for more advanced and focused web development studies.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity working with computers, including file management.

CSCI E-12
Fundamentals of Website Development

David P. Heitmeyer, AM

Director, Tools and Development, Academic Technology, Harvard University Information Technology

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15078

Description
This course provides a comprehensive overview of website development. Students explore the prevailing vocabulary, tools, and standards used in the field and learn how the various facets—including HTML5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, multimedia, scripting languages, HTTP, clients, servers, and databases—function together in today’s web environment. The course provides a solid web development foundation, focusing on content and client-side (browser) components (HTML5, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, multimedia), with an overview of the server-side technologies. In addition, software and services that are easily incorporated into a website (for example, maps, checkout, blogs, content management) are surveyed and discussed. Students produce an interactive website on the topic of their choice for the final project and leave the course prepared for more advanced and focused web development studies.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity working with computers, including file management.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15078/2017

CSCI E-15
Dynamic Web Applications

Susan Buck, MPS

Web Developer

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14291

Description
This course is the next step for programmers who are experienced with front-end website development using HTML/CSS and want to learn server-side web application development. At the start of the semester, we set up local and production server environments, managed with Git version control. Next, we explore web application programming using PHP, the dominant server-side language of the web. The syntax, mechanics, and documentation for PHP are covered, but it is expected that students are able to apply their programming experience in other languages in order to quickly start writing PHP-based programs. In the second half of the semester we progress into building more advanced applications using the popular PHP framework, Laravel. While working with this framework, we cover topics such as package management, routing, models, views, controllers, environment management, web interface security, databases, and other core web development concepts.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Programming experience is required. Students should also be comfortable with HTML/CSS and basic website publishing. To learn more about the prerequisites and to take a quiz to judge your preparedness for CSCI E-15, visit http://dwa15.com/potential-students.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 120 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14291/2017

CSCI E-15
Dynamic Web Applications

Susan Buck, MPS

Web Developer

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24574

Description
This course is the next step for programmers who are experienced with front-end website development using HTML/CSS and want to learn server-side web application development. At the start of the semester, we set up local and production server environments, managed with Git version control. Next, we explore web application programming using PHP, the dominant server-side language of the web. The syntax, mechanics, and documentation for PHP are covered, but it is expected that students are able to apply their programming experience in other languages in order to quickly start writing PHP-based programs. In the second half of the semester we progress into building more advanced applications using the popular PHP framework, Laravel. While working with this framework, we cover topics such as package management, routing, models, views, controllers, environment management, web interface security, databases, and other core web development concepts.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Programming experience is required. Students should also be comfortable with HTML/CSS and basic website publishing. To learn more about the prerequisites and to take a quiz to judge your preparedness for CSCI E-15, visit http://dwa15.com/potential-students.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 120 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24574/2018

CSCI E-19
Software Testing and Test-Driven Development

Aline Yurik, PhD

Director of Software Engineering and Quality Assurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14803

Description
In this course we review the traditional software testing techniques that are applicable to any software product, as well as learn techniques for testing object-oriented software and graphical user interface testing. The agile development paradigm of test-driven development is discussed. We also discover how innovative companies are able to build testing and quality into every stage of the development process and deliver a multitude of releases with a relatively small testing organization. We practice test creation and testing techniques through discussions and individual and group projects. Concepts covered include test cycles, testing objectives, testing in the software development process, types of software errors, reporting and analyzing software errors, problem tracking systems, test case design, testing tools, test planning, test documentation, and managing a test group.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-10b or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14803/2017

CSCI E-20
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

Rebecca Nesson, PhD

Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Deborah Abel, AB

Software Developer, Ab Initio

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25177

Description
This course instructs students in widely applicable mathematical tools for computer science, including topics from logic, set theory, combinatorics, number theory, probability theory, and graph theory. It provides practice and instruction in reasoning formally and proving theorems.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 9-11 pm and Thursdays, 9-10 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. The pre-recorded lectures are the same as those used in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 20.

Prerequisites: MATH E-10, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25177/2018

CSCI E-22
Data Structures

David G. Sullivan, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Boston University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14309

Description
This course is a survey of fundamental data structures for information processing, including lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs. It explores the implementation of these data structures (both array-based and linked representations) and examines classic algorithms that use these structures for tasks such as sorting, searching, and text compression. The Java programming language is used to demonstrate the topics discussed; and key notions of object-oriented programming, including encapsulation and abstract data types, are emphasized.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G125

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A good working knowledge of Java (CSCI E-10b, or the equivalent).

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14309/2017

CSCI E-23A
Introduction to Game Development

David J. Malan, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Colton T. Ogden

Technologist, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25183

Description
This course focuses on the development of 2D and 3D interactive games. Students explore the design of such childhood games as Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and Portal in a quest to understand how video games themselves are implemented. Via lectures and hands-on projects, the course explores principles of 2D and 3D graphics, animation, sound, and collision detection using frameworks like Unity and LÖVE 2D, as well as languages like Lua and C#. By the course’s end, students will have programmed several of their own games and gained a thorough understanding of the basics of game design and development.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Hilles Cinema

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25183/2018

CSCI E-24
Numerical Analysis

Jeff Parker, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14469

Description
When we use a calculator to compute cos(x), we are asking the machine to approximate a value. In this course, we investigate the algorithms used to compute such values. As in many other areas of computer science, we seek to find a result of desired accuracy with a minimum of effort. The course covers root finding, solving systems of linear equations, interpolation, least squares, numerical integration and differentiation, and solving systems of differential equations. Students may have learned some techniques in calculus to approximate an area with a Riemann integral or to approximate a function with a Taylor Series. We review these techniques, and study variants that converge much faster, and are thus better suited for calculators and computers. Class work involves experimenting with different algorithms. Programming is done in MATLAB, an interactive system for exploring mathematical problems.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 307

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Two semesters of calculus and an introductory programming course such as CSCI E-10a.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14469/2017

CSCI E-26
Introduction to C, Unix/Linux Programming, and Web Interfaces

Bruce Molay, AB

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14294

Description
Designed for students with some programming experience, this course provides a rigorous introduction to writing and using software tools in the Unix and GNU/Linux programming environments to build command-line and web-based programs. The course teaches students how to write C programs and Unix shell scripts, and how to create web interfaces to those programs. Topics include text processing, memory management, files and pipes, and processes and protocols. Students write programs to analyze data and generate reports, use shell scripts to combine tools into applications, and use HTML, CGI, and Ajax to provide web access to those applications and data.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center 112

Optional sections Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of a structured programming language such as C++, Java, JavaScript, or Python; a data structures course such as CSCI E-22.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14294/2017

CSCI E-28
Unix/Linux Systems Programming

Bruce Molay, AB

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24040

Description
As an introduction to the fundamental structure and services of the Unix and Linux operating systems, this course combines theory with programming at the system call level. Topics include files and directories, device control, terminal handling, processes and threads, signals, pipes, and sockets. Examples and exercises include directory management utilities, a shell, and a web server.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Solid knowledge of C or C++ at the level of CSCI E-26 and a data structures course such as CSCI E-22; some experience using Unix helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24040/2018

CSCI E-29
Python for Data Science

Nenad Svrzikapa, ALM

Data Scientist, WAVE Life Sciences

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25148

Description
Rapid technological advancements have led to generation of data at an incredible rate. The potential for learning from big data is fascinating and what we learn from it is already reshaping the world we live in. But we only analyze a small fraction of the data that we generate. This extraordinary influx of data has necessitated the development of tools for storing, processing, and extracting value from data and defines the field of data science. There are two highly relevant platforms for tackling data analysis problems: the statistics-oriented programming language R, and the multi-purpose, interpreted, general programming language Python. The focus of this course is Python 3 and its application in solving interesting contemporary data problems. We work toward mastering data management with Pandas and creating interactive data visualizations with Plotly. Students learn to perform statistical modeling, testing, and analysis and how to leverage AWS for tackling big data problems. The course provides introductory guidance in popular Python machine learning library scikit-learn and the KNIME data science analytics platform. We use the leading Python-powered data science ecosystem Anaconda, as well as Jupyter Notebook, Docker, and GitHub.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Harvard Hall 201

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-7 or CSCI E-50. Basic knowledge of Python, or capability to quickly adapt to Python syntax is assumed. If students are new to Python, they should spend time familiarizing themselves with the language before the course begins.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 80 students

CSCI E-31
Introduction to Web Application Development using Node.JS

Laurence P. Bouthillier, CAS

Senior Director of Digital Learning Initiatives, Brown University School of Professional Studies

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25038

Description
This course provides an introduction to web application development by way of JavaScript and the node.js environment. Students learn the basics of server-side web development using the MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular/Angular 2, node.js). Using the MEAN stack, the course introduces students to models of software development that can apply to any web development environment, including the application server (node.js), Model View Controller (MVC) frameworks using Express.js, front-end frameworks (Angular), and databases (MongoDB). The course includes setting up a node.js environment, building web APIs and full-stack JavaScript applications using the MEAN stack, and following good application development practices. Experience with server-side application development is not required, though knowledge of client-side web development (HTML/CSS/JavaScript) is important.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Basic HTML/JavaScript. CSCI E-3 and CSCI E-12 are excellent preparations for this course.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25038/2018

CSCI E-33A
Web Programming with Python and JavaScript

David J. Malan, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Brian Paul Yu

Developer and Head Course Assistant, CS 50, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25184

Description
This course examines the design and implementation of web applications with Python, JavaScript, and SQL using frameworks like Flask, Django, and Bootstrap. Topics include database design, scalability, security, and user experience. Through hands-on projects, students learn to write and use APIs, create interactive user interfaces (UIs), and leverage cloud services like GitHub and Heroku. By semester’s end, students emerge with knowledge and experience in the principles, languages, and tools that empower them to design and deploy applications on the Internet.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Hilles Cinema

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25184/2018

CSCI E-34
User Experience Engineering

David S. Platt, ME

President, Rolling Thunder Computing, Inc

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14557

Description
Success in today’s software marketplace requires an excellent user experience (UX). That’s why all developers, architects, and managers today need to understand the basic principles of UX, even if it’s not their primary job. In this course, we take an in-depth look at the foundations of an excellent UX in a platform-agnostic manner. We learn to ask and then answer the vital questions that everyone involved in software needs to consider when making every design decision; we learn to start with the user, not the toolkit. Who are our users and how do we represent them? What problems are these particular users trying to solve, and what would they consider the characteristics of a good solution? How should the user interaction flow, and how can we represent that with stories? How can we prototype and test different designs? How can we create programs to learn what users really do, instead of what they can remember doing or are willing to admit to doing? How can we measure how well we’ve succeeded? Rather than getting into the implementation of such elements, we focus on how one decides what to implement, and why, in order to make the user happier and more productive. For example, the web and other channels contain an enormous amount of information about how to program a color gradient or an animation. There is almost zero discussion anywhere about when to use a color gradient or animation and when not to, or why you should use them in this situation but not in that one. This course aims to correct that imbalance. Useful design tools, such as the Balsamiq mock-up editor, are discussed as they bear on specific covered topics. Tools aimed primarily at user experience implementation, such as Microsoft Expression Blend, are not covered.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G125

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: One year of computer science education (CSCI E-10a and CSCI-10b, or CSCI E-12 and CSCI E-15, or CSCI E-26), or equivalent software development experience. Familiarity with the client program development system of your choice. This can be any development tool with which you can complete the term project. See the project description in the syllabus.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14557/2017

CSCI E-36
Advanced User Experience Engineering

David S. Platt, ME

President, Rolling Thunder Computing, Inc

January session | CRN 24747

Description
This course continues where CSCI E-34 ended. We seek to broaden students’ understanding by presenting additional topics, such as human physiology’s effect on the user experienece (UX), and the special UX needs of mobile apps. We also seek to deepen students’ understanding by having guest speakers present the UX challenges of their specific industries. Each student prepares critiques of existing applications and builds a term project mock-up application incorporating these new topics into a very good UX.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
1 Story Street 306Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-34 or equivalent industrial experiece. Students must be ready to think in new ways, to participate in discussions, to experiment, and to challenge the assumptions they have worked with throughout their careers.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24747/2018

CSCI E-37
Developing International Software

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24788

Description
The course covers the fundamentals and definitions of developing international software. It explains what it means to be world-ready and how to make localization work. We teach the importance of designing for cross-cultural applications. The course ends with several coding challenges where students are able to apply what they learned. The instructors for this course include programmers who have worked on globalization and localization of some of the world’s most successful software. They’ve experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly of creating world-ready software. Students learn to create software with a user experience that works consistently, regardless of where users are from or what languages they speak. The recorded lectures are from the Microsoft course Developing International Software.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Programming knowledge as a web or application developer.

CSCI E-38
Introduction to C++ for Programmers

Lisa DiOrio, MS

Consultant, ITS Custom Web Solutions

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15434

Description
An understanding of C++ helps to solidify programming concepts and skills, and also provides a strong foundation for learning other programming languages. This introductory course teaches practical programming skills while focusing on creating text-based games. The course examines how common programming constructs are implemented in C++, including elements of C++ 11. Emphasis is placed on the use of C++ for memory management, file I/O, pointers, references, exceptions, and object-oriented programming. Basic data structures such as linked lists, stacks, and queues are covered in terms of their use and implementation using C++. Each module in the course is accompanied by a mini game project to teach the associated programming concepts as well as to hone problem-solving skills and good coding practices.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of a structured programming language such as C, Java, JavaScript, or Python.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15434/2017

CSCI E-39
Modular Design Patterns with React

Natalya Shelburne, MEd

Software Engineer, <em>New York Times</em>

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25069

Description
Building on a foundation of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, students dive into modern component-based design practices using React, the JavaScript framework from Facebook, and Sass, a CSS preprocessor. This course emphasizes user interface design and front end architecture. Students build their own responsive React application complete with a design system and pattern library. Students learn about React state, props, and components, as well as browser developer tools and collaborative workflows with Git.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: DGMD E-27, and CSCI E-3 or DGMD E-12, or significant prior experience with HTML, CSS, Sass, and JavaScript.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25069/2018

CSCI E-39B
Mobile Application Development with React Native

David J. Malan, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Jordan Hayashi

Software Engineer, Kensho Technologies

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25185

Description
This course transitions from web development to mobile application development with React Native, a popular framework from Facebook that enables cross-platform native applications using JavaScript without Java or Swift. The course introduces students to modern JavaScript, including ES6 and ES7, as well as to JSX, a JavaScript extension. Through hands-on projects, students gain experience with React and its paradigms, application architecture, and user interfaces. The course culminates in a final project for which students implement an application entirely of their own design.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Hilles Cinema

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25185/2018

CSCI E-40
Communication Protocols and Internet Architectures

Leonard Evenchik, SM

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14296

Description
Networks are now too large, complex, and diverse to be built on an ad hoc basis. This course provides a structured approach to the design, analysis, and implementation of networks and protocols. We study various protocols, including TCP/IP, WWW/HTTP, e-mail/SMTP, multimedia protocols for voice and video, and the IEEE 802 LAN protocol suite. In each case, the protocol’s functions and the underlying reference model are discussed. LAN architecture and design, internetworking using switches and routers, and the design and analysis of both private networks and the Internet are presented. The course discusses new areas of work, including network quality of service, voice and video on the Internet, policy-based networks, and broadband/gigabit networks.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Programming or computer architecture experience; a basic understanding of the principles of communication protocols.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14296/2017

CSCI E-40
Communication Protocols and Internet Architectures

Leonard Evenchik, SM

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24033

Description
Networks are now too large, complex, and diverse to be built on an ad hoc basis. This course provides a structured approach to the design, analysis, and implementation of networks and protocols. We study various protocols, including TCP/IP, WWW/HTTP, e-mail/SMTP, multimedia protocols for voice and video, and the IEEE 802 LAN protocol suite. In each case, the protocol’s functions and the underlying reference model are discussed. LAN architecture and design, internetworking using switches and routers, and the design and analysis of both private networks and the Internet are presented. The course discusses new areas of work, including network quality of service, voice and video on the Internet, policy-based networks, and broadband/gigabit networks. The recorded lectures are from the fall course.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Programming or computer architecture experience; a basic understanding of the principles of communication protocols.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24033/2018

CSCI E-41
Secure Software Development

Jenelle Davis, MS

Proprietor/Principal, DTG, LLC

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24719

Description
This course explores the implementation of security controls within web applications, mobile applications, utility applications, and traditional applications. Students explore secure coding techniques as well as application security configuration techniques. Specific review of secure coding techniques includes data validation, session management, exception handling, and data encryption. Specific review of application security configuration techniques includes the secure configuration management of the application web server, middleware, and database. Students also review policy-specific requirements necessary to implement a secure development program within enterprise organizations. Specifically, students use source code analysis tools, HTTP proxies, automated scanners, and command-line tools to appraise software security.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Basic working knowledge of at least one high-level programming language.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24719/2018

CSCI E-43
How to Assess and Communicate Risk in Information Security

Derek Brink, MBA

Vice President and Research Fellow, Aberdeen Group

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24587

Description
In simple terms, risk is the likelihood of something bad taking place, and the resulting business impact if it does occur. We often talk about the bad things that could happen—the threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits, and the technologies that are used to defend against them—but these are not risks. Business decision makers need their subject-matter experts in information security to advise them not about the technical details, but about how likely is it for that something bad to occur, about the business impact if it does occur, and about how an investment in given security controls quantifiably reduces that risk. This course covers how to assess security risks, properly defined, how to use these risk assessments to make recommendations for what to do about them, and how to communicate these risks effectively to business decision makers.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-45a, CSCI E-45b, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

CSCI E-45A
The Cyber World: Hardware, Software, Networks, Security, and Management

Scott Bradner

Consultant

Benoit Gaucherin, Maitrise

Director of Information Technology, Campus Services, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14299

Description
Today we all live and work in a participatory cyberspace. Computers, the data networks that interconnect them, and the services available over the networks make up this cyberspace. As cyberspace invades almost all areas of modern day living, playing, and working, it is becoming more important that people understand its technical and political underpinnings and operations, as well as its capabilities, threats, and weaknesses. This is a companion course to CSCI E-45b. The goal of this pair of courses is to give students the tools they need to understand, use, and manage the technologies involved, as well as the ability to appreciate the legal, social, and political dynamics of this ever expanding universe and the interplay between the cyber and physical worlds. The pair of courses covers the essential elements of computing and the history, structure, operation, and governance of the Internet. This course focuses on the fundamental workings of the digital world. From individual computing devices to the broader Internet, students learn how each piece in this gigantic puzzle comes together to create the digital infrastructure that is the cyberspace of today and tomorrow. In addition, we explore the fundamental concepts, technologies, and issues associated with managing and securing cyberspace.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14299/2017

CSCI E-45B
The Cyber World: Governance, Threats, Conflict, Privacy, Identity, and Commerce

Scott Bradner

Consultant

Benoit Gaucherin, Maitrise

Director of Information Technology, Campus Services, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24037

Description
Today we all live and work in a participatory cyberspace. Computers, the data networks that interconnect them, and the services available over the networks make up this cyberspace. As cyberspace invades almost all areas of modern day living, playing, and working, it is becoming more important that people understand its technical and political underpinnings and operations, as well as its capabilities, threats, and weaknesses. This is a companion course to CSCI E-45a. The goal of this pair of courses is to give students the tools they need to understand, use, and manage the technologies involved, as well as the ability to appreciate the legal, social, and political dynamics of this ever expanding universe and the interplay between the cyber and physical worlds. The pair of courses covers the essential elements of computing and the history, structure, operation, and governance of the Internet. This course explores the technical and legal aspects of the interactions and tensions between security, usability, privacy, and surveillance in a post NSA-revelation world. We also look at the technical and legal underpinnings that affect the use of cyberspace for businesses. Finally, we explore the rapidly changing dangers of cyberspace from viruses to state-sponsored cyber-conflict.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24037/2018

CSCI E-46
Applied Network Security

David Mark LaPorte, MS

Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Strategy, Harvard University Information Technology

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24556

Description
This course provides a practical overview of network security and related topics. General threat classifications are discussed as they relate to the CIA triad: eavesdropping (confidentiality), man-in-the-middle (integrity), and denial-of-service (availability). Real-world attack incidents and implementations are used to tie concept to reality. Defensive technologies and techniques, including authentication/authorization, access control, segmentation, log/traffic monitoring, reputation-based security, and secure protocol (SSH, TLS, DNSSEC) usage are discussed and demonstrated. Hands-on labs and exercises are used to reinforce lectures and provide practical implementation experience.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
53 Church Street L01Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI-E45a, CSCI-E45b. Familiarity with Linux and Windows operating systems, basic understanding of IP networking.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24556/2018

CSCI E-48
Secure Mobile Computing

Jenelle Davis, MS

Proprietor/Principal, DTG, LLC

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14841

Description
Modern technology is heavily dependent upon mobile computing technology. Mobile communication and devices have revolutionized industry and society. Secure mobile computing explores the threat landscape of mobile computing at the device, communication infrastructure, platform, and application levels. Students appraise secure mobile computing tools and techniques to implement confidentiality, integrity, and availability of mobile computing data. Students also review mobile computing communications security and infrastructure security to evaluate eavesdropping and surveillance avoidance techniques. Students explore the use of automated and manual security testing techniques to evaluate the security posture of a mobile computing device. Students specifically install, configure, and utilize a virtual lab environment using a mobile testing framework, a network protocol analyzer, a security/vulnerability scanner, and source code analysis tools.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-45a or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14841/2017

CSCI E-49
Cloud Security

Ramesh Nagappan, MS

Cybersecurity Technologist, Oracle

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24557

Description
Cloud computing infrastructure has become a mainstay of the information technology industry, opening the possibility for on-demand, highly elastic, and infinite computer power with scalability and supporting the delivery of mission-critical secure enterprise applications and services. This course provides the ground-up coverage on the high-level concepts of cloud landscape, architectural principles, techniques, design patterns, and real-world best practices. The course describes the cloud security architecture and explores the guiding security design principles, design patterns, industry standards, and applied technologies, and addresses regulatory compliance requirements critical to the design, implementation, delivery, and management of secure cloud-based services.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 302

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-45a, CSCI E-45b, or the equivalent. Additional web application development and/or systems administration knowledge will be very helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24557/2018

CSCI E-50
Intensive Introduction to Computer Science

David J. Malan, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24107

Description
This course is an introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming. It teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Problem sets are inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. Students can count two of the following three courses—CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-10b, and CSCI E-50—toward a degree. They cannot count all three toward a degree. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 50.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24107/2018

CSCI E-50
Intensive Introduction to Computer Science

David J. Malan, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14290

Description
This course is an introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming. It teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Problem sets are inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. Students can count two of the following three courses—CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-10b, and CSCI E-50—toward a degree. They cannot count all three toward a degree. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 50.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14290/2017

CSCI E-51
Abstraction and Design in Computation

Stuart Shieber, PhD

James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24816

Description
This course covers abstraction and design in computation. Topics include functional and object-oriented styles of programming, software engineering in the small, and models of computation. The goal is to understand how to design large programs to make them readable, maintainable, efficient, and elegant.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 51. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays, 1-2:30 pm for registered students. Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-20 and CSCI E-50.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24816/2018

CSCI E-53
Effective C++ for Programmers

Lisa DiOrio, MS

Consultant, ITS Custom Web Solutions

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25063

Description
C++ includes many constructs and concepts that stretch students’ knowledge of computer science and take their programming skills to the next level. This fast paced, intensive class examines how common programming constructs are implemented in C++ and then delves into the intricacies of C++ / C++ 11, including memory management, pointers and references, objects, abstraction, inheritance and polymorphism, exception handling, the STL (Standard Template Library), templates, and the C++ generic algorithms. The course emphasizes best practices. Weekly programming assignments help students hone their skills and identify good coding practices. This course assumes no C/C++ knowledge, but is intended for programmers with solid experience in other structured programming languages.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students should be proficient with a structured programming language such as C/C++, Java, or Python, and comfort with object-oriented programming is required. Knowledge of data structures (CSCI E-22 or the equivalent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25063/2018

CSCI E-55
Java, Hadoop, Lambda Expressions, and Streams

Charles M. Sawyer, Jr., MS

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14298

Description
The first two-thirds of this course is a rigorous study of Java 7 language features including classes, packages, enums, inheritance, abstract classes, interfaces, reflection, exceptions, threads, and annotation. The instruction assumes no prior knowledge of Java. Common Java development tools are discussed: JUnit, log4j, and Ant. The last third of the course builds on the foundation to explore the MapReduce programming model used in Hadoop and the Java 8 language features, Lambda Expressions and Streams.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 304

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Experience programming in a higher-level language such as C, C++, Scala, or Python is advantageous.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14298/2017

CSCI E-57
Java Enterprise Development with the Spring Framework

Vitaly Yurik, PhD

Senior Software Engineer, Monster Worldwide

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15354

Description
This course provides an in-depth, hands-on study of the technological, design, and development approaches for enterprise-level software systems using the Java-based Spring Framework. Spring Framework enables creation of web and enterprise Java applications with the focus on high performance, scalability, testability, and reusability. The course examines core Spring Framework and its integration with other leading Java technologies, such as Hibernate, Java Persistence API (JPA 2), and WebSocket. Concepts covered in the course include inversion of control/dependency injection, Spring aspect-oriented programming; data access with JDBC, Hibernate, and Java Persistence API; Spring transaction management; Spring model-view-controller framework; Spring security; Spring REST web services; Spring testing; and Spring WebSocket support.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 8-10 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-55 or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15354/2017

CSCI E-59
Designing and Developing a Relational Database

Maria R. Garcia Altobello, EdD

Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Franklin Pierce University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15406

Description
This course provides the concepts and skills necessary to design and develop a relational database. After learning database design concepts through practical applications, students build a working database using Oracle to serve the information needs of an enterprise. Through hands-on projects, students design, build, populate, query, and write transactions and stored procedures for a relational database using SQL and PL/SQL. As a final project, students build a prototype database.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Programming experience, such that learning a new language is not an obstacle. Sufficient hands-on experience with Unix/Linux and text editors.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15406/2017

CSCI E-61
Systems Programming and Machine Organization

Eddie Kohler, PhD

Microsoft Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13836

Description
This course covers the fundamentals of computer systems programming, machine organization, and performance tuning. It provides a solid background in systems programming and a deep understanding of low-level machine organization and design. The course centers on C/C++ programming, with some assembly language. Topics include (but may not be limited to) program optimization, memory hierarchy, caching, virtual memory, dynamic memory management, concurrency, threads, and networking.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 61. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-26, CSCI E-50, or some experience programming in C or C++.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13836/2017

CSCI E-63
Big Data Analytics

Zoran B. Djordjevic, PhD

Senior Enterprise Architect

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15499

Description
The emphasis of the course is on mastering two of the most important big data technologies: Spark 2 and deep learning with TensorFlow. Spark is an evolution of Hadoop and Map/Reduce but with massive speedup and scalability improvements. TensorFlow is Google’s open-source framework for distributed neural networks-based machine learning. The explosion of social media and the computerization of every aspect of social and economic activity results in the creation of large volumes of semi-structured data: web logs, videos, speech recordings, photographs, e-mails, Tweets, and similar data. In a parallel development, computers keep getting ever more powerful and storage ever cheaper. Today, we can reliably and cheaply store huge volumes of data, efficiently analyze them, and extract business and socially relevant information. This course familiarizes the students with the most important information technologies used in manipulating, storing, and analyzing big data. We examine the basic tools for statistical analysis, R and Python, and several machine learning algorithms. We examine Spark Core, Spark ML (machine learning) API, and Spark Streaming which allows analysis of data in flight, that is, in near real time. We learn to use TensorFlow for several standard practices including regression, clustering, and classification. We learn about so-called noSQL storage solutions exemplified by Cassandra for their critical features: speed of reads and writes, and the ability to scale to extreme volumes. We learn about memory-resident databases and graph databases (Spark GraphX and Ne4J). We acquire practical skills in scalable messaging systems like Kafka and Amazon Kinesis.  We conduct most of our exercises in Amazon Cloud, so students master the most important AWS services. By the end of the course, students are able to initiate and design highly scalable systems that can accept, store, and analyze large volumes of unstructured data in batch mode and/or real time. Most lectures are presented using Python examples. Some lectures use Java and R.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Fridays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 306

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Familiarity with intermediate Python, Java, Scala, or R. Most assignments could easily be done in one of those four languages, though we consider Python and Java the most convenient. We assume no familiarity with Linux and introduce all essential Linux commands. Students need access to a computer with a 64-bit operating system and at least 4 GB of RAM. Note: 8 GB or more of RAM is strongly advised.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15499/2017

CSCI E-63C
Elements of Data Science and Statistical Learning with R

Andrey Sivachenko, PhD

Senior Scientist, RaNA Therapeutics, Inc.

Victor A. Farutin, PhD

Principal Scientist, Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15123

Description
One of the broad goals of data science is examining raw data with the purpose of identifying its structure and trends, and of deriving conclusions and hypotheses from it. In the modern world awash with data, data analytics is more important than ever to fields ranging from biomedical research, space and weather science, finance, business operations and production, to marketing and social media applications. This course introduces various statistical learning methods and their applications. The R programming language, a very popular and powerful platform for scientific and statistical analysis and visualization, is introduced and used throughout the course. We discuss the fundamentals of statistical testing and learning, and cover topics of linear and non-linear regression, clustering and classification, support vector machines, and decision trees. The datasets used in the examples are drawn from diverse domains such as finance, genomics, and customer sales and survey data.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Harvard Hall 104

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-10a, STAT E-100, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15123/2017

CSCI E-63C
Elements of Data Science and Statistical Learning with R

Andrey Sivachenko, PhD

Senior Scientist, RaNA Therapeutics, Inc.

Victor A. Farutin, PhD

Principal Scientist, Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24748

Description
One of the broad goals of data science is examining raw data with the purpose of identifying its structure and trends, and of deriving conclusions and hypotheses from it. In the modern world awash with data, data analytics is more important than ever to fields ranging from biomedical research, space and weather science, finance, business operations and production, to marketing and social media applications. This course introduces various statistical learning methods and their applications. The R programming language, a very popular and powerful platform for scientific and statistical analysis and visualization, is introduced and used throughout the course. We discuss the fundamentals of statistical testing and learning, and cover topics of linear and non-linear regression, clustering and classification, support vector machines, and decision trees. The datasets used in the examples are drawn from diverse domains such as finance, genomics, and customer sales and survey data.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Harvard Hall 104

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-10a, STAT E-100, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24748/2018

CSCI E-65
Advanced Mobile Application Development Using Swift and iOS

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25162

Description
This course transitions a solid programming background into iOS development as a viable workforce skill. Nearly all conceptual material applies to other graphical user interface (GUI) environments and event­driven programming generally. Attention is paid to structure: model­view­controller, data modeling, and inter­object communication. Patterns and conventions demonstrated in class are strictly enforced in all assignments. For the Swift language, we start from scratch and move quickly, including optionals, exceptions, type inference, protocols, closures, and automatic reference counting (ARC) memory management. For the iOS application program interface (API) Cocoa Touch, we cover UIKit and CoreGraphics, frameworks that allow for rich, realistic apps: scrolling, visual effects, navigation, large data collections, custom drawing, and interactive, guided data entry. For the shared API Foundation, we cover network communication (REST/JSON), asynchronous code generally, and on­device storage. For the Xcode integrated development environment (IDE), we cover the visual UI designer Storyboard, as well as project management, debugging, and versioning control through GitHub. As time allows, additional frameworks such as AVKit (video, audio, image processing), CoreLocation (GPS), MapKit, and physical sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer) help us give our apps exciting, environmentally aware input/output capability.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Northwest Science Building B108

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-65g; or CSCI E-22 and one of the following: CSCI E-28, CSCI E-38, CSCI E-53, CSCI E-55, CSCI E-57, or the equivalent; or one year of software engineering experience.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25162/2018

CSCI E-65G
Introduction to Mobile Application Development Using Swift and iOS

Ronald V. Simmons, MBA

Principal, Computecycles, LLC

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15377

Description
This course introduces the basics of contemporary mobile application development using Apple’s iOS technology as the development platform. We begin by surveying the major features of the Swift programming language and system library, along with basic use of the Xcode IDE for development. Language features specifically focused on include closures, optionals, the Swift type system (tuple/enum/struct/class/func), and generics. Then we extend the programming model to incorporate the Cocoa Touch framework (for both the iPhone and iPad), making extensive use of Apple’s interface builder technology. Specific interface builder techniques to be explored include autolayout, constraints, and size classes. Specific Cocoa Touch features include Apple’s model/view/controller paradigm and supporting classes, event handling, core graphics, and the UIKit. Finally, Apple’s runtime analysis tool, Instruments, is used to explore the details of the Apple memory model and performance debugging. Frequent small assignments progress from basic programming to realistic app development with a focus on responsive device graphics and algorithms. Code design and architecture are emphasized.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 307

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: While this course is an introduction to mobile development, it is not an introductory programming course. Students need to have a working knowledge of at least one object-oriented programming language such as Java, JavaScript, or C++; a semester-long course in data structures or the equivalent; a firm understanding of how to compile code, use libraries, and use a debugger; and the ability to use a source control tool such as Git. Students must have a Macintosh laptop running a current version of the operating system with the most recent version of Apple’s Xcode IDE installed. It is not possible to use a Windows or Linux computer because code written on those platforms cannot be deployed to either an iOS simulator or device.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15377/2017

CSCI E-66
Database Systems

David G. Sullivan, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Boston University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24046

Description
This course covers the fundamental concepts of database systems. Topics include data models (ER, relational, and others); query languages (relational algebra, SQL, and others); implementation techniques of database management systems (index structures, concurrency control, recovery, and query processing); management of semistructured and complex data; distributed and noSQL databases.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Harvard Hall 104

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22, or the equivalent, and strong programming skills in Java.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24046/2018

CSCI E-67
Oracle Database Administration

Patrick McGowan, BSEE

DevOps Services Manager, Harvard University Information Technology

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15457

Description
Students study the internal structure and organization of an Oracle database environment. The course presents a structured approach to planning, building, tuning, and monitoring an Oracle 12c database on an Amazon Web Services instance. Students create an Oracle database, tablespaces, user accounts, views, indices, and other objects necessary to support an application. We also examine some of the issues involved when running a large number of databases within an environment and with running large databases.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Byerly Hall 013

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: An understanding of the principles of a relational database model and a working knowledge of SQL.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15457/2017

CSCI E-71
Agile Software Development

Richard Kasperowski, ALB

Agile Trainer and Coach

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14737

Description
This course is an immersive experience in agile software development. We study both the technical and cultural/social aspects of agile, including pair and mob programming, high performance teams with the core protocols, TDD, behavior-driven development, continuous delivery, refactoring, extreme programming, scrum, kanban, and agile project management. Students must have and bring to the required weekend session a laptop computer suitable for software development.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-10b or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14737/2017

CSCI E-74
Virtual and Augmented Reality for Simulation and Gaming

Gianluca De Novi, PhD

Instructor in Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15524

Description
Virtual and augmented reality are widely used today in areas such as CAD, video games, simulation, and data visualization. This survey course studies the internal architecture of today’s real-time 3D graphic engines used in virtual reality. We use the cross-platform OpenGL APIs to explore how a graphic engine works. OpenGL is supported on all major operating systems and graphics platforms. The course covers texturing techniques, lighting and shading, particles effects, and animation and interaction.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 106Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of C++, data structures, algebra, and geometry (vectors).

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15524/2017

CSCI E-78
Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Things

Aline Yurik, PhD

Director of Software Engineering and Quality Assurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24682

Description
The wearable technologies field has been experiencing explosive growth with exciting applications in the fields of medicine, sports, fitness, and entertainment, as well as new ways for people to interact, communicate, and experience the environment around them. The Internet of things works with sensors and software in wearable technologies to provide a communications network that allows data collection and information exchange for wearable devices. The applications range from helping manage chronic diseases to experiencing entertainment, sports, and games in a virtual-reality setting. Enterprise architecture is expanding to include the communications network of the Internet of things, and data from wearable devices is being incorporated in big data analytics frameworks. In this course we review aspects of wearable technologies, including the software, architecture, UX design, communication networks, and data analytics. We review current and proposed uses of this emerging technology.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24682/2018

CSCI E-82
Advanced Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Artificial Intelligence

Peter Vaughan Henstock, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer, Inc.

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15407

Description
The course is intended to combine the theory with the hands-on practice of solving modern industry problems with an emphasis on image processing and natural language processing. Topics include outlier detection, advanced clustering techniques, deep learning, dimensionality reduction methods, frequent item set mining, and recommender systems. Topics also considered include reinforcement learning, graph-based models, search optimization, and time series analysis. The course uses Python as the primary language, although later projects can include R and other languages. The course also introduces some industry standard tools to prepare students for artificial intelligence jobs. Students may not receive degree or certificate credit for both this course and CSCI E-81 or CSCI E-181, offered previously.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: This course builds upon topics covered in CSCI E-63c and CSCI E-109a and CSCI E-109b with either CSCI E-63c or CSCI E-109a as a prerequisite. Students should be proficient in Python including Pandas and readily able to load, parse, and manipulate data. A course such as CSCI E-7 or a course on Python and machine learning would be useful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15407/2017

CSCI E-83
Fundamentals of Data Science

Stephen Elston, PhD

Principle Consultant, Quantia Analytics LLC

Jonathan Sanito, MBA

Senior Content Developer, Microsoft

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25140

Description
In today’s digital world, the ability to derive insights and make predictions from data is an increasingly important skill. In this course, students learn the underlying concepts and practical skills required to start a career in data science. The course includes an introduction to the student’s choice of R or Python, essential languages for data scientists. Students learn the principles of exploring and visualizing data and data cleansing and preparation with R or Python. Techniques and theory for predictive modeling and machine learning are introduced. The course culminates in an on-campus weekend where students participate in a competition to create the best machine learning model for a specific problem. The recorded lectures are from the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science.

Class Meetings:
Online w/ required on-campus weekend

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency and online videocasts. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific information about the online lectures. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: A fundamental knowledge of statistics (such as STAT E-100), experience exploring and visualizing data in tools such as Microsoft Excel, and some familiarity with basic programming concepts.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25140/2018

CSCI E-83
Fundamentals of Data Science

Stephen Elston, PhD

Principle Consultant, Quantia Analytics LLC

Jonathan Sanito, MBA

Senior Content Developer, Microsoft

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15355

Description
In today’s digital world, the ability to derive insights and make predictions from data is an increasingly important skill. In this course, students learn the underlying concepts and practical skills required to start a career in data science. The course includes an introduction to the student’s choice of R or Python, essential languages for data scientists. Students learn the principles of exploring and visualizing data and data cleansing and preparation with R or Python. Techniques and theory for predictive modeling and machine learning are introduced. The course culminates in an on-campus weekend where students participate in a competition to create the best machine learning model for a specific problem. The recorded lectures are from the Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science.

Class Meetings:
Online w/ required on-campus weekend

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency and online videocasts. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific information about the online lectures. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: A fundamental knowledge of statistics (such as STAT E-100), experience exploring and visualizing data in tools such as Microsoft Excel, and some familiarity with basic programming concepts.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15355/2017

CSCI E-86
Building the Brain: A Survey of Artificial Intelligence

Gabriele Fariello, ALM

Chief Information Technology Officer, SmartPoints Medical

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25155

Description
Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving at a blistering pace. The creation of systems that are faster, better, and smarter than ourselves may well be, as I.J. Good wrote in 1965, “the last invention that man need ever make.” What is it, what is it not, and how does it compare to real brains and where does it fall short? We go over neurophysiology, neurons, and the current understanding of human brain connectivity. We explore the history of AI and robotics and we learn the state of the science behind it.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 306

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Sufficient understanding of statistics and probability to understand Bayesian concepts (STAT E-104), programming at the level of data structures (CSCI E-22), sufficient knowledge of biology to understand physiology and biochemical equilibria (BIOS E-1a).

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25155/2018

CSCI E-87
Big Data in Healthcare Applications

Oleg Pianykh, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology and Director of Medical Analytics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15168

Description
The course applies the tools of big data analytics to datasets and processes found in a modern hospital. While the data has been captured for decades, we are only starting to mine it for information, discovering the invaluable knowledge it was hiding. It has become imperative to use this data to drive health care improvements. Students learn to build models of complex health care practices, and apply big data techniques in clinical environments. The course is designed for people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-10a and STAT E-100 or the equivalents. MATLAB is used for 70 percent of the homeworks.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15168/2017

CSCI E-88
Principles of Big Data Processing

Marina Yu Popova, ALM

Principal Software Engineer, Yottaa, Inc.

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15417

Description
The goal of this course is to learn core principles of building highly distributed, highly available systems for processing large volumes of data with historical and near real-time querying capabilities. We cover the stages of data processing that are common to most real-world systems, including high-volume, high-speed data ingestion, historical and real-time metrics aggregation, unique counts, data de-duplication and reprocessing, storage options for different operations, and principles of distributed data indexing and search. We review approaches to solving common challenges of such systems and implement some of them. The focus of this course is on understanding the challenges and core principles of big data processing, not on specific frameworks or technologies used for implementation. We review a few notable technologies for each area with a deeper dive into a few select ones. The course is structured as a progression of topics covering the full, end-to-end data processing pipeline typical in real-world scenarios.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Harvard Hall 104

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be comfortable programming in at least one language, preferably Java, Python, or Scala. Students must also be comfortable with Unix-like systems (Linux, any flavor, MacOS), as we run the programs on Linux/MacOS. Familiarity with cloud environments like AWS cloud and/or virtualization frameworks (like VMWare, Docker) is a plus. Courses such as CSCI E-7 and CSCI E-55 are strongly recommended. CSCI E-28 and CSCI E-90, offered previously, are also recommended. Students should complete the self-assessment assignment zero, available on the syllabus.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15417/2017

CSCI E-88
Principles of Big Data Processing

Marina Yu Popova, ALM

Principal Software Engineer, Yottaa, Inc.

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25199

Description
The goal of this course is to learn core principles of building highly distributed, highly available systems for processing large volumes of data with historical and near real-time querying capabilities. We cover the stages of data processing that are common to most real-world systems, including high-volume, high-speed data ingestion, historical and real-time metrics aggregation, unique counts, data de-duplication and reprocessing, storage options for different operations, and principles of distributed data indexing and search. We review approaches to solving common challenges of such systems and implement some of them. The focus of this course is on understanding the challenges and core principles of big data processing, not on specific frameworks or technologies used for implementation. We review a few notable technologies for each area with a deeper dive into a few select ones. The course is structured as a progression of topics covering the full, end-to-end data processing pipeline typical in real-world scenarios.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G115

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be comfortable programming in at least one language, preferably Java, Python, or Scala. Students must also be comfortable with Unix-like systems (Linux, any flavor, MacOS), as we run the programs on Linux/MacOS. Familiarity with cloud environments like AWS cloud and/or virtualization frameworks (like VMWare, Docker) is a plus. Courses such as CSCI E-7 and CSCI E-55 are strongly recommended. CSCI E-28 and CSCI E-90, offered previously, are also recommended. Students should complete the self-assessment assignment zero, available on the syllabus.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25199/2018

CSCI E-89
Deep Learning

Zoran B. Djordjevic, PhD

Senior Enterprise Architect

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25120

Description
Deep learning has emerged as the primary technique for analysis and resolution of many issues in computer science, natural sciences, linguistics, and engineering. We use deep learning for image classification and manipulation, speech recognition and synthesis, natural language translation, sound and music manipulation, self-driving cars, and many other activities. TensorFlow is an API for neural networks and deep learning used internally by Google and recently released to the public. The API has quickly become one of the most popular open source projects with one of the largest number of committers within the Apache family of APIs. In this course, we review theoretical foundations of the neural networks approach to machine learning. Most of our effort goes into learning how to use TensorFlow for the creation of several major categories of neural networks including convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, self-organizing-maps, LSTMs, and others. We learn how to use TensorFlow API to classify, analyze, and manipulate images. A good portion of our effort deals with analysis of text. We learn how to recognize speech, transcribe speech into text, and transform text into speech. We gain an understanding of the natural language translation process. We also master a few commercially important applications of neural networks like sentiment analysis, image-caption generation, object segmentation and classification, and question-answer systems.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Fridays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 306

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: TensorFlow has APIs in Python, C++, Java, and Go, as well as bindings for C#, Haskell, Julia, Ruby, and R. While we accept assignment solutions in any of the listed programming languages, all lectures and examples are presented in Python. Students should have two years of experience writing in a high level language, and some experience with Python. They need to have access to a machine with at least 8 GB of RAM. While TensorFlow works on machines without a GPU, it performs faster with one. While not mandatory, it is advantageous to have access to a machine with a GPU card. We use GPU machines in AWS Cloud for some of the assignments.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25120/2018

CSCI E-93
Computer Architecture

James L. Frankel, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15374

Description
This course is a study of the fundamental concepts in the design and organization of modern computer systems. Topics include computer organization, instruction-set design, processor design, memory system design, timing issues, interrupts, microcoding, and various performance-enhancing parallel techniques such as prefetching, pipelining, branch prediction, superscalar execution, and massive-parallel processing. We also study existing architectures using CISC, RISC, vector, data parallel, and VLIW designs. An extensive lab project encompassing the design and implementation of a new instruction set and CPU using an FPGA is required of all students.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 7:40-10:15 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Knowledge of data structures and programming experience (CSCI E-22, or the equivalent) with a Boolean/digital logic course preferred, but not required ENSC E-123, or the equivalent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15374/2017

CSCI E-94
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing with Microsoft Azure

Joseph Ficara, ASEE

Senior Software Engineer and Architect, The Predictive Index

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25152

Description
Cloud computing provides for highly scalable consumer and enterprise applications with minimal or no capital investment. Most start-ups and Fortune 500 companies are embracing cloud computing for many reasons including higher profit margins, competitive advantage, elastic scalability, increased security, and global reach. This course starts by introducing the student to the fundamentals of cloud computing and server-less computing. We contrast the challenges and benefits offered by cloud computing, server-less cloud computing, and traditional self-managed cloud, and on-premises solutions. We cover the fundamental architecture and design patterns necessary to build highly available and scalable solutions using key Microsoft Azure platform as a service (PaaS) and server-less offerings. This course provides guidance on when to use one service over another based on performance, maintainability, complexity, and cost. Key services covered include Azure AD for authentication, Azure app services, Azure SQL, Azure API management, Azure functions, Redis Cache, notification hubs, Azure storage and queues, Azure CosmosDB, Azure search, and Azure Internet of things suite. An overview of Azure cognitive services is provided as well as more detailed coverage of the Azure cognitive services: computer vision and text analytics. In addition to Azure services and guidance, the course covers how to implement processes to streamline development such as continuous integration, continuous deployment (CICD), and automated testing using visual studio team services. Coverage would not be complete without examining the fundamentals necessary to make a system ready for users, including always-up architecture and deployment strategies, rollback strategies, A/B testing, testing in production, monitoring, alerting, performance tuning, snapshot debugging in production, and system health analysis using application insights and analysis services.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G125

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Basic C#, C++, or Java development skills. CSCI E-38, CSCI E-55, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25152/2018

CSCI E-95
Compiler Design and Implementation

James L. Frankel, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25013

Description
This course is a study of the theory and practice required for the design and implementation of interpreters and compilers for programming languages. Coursework ranges from the abstract, such as categorization of grammars and languages, to the concrete, such as specific algorithms used in compilers and practical performance issues. Topics include lexical analysis, parsing, symbol table generation, type checking, error detection, code generation, optimization, and run-time support. Techniques for top-down and bottom-up parsing both with and without the use of automated tools are studied. Local and global optimization are covered. An extensive programming project is required of all students.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 7:40-10:15 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Knowledge of data structures and programming experience (CSCI E-22, or the equivalent) with an advanced algorithms course preferred, but not required (CSCI E-124, or the equivalent).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

CSCI E-97
Software Design: Principles, Models, and Patterns

Eric Gieseke, ALM

Senior Architect, ACI Worldwide Payment

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15356

Description
This course approaches object-oriented software design from three perspectives: the software engineering principles that enable development of quality software, the modeling of software components using the Unified Modeling Language (UML), and the application of design patterns as a means of reusing design models that are accepted best practices. These patterns include both the original software patterns as well as more recent modularization patterns for software construction. There is at least one significant modeling exercise and a set of programming assignments that require the application of design principles and good programming technique. Students are expected to write a detailed description of the design for each of their programs, incorporating UML models as appropriate. Students implement their programs in the Java programming language. In addition, there is at least one significant assignment that requires designing and documenting a software subsystem without implementation.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 304

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22, or the equivalent, and proficiency in Java.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15356/2017

CSCI E-109A
Introduction to Data Science

Pavlos Protopapas, PhD

Scientific Program Director and Lecturer, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard University

Kevin A. Rader, PhD

Senior Preceptor in Statistics, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15178

Description
This course focuses on the analysis of messy, real life data to perform predictions using statistical and machine learning methods. Material covered integrates the five key facets of an investigation using data: data collection—data wrangling, cleaning, and sampling to get a suitable data set; data management—accessing data quickly and reliably; exploratory data analysis—generating hypotheses and building intuition; prediction or statistical learning; and communication—summarizing results through visualization, stories, and interpretable summaries.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 109a. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the CSCI E-109a placement test. The test is available on the Canvas course website for registered students beginning July 20. Students who do not pass the test are dropped from the course. Programming knowledge at the level of CSCI E-50 or above, and statistics knowledge at the level of STAT E-100 or above, and calculus (MATH E-15) required. STAT E-110, offered previously, recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15178/2017

CSCI E-109B
Advanced Topics in Data Science

Mark Glickman, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Statistics, Harvard University

Pavlos Protopapas, PhD

Scientific Program Director and Lecturer, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24801

Description
Building upon the material in CSCI E-109a, this course introduces advanced methods for data wrangling, data visualization, and statistical modeling and prediction. Topics include big data and database management, interactive visualizations, nonlinear statistical models, and deep learning.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 109b. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: A grade of B-minus or higher in CSCI E-109a.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24801/2018

CSCI E-121
Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science

Boaz Barak, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Salil P. Vadhan, PhD

Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Harvard College Professor, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14302

Description
Computation occurs over a variety of substrates including silicon, neurons, DNA, the stock market, bee colonies, and many others. In this course we study the fundamental capabilities and limitations of computation, including the phenomenon of universality and the duality of code and data. We touch upon the following questions: Are there functions that cannot be computed? Are there true mathematical statements that can’t be proven? Are there encryption schemes that can’t be broken? Is randomness ever useful for computing? Can we use the quirks of quantum mechanics to speed up computation?

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 121. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 am for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: Comfort with mathematical proofs at the level of CSCI E-20, offered previously, or a similar course. A homework zero will be posted on the course website http://www.boazbarak.org/cs121/ by July 1. Students should complete the homework before they register.

Syllabus: http://www.boazbarak.org/cs121/

CSCI E-124
Data Structures and Algorithms

Jelani Nelson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Salil P. Vadhan, PhD

Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Harvard College Professor, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 21462

Description
This is a rigorous course on the design and analysis of efficient algorithms and data structures. Algorithm design methods, graph algorithms, approximation algorithms, and randomized algorithms are covered.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 124. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 am-1 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-20 and CSCI E-50, or the equivalent; CSCI E-51, offered previously, is helpful. Some exposure to discrete applied mathematics, such as CSCI E-121 is also helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21462/2018

CSCI E-127
Cryptography

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25012

Description
Cryptography is as old as human communication itself, but has undergone a revolution in the last few decades. It is now about much more than secret writing and includes seemingly paradoxical notions such as communicating securely without a shared secret and computing on encrypted data. In this challenging but rewarding course, we start from the basics of private and public key cryptography and go all the way up to advanced notions such as fully homomorphic encryption and software obfuscation. This is a proof-based course that is best appreciated by mathematically mature students.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 127. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 am for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: Comfort with mathematical proofs at the level of CSCI E-121, CSCI E-124, or the equivalent.

CSCI E-134
Networks

Yaron Singer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15378

Description
Networks—of social relationships, economic interdependencies, and digital interactions—are critical in shaping our lives. This course introduces models and algorithms that help us understand networks. Fundamental concepts from applied mathematics, microeconomics, and computer science are presented through the lens of network science in order to equip students to usefully analyze the big data generated by online networks. Applications discussed include the viral spread of ideas, maximizing influence, and the contagion of economic downturns. Concepts and tools covered include game theory, graph theory, data mining, and machine learning.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 134. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: To enjoy and succeed in this course, students need to be comfortable with some basic math and programming: MATH E-15 or the equivalent, basic probability (definitions and basic properties of distributions, expectation, variance), and CSCI E-7, CSCI E-10b, or CSCI E-50 or equivalent programming ability. Programming assignments are part of the homework; there is help on basic coding outside of class if needed.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15378/2017

CSCI E-152
Programming Languages

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25187

Description
This course is an introduction to the theory, design, and implementation of programming languages. Topics covered in this course include formal semantics of programming languages (operational, axiomatic, denotational, and translational), type systems, higher-order functions and lambda calculus, lazy evaluations, continuations, dynamic types, monads, objects, modules, concurrency, and communication.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 152. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 am for registered students. Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-51 and CSCI E-121 are recommended. This is not an introduction to programming. Students should already know how to program, ideally in several languages. Students must be comfortable with recursion, proofs, and basic mathematical ideas and notations, including sets, relations, functions, and induction.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25187/2018

CSCI E-165
Data Systems

Stratos Idreos, PhD

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14861

Description
We are in the big data era and data systems sit in the critical path of everything we do. We are going through major transformations in businesses, sciences, as well as everyday life—collecting and analyzing data changes everything and data systems provide the means to store and analyze a massive amount of data. This course is a comprehensive introduction to modern data systems. The primary focus is on modern trends that are shaping the data management industry right now such as column-store and hybrid systems, shared nothing architectures, cache-conscious algorithms, hardware/software co-design, main memory systems, adaptive indexing, stream processing, scientific data management, and key-value stores. We also study the history of data systems, and traditional and seminal concepts and ideas such as the relational model, row-store database systems, optimization, indexing, concurrency control, recovery, and SQL. In this way, we discuss both how data systems evolved over the years and why, as well as how these concepts apply today and how data systems might evolve in the future. We focus on understanding concepts and trends rather than specific techniques that will soon be outdated.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 165. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5:30 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50 and CSCI E-61, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14861/2017

CSCI E-191
Classics of Computer Science

Harry R. Lewis, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24999

Description
This course examines papers every computer scientist should have read, from the 1930s to the present. It is meant to be a synthesizing experience for advanced students in computer science: a way for them to see the field as a whole, not through a survey, but by reliving the experience of its creation. The idea is to create a unified view of the field of computer science, for students who already know something about it, by replaying its entire evolution at an accelerated frame rate.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:15-7:15 pm
1 Story Street 306Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: All students are required to attend and participate during the regularly scheduled class time, either by being present in the classroom or via Zoom webconferencing software.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-124 plus one other 100-level computer science course.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24999/2018

CSCI E-265
Big Data Systems

Stratos Idreos, PhD

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24598

Description
Big data is everywhere. A fundamental goal across numerous modern businesses and sciences is to be able to exploit as many machines as possible, to consume as much information as possible and as fast as possible. The big challenge is how to turn data into useful knowledge. This is far from a simple task and also a moving target as both the underlying hardware and our ability to collect data evolve. In this course, we discuss how to design data systems and algorithms that can scale up and scale out. Scale up refers to the ability to use a single machine to all its potential, to exploit properly the memory hierarchy and the multiple CPU and GPU cores of modern hardware. Scale out refers to the ability to use more than one machine (typically hundreds or thousands) effectively. This is a research-oriented course. Every week we read two modern research papers; one from the scale up area and one from the scale out area. We use examples from several areas, including relational systems and distributed databases, graph processing systems (for social networks), key-value stores, noSQL and newSQL systems, as well as mobile computing. Each student works on two systems projects and (optionally) on a semester-long data systems research project which can be in any of the above areas and based on an open research question.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 265. Live streaming is ordinarily available Wednesdays and Fridays, 4-5:30 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-61, andCSCI E-66 or CSCI E-165, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24598/2018

CSCI E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Software Engineering and Digital Media Design Tutorial

Eric Gieseke, ALM

Senior Architect, ACI Worldwide Payment

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25104

Description
The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question. To support this process students search and review related literature, reading and critiquing sample papers to identify key components of a successful academic paper. The tutorial continues the development of students’ scholarly writing skills and research abilities, discussing writing techniques and appropriate sourcing and citation methods as they study each of the elements of a proposal and analyze proposal examples. Students are asked to write and revise each section of the proposal, culminating in a draft of a complete proposal by the end of the tutorial. Students should not register for this tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. They should consider if this is the right time to start independent research, as the goal of the tutorial is to move from crafting the thesis proposal to thesis registration with no extended breaks. Students should begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing this tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial involves in-person and/or phone or Zoom web conference meetings with the instructor, along with a series of proposal development assignments available online in a modular format. Students are expected to work through all of the assignments during the semester in a timely fashion to reach the goal of a fully developed proposal draft.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, software engineering or digital media design. They must have completed the design patterns requirement (if they are in software engineering), eight courses toward the degree, be in good academic standing, and have the approval of the instructor. Students should submit a two- to three-page document by December 18 to Dr. Gieseke with “Thesis Proposal Tutorial Prerequisites” in the subject line of the e-mail. The document should include a potential thesis topic, a list of research questions, some background information about the research topic (including three references), and the rationale for the proposed research (why the questions are worth asking). See the Guide to the ALM Thesis. Only candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track can register for the tutorial for graduate credit; those in the 10-course thesis track should register for noncredit. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the tutorial.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25104/2018

CSCI E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Software Engineering and Digital Media Design Tutorial

Amy Marie Carleton, PhD

Lecturer on Comparative Media Studies and Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15484

Description
The focus of this tutorial is to prepare a draft thesis proposal as the first stage of the thesis process. The tutorial guides students through every aspect of the thesis proposal process, working from a chosen topic area to selecting a research problem, followed by specifying a research question, creating a testable hypothesis, and determining an appropriate method for answering the question. To support this process students search and review related literature, reading and critiquing sample papers to identify key components of a successful academic paper. The tutorial continues the development of students’ scholarly writing skills and research abilities, discussing writing techniques and appropriate sourcing and citation methods as they study each of the elements of a proposal and analyze proposal examples. Students are asked to write and revise each section of the proposal, culminating in a draft of a complete proposal by the end of the tutorial. Students should not register for this tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. They should consider if this is the right time to start independent research, as the goal of the tutorial is to move from crafting the thesis proposal to thesis registration with no extended breaks. Students should begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing this tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial involves in-person and/or phone or Zoom web conference meetings with the instructor, along with a series of proposal development assignments available online in a modular format. Students are expected to work through all of the assignments during the semester in a timely fashion to reach the goal of a fully developed proposal draft.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, software engineering or digital media design. They must have completed the design patterns requirement (if they are in software engineering), eight courses toward the degree, be in good academic standing, and have the approval of the instructor. Students should submit a two- to three-page document by August 1 to Dr. Carleton with “Thesis Proposal Tutorial Prerequisites” in the subject line of the e-mail. The document should include a potential thesis topic, a list of research questions, some background information about the research topic (including three references), and the rationale for the proposed research (why the questions are worth asking). See the Guide to the ALM Thesis. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the tutorial.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15484/2017

CSCI E-599
Software Engineering Capstone

Peter Vaughan Henstock, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer, Inc.

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24531

Description
This course examines how current software engineering methods approach structuring and managing software projects, from requirements gathering to production release. Formal methods in software engineering have a long history, from the older waterfall method to the current agile methods. Students collaborate in small teams to define an architectural model and a project plan, and then implement a system while practicing techniques in software engineering. They present to the Extension School’s Master of Liberal Arts, software engineering faculty committee based on the course project. The early programming assignments are in Java.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates for the Master of Liberal Arts, software engineering, and have completed nine courses in the concentration, including CSCI E-97, and have proficiency in Java, or permission of the instructor. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24531/2018

DGMD E-5
Exploring Digital Media

Daniel P. Coffey, ALM

Senior Educational Production Technologist, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24583

Description
This is a practical, introductory course that gives a fast-paced overview of a broad range of topics related to contemporary media. The course aims to equip students with an understanding of the basics of exposure and composition which are vital for the closely related fields of digital photography and digital cinematography. Topics also include fundamental lighting techniques, video technology, video production processes with practical exercises in each stage of the workflow, audio production, video compression, codecs, and distribution. Beyond traditional digital media, the course also addresses the fundamentals of computer-based digital media design through software (via web development). Given the power of modern personal computers, all course topics apply to both professional production environments and personal media projects alike. By the end of the course, students can expect to understand common production workflows for a wide array of digital media including digital photography, video production, audio recording, and web design.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
53 Church Street 203

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 120 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24583/2018

DGMD E-10
Exposing Digital Photography

Gregory S. Marinovich

Lecturer on Journalism in the College of Communication, Boston University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15179

Description
This course combines learning the basic techniques of digital photography with photojournalism, documentary photography, and an introduction to art photography. The goal is to enable students to expand their knowledge of photography in both the technical and aesthetic sense and to effectively use photographic software tools, develop a reliable workflow, and manage their archives. Through lectures, hands-on assignments, and critiques, students expand their understanding of photography while exploring their creativity to broaden the possibilities and improve the quality of their photographs. We examine the ethics of photojournalism and documentary, using real life examples.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G115

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students should have access to a camera where they can control aperture, shutter speed and ISO for the duration of the course.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15179/2017

DGMD E-10
Exposing Digital Photography

Gregory S. Marinovich

Lecturer on Journalism in the College of Communication, Boston University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24825

Description
This course combines learning the basic techniques of digital photography with photojournalism, documentary photography, and an introduction to art photography. The goal is to enable students to expand their knowledge of photography in both the technical and aesthetic sense and to effectively use photographic software tools, develop a reliable workflow, and manage their archives. Through lectures, hands-on assignments, and critiques, students expand their understanding of photography while exploring their creativity to broaden the possibilities and improve the quality of their photographs. We examine the ethics of photojournalism and documentary, using real life examples.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 202

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students should have access to a camera where they can control aperture, shutter speed and ISO for the duration of the course.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24825/2018

DGMD E-12
Introduction to Creative Exploration on the Web

Edmund Anthony Hebert, ALM

Senior Director of Digital and Creative, R & W Rope

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24790

Description
The modern web browser provides artists, designers, and creative individuals with a new virtual canvas to explore and communicate ideas in the digital realm. However, that creative potential often remains unfulfilled due to the intimidation or difficulty of learning to code. Likewise, many aspiring creative people still struggle to find their own voice and make their work more personal and unique. This course helps students solve both of these common problems for those working with digital media. Coursework introduces a simple JavaScript library called P5.JS. This web-friendly language is designed for beginners interested in coding for the visual arts and digital media. We use this tool for the creation of audiovisual assets and the manipulation of images, audio, video, and other digital media.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-12, DGMD E-20 or equivalent experience. No previous programming experience required.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24790/2018

DGMD E-20
Modern and Mobile Front-End Web Design I

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer in Web Technologies

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14283

Description
This course dives deeply into HTML5 and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), so students can better understand their power and flexibility in designing web pages. Students learn about advanced selectors, including general and adjacent sibling selectors, attribute selectors, pseudoselectors, pseudoelements, and CSS specificity. Methods for layout are covered extensively, including floats, positioning, FlexBox, and Grid. The course also focuses on animation and its use in user interfaces, including CSS Transforms, CSS Animation, and SVG, including filters for CSS and SVG. Units on accessibility, forms, and CSS Calc are included.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-12 or permission of the instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14283/2017

DGMD E-23
Planning Successful Websites and Applications

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer in Web Technologies

January session | CRN 24594

Description
With all the coding courses available online, it’s not hard to learn the technical tools and languages needed to build a website or application. However, what is less clear is how to go about the process—what information belongs in the product, for whom does the product exist, and how should the product be organized are just a few of the questions that still need to be answered before coding can begin. In this course, students learn to plan and design a website or application, including choosing a target audience, defining site goals and reconciling these with user and business goals, establishing a brand and a tone of voice, and designing a page architecture. By the end of the course, students are able to plan and design a website or application, so when they are ready to code, they have a clear specification for the final product. This course is not a coding course—it focuses on the other aspects of web and application creation.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 9 am-noon
One Brattle Square 202Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Students are required to bring a laptop to every class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24594/2018

DGMD E-23
Planning Successful Websites and Applications

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer in Web Technologies

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25147

Description
With all the coding courses available online, it’s not hard to learn the technical tools and languages needed to build a website or application. However, what is less clear is how to go about the process—what information belongs in the product, for whom does the product exist, and how should the product be organized are just a few of the questions that still need to be answered before coding can begin. In this course, students learn to plan and design a website or application, including choosing a target audience, defining site goals and reconciling these with user and business goals, establishing a brand and a tone of voice, and designing a page architecture. By the end of the course, students are able to plan and design a website or application, so when they are ready to code, they have a clear specification for the final product. This course is not a coding course—it focuses on the other aspects of web and application creation.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25147/2018

DGMD E-25
Introduction to Web Content Management Systems Site Development

Rebecca Marie Mazur, ALM

Front-End Developer, Velir

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24048

Description
In a rapidly changing world, the need for online publishers to keep up with the needs and expectations of their site visitors is paramount. Today, many web publishers use content management systems (CMS) to allow them to instantly and dynamically update web pages and properties as new content becomes available so that every visit to a site is engaging, informative, and meaningful. This course explores the use of the three most popular open source web-based content management systems—Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal—to create dynamic and flexible websites and landing pages. Participants explore the fundamentals of planning dynamic websites, CMS database management, developing CSS-controlled site templates, and creating database-driven websites through the planning and creation of their own topic-based sites.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI-E-12 required, DGMD E-20 recommended, or permission of the instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24048/2018

DGMD E-27
Modern and Mobile Front-End Web Design II

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer in Web Technologies

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24269

Description
With HTML and CSS mastered, this course features a comprehensive exploration of responsive design. Students build their own layout grids, explore media queries, and understand proper responsive image management. Students also explore Sass, a CSS preprocessing language that combines logic and variables with CSS to create dynamic styling. Students examine a responsive design framework incorporating Sass, like UIkit, and they compare and contrast the approaches in using an off-the-shelf responsive design framework as compared with a custom framework. The course culminates with students coding their own responsive design framework, including documentation and examples.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: DGMD E- 20, or permission of the instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24269/2018

DGMD E-30
Video Field Production

Nicholas J. Manley, MFA

Assistant Professor of Media Production, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14285

Description
This course is a complete movie-making academy in fifteen weeks. Working in small groups and guided by the instructor, students learn the basics of single-camera video production, field audio recording, and lighting for documentary and narrative film. Students learn how to light an interview like a pro, make the most of their equipment in the field, and break down any script into manageable pieces ready for shooting. Applying these techniques, students produce a short documentary or narrative film project on their own, and edit and deliver that movie using Adobe Premiere. We screen and critique students’ work as it evolves and refine methods for strengthening stories by looking at successful movies that have cracked the code. This course is designed for anyone who wants a crash course in producing quality video on a shoestring budget, and for storytellers who want to translate their ideas into compelling videos of any kind.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Students must have access to a DSLR or equivalent camera (1080p video), a tripod, and an audio recording device.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14285/2017

DGMD E-30
Video Field Production

Nicholas J. Manley, MFA

Assistant Professor of Media Production, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24545

Description
This course is a complete movie-making academy in fifteen weeks. Working in small groups and guided by the instructor, students learn the basics of single-camera video production, field audio recording, and lighting for documentary and narrative film. Students learn how to light an interview like a pro, make the most of their equipment in the field, and break down any script into manageable pieces ready for shooting. Applying these techniques, students produce a short documentary or narrative film project on their own, and edit and deliver that movie using Adobe Premiere. We screen and critique students’ work as it evolves and refine methods for strengthening stories by looking at successful movies that have cracked the code. This course is designed for anyone who wants a crash course in producing quality video on a shoestring budget, and for storytellers who want to translate their ideas into compelling videos of any kind.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Students must have access to a DSLR or equivalent camera (1080p video), a tripod, and an audio recording device.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24545/2018

DGMD E-35
Video Editing and Digital Design

Allyson Sherlock, MFA

Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15362

Description
The ability of the film editor to shape a story is one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of the filmmaking process. This course serves as an introduction to the art of video post-production. We explore the theory and practice of various editing styles in order to gain a better understanding of how stories are most effectively constructed in the editing room. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, students learn advanced editing techniques with an in-depth examination of Adobe Premiere. To further enhance projects, students create animated motion graphics using Adobe After Effects and learn how to enhance their audio recordings with Adobe Audition. Strong emphasis is placed on post-production techniques that improve the sound and image quality of the videos. Footage is provided for all exercises and projects, however, students are given the option to shoot new material for their final projects if desired.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm

Required sections Tuesdays, 7:40-8:40 pm.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Previous editing experience preferred but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 23 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15362/2017

DGMD E-35
Video Editing and Digital Design

Allyson Sherlock, MFA

Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24026

Description
The ability of the film editor to shape a story is one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of the filmmaking process. This course serves as an introduction to the art of video post-production. We explore the theory and practice of various editing styles in order to gain a better understanding of how stories are most effectively constructed in the editing room. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, students learn advanced editing techniques with an in-depth examination of Adobe Premiere. To further enhance projects, students create animated motion graphics using Adobe After Effects and learn how to enhance their audio recordings with Adobe Audition. Strong emphasis is placed on post-production techniques that improve the sound and image quality of the videos. Footage is provided for all exercises and projects, however, students are given the option to shoot new material for their final projects if desired.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
53 Church Street 104

Required sections Tuesdays, 7:40-8:40 pm.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Previous editing experience preferred but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24026/2018

DGMD E-38
Lighting Design for Video and Post-Production

Ian C. Sexton, MA

Technologist in Production, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Lauren Scully, MFA

Technologist in Production, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14490

Description
Manipulating light is the most fundamental aspect of photographic image making. Light has basic properties such as brightness, size of source, color, angle of throw, and the directional movement of its rays. Cameras are the tools that allow us to interpret these properties to create an image. Through hands-on projects we build our understanding of the ways in which light can be manipulated for aesthetic intent. Assignments build in complexity throughout the semester exploring the relative relationships between camera controls and lighting properties. Once we have a strong understanding of these relationships we move into post-production and investigate color correction, color grading, and working with green screen footage. The goal of this course is to build a fundamental understanding of lighting relationships in order to achieve the desired look on set and in the editing suite.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
53 Church Street 203

Required sections Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Experience with Macintosh computers and nonlinear editing software.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14490/2017

DGMD E-40
Producing Educational Video

Marlon Kuzmick, MA

Director of Media, Literacy, and Visualization, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

January session | CRN 24419

Description
With the advent of massive open online courses (MOOCs), Khan Academy, and the flipped classroom, educators are experimenting with video as never before. This course prepares students to create dynamic, pedagogically sound video for these and other platforms by familiarizing them not only with relevant video production tools and techniques, but also with approaches to video grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 6-9 pm
53 Church Street 104Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: All demonstrations are performed in Final Cut Pro X and Motion, so students need either access to the 53 Church Street lab or their own copies of Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Students do not need any previous familiarity with these products. Each student also needs access to a video camera, either one of his or her own or the cameras available at the 53 Church Street lab.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24419/2018

DGMD E-42
Making the Short Film: Innovations and Practices for the Digital Age

Allyson Sherlock, MFA

Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14730

Description
Short films are an exciting and ever-evolving form of storytelling in the digital age. This course explores the strong tradition short films have in our culture, as well as the new and innovative techniques filmmakers are currently using to tell and distribute their stories. In this course, students devote the entire semester to the creation and completion of one short film, narrative or documentary, with the intent of festival submission and/or online release. Students work in a collaborative atmosphere with classmates and the instructor to refine scripts and treatments, plan productions, and create the final film. Students may work individually or partner in a collaborative team. Either way, the class serves as a support system for each student, offering advice, critiques, and resources so that each member of the class is an integral part of a fully-realized short. In addition to supporting traditional filmmaking approaches, innovative storytelling techniques are strongly welcomed and supported. These can include interactive online documentaries, hybrid approaches (blending fiction and nonfiction), webisode pilots, and experimental techniques. Additionally, the course demystifies the online distribution process and the film festival circuit, exploring the many avenues filmmakers can take to get their work shown to a wider audience.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
53 Church Street 104

Required sections Mondays, 7:40-8:40 pm.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: DGMD E-30 and DGMD E-35, or equivalent experience (instructor approval required).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14730/2017

DGMD E-45
Introduction to 3D Art and Animation

Jason Wiser, MFA

Creative Director, Yaya Play Games

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24770

Description
Animation can be created in a wide variety of styles and techniques and the technology is constantly evolving. Autodesk Maya is a professional standard 3D art, animation, and visual effects software used in video games, architectural and medical visualization, television and feature films. This course is a chance to explore a variety of techniques for 3D environment, character, and story visualization and animation using Maya. This course provides the basics for starting work in a 3D field, or to get some context of the 3D content creation process for those in related industries.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
53 Church Street 202

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24770/2018

DGMD E-50
Introduction to Visual Communication Design

Athir Mahmud, PhD

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24839

Description
This course introduces students to a practice-based, hands-on approach to visual communication design. Students learn about vector and raster graphics, how to design with specific audiences in mind, and how to edit their own photographs using some of the most commonly used photo editing software in the visual design industry. Topics also include the elements and principles of design, color theory, visual perception theories, typography, symbols, brand identity, logos, and information design. Connections to current and historical contexts of the graphic arts are woven throughout the course. Students also share their work and learn to take part in design critiques and discussions, as both designers and peers.

Class Meetings:
Online w/ required on-campus weekend
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency and online videocasts. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific information about the online lectures. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24839/2018

DGMD E-50
Introduction to Visual Communication Design

Athir Mahmud, PhD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15157

Description
This course introduces students to a practice-based, hands-on approach to visual communication design. Students learn about vector and raster graphics, how to design with specific audiences in mind, and how to edit their own photographs using some of the most commonly used photo editing software in the visual design industry. Topics also include the elements and principles of design, color theory, visual perception theories, typography, symbols, brand identity, logos, and information design. Connections to current and historical contexts of the graphic arts are woven throughout the course. Students also share their work and learn to take part in design critiques and discussions, as both designers and peers.

Class Meetings:
Online w/ required on-campus weekend
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency and online videocasts. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific information about the online lectures. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15157/2017

DGMD E-60
Applied Online Course Design

Adrienne Phelps-Coco, PhD

Associate Director of Online Pedagogy, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15361

Description
In this class, we approach online course design as a creative endeavor that’s grounded in learning theory and bounded by the practical realities of everyday course development. We read as practitioners, asking ourselves how various ideas might apply (or not apply) to designs we create and seeking inspiration in a wide variety of places. To help us envision the scope of design possibilities and to prepare for an unknowable future of online learning, we practice brainstorming multiple solutions to common design challenges. Over the course of the semester, students create an online learning project of their choice, which we collectively workshop and learn from. Students walk away with a project they can actually use or can showcase to potential employers. Among the topics we address are working with instructors/subject matter experts to identify and design to the heart of a course, enhancing student community, translation of face-to-face experiences, selecting online technologies, assignment and assessment design, reusability, gamification, and evaluation of learning design success.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: EDUC E-103, EDUC E-111, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15361/2017

DGMD E-60
Applied Online Course Design

Adrienne Phelps-Coco, PhD

Associate Director of Online Pedagogy, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24538

Description
In this class, we approach online course design as a creative endeavor that’s grounded in learning theory and bounded by the practical realities of everyday course development. We read as practitioners, asking ourselves how various ideas might apply (or not apply) to designs we create and seeking inspiration in a wide variety of places. To help us envision the scope of design possibilities and to prepare for an unknowable future of online learning, we practice brainstorming multiple solutions to common design challenges. Over the course of the semester, students create an online learning project of their choice, which we collectively workshop and learn from. Students walk away with a project they can actually use or can showcase to potential employers. Among the topics we address are working with instructors/subject matter experts to identify and design to the heart of a course, enhancing student community, translation of face-to-face experiences, selecting online technologies, assignment and assessment design, reusability, gamification, and evaluation of learning design success.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: EDUC E-103, EDUC E-111, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24538/2018

DGMD E-70
Principles of Game Design

Jason Wiser, MFA

Creative Director, Yaya Play Games

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14824

Description
This course introduces students to the dynamic field of game development. Games are an enormously effective tool to motivate problem solving, inspire community interactions, and improve personal wellbeing. This course uses paper prototyping and game industry digital design tools to explore the creation of meaningful play experiences with the goal of understanding the game development process.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Harvard Hall 202

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Experience in programming, digital art, or digital sound is recommended. Students are expected to bring a laptop to class every week in the second half of the term.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 36 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14824/2017

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer in Web Technologies

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25174 | Section 2

Description
Students create an individual project, presenting it to fellow students and visiting faculty. They apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant project in a collaborative environment. At the end of the semester, they make a formal oral presentation of their project to a faculty committee.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design, have completed eight courses (32 credits) toward the degree, and have an approved capstone project. They must submit a capstone project proposal to Dr. Jeff Parker by November 1.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25174/2018

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer in Web Technologies

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14731

Description
Students create an individual project, presenting it to fellow students and visiting faculty. They apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant project in a collaborative environment. At the end of the semester, they make a formal oral presentation of their project to a faculty committee.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design, have completed eight courses (32 credits) toward the degree, and have an approved capstone project. They must submit a capstone project proposal to Ms. Jennifer Kramer by July 15.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14731/2017

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Allyson Sherlock, MFA

Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24247 | Section 1

Description
Students create an individual project, presenting it to fellow students and visiting faculty. They apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant project in a collaborative environment. At the end of the semester, they make a formal oral presentation of their project to a faculty committee.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design, have completed eight courses (32 credits) toward the degree, and have an approved capstone project. They must submit a capstone project proposal to Dr. Jeff Parker by November 1.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24247/2018

DRAM E-10
Introduction to Acting

Karen MacDonald, BFA

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 20544

Description
Through individual and group exercises, monologues, improvisations, and scene studies, this workshop, eclectic in method, helps students develop their acting potential and sharpen their skills in interpreting scripts. Students are expected to keep journals of their work. Previous theater study is not required.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Parish House, 3 Church Street Barn RoomStart Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-20544/2018

DRAM E-10
Introduction to Acting

Remo Airaldi, AB

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 12954

Description
Through individual and group exercises, monologues, improvisations, and scene studies, this workshop, eclectic in method, helps students develop their acting potential and sharpen their skills in interpreting scripts. Students are expected to keep journals of their work. Previous theater study is not required.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Parish House, 3 Church Street Barn RoomStart Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12954/2017

DRAM E-12
Acting Shakespeare

Remo Airaldi, AB

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24418

Description
This course is an intensive study of Shakespeare’s dramatic works from the point of view of the actor. It is important to remember that Shakespeare’s verse dramas were written to be performed and that only when they are approached this way—as playable, theatrical texts—do they have their maximum impact. Through text analysis, scene study, vocal work, and acting exercises we attempt to find, not only the meaning, but the music and theatrical power of Shakespeare’s words. We spend a great deal of class time discussing blank verse and the different techniques for speaking it out loud and work to develop the end-of-line breath support needed to perform this language. We also study such topics as scansion, phrasing, word emphasis, antithesis, and imagery.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Parish House, 3 Church Street Barn RoomStart Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

DRAM E-20
Advanced Acting

Marcus Stern, MFA

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media and Associate Director, American Repertory Theater, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23479

Description
This course is centered on scene study and audition monologue work. The focus is on learning and refining a practical acting process that can then be tailored for each individual actor. This process can effectively be used for acting in film, television, and on stage. The class includes voice work for the actor, as well instruction on audition technique, and helping actors understand what audition material might work best for them.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Parish House, 3 Church Street Barn RoomStart Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Audition. Registered students must bring a contemporary two-minute monologue to the first class. The instructor will determine who is in the class after the first day of audition monologues.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 16 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23479/2018

DRAM E-21
Improvisational Acting

Wesley Verge

Technical Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Remo Airaldi, AB

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14811

Description
This course is designed not only for students of the theater, but also for those with an interest in politics and debate, public speaking, trial law, and education, as well as a broad range of other careers. Students explore various improvisational techniques that fuse intellect, imagination, voice, and body.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Loeb Drama Center Dance StudioStart Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14811/2017

DRAM E-27
The Songs of Stephen Sondheim

Pamela J. Murray, MusM

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15381

Description
Few musical theater composers have been as prolific as Stephen Sondheim. Many people are familiar with the popular Into the Woods or the lavish Sunday in the Park with George, but Sondheim’s work includes a wider range of styles than many people realize, and spans five decades. In this performance workshop each student studies and prepares a song from the repertoire of Sondheim, working on both vocal and dramatic aspects. Songs are chosen to represent the different eras and styles of his works, as well as tailored to the individual student’s skill level. In class we discuss Sondheim’s unique lyric writing and study how his song accompaniments set the mood, often foreshadowing events. We also compare his various musical styles.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Music Building PH6

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Some singing experience and permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15381/2017

DRAM E-35
The Forgotten Scene Partner: Creating a More Powerful Performance Through the Marriage of Text and Music

Pamela J. Murray, MusM

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25014

Description
When interpreting and preparing a song for performance, we often disregard the importance of the accompaniment. Generally the music tells us all we need to know about the deeper meaning of the text, using range, rhythm, mood, or change of key to tell the story and create a character. In this performance-based course, we focus on the relationship between music and text in the musical theater repertoire. We study songwriting that uses the accompaniment and orchestration to highlight the lyrics, and explore how various composers use those accompaniments to mirror, support, or sometimes even play devil’s advocate to the text. We listen to examples, and each student learns the song, working on vocal and theatrical aspects and digging deeply into the lyrics and their connection to the music. Finally, we bring together all of these elements to create a believable and compelling performance for the final presentation. We create a virtual classroom where students perform for each other each week.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Some singing experience, or permission of instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25014/2018

ECON E-10A
Principles of Economics

Bruce D. Watson, MA

Senior Lecturer on Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 10062

Description
This course provides an introduction to current economic issues and to basic economic principles and methods. Economics is not primarily a set of answers, but rather a method of reasoning. By the end of the course, students are able to use the framework they have learned to form their own judgments about the major economic problems faced by the United States and other countries.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center Hall A

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: High school algebra recommended. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-10062/2017

ECON E-10A
Principles of Economics

Stacey Gelsheimer, PhD

Teaching Assistant in Economics, Harvard University and Lecturer on Economics, Boston University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25236 | Section 2

Description
This course provides an introduction to current economic issues and to basic economic principles and methods. The economist John Maynard Keynes wrote that “the ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood.” Economics is not primarily a set of answers, but rather a method of reasoning. By the end of the semester, students are able to use the analysis practiced in the course to form their own judgments about many of the major economic problems faced by the United States and other countries. In the first part of the semester, we focus on microeconomics, which is the study of the interaction of people and firms in markets. Since we live in a market economy, this study helps students to understand how American society organizes its economic affairs. We examine how the forces of supply and demand operate in the markets for goods and services. Students learn powerful tools that enable them to understand a great deal about the economy and how it works. Using these tools, we develop a framework to evaluate social policies. Trade—always a controversial subject—is analyzed, along with measures, such as tariffs, designed to restrict trade. Theories concerning firm behavior will then be examined—how companies decide how much to produce, and the profits which result. During the second half of the semester, we focus on macroeconomics, the study of the economy as a whole. We study economic growth and development, business cycles, and the impact of both monetary and fiscal policy on inflation, unemployment, interest rates, investment, the exchange rate, and international trade.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 306Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of elementary algebra and geometry is required. Students registering in this course for graduate credit are also required to have some basic knowledge of calculus, preferably a college-level course in calculus. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25236/2018

ECON E-10A
Principles of Economics

Rand Ghayad, PhD

Associate, The Brattle Group

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22004

Description
The course deals with basic economic principles that help us understand the process of decision making by individuals and societies. We analyze the fundamental economic activities of production, distribution, exchange, and consumption at both the micro and macro level. Besides developing an understanding of the functioning of a free market system, we also critically examine the controversies that surround the use of public policies for the greater common good.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Harvard Hall 104Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of elementary algebra and geometry is required. Students registering in this course for graduate credit are also required to have some basic knowledge of calculus, preferably a college-level course in calculus. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

ECON E-1005
Foundations of Real-World Economics

John Komlos, PhD

Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Munich

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14599

Description
The course discusses complex economic processes in relatively simple terms so that they can be understood without the use of mathematics. The focus is on real-world applications of economics rather than the academic blackboard economics, which relies excessively on theoretical reasoning and abstract models of the economy. We apply the concepts we learn to contemporary controversial topics such as minimum wage legislation, the function of unions, and why the free market overcharges for health care. We explore why the current economy—using Paul Krugman’s words—is in a low-level depression. Krugman has also referred to it as a sour economy because it is unable to provide a decent life for so many millions of its citizens. Mainstream economists do not have the answers because they are unable to think creatively about new institutional structures that would enable us to transition to a full-employment, high quality-of-life economy. In contrast, in this course we incorporate ideas into our discussions from psychology, sociology, and political science in order to explore these issues. We also discuss ways to restructure the economy in order to extricate ourselves from the legacy of the bailout of Wall Street. The course includes concepts from both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 10 am-noon
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14599/2017

ECON E-1005
Foundations of Real-World Economics

John Komlos, PhD

Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Munich

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24060

Description
The course discusses complex economic processes in relatively simple terms so that they can be understood without the use of mathematics. The focus is on real-world applications of economics rather than the academic blackboard economics, which relies excessively on theoretical reasoning and abstract models of the economy. We apply the concepts we learn to contemporary controversial topics such as minimum wage legislation, the function of unions, and why the free market overcharges for health care. We explore why the current economy—using Paul Krugman’s words—is in a low-level depression. Krugman has also referred to it as a sour economy because it is unable to provide a decent life for so many millions of its citizens. Mainstream economists do not have the answers because they are unable to think creatively about new institutional structures that would enable us to transition to a full-employment, high quality-of-life economy. In contrast, in this course we incorporate ideas into our discussions from psychology, sociology, and political science in order to explore these issues. We also discuss ways to restructure the economy in order to extricate ourselves from the legacy of the bailout of Wall Street. The course includes concepts from both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24060/2018

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Robert Neugeboren, PhD

Lecturer on Economics, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 10782

Description
This course presents the basic analytical tools of microeconomics. We start by looking at the decision making of individual consumers and ask how these decisions can be optimized or improved. Next, we look at the ways firms make and coordinate their decisions under varying market structures, including perfect competition and monopoly. Then we look at strategic behavior in imperfectly competitive markets, making use of concepts from game theory such as Nash equilibrium. Finally, we take up topics including bargaining theory, information economics, environmental externalities, and public goods.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 306

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent, or a satisfactory placement test score. MATH E-15 recommended. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-10782/2017

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Bruce D. Watson, MA

Senior Lecturer on Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23285

Description
This course presents the basic analytical tools of microeconomics. We start by looking at the decision making of individual consumers, including decisions made in situations involving uncertainty. Next, we look at the ways firms make their decisions under varying market structures, including perfect competition and monopoly. Then we look at strategic behavior in imperfectly competitive markets, making use of concepts from game theory such as Nash equilibrium. Finally, we take up topics involving information economics and the economics of environmental externalities.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center Hall A

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent, or a satisfactory placement test score. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23285/2018

ECON E-1012
Intermediate Macroeconomics

Christopher Foote, PhD

Professor of the Practice of Economics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25156

Description
This course examines theories and evidence on economic growth and business cycles. It covers determination of gross domestic product, investment, consumption, employment, and unemployment. It also covers analysis of interest rates, wage rates, and inflation. Finally, it examines the roles of fiscal and monetary policies. At the end of this course, students have a better understanding of how the economy works and how different macroeconomic policies affect people’s lives. The business-cycle component of the course focuses on the United States, but the course also explores the large differences in living standards around the world.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Economics 1010b.  Live streaming is ordinarily available Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9-10 am for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: Introductory macroeconomics course. While no specific mathematics course is required, very basic knowledge of calculus at the level of MATH E-15 is assumed. However, calculus is rarely used in the course, and students without a calculus background can still do well. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25156/2018

ECON E-1018
Microfinance: Financial Services for the Poor

Adam Grenier, MS

Financial Consultant, Fidelity Investments, and Lecturer, Experimental College, Tufts University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15131

Description
What if you could give $25 to a small business owner and the impact would be that he or she could feed, educate, and clothe his or her children for the next ten months? What if having access to informal financial services in your community greatly improved your ability to generate a more livable income? Microfinance is a powerful tool in the anti-poverty toolkit to help people in challenging economic conditions have a more prosperous life. In this course, we address how small improvements can be made and take a comprehensive look at microfinance and its impact on people and societies. After forming a solid understanding of the various solutions offered under the microfinance umbrella (credit, savings, insurance), we examine opportunities for domestic and international microfinance initiatives. Students actively participate in the microfinance experience by lending to an actual business owner of their choice, analyzing real-time case studies from around the globe, and interacting with Boston-area microfinance professionals and beneficiaries. Additionally, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Human Connections, the instructor leads an optional experiential learning trip to Latin America to complement the classroom curriculum and bring you closer to the realities of microfinance. Tour details are available early in the semester.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Emerson Hall 104Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: No finance or business background required. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15131/2017

ECON E-1040
Strategy, Conflict, and Cooperation

Robert Neugeboren, PhD

Lecturer on Economics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 21946

Description
This course is an introduction to the strategic way of thinking and a primer on the mathematical theory of games. Students learn about game theory through a combination of analytical techniques and a series of in-class and take-home exercises. Applications are drawn from economics and other social sciences. Topics include the prisoner’s dilemma and the arms race, the minimax theorem, Nash equilibrium, bargaining, subgame perfection, and the evolution of cooperation.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 302

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: MATH E-8, or the equivalent or satisfactory placement test score. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21946/2018

ECON E-1317
The Economics of Emerging Markets: Asia and Eastern Europe

Bruno S. Sergi, PhD

Professor of International Economics, University of Messina and Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24054

Description
This course covers, with a focus on both theory and empirics, the promises and realities of the emerging economies in Asia and Eastern Europe. Some of the most appealing economic growth stories have occurred in these regions since the end of World War II. The potential of booming markets, fast-developing local consumer markets, abundant low-cost labor, and the rising middle class have been the major characteristics of many emerging markets, attracting attention from investors, entrepreneurs, and opportunity seekers around the world. However, upon closer examination, we find the landscape is fraught with an ongoing deceleration across the world’s major emerging markets and embedded with complex economic and financial systemic risks. This course explores the realities of the emerging markets’ finance, banking, trade, information technology, and green technologies, and the causal factors and limits of recent economic policy strategies in the major emerging markets like China, India, all of South East Asia, and the post-Soviet regions.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: ECON S-10a, or the equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24054/2018

ECON E-1342
History of Economic Growth

Melissa Dell, PhD

Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15419

Description
This course examines the history of economic growth, beginning with the divergence between human ancestors and other primates and continuing through the end of the twentieth century. Topics covered include the Neolithic revolution; economic growth in ancient societies; the origins of modern economic growth; theories and evidence about the institutional, geographic, and cultural determinants of growth; the East Asian miracle; the middle income trap; the political economy of growth; growth and inequality; and theories and evidence about the persistence of poverty in the world’s poorest regions.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Economics 1342. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Prerequisites: ECON E-1010 or the equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15419/2017

ECON E-1500
The Economics of Financial Markets

Mark Tomass, PhD

Independent Scholar

January session | CRN 23271

Description
This course studies the money market, the bond market, the foreign exchange market, the stock market, and the derivatives market. It provides the analytical skills necessary to understand forces that determine prices of financial and real assets. It also develops a system of tools to show how interest rates, prices of bonds, international capital flows, and exchange rates are simultaneously determined. Finally, it demonstrates how firms use financial derivatives, such as futures, options, and swaps to hedge against risk.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Harvard Hall 102

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or the equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23271/2018

ECON E-1533
Monetary Policy After the Financial Crisis

Dorian Klein, MBA

Teaching Assistant in Economics, Harvard University and Director, Harvest Capital

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24787

Description
This course closely examines the path of public policy, whether fiscal stimulus plans or the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, through the nuts and bolts of—and from the viewpoint of—the capital markets. When the Fed or the European Central Bank announces a monthly $85 billion securities buying program, how exactly does this money flow through the markets? When the government bails out a major bank, how does this action affect the bank, its competitors, the markets, future perceptions, the economy at large? How can central banks affect the economy in an environment of zero and even negative interest rates? Should regulation influence the behavior of firms or individuals? Using the 2008 financial crisis and policy responses thereto as a backdrop, we explore how (and whether) the new capital markets created over the past thirty years as a result of greatly increased financial innovation, globalization, and communication are distorting the economic effect of traditional government monetary and/or fiscal influence. The role of important constituents (commercial and investment banks, exchanges, regulators, hedge funds, government interventions) are reviewed and evaluated for both past performance and future relevance. The course addresses important current topics in both economics and public policy, such as too big to fail, moral hazard, globalization of markets, currency unions, liquidity traps, efficiency of markets, the role of credit rating agencies, shadow banking, regulation of derivatives and hedge funds, Glass-Steagall, and the Volcker Rule.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a and basic algebra. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24787/2018

ECON E-1600
Economics of Business

Robert E. Wayland, MA

President, R.E. Wayland and Associates

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23096

Description
This course introduces economic concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the issues faced by business firms. These include the economic perspective on the nature, scale, and organization of the firm; the role of information and transactions costs in internal and external markets; principal-agent theory; contracting and the firm’s relationships with customers and suppliers.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 304Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or the equivalent, and MATH E-8 or satisfactory placement test score; MATH E-15 recommended. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23096/2018

ECON E-1600
Economics of Business

Robert E. Wayland, MA

President, R.E. Wayland and Associates

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13399

Description
This course introduces economic concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the issues faced by business firms. These include the economic perspective on the nature, scale, and organization of the firm; the role of information and transactions costs in internal and external markets; principal-agent theory; contracting and the firm’s relationships with customers and suppliers.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 304Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or the equivalent, and MATH E-8 or satisfactory placement test score; MATH E-15 recommended. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13399/2017

ECON E-1625
Economic Strategy and Competitiveness

Mark Esposito, DBA

Professor of Business and Economics, Grenoble School of Management and Fellow, Circular Economy Research Initiative, University of Cambridge

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15423

Description
With the developments of the world economy becoming ever more unpredictable, there is not only a need for executives to have a good idea what is happening around us right now—they need to also think about how the future could unfold, strategically. Even though this course is by no account claiming to be a crystal ball, it seeks to help executives and professionals gain a clearer understanding of the latest economic, social, and technological affairs happening around us. It is intended to build economic strategic thinking, grounded on competitiveness studies and social progress.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Coursework in economics. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15423/2017

ECON E-1661
Environmental Economics

Carlos Alberto Vargas, ALM, MBA

Partner, Turnstone Environmental Planning

Jennifer Clifford, PhD

Lecturer in Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston and Partner, Turnstone Environmental Planning

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15509

Description
The course is designed as a broad survey covering the most critical topics in environmental economics today. Economics, the science of how scarce resources are allocated, is at the core of many of our most challenging environmental issues, and therefore vitally important. In a world of increasing scarcity and competing demands, economic analysis can guide public policy to efficient utilization of resources. Market failures are the cause of many of our most serious environmental problems, but can be remedied with economic tools. Getting prices to reflect true costs, providing productive incentive structures, and explicitly valuing environmental amenities are the primary goals.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15509/2017

ECON E-1700
Urban Policy

James Carras, MPA

Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15079

Description
This course reviews development policy making in urban areas, focusing on differing economic, demographic, institutional, and political settings. Course topics include a critical analysis of the continuing viability of cities in the context of current economic and demographic dynamics, fiscal stress, governance, economic development, poverty and race, drugs, homelessness, federal urban policy, and survival strategies for declining cities. The course considers economic development, social equity, and job growth in the context of metropolitan regions, and addresses federal, state, and local government strategies for expanding community economic development and affordable housing opportunities. Of special concern is the continuing spatial and racial isolation and concentration of low-income populations, especially minority populations, residing in urban communities including older, industrial cities. The course examines how market forces and pressures affect the availability of affordable housing, exacerbate the impacts of gentrification, and inhibit the availability of capital for affordable housing and economic development. It also examines how issues around growing housing affordability problems, the changing structure of capital markets, the reduction of low-skilled jobs in central city locations, and racial discrimination combine to limit housing and employment opportunities.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Byerly Hall 013Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Courses in sociology, political science, urban planning, architecture, public policy, and economics are helpful but not required. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15079/2017

ECON E-1815
The Share Economy

Jane P. Katz, AM

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24707

Description
Some call it the share economy, others the platform or peer-to-peer economy, still others prefer the gig, freelance, or on-demand economy. In this course, we explore the impact new technology is having on they way firms are organized, how they connect to customers, how they compete, and what this means for workers and public policy. We look at these changes through the lens of economic theory and evidence—and from all perspectives. How important are share economy firms such as Airbnb, Uber, and Amazon in the economy? How do they provide value to their customers? What is the nature of their employment relationship with workers? Does society need to rethink the way it sets policy on safety, privacy, discrimination, and worker benefits? We make extensive use of case studies on individual companies in our investigation. We also look at history and what we can learn from the last great technological upheaval—the industrial revolution—and from Hollywood, which has long used a project-based approach to producing product and hiring workers.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or equivalent required. ECON E-1010 recommended. Strong background in the economic theory of product and labor markets. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24707/2018

ECON E-1825A
The Minimum Wage Debate

Jane P. Katz, AM

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24424

Description
This course explores the debate about the minimum wage from all points of view. What is the history of the minimum wage in the US? Who is affected? Does the minimum wage reduce employment of low wage workers, as some argue? Does it have a significant impact on their incomes? Should the federal government raise the minimum wage? Abolish it? Leave it to the states? Why do some firms pay entry-level workers more than the minimum wage while other firms in the same industry do not? Students review the arguments and evidence on the minimum wage, investigate what economists have learned about its impact, understand why firms might choose to pay more than the minimum wage, review and evaluate current proposals to raise the minimum wage, and explore some of the philosophical and ethical issues raised about labor markets, income inequality, and low income workers.

Class Meetings:
Active learning weekend
Start Date: Feb. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1150
Graduate credit: $1800
Credits: 2

Notes: Students must be present for the entire three-day weekend to earn credit for this course. Final paper due Monday, March 12. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or the equivalent. Familiarity with basic concepts and diagrams in microeconomics (demand, supply, and equilibrium; elasticity; price controls, perfect and imperfect competition; and the demand for labor). Students should also be comfortable reading and interpreting sophisticated graphs and tables. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24424/2018

ECON E-1920
Capital Markets and Investments

Dorian Klein, MBA

Teaching Assistant in Economics, Harvard University and Director, Harvest Capital

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24731

Description
Students are exposed to the framework of modern portfolio theory and investment analysis with which one can critically evaluate alternatives relating to investing in financial securities and construct portfolios with desired risk/return characteristics. The course examines capital markets and fundamental models used in securities analysis and portfolio management. Topics include financial instruments, the organization of securities markets and trading, modern portfolio theory, asset pricing models, market efficiency, behavioral finance and technical analysis, bond valuation and the management of bond portfolios, valuation of equities, active versus passive investing, the role of derivative securities in investing, and performance evaluation.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 306

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: MGMT E-2000, or the equivalent course or experience; a course or courses in quantitative methods such as basic statistics or college algebra. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 80 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24731/2018

ECON E-1920
Capital Markets and Investments

Bruce D. Watson, MA

Senior Lecturer on Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14510 | Section 2

Description
Students are exposed to the framework of modern portfolio theory and investment analysis with which one can critically evaluate alternatives relating to investing in financial securities and construct portfolios with desired risk/return characteristics. The course examines capital markets and fundamental models used in securities analysis and portfolio management. Topics include financial instruments, the organization of securities markets and trading, modern portfolio theory, asset pricing models, market efficiency, behavioral finance and technical analysis, bond valuation and the management of bond portfolios, valuation of equities, active versus passive investing, the role of derivative securities in investing, and performance evaluation.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Science Center Hall A

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: MGMT E-2000, or the equivalent course or experience; a course or courses in quantitative methods such as basic statistics or college algebra. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14510/2017

ECON E-1920
Capital Markets and Investments

Dorian Klein, MBA

Teaching Assistant in Economics, Harvard University and Director, Harvest Capital

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15103 | Section 1

Description
Students are exposed to the framework of modern portfolio theory and investment analysis with which one can critically evaluate alternatives relating to investing in financial securities and construct portfolios with desired risk/return characteristics. The course examines capital markets and fundamental models used in securities analysis and portfolio management. Topics include financial instruments, the organization of securities markets and trading, modern portfolio theory, asset pricing models, market efficiency, behavioral finance and technical analysis, bond valuation and the management of bond portfolios, valuation of equities, active versus passive investing, the role of derivative securities in investing, and performance evaluation.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Thursdays, 8-10 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: MGMT E-2000, or the equivalent course or experience; a course or courses in quantitative methods such as basic statistics or college algebra. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15103/2017

ECON E-1944
History of Financial Crises 1637-2017

John Komlos, PhD

Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Munich

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24075

Description
The goal of this course is to discuss the 380-year history of financial crisis ending with the great meltdown of 2008. We ascertain recurring historical patterns of financial bubbles without, however, overlooking critical differences. If history repeats itself, why can’t we avoid making the same mistakes over and over again? The great meltdown happened at a time when most macroeconomists (including Nobel Prize winner Bob Lucas as well as none other than the former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke) were writing about the great moderation, that is, that business cycles had vanished for all practical purposes. They, along with most of their colleagues, were dead wrong. The historical evidence enables us to gain a more thorough understanding of the global economy in which we live and work. Our primary aim is not to concentrate on facts, theorems, or numbers but rather to see the big picture in an integrative and multi-disciplinary framework in a very long-run perspective. We try to understand our current predicament, including the revolt of the masses that was fostered by the bailout of Wall Street without paying adequate attention to the problems faced by people on Main Street.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 10 am-noon
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24075/2018

EDUC E-103
Introduction to Instructional Design

Stacie Cassat Green, MEd

Principal, 64 Crayons

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25190

Description
Behind every good learning tool—be it a website, application, webinar, online course, workshop, or interactive museum exhibit—is the work of an instructional designer. Instructional design is a creative process that uses learning theories and frameworks, project planning, content expertise, communication, writing, and technology to architect experiences for today’s learners. The best instructional designers are agile and adaptable; they can quickly synthesize unfamiliar content, evaluate new technologies, and develop learning solutions that best meet the needs of a diverse audience. In this course, students work together to produce learning experiences using today’s media and technologies. The gap between theory and practice is an issue in many fields. By using a project-based approach, we work to close that gap by learning about instructional design theories and frameworks while developing a series of products; students submit a project every two weeks. This course is helpful for those professionals who work directly or indirectly to support and improve learning in their organizations, or those lifelong learners who want to better understand how to use technology to manage their own learning.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The orientation to the course opens January 8. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25190/2018

EDUC E-103
Introduction to Instructional Design

Stacie Cassat Green, MEd

Principal, 64 Crayons

Denise M. Snyder, ALM

Director of Learning Technologies and Environments, Union College

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14021

Description
Behind every good learning tool—be it a website, application, webinar, online course, workshop, or interactive museum exhibit—is the work of an instructional designer. Instructional design is a creative process that uses learning theories and frameworks, project planning, content expertise, communication, writing, and technology to architect experiences for today’s learners. The best instructional designers are agile and adaptable; they can quickly synthesize unfamiliar content, evaluate new technologies, and develop learning solutions that best meet the needs of a diverse audience. In this course, students work together to produce learning experiences using today’s media and technologies. The gap between theory and practice is an issue in many fields. By using a project-based approach, we work to close that gap by learning about instructional design theories and frameworks while developing a series of products; students submit a project every two weeks. This course is helpful for those professionals who work directly or indirectly to support and improve learning in their organizations, or those lifelong learners who want to better understand how to use technology to manage their own learning.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The orientation to the course opens August 7. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14021/2017

EDUC E-111
Empowering Adult Online Learning: Exploring Theory and Best Practices

Kimberlee Round, PhD

Director, Instructional Technology and Design Center, Saint Anselm College

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14804

Description
How do adults learn most effectively online? The online learning environment differs from traditional on-ground approaches and relies heavily on active collaborative techniques to help learners construct knowledge and build community, but why? This course focuses on designing instruction for the unique needs of adult online learners, critically examining related learning theories, instructional design practices, and online teaching strategies. Students examine dynamics that lead to online learning success, developing an appreciation for how adult learning theory informs effective instruction. In addition, as students collaboratively develop online lessons, they utilize design thinking, a framework leveraged by many highly innovative organizations today. In this case, students learn their way into inventive instructional solutions by analyzing adult online learner traits, acquiring interviewing techniques to identify desired learning outcomes, ideating and rapidly creating prototypes, pivoting as brainstorming leads to alternative approaches, and ultimately developing effective learner-centered activities and assessment strategies. Design thinking challenges the designer to develop empathy for stakeholders—in this case, the adult learner. Given a foundation in adult online learning theory, students conduct an empathetic exploration of best practices in designing instruction and online facilitation, comparing and contrasting these approaches, as well as examining quality rubrics published by organizations such as Quality Matters and the Online Learning Consortium. This course is of particular interest to those professionals who contribute to online teaching and learning outcomes in higher education or corporate settings.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14804/2017

EDUC E-113
Instructional Design Studio

Stacie Cassat Green, MEd

Principal, 64 Crayons

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24800

Description
In this course, students use a design thinking methodology to design and develop an authentic learning product or experience. Each student prepares a product, such as a course or workshop, social learning community, website, or software application. Using rapid prototyping, students present several iterations of their designs to the class, participate in peer critiques, and continually improve their products over the semester. As instructional designers work in a team, each student contributes to, and benefits from, a class consulting bank. They use their skills to help others and to gain currency that they can exchange for help on their own projects. Students also explore additional instructional design frameworks and learning theories to improve fluency and flexible thinking in the field.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: EDUC E-103, EDUC E-111, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24800/2018

EDUC E-150
Educational Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Comparative Perspective

Fernando Reimers, EdD

Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23515

Description
This course examines how social entrepreneurs have helped improve the quality of education for low-income and marginalized students. It focuses especially on initiatives undertaken in developing countries, and, for contrast, compares them with those from early-industrialized countries. Students also consider the role program theory plays in guiding those efforts in practice. They learn to assess the impact of these efforts and to improve programs based on those assessments. Students study the way social entrepreneurs generate and mobilize resources, negotiate partnerships with the public sector, and create and sustain organizations to support both innovation and the transition to institutionalization. At the beginning, the course examines the reemergence of public-private partnerships in education, and the role of social entrepreneurs in that process. Using a series of cases on social entrepreneurs and educational innovation, we discuss how program theory contributes to the success of a particular project, and examine how these projects evolve, from initial design to improving effectiveness and refining program theory, and finally to scale-up and institutionalization.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Graduate School of Education course A-132. Live streaming is ordinarily available Thursdays, 1-4 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

ENGL E-100
Literary Theory in Comparison: An Introduction

Cécile Guédon, PhD

Lecturer in Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15522

Description
This course explores the relationship between theory and practice in literary terms. What is theory, and why should it concern itself with literature? We posit that for literature, reading and writing are co-extensive: literary theory is part and parcel of the field it seeks to analyze; literature is continuously seeking to elaborate its own theory. In this course we read literary theory as a literary genre and literary texts as reflections on theory. We read a range of literary and critical texts, which we bring into comparison. We consider three pairings: first, Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando (1928) with her essay A Room of One’s Own (1929); then, Honoré de Balzac’s short story Sarrasine (1830) with its extensive commentary by Roland Barthes in S/Z (1970); finally, Jorge Luis Borges’s anthology of short stories, Fictions (1944) with Michel Foucault’s The Order of Things (1966). By engaging with these six seminal works, the course offers a focused yet comprehensive overview of some of the issues debated by literary theorists: authorship, style, gender, class, interpretation, semiotics, inter-textuality, plurality, books, libraries, knowledge, and language. Students learn how any given reading of a literary work can in fact be read as a theoretical piece; and how, in turn, theoretical criticism might be fruitfully analyzed as a work belonging to literary writing. The course is designed to teach students the ropes of literary analysis, with a range of techniques pertaining to textual commentary and comparison between two forms of writing: literary pieces and critical analysis. Many threads unite these authors across their national divisions. Connections and comparisons are the fuel of literary criticism: we see how these texts compare one with another, build one upon another, or dismiss their legacy throughout the semester.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 111Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15522/2017

ENGL E-102
Introduction to Old English Literature

Daniel Donoghue, PhD

John P. Marquand Professor of English, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 12713

Description
This course introduces the earliest English literature, building up to selections from poems such as The Wanderer, The Dream of the Rood, The Battle of Maldon, and various prose texts. Because the language has changed so much over 1,000 years, Old English has to be learned as a foreign language (hence the emphasis on grammar) but by the end of one term of study, students read the most challenging and beautiful literature it has to offer. Secondary readings supplement the Old English texts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 208Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12713/2017

ENGL E-106
Beowulf and Seamus Heaney

Daniel Donoghue, PhD

John P. Marquand Professor of English, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22758

Description
Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf has provoked renewed interest in the poem among the general public and, among medievalists, in his principles of translation. This seminar includes a detailed study of the Old English poem and a crash course on the language to allow students to translate set passages on their own. We put Heaney’s translation in the context of his other poems and poetic translations.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 104Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of Old English is helpful but not required. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22758/2018

ENGL E-124
Shakespeare’s Early Plays

Joyce Van Dyke, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14605

Description
In this course we read comedies, history plays, and tragedies from the first half of Shakespeare’s career. How did Shakespeare grow and develop as a playwright within a decade from Richard III to Hamlet? We trace that evolution, reading the plays in the context of theatrical performance both then and now. The recorded lectures are from the 2015 course.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14605/2017

ENGL E-125
Shakespeare’s Later Plays

Joyce Van Dyke, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24315

Description
A selection of plays from Shakespeare’s maturity: Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest. We explore how Shakespeare invented such an extraordinarily rich and distinctive world for each one of these plays. We read the plays in the context of theatrical performance then and now. The recorded lectures are from the 2015 course.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24315/2018

ENGL E-182A
Poetry in America: From the Mayflower through Emerson

Elisa New, PhD

Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Gillian Osborne, PhD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15383

Description
This course covers American poetry in cultural context through the year 1850. The course begins with Puritan poets, some orthodox, some rebel spirits, who wrote and lived in early New England. Focusing on Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, and Michael Wigglesworth, among others, we explore the interplay between mortal and immortal, Europe and wilderness, solitude and sociality in English North America. The second part of the course spans the poetry of America’s early years, directly before and after the creation of the Republic. We examine the creation of a national identity through the lens of an emerging national literature, focusing on such poets as Phillis Wheatley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allen Poe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others. Distinguished guest discussants include writer Michael Pollan, economist Larry Summers, Vice President Al Gore, Mayor Tom Menino, and others. The recorded lectures are from the HarvardX Poetry in America Series.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $200
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15383/2017

ENGL E-182H
Poetry in America: Whitman and Dickinson

Elisa New, PhD

Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Gillian Osborne, PhD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15089

Description
This course focuses on the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, two influential and iconic American poets of the nineteenth century. First, we encounter Walt Whitman, a quintessentially American writer whose work continues to bear heavily upon the American poetic tradition. We explore Whitman’s relationship to the city, the self, and the body through his life and poetry. Then, we turn to Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most distinctive and prolific poets. While Dickinson wrote nearly 2,000 poems during her lifetime, she chose never to publish, opting instead to revisit and revise her works throughout her lifetime. Keeping this dynamic of self-revision in mind, we consider a number of Dickinson’s poems—many seemingly in tension with one another—concerned with nature, art, the self, and darkness. We travel to the Dickinson Collection at Harvard’s Houghton Library, and to Amherst, Massachusetts, paying a visit to the house in which the poet lived and wrote until her death in 1886. The recorded lectures are from the HarvardX Poetry in America Series.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $200
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15089/2017

ENGL E-182M
Poetry in America: From the Civil War through Modernism

Elisa New, PhD

Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Gillian Osborne, PhD

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25016

Description
This course spans a critical era in American literature, beginning with antebellum and Civil War poetry, entering the twentieth century, and traversing the transformative modernist era. This course begins with the poetry of the American Civil War and the series of major events and social movements that followed it—including Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, and Manifest Destiny, to name just a few. Encountering such poets as Herman Melville, Julia Ward Howe, Walt Whitman, Edward Arlington Robinson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Francis Ellen Watkins Harper, Emma Lazarus, and W.E.B. DuBois, we examine the language of patriotism, pride, violence, loss, and memory inspired by the nation’s greatest conflict. As we enter the twentieth century, we encounter modernism, a movement that spanned the decades from the 1910s to the mid-1940s, and whose poetry marked a clear break from past traditions and past forms. We read such poets as Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Claude McKay, Dorothy Parker, and Wallace Stevens. We study how these poets employed the language of rejection and revolution, of making and remaking, of artistic appropriation and cultural emancipation. Traveling to the homes and workplaces of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens; to the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, where the institution of American modernism was born; and even exploring the River Thames in the London of Eliot’s The Waste Land, we see the sites that witnessed—and cultivated—the rise of American modernism. The recorded lectures are from the HarvardX Poetry in America Series.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $200
Undergraduate credit: $200
Graduate credit: $200
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is offered in partnership with the Poetry in America initiative and available at a special price to make it accessible to high school teachers and students.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25016/2018

ENGL E-189
The Civil War from Nat Turner to Birth of a Nation

John Stauffer, PhD

Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24546

Description
This interdisciplinary course examines the American Civil War from Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831 to the legendary history film, Birth of a Nation (1915), which coincided with the Jubilee of Appomattox. It changes our understanding of the conflict in three ways. First, by showing that civil war lasted much longer than the four years from 1861-65: it began with guerrilla war between masters and slaves, and between Northerners and Southerners in various states and the US Congress; it evolved into a military war after Fort Sumter; and it became a terrorist war during and after Reconstruction. Second, by arguing that the Confederacy, in some sense, won the war: although the Confederacy was destroyed and the Constitution amended, the former slave owners nonetheless succeeded in creating a new order of black unfreedom. And third, by putting the war in international context: the United States was far from the only nation in the western hemisphere to grapple with slavery and abolition, although it was one of the very few to do so through war. Throughout the course we explore how the war transformed literature, art, politics, history, and memory, while also revealing how these cultural forms shaped society and the war itself. Readings range from fiction, film, letters, and speeches to poetry, pamphlets, prints and photographs, songs, and history.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes:  The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course United States and the World 34. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-1 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24546/2018

ENGL E-191
“I Am A Little World Made Cunningly”: The Modernist Short Story

Theoharis C. Theoharis, PhD

Associate Scholar, Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25075

Description
Up until the end of the nineteenth century, the short story in the United Kingdom and in America was a relatively unsophisticated form, aimed mostly at licensed diversion or familiar edification. In the first decades of the twentieth century, writers increasingly made the short story a form that could present moral, emotional, even historical complexity, one that could imply a world through portraying one small change in one life. Previously a way to relax, the brevity of the form became a demand to focus, under the stylistic experiments of James Joyce and those who followed him. The paring back of explanatory and descriptive passages, the foregrounding of enigma in character, reticence in dialogue, and minute reversals and recognitions in plot, all required the kind of attention that previously would have been reserved for poetry. We read Dubliners by James Joyce, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, The Troll Garden by Willa Cather, Thirteen Stories by Eudora Welty, and Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 206Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25075/2018

ENGL E-207
The Culture of Capitalism

Martin Puchner, PhD

Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23886

Description
The course asks how cultural products, including literature, theater, and film have captured the spirit of capitalism—fueling its fantasies, contemplating its effects, and chronicling its crises. More than just an economic system, capitalism created new habits of life and mind as well as new values, forged and distilled by new forms of art. Core readings by Franklin, O’Neill, Rand, Miller, and Mamet and background readings by Smith, Marx, Taylor, Weber, Keynes, and Schumpeter. The recorded lectures are from the 2013 Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Culture and Belief 56.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23886/2018

ENGL E-208
The Expatriate Moment in Paris

Sue Weaver Schopf, PhD

Distinguished Service Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15384

Description
“Paris was where the twentieth century was. . . .Paris was the place to be,” wrote Gertrude Stein, as she recalled the magnetic attraction that drew writers and artists from around the world to the French capital from the end of World War I to the beginning of World War II. Considered the cultural center of the world, Paris symbolized the artistic, intellectual, political, and sexual freedom that they desired and that their own countries disparaged or suppressed. Paris was also in the midst of a rapid modernization to which these artists responded with daring experiments in poetry, prose, and the sister arts. Out of this expatriate community with its creative atmosphere of cross-fertilization and collaboration emerged some of the giants of Modernism. This was the Paris of Picasso, Braque, Chagall, and Brancusi; of Stravinsky and Les Six; of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Joyce, Dos Passos, Pound, Beckett, and Stein, as well as Sherwood Anderson, Djuna Barnes, Ford Madox Ford, Henry Miller, and Anaïs Nin; of Sylvia Beach and her English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company, which became a gathering place for these authors. Our focus in this course is the writers and the works that their Paris experience inspired, although we naturally consider them in the wider context of their synergistic relations with artists working in other media. The recorded lectures are from the 2012 course.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15384/2017

ENGL E-212
The Vampire in Literature and Film

Sue Weaver Schopf, PhD

Distinguished Service Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

January session | CRN 25188

Description
The vampire is everywhere in popular culture—in novels, young adult literature, television series, short fiction, comic books, graphic novels, and film. Although this mythic creature has occurred in diverse mythologies for thousands of years and occupied the literary imagination of authors and audiences for more than two hundred, at no other time has it been represented in such an intriguing variety of ways. How can we account for the popularity, adaptability, and unique appeal of the vampire figure? With what fears and fantasies in the human psyche does it connect? Do people in diverse cultures interpret the vampire story in different ways? And in terms of literary genre, how do we classify these increasingly diverse works? In addition to their expected place in the horror genre, vampire stories have been used as code to address a host of provocative topics, including sexuality, death, disease, addiction, adolescence, immigration, religious doubt, and diminishing energy resources. Most surprising, in recent years the vampire has morphed from a terrifying figure of pure evil to a handsome, self-hating outsider who only seeks community with humans. The course explores vampire literature’s evolution, from its origins in the Gothic tradition to its recent incarnation as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Students also consider the implications of the vampire myth from anthropological, psychoanalytical, and sociopolitical perspectives. A number of films that present unique approaches to the vampire myth are likewise viewed in class so that we can explore the public and private anxieties that they embody. Readings include the nineteenth-century stories of John Polidori, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sheridan LeFanu, and Bram Stoker; and the twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction of Anne Rice, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Stephenie Meyer, Seth Grahame­Smith, and Justin Cronin.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 1-5 pm
1 Story Street 304Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. Final papers due February 5. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate-credit students should have successfully completed EXPO E­25 or the equivalent, and graduate-credit students should have completed at least one upper-level literature course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25188/2018

ENGL E-227
Life Imitated, Life Revealed: Four Modern Novels of Transfiguring Artists

Theoharis C. Theoharis, PhD

Associate Scholar, Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15450

Description
Up until the second decade of the twentieth century, narrative and pictorial art were judged by how accurately and powerfully they depicted facts, events, and experiences presented in life. Modernist writers added to this imitative standard, a new one. Art was to be judged on what it revealed of life’s hidden values and truths, what energy it freed by depiction that was mostly a critique of social and artistic conventions. Henceforth the artist was to transfigure souls, not merely please taste, to create new worlds rather than curate inherited ones. Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark, James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, William Somerset Maugham’s The Moon and Sixpence, and Janet Frame’s Owls Do Cry all present men and women whose temperaments and circumstances made them artists of this transfiguring, modern kind.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 106Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15450/2017

ENGL E-230
The Rhetoric of Belief

Robert Kiely, PhD

Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Emeritus, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15357

Description
This seminar examines the lives and writings of men and women who have devoted themselves to belief in a religious, political, or personal ideal. Writers include Thoreau, Lincoln, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rachel Carson, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Primo Levi, Hannah Arendt, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Paul Monette.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 104Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15357/2017

ENGL E-250
The Unreliable Narrator: Hero, Lunatic, Scoundrel

Lewis H. Miller, Jr., PhD

Professor of English, Emeritus, Indiana University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25164

Description
One might reasonably conclude that all narrators in fiction or in life are to some extent fallible or unreliable. Our focus specifically engages the question of how selected authors further their artistic purposes by creating narrators who subtly or blatantly confuse appearance and reality, fancy and fact, opportunism and beneficence, opacity and insight. In the process, we address the implications and relevance of such labels as hero, lunatic, scoundrel. Our consideration of narrative strategies leads to an exploration of the manner in which these fictions can illuminate one another and, in the process, deepen our understanding of literature, our own lives, and the lives of others. We read and discuss the following literary works (not necessarily in strict chronological order) with a close eye on the narrators who tell us their stories: Herman Melville’s short story, “Bartleby the Scrivener” (1853); Henry James’ novella, The Aspern Papers (1888, rev. 1908); Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1893); Joseph Conrad’s novella, The Heart of Darkness (1899); Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, Pale Fire (1962); Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, The Remains of the Day (1989); and other short stories by Eudora Welty, William Trevor, Russell Banks, and Alice Munro. If time permits, we view a film version of Ishiguro’s novel and some selected print advertisements and TV commercials which employ unreliable narrators.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 103Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Previous coursework in close reading of fiction or poetry, and the writing of analytical papers.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25164/2018

ENGL E-255
George Orwell: Novelist, Essayist, Journalist, and Critic

Michael Shinagel, PhD

Distinguished Service Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15385

Description
This seminar provides a critical reading and discussion of George Orwell’s major novels, essays, and other writings to evaluate his significance as a literary figure and his role, according to V. S. Pritchett, as “the conscience of his generation.”

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
51 Brattle Street 221Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15385/2017

ENGL E-300
Poetry in America for Teachers: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop

Elisa New, PhD

Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Gillian Osborne, PhD

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24718

Description
This course is designed specifically for secondary school educators interested in developing their expertise as readers and teachers of literature. In this course, we consider those American poets whose themes, forms, and voices have given expression to visions of the city since 1850.  Beginning with Walt Whitman, the great poet of nineteenth-century New York, we explore the diverse and ever-changing environment of the modern city—from Chicago to London, from San Francisco to Detroit—through the eyes of such poets as Carl Sandburg, Emma Lazarus, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, Frank O’Hara, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Hayden, and Robert Pinsky, as well as contemporary hip hop and spoken word artists. Deep study of the poems and poets on our syllabus provides an opportunity to develop expertise as classroom educators. As we master advanced strategies for studying American poetry ourselves, we also gain rich new resources for the classroom. This course introduces content and techniques intended to help educators teach their students how to read texts of increasing complexity. Students gain teaching expertise relevant to the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards in grades six through 12.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $200
Undergraduate credit: $200
Graduate credit: $200
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is offered in partnership with the Poetry in America initiative and available at a special price to make it accessible to high school teachers and students. The course is also being offered in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Students interested in professional development can earn a certificate of participation for 90 professional development hours from HGSE’s Programs for Professional Education (PPE). See syllabus for details.

ENSC E-123
Laboratory Electronics: Digital Circuit Design

Thomas C. Hayes, JD

Lecturer on Physics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22098

Description
This course forms the digital half of a two-semester sequence that provides a lab-intensive survey of electronics (the analog half of the sequence is PHYS E-123a). It covers digital design, emphasizing microprocessors and microcontrollers as well as programmable logic devices, and provides an understanding of the fundamentals of computer circuitry. After examining analog-digital interfacing issues, students program and attach peripherals to a microcontroller. We offer the design in either of two forms: a single-chip standalone controller, programmed using a laptop PC; or a microcomputer built up from a collection of a half dozen ICs. Students apply either computer/controller first to assigned tasks, later to individual projects. The student’s microcomputer is based on an 8051-derivative microcontroller, chosen because it is the most widely-sourced of controllers. Each meeting includes a laboratory session.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 6-9:30 pm
Science Center 206Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Undergraduate credit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: High school algebra and some familiarity with analog electronics.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 22 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22098/2018

ENSC E-130
Introduction to BioMEMS

Fawwaz Habbal, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Applied Physics, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14876

Description
This course is a practical introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of BioMEMS, and it provides a good understanding of this field and its applications. The comprehensive lectures cover fabrication methods of hard materials, such as silicon, soft materials such as PDMS, and 3D printing. The lectures cover topics on sensors and actuators, as well as microfluidic delivery systems. Some of the lectures focus on complete bio-systems and artificial organs. The classes are a mixture of lectures and discussions on fabrications and uses of different devices.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Pierce Hall 209

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Introductory physics and calculus.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14876/2017

ENSC E-132
Tissue Engineering for Clinical Applications

Sujata K. Bhatia, PhD, MD

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14028

Description
Tissue engineering is now recognized as a way to lessen the global disease burden: novel methods for pancreatic islet regeneration can address diabetes; autologous cells for heart muscle regeneration can address coronary artery disease; and nerve regeneration technologies can be used to treat stroke. This course describes strategies of tissue engineering, and focuses on the diseases tissue engineering can address. Each lecture identifies a specific disease (coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes) and describes tissue-engineered scaffolds that can alleviate the disease. Students learn the underlying pathology of the disease, understand the latest advances in tissue engineering for treating the disease, and discuss prospective research areas for novel biomaterials to modify the disease process. In addition, students gain an appreciation of clinical trials of tissue-engineered scaffolds, as well as commercialization of tissue engineering.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14028/2017

ENSC E-150
Introduction to Nanobiotechnology: Concepts and Applications

Anas Chalah, PhD

Lecturer on Engineering Sciences, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 12806

Description
Nanobiotechnology is a new frontier for biology with important applications in medicine. It bridges areas in physics, chemistry, and biology and is a testament to the new areas of interdisciplinary science that are becoming dominant in the twenty-first century. This course provides perspective for students and researchers who are interested in nanoscale physical and biological systems and their applications in medicine. It introduces concepts in nanomaterials and their use with biocomponents to synthesize and address larger systems. Applications include systems for visualization, labeling, drug delivery, and cancer research. Technological impact of nanoscale systems, synthesis, and characterizations of nanoscale materials are discussed.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin 119Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Introductory courses in chemistry, physics, and biology; an introductory course in nanoscale science would be helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12806/2017

ENSC E-155
Fundamentals and Applications of Microfluidics

Anas Chalah, PhD

Lecturer on Engineering Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22768

Description
Advancements in the study of microfluidic components and systems have created a new class of tools and devices. These devices are convenient platforms to study chemical and biochemical analysis and, as a consequence, applications in biology have been on the rise. In this course we introduce the science and technology of miniaturization and its applications in creating microfluidic devices. We discuss methods, tools, and measuring devices to create microfluidic systems. Different types of lithography methods are presented with hands-on experiences for creating simple devices. We discuss fluid flow and fluid characteristics in microchannels as well as the components for controlling fluid flow. We also discuss applications to cellular analysis including nucleic acids analysis, DNA hybridization and sequencing, and protein analysis. Local students have the opportunity to fabricate several simple devices.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Pierce Hall 209Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: PHYS E-1bx, or the equivalent, and some knowledge of biology.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22768/2018

ENSC E-165
Engineering of Nanostructures for Targeted Drug Delivery

Anas Chalah, PhD

Lecturer on Engineering Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23245

Description
This course describes the emerging role of nanostructures in drug development activities. It covers the most current nanotechniques applied by the pharmaceutical industry to engineer shuttling mechanisms for delivering previously failed drug molecules. Throughout the course, students learn the basic principles of drug likeness, the rule of five for drug design, and the effect of these principles on excluding a wide range of chemical structures. The course focuses on methods of nanostructures’ surface functionalization, immobilization, engineering of stealth nanovehicles for cellular delivery, as well as the use of quantum dots for nuclear and cytoplasmic visualization. Examples of FDA-approved nanodrugs in addition to nanoformulations at the pre-clinical and clinical stages are discussed.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Pierce Hall 209Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $2700
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Basic background in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology highly recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23245/2018

ENVR E-101
Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management

Thomas P. Gloria, PhD

Director, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 11925

Description
This course surveys the scientific principles of sustainability and environmental management practices, with attention to system dynamics perspectives; sustainability—concerns, definitions, and indicators; quality of life—values and worldview; knowledge and models; ecological systems; human populations and behavior; energy fundamentals; agro-food systems; renewable resources; nonrenewable resources; and transitions to a sustainable economy. This course is an introduction to the very broad fields of sustainability and environmental management, and is fundamentally transdisciplinary. Foundational principles of sustainability are covered along with emerging topics of human health, air and water pollution, water resources, eco-system health, energy and climate change, social justice, biodiversity, and regulatory strategies for risk assessment and environmental management. A local field trip is planned on a weekend in the fall with alternatives provided for distance students. Other optional site visits are scheduled throughout the semester.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G115

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-11925/2017

ENVR E-102
Design of Renewable Energy Projects

Ramon Sanchez, ScD

Director of the Sustainable Technologies and Health Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 21783

Description
This course helps develop the skills to design, fund, and implement renewable energy projects in the United States and around the world. It is aimed at anyone who would like to understand the relationship between energy and the environment, but is particularly helpful for energy developers and current or future professionals in the practice of renewable energy. Students learn the basics of how to design photovoltaic, wind, biomass, geothermal, small-hydro, waste water to energy, solid waste to energy, and other large scale sustainable energy operations. Students also learn about the best global practices for engaging rural and indigenous communities in renewable energy projects while maximizing economic development and social equity. They learn how to deal with other important issues like negotiating land rights for renewable energy projects, how to encourage public utilities and private corporations to sign long-term agreements for purchasing renewable energies, how to prepare project proposals for international financial institutions and private investors who fund these projects, how to estimate the basic health and environmental benefits derived from proposed renewable energy projects, how to monetize health effects of renewable energy projects, and how to quantify the social benefits of such projects in the community.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: High school math and science.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

ENVR E-103
Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future

Michael B. McElroy, PhD

Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard University

Xinyu Chen, PhD

Lecturer on Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24429

Description
The climate of our planet is changing at a rate unprecedented in human history. Primarily responsible is the build-up of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, most notably carbon dioxide emitted in conjunction with the combustion of coal, oil and natural gas.  Concentrations in the atmosphere of CO2 are higher now than at any time over at least the past 850,000 years, higher arguably than at any time since dinosaurs roamed the planet 50 million years ago. The course provides a perspective on what we may expect in the way of future climate change if we fail to take action—more violent storms, extremes of precipitation, heat waves, pressures on food production, and an inexorable rise in sea level. It surveys the energy choices available should we elect to take action to minimize future damage to the climate system. Special attention is directed to the challenges and opportunities confronting China and the US, the world’s two largest current emitters. The overall goal is to develop a vision for a more sustainable environmental future, one in which energy is supplied not by climate-altering fossil fuels but rather by zero carbon alternatives such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, tidal, and nuclear.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Science of the Physical Universe 25. Live streaming is ordinarily available Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

ENVR E-103A
The Law and Policy of Climate Change: Influencing Decision Makers

Aladdine Dory Joroff, JD

Lecturer on Law, Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor, Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25182

Description
Empirical data demonstrate that the climate is changing and that these changes could produce increasingly serious consequences over the course of this century. Governments and private actors around the world are strategizing, debating, lobbying, implementing, and defending mechanisms to both mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This course explores the legal framework in which climate change action occurs in the United States, policy tools available to regulators, impacts on regulated entities and individuals, and opportunities for private stakeholders to participate in and influence climate change decisions. The course begins with a brief introduction to climate change and its projected impacts, and then reviews the evolution of climate change related laws in the United States and related litigation. This analysis focuses on the federal level, but also considers the separate authority of states and municipalities to take actions. Massachusetts and Cambridge are the primary case studies for the class. Substantive issues that are addressed in this section of the course include administrative law and the relationship between Congressional statutes and agency regulations; the structure of the federal Clean Air Act and history of air regulation in the United States; federalism, particularly the relationship between federal, state, and municipal governments in regulating air pollution; and the judicial review processes. In addition to learning about these substantive legal issues, students develop or practice legal research skills associated with researching statutes and regulations, and interpreting judicial decisions. Students apply this legal framework to an in-depth review of several climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. This provides a window into the relationship between legal and policy strategies at the federal, state and municipal levels, including how these relationships create opportunities and obstacles, both to private actors, such as businesses, and to climate change efforts. The class evaluates strategies for improving climate change regulations, including identifying technical and legal challenges that need to be addressed. Through this analysis students learn about substantive legal issues, such as preemption and takings law, procedural aspects of rulemakings, and opportunities for public involvement in policy and regulatory development. Students also gain experience with activities relevant to designing, influencing, and implementing climate change strategies by writing comments on regulations, drafting statutory or regulatory language, and developing corporate climate change policy statements and risk disclosures.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:50-9:50 pm
1 Story Street 304Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25182/2018

ENVR E-104
The Climate-Energy Challenge

Daniel Schrag, PhD

Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University

Thomas Andrew Laakso, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24559

Description
This course examines future climate change in the context of earth history, and then considers various strategies for what might be done to deal with it. We discuss measuring ancient temperature and carbon dioxide levels and investigate the basic physics and chemistry that control climate through the lens of climate variations in the geologic past. The likely impacts of continued greenhouse gas emissions are explored, emphasizing the scientific basis for climate change predictions. We explore impacts of climate change on human societies and on natural ecosystems. A major focus of the course addresses the question of how to mitigate climate change, including an examination of various options for advanced energy systems. Each student designs a low-carbon energy system for the US, considering the four basic energy sectors (transportation, industry, residential and commercial, and electricity). During the second half of the course, a large portion of class time focuses on the low-carbon energy system exercise.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 302Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: All students are required to attend and participate during the regularly scheduled class time, either by being present in the classroom or via Zoom webconferencing software.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24559/2018

ENVR E-105
Fundamentals of Organizational Sustainability

Robert B. Pojasek, PhD

Managing Partner, Pojasek and Associates

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 21808

Description
Sustainability is presented from the perspective of any organization operating in a community setting. Sustainability includes a concurrent focus on environmental stewardship, social wellbeing, and shared value with external stakeholders. The structure of organizational sustainability is derived from a widely used international risk management framework. Monitoring, measurement, and program maturity topics are used to link the theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability to an organization’s actual level of continuous improvement and innovation. Action learning enables students to work with a variety of local organizational cases to develop new skills.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 75 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21808/2018

ENVR E-110
Sustainable Ocean Environments

George D. Buckley, MS

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 21784

Description
This course provides students with a window to the underwater world while we investigate the world’s oceans, their habitats, and the diversity of marine life found therein and discuss methods that have been implemented to ensure their sustainability into the future. Topics include ecology and management of bays, salt marshes and mangroves, coastal habitats, coral reefs, marine fisheries, aquaculture, marine biodeterioration, marine research protocols, ocean pollution, oceanic management, and marine protected areas.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 302

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: High school biology.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21784/2018

ENVR E-116
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management

Richard Goode, MBA

Executive Director, Ernst and Young

Marlon Robert Banta, ALM

Senior Manager of Product Definition, DS SolidWorks Corporation

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23508

Description
On December 12, 2015, the United Nations climate talks in Paris reached a historic milestone when more than 190 countries adopted the first accord that calls on all countries to join the fight against global warming. Achieving these aspirational targets requires countries to establish policy that decarbonizes the economy. Organizations should start to develop and implement a 2 degrees Celsius strategy by clearly understanding their exposure to climate-related risks and identifying best practices for adapting to new carbon regulation, along with transforming their businesses by deploying sustainable energy practices. Understanding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including how to calculate them and the importance of reporting them publicly, is vital to understanding how to identify sources of emission and how to reduce them. This course teaches students how to measure, report, and reduce GHG emissions with an eye toward understanding the roles that energy choices and usage play in reducing emissions.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Science Center Hall A

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23508/2018

ENVR E-116A
Measuring and Mitigating Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Richard Goode, MBA

Executive Director, Ernst and Young

Michael Macrae, PhD

Energy Analytics Manager, Campus Services, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15152

Description
The impact of supply chains to an organization’s overall greenhouse gas emissions is becoming an increasingly relevant topic as more and more companies outsource manufacturing, logistics, and other key functions to third parties. Waste, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions are still incurred in bringing products and services to consumers, but they are often not fully accounted for. Proper accounting for the emissions that are a known contributor to climate change is coming under increasing scrutiny. This course allows students to investigate the best approaches to measuring and mitigating scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. Scope 3 emissions, for the purposes of the course, include all indirect emissions that occur in the value chain of a typical organization. Students investigate how to gather data from disparate sources, how to calculate or estimate emissions, and how the procurement of supplies, services, and travel can be managed to mitigate or even reduce scope 3 emissions. The course also investigates scope 3 emissions reduction efforts that are underway at several leading Fortune 500 companies as well as universities and government agencies.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: ENVR E-116 is recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15152/2017

ENVR E-117
Sustainability Leadership for the Twenty-First Century

John D. Spengler, PhD

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation and Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Leith Sharp, MEd

Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13543

Description
This course aims to inspire and enable students to lead effective change toward environmental sustainability in a variety of organizational contexts (education, business, government, nonprofit, church, community). The course explores what change leadership for sustainability is and guides students to advance their related capabilities, competencies, and strategies. The personal, interpersonal, organizational, and infrastructural dimensions of change leadership for sustainability are addressed. A variety of specific case studies and examples of sustainability in practice, including everything from green building design and renewable energy to environmental purchasing, are explored. Interdependencies between finance, politics, relationships, cognitive processes, capacity building, and technology are discussed. Students leave the course with a deeper experiential knowledge of change management because they are required to complete a project involving a real life change leadership project of their choice. In a world lacking adequate political, judicial, and media leadership we can and must take leadership where we work and live, transforming our organizations en masse, fueling change at all levels of society. This course is designed to empower and prepare anyone who is willing to join in the collective effort to steer our society back on course towards a just and sustainabile future.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13543/2017

ENVR E-118
Environmental Management of International Tourism Development

Megan Epler Wood, MS

Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13556

Description
This course lays out the significance of the international tourism industry, which represents approximately nine percent of the global economy, from economic and environmental management viewpoints. It provides students with an understanding of how the tourism business operates, primarily focusing on mainstream tourism, its supply chains, and how each sector of the business approaches environmental management. The course looks at the growth of tourism as an industry, how digital sales and marketing are transforming the sector, and its part in the rapid globalization of world economies. It discusses the industry’s particular impacts on emerging economies, its role in employment generation and economic development, and the current status of global dialog on green tourism growth. Speakers from business and government reflect on the management of both public health and sustainability for tourism. Ecotourism and its role in the development of sustainable tourism is reviewed and discussed. Students learn how the industry is presently managing air, water, waste water, solid waste, sprawl, and ecosystem impacts, and how new systems for environmental management can be deployed. Each week a different sector of the industry is covered, including hotels, tour operations, airlines, airports, and cruise lines. Several sessions are offered on how governments manage the environmental impacts of tourism in locales such as the Caribbean, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Students learn how governments presently manage tourism, discuss how governance is changing, and review prospects for further reform and consider innovative new systems for management of growth.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 306

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13556/2017

ENVR E-118A
Ecotourism and Sustainable Development

Megan Epler Wood, MS

Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15151

Description
This course provides extensive background on the history of ecotourism, its role in the development of local economies, its connection to the global tourism trade, its role in the conservation of natural resources, and its context in key case study regions including Central America, Southern Africa, and the Mediterranean. Students learn the fundamentals of developing an ecotourism business. They prepare triple bottom line business plans which respond to an analysis of local needs, markets, and the availability of local supply chains. Students also learn how to prepare a monitoring plan for their business via integrated annual reporting methods. Case studies of award winning ecotourism businesses are included, with lectures from some of the most prominent leaders in ecotourism business development worldwide.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15151/2017

ENVR E-118B
Sustainable Tourism, Regional Planning, and Geodesign

Megan Epler Wood, MS

Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Stephen M. Ervin, PhD

Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Vicente Javier Moles Moles, PhD

Visiting Scientist, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Center for Health and Global Environment,Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25068

Description
This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide. Students learn to present quantitative and qualitative economic, sociocultural, and environmental data, to determine the best management of vital natural and social resources, and to build scenarios that include the impacts of climate change, including approaches to mitigation and adaptation, over the next 20-30 years. A live interactive session is held using interactive geodesign methods to address key decisions in the process of design for tourism growth. Students participate in applying digital tools and analyses to a specific case. Each student generates scenarios and learns how to manage these scenarios through new approaches to governance.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. A required online lab will meet on Saturday, April 7 from 9:30am-1:30 pm.

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with spreadsheet software required. Course work in GIS from such organizations as ESRI or ISMT E-150 would enhance the course experience. However, the course is designed for all levels, and allows students to move through the course according to their own capacity. Individuals who are working on tourism planning are encouraged to bring their existing planning documents to the course for review.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25068/2018

ENVR E-119
Sustainability for Buildings and Communities

Linda Powers Tomasso, MSc

Project Associate, Health and Places Initiative, Center for Health and the Global Environment and Doctoral Candidate in Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Emil Cuevas-Melendez, MS

Assistant Project Manager, Capital Project Management, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14866

Description
Changing the paradigm of urban development to become healthier and more sustainable requires a common baseline understanding of principles, metrics, and decision-making tools. This course demonstrates how intentional design, planning, and leadership within the built environment sector can contribute to urban resiliency by creating efficiencies, incorporating ecological services, and enhancing human health. Synergies between the principles of site design, building performance, and less consumptive resource use connect healthy built environments to healthy communities at the level of scale, with resiliency a point of emphasis throughout the course. Students learn sustainable building principles and understand resource inputs/outputs for energy, water, land use, and material and solid waste through lectures and site visits and become familiar with international standards for sustainable design, operations, and management of buildings. Strategies for landscape design, healthy building material use, neighborhood design, and project criteria developed to address the environmental and human health concerns that accompany urbanization are addressed. Frameworks include the US Green Building Council’s LEED ratings systems for buildings and communities, the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge and Declare programs, Biophilic Cities Network criteria, the WELL healthy buildings system, and the Zofnass Envision program for sustainable infrastructure.

Class Meetings:
Online w/ required on-campus weekend
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G125Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency and online lectures. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins online, with the option to attend class on campus, during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14866/2017

ENVR E-119B
Sustainable Buildings: Optimizing the Performance of Existing Buildings

Emil Cuevas-Melendez, MS

Assistant Project Manager, Capital Project Management, Harvard University

Michael Swenson, BS

Program Manager, Green Building Services, Harvard University Campus Services

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14847

Description
This is an advanced sustainable design course with technical content that focuses on energy use reduction in existing buildings. Students learn to perform American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Level II energy audits. Topics covered include the ASHRAE Level II energy audit process, identifying and calculating energy conservation measures, understanding and optimizing building automation systems, advanced life cycle cost analysis and greenhouse gas calculations, use of energy codes and standards, and financial incentive calculations.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of building systems. Basic math skills, experience with unit conversion and energy/cost calculations.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14847/2017

ENVR E-119C
High Performance Buildings for Occupant Wellbeing

Nathan Gauthier, MS

Director of Facilities Management Integration and Sustainability, Shawmut Design and Construction

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25139

Description
In recent years, high performance green buildings have gone from fringe to main stream. Organizations and municipalities around the world have started requiring elements of green building on new construction and major renovations, green materials and equipment are abundant in the marketplace, energy disclosure ordinances are being adopted, and green building rating systems and standards are becoming part of the popular vernacular. We still have a long way to go and there is lots of room for improvement in the way we design, build, and operate our buildings, but there is definite movement in the right direction. While there is increasing support for green building, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions receive the bulk of the attention. There are many reasons for this: energy savings are relatively straightforward to quantify and verify, energy savings are easily translated into financial savings and returns on investment, and global climate change is disproportionately affected by the built environment. Energy efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions are extremely important, but green building is an umbrella term that incorporates best practice and aspirational building design, construction, and operations strategies that are good for both the planet and people. This course looks at the impact of the built environment on people and demonstrate how green buildings can improve occupants’ health, comfort, and productivity. This course attempts to answer two questions: What makes a building healthy, comfortable and productive for its occupants? How can we influence design, construction, and operations to ensure healthy, comfortable, and productive buildings? Students learn about occupants’ interaction with light, color, sound, temperature and humidity, toxins and contaminants, plants and nature, and food and water. We review the most recent research in these areas and identify where additional research is needed. We also go through relevant green building standards, codes, and rating systems and discuss their applicability, strengths, and weaknesses. Students are introduced to design principles and tools for the design of healthy, comfortable, and productive facilities. Case studies demonstrate strategies to improve the occupant experience in office buildings, hospitals, schools, and residential buildings. Students leave the class with an understanding of these complex issues and are able to comfortably discuss setting goals and evaluating performance related to the occupant experience.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

ENVR E-119D
Zero Energy and Passive Buildings

Paul Ormond, MS

Efficiency Engineer, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24776

Description
Zero energy buildings, also known as net zero energy buildings, are buildings (or a community of buildings) which produce with on-site renewables the same, or more, amount of energy as they consume on an annual basis. Typically, a zero energy building consists of a highly-efficient building with a rooftop, or site mounted, photovoltaic system. Increasingly, designers are turning to passive building strategies to deliver highly efficient buildings for their zero energy projects. Zero energy and passive strategies are very scalable from single family homes, to large commercial buildings, to districts or communities of buildings. Once the realm of the most ambitious building owners willing to take significant financial and design risks, experience, technology, and financing mechanisms have begun to evolve to the point where zero energy and passive buildings cost the same as conventional construction. In the next few decades, it is possible that a large portion of new and retrofit construction could be zero energy or passive, either by code or by economics. This course provides a comprehensive exploration of zero energy and passive buildings, including building energy dynamics, renewable system fundamentals, energy economics, passive architecture, energy budgets, site and source energy, policy, codes, financing, and incentive structures. We explore the state of practice and state of art in zero energy and passive design for both residential scale and commercial/institutional scale. Case studies are used to demonstrate feasibility, key concepts, and lessons learned. The course also explores the benefits and challenges that zero energy imposes on the energy grid, as well as the value zero energy and passive building can have in advancing security, resilience, and survivability.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
1 Story Street 302Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24776/2018

ENVR E-119E
Sustainable Infrastructure: The Envision Rating System Approach

Vicky Sagia, MSc

Research Associate, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24777

Description
The Envision tool for sustainable infrastructure can be used for projects of all types, sizes, complexities, and locations to assist the project team achieve high levels of sustainability. Envision is a valuable resource for all the stakeholders involved in the development of infrastructure, including engineers, urban planners, owners, policy makers, community groups, and construction workers. It can guide the decision-making process but, most importantly, it can serve as a collaboration tool, a common point of reference for all stakeholders involved. Envision was originally developed by the Zofnass Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is currently supported by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). A set of sixty sustainability criteria arranged in the categories of quality of life, leadership, resource allocation, natural world, and climate and risk are the core of Envision. Professionals trained in the use of Envision can be credentialed by ISI as Envision sustainability professionals (ENV SP). The course delves into the methodology and criteria of Envision, using them as a foundation for exploring the environmental, social, and organizational dimensions of sustainable infrastructure. Industry and academic experts join the class to discuss key sustainability practices and methodologies, and offer an inside view of how the planning and construction industries are being transformed. Case studies of projects rated through Envision are analyzed to offer examples of best practices and strong leadership. Students become familiar with strategies for healthy communities, energy, water and material conservation, waste management, preservation of natural systems, and resilience. They are introduced to the concept of life cycle assessment, and methods for meaningful engagement with members of the public and other stakeholder groups. Students learn to apply and leverage Envision to its fullest potential and effectively advocate for sustainability in their team and organization. Students who successfully complete the course for credit are eligible to take the exam towards the ENV SP credential.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24777/2018

ENVR E-129
From Farm to Fork: Food, Sustainability, and the Global Environment

Gary Adamkiewicz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24782

Description
In this course, we explore the development of our modern food production and distribution system and its effects on our environment and planet. We critically review published studies and other assessments that evaluate the environmental and social impact of food-related products and processes. We cover such topics as agricultural and food policy, industrialization and factory farming, the interrelationship between climate change and food production, water quality and scarcity, the role of technology in food production, and other relevant topics. We apply life cycle assessment concepts, appropriate sustainability criteria, and benchmarking to current questions surrounding our global food system, and incorporate observations from the developed and developing world. The course emphasizes the methodologies and skills needed to critically assess the sustainability of various food products and practices.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G125Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: ENVR E-101 or the equivalent.

ENVR E-135
Corporate Sustainability Strategy

Matthew Gardner, PhD

Managing Partner, Sustainserv, Inc.

Zeina O. Eyceoz, MBA, ALM

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13555

Description
This course explores corporate sustainability from the perspective of large, multinational corporations. We focus on the management tools available to corporations and how they can drive sustainability into a company at all levels, providing a balance between environmental stewardship, social wellbeing, and economic prosperity. We explore how to prioritize various actions through stakeholder engagement, how to analyze and prepare a sustainability report, and we examine the perspective of the investment community and important governance issues.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G115Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13555/2017

ENVR E-137
Sustainable Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Operations

Ramon Sanchez, ScD

Director of the Sustainable Technologies and Health Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14010

Description
This course provides a set of tools and skills to identify, evaluate, and improve the sustainability of supply chain operations. It enables students to understand core concepts of industrial and commercial activities so that they are able to design sustainable manufacturing and service operations. Students learn to define green warehousing and distribution activities, plan retrofits and capital investments in current and future productive operations to save energy, select green materials for new products, manage efficient new product introductions by designing sustainable factory operations, and learn how to use continuous improvement techniques and value stream mapping to reduce waste and environmental impacts while reducing costs.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: High school math.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14010/2017

ENVR E-138
Sustainable Finance and Investments

Carlos Alberto Vargas, ALM, MBA

Partner, Turnstone Environmental Planning

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24806

Description
Sustainable finance is a main topic on the international agenda. Financial decisions worldwide are increasingly influenced by the scarcity of resources, the search for profits through efficiency, and climate change. We observe an increasing investment appetite for green bonds. Investment funds and asset managers worldwide search for innovative products that increase profitability but also create environmental and social value. This course studies finance and sustainability as integrated subjects beginning with an introduction of financial and investment principles and moving through financial analysis, financing, and valuation. The course covers diverse aspects of sustainable investments and offers tools for effective financial valuation and risk assessment.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24806/2018

ENVR E-139
Natural Disasters in a Global Environment

Jennifer Cole, PhD

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15488

Description
This course covers disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, fires, landslides, hurricanes, famines, pandemic diseases, meteorite impacts, and hurricanes. The course presents basic science, along with detailed case studies of past and present events. Lectures and discussions highlight the role of science in studying natural disasters and describe the mechanisms responsible for these phenomena. The course traces the transition of our understanding of disasters from religious and superstitious explanations to contemporary scientific accounts. Elements of history, engineering, architecture, sociology, land use planning, climate change science, public policy, and emergency management are threaded through the discussions and laboratory exercises.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15488/2017

ENVR E-140
Fundamentals of Ecology

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 12779

Description
This course introduces basic concepts in the ecology of individual organisms, their populations, and the biological communities in which they live. Emphasis is on terrestrial plant and animal ecology. The historical, evolutionary, and ecological processes determining the distribution of ecosystems, habitats, and species are introduced. Evolutionary processes responsible for the adaptations of individuals are examined to understand the diversity of species and their features. Theories of competition, predation, disease, and mutualism help explain the functioning of biological communities. These fundamentals establish a basis for examining the challenges imposed by humans on the functioning of natural ecosystems. The sustainable harvesting and use of natural resources, the implications of human population growth and size, and the transformation of natural communities through human activities and policies are examined in this ecological context. The course features a weekend field trip and other activities.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12779/2017

ENVR E-151
Life Cycle and Supply Chain Sustainability Assessment

Gregory A. Norris, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer on Life Cycle Assessment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13749

Description
The field of industrial ecology includes advanced tools and methods to assist practitioners seeking to redesign and realign industrial systems and activities to be more ecologically and socially sound. Central within the field of industrial ecology is life cycle assessment (LCA), which involves systems analysis of the full range of environmental impacts, product life cycles, and supply chains. More recently, social impacts are also being addressed in life cycles and supply chains, leading to the definition of life cycle sustainability assessment. This course enables participants to develop a hands-on, in-depth understanding of the frameworks, principles, tools, and applications of life cycle assessment. As part of the course, students learn to use and apply professional software tools and databases that address both social and environmental impacts in global supply chains. We also review the state of life cycle practice and current initiatives involving companies, governments, and NGOs. We ground the entire course on the goal of making human activities, from the personal to the global, truly sustainable.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Maxwell-Dworkin G125

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: College math, and/or chemistry are helpful, but students have thrived in this class without that background.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13749/2017

ENVR E-153
Social Responsibility in Product Supply Chains

Catherine Benoit, PhD

Vice President of Social Sustainability, New Earth

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14740

Description
In recent years, the social impacts of products and trade have risen in the agendas of policy makers, investors, and corporations. A powerful accountability framework (the United Nations guiding principles) and a widely acclaimed blueprint to guide the strategic priorities of businesses and governments (the United Nations sustainability development goals) represent a huge opportunity to drive socially sustainable business. With a focus on supply chains, this class provides a detailed background on business and human rights, social responsibility, corporate sustainability strategy, and social life cycle assessment (LCA). We cover both social responsibility (SR) issues and why they matter, SR instruments and how they are applied, and we explore approaches that can make a difference. Students identify supply chains’ salient social impacts, and reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Students also become knowledgeable practitioners of social LCA, able to appropriately apply state-of-the-art LCA software and social LCA databases to deliver a social footprint.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 307

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14740/2017

ENVR E-154
Sustainable Product Design and the Innovation Ecosystem

Ramon Sanchez, ScD

Director of the Sustainable Technologies and Health Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14518

Description
This course is for anyone who would like to learn how to design and launch a new product with the smallest environmental footprint. Students acquire many tools and skills in the course: how to do market intelligence (technological benchmarking and reverse engineering), how to incorporate real sustainability into new products (and identify green washing), how to use structured tools to enhance creativity and innovation to conceive and develop new products, how to design and implement a new product introduction process, how to do and implement the design of experiments to select the most robust features for products, how to write and submit a patent application to decrease legal costs, how to protect copyrights and trademarks, how to fund intellectual property by using funds from business incubators and accelerators, how to select the right materials and processes to minimize the product’s environmental impacts (using green chemistry principles, sustainable sourcing of components, and sustainable certification for raw materials to promote conservation), how to reduce energy use by new products, how to build and test prototypes in an inexpensive way, and how to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging and transportation. Students also learn the basic components of an innovation ecosystem and how high technology hubs such as Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York work.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: High school math.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14518/2017

ENVR E-157
Sustainable Business and Technology

Ramon Sanchez, ScD

Director of the Sustainable Technologies and Health Program, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Matthew Gardner, PhD

Managing Partner, Sustainserv, Inc.

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23427

Description
With the increased awareness of the impact that business and economic activity have on our planet, we are seeing a boom in entrepreneurial activity premised on social responsibility, environmental friendliness, energy efficiency, and other sustainability-related attributes. This course seeks to examine the trends in green business, and to identify which activities are based on enduring principles and which are likely to be fleeting. Through conversations with local entrepreneurs, case studies, and lectures, this course provides students with an introduction to the principles of sustainable business, and the opportunity to look at a variety of new businesses, business models, and technologies that may play a role in an energy- and resource-constrained future.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: High school math.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

ENVR E-158A
Green Chemistry

John Warner, PhD

President and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24778

Description
Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. While there are many mechanisms and tools available to assess the impact of materials and processes on human health and the environment, there are few tools available to help design and create products as such. This course presents the fundamentals of the twelve principles of green chemistry, and explores relevant examples of their practical use in commercial applications. It explores examples from a wide spectrum of industrial sectors including construction, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. Through examples, students are presented with the premise that green chemistry offers organizations a boost to innovation and faster time to market.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with chemistry concepts.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24778/2018

ENVR E-158B
Introduction to the Circular Economy

Carrie S. Snyder, MBA

Consultant

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24785

Description
Today, economic growth is primarily contingent on increased resource consumption. In this linear economic approach, businesses harvest or extract materials, use them to grow or manufacture products, and then sell those products to consumers—who generally incinerate or send to landfill the materials that no longer serve their original purpose. As the population grows and resources become increasingly scarce, this take, make, waste model is quickly reaching its limits. The circular economy, by contrast, is one that is “restorative and regenerative by design, and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times” (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2013). It decouples economic growth from resource consumption. The circular economy philosophy is an emerging field of study, promoting a systemic, cross-disciplinary approach.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24785/2018

ENVR E-158C
Product Stewardship and Chemical Sustainability

Kathleen Sellers, MS

Technical Director, Environmental Resources Management, Inc.

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15442

Description
Advances in chemistry have brought us products that enhance our lives. But those benefits can come at an environmental cost. This course examines the regulatory and scientific tools we use to steward anthropogenic chemicals within the context of pragmatic business decision making. At a deeper level, we explore our ability to make wise choices in chemical sustainability based on an imperfect understanding of the potential consequences of our actions.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: High school chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15442/2017

ENVR E-161A
Advancing Sustainability through Land Conservation Practice in the United States and Around the World

Henry Tepper, MA

Consultant, ADS Ventures

Frank Lowenstein, MS

Deputy Director, New England Forestry Foundation

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15150

Description
This course focuses on the extraordinary growth and success of public and private land conservation in the United States and abroad during the past forty years. We delve into the origins of land conservation and its development in the context of the broader environmental movement, in the United States and around the world. Early lectures review the first major trend in land protection, which was the creation of public parks, forests, and nature preserves, including landmark actions to create emblematic landscapes like the Boston Common, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, and the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Our focus then shifts to what has become one of the best-kept secrets in conservation: the dramatic growth, effectiveness, scale, and practicality of private land conservation. We discuss the range of practice of land trusts in the US, including public-private conservation partnerships, and we address the growing but under-recognized private lands conservation efforts outside the US. We pay special attention to the building blocks of private and public land conservation, including financial incentives; practical and flexible legal agreements and instruments; financing mechanisms; entities to facilitate these projects, including land trusts; protection criteria; community values; and the growing importance of climate change issues in land protection.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
1 Story Street 306Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15150/2017

ENVR E-165
Human Health and Global Environmental Change

Aaron Bernstein, MD

Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Jonathan Buonocore, ScD

Program Leader, Climate, Energy, and Health, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23703

Description
Human activity is changing the atmosphere and altering terrestrial and marine ecosystems on a global scale. Evidence is mounting that these changes may already be having serious effects on human health, and there is growing concern that in coming decades the effects could be catastrophic. This course was developed because the practice of public health in this century requires an understanding of the relationship between human health and the global environment. It provides an overview of climate change and biodiversity loss, two key examples of global environmental change, and the potential consequences for human health. It also explores solutions to these problems and the challenges inherent in realizing those solutions.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Mar. 21, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets from March 19 through May 12. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health course Environmental Health 278-02. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3:30 pm for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

ENVR E-166
Water Resources Policy and Watershed Management

Scott Horsley, MA

Principal, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14545

Description
This course presents a comprehensive approach to water resources management by integrating environmental science (geology, soils, hydrology) and policy (planning and regulatory analysis). It is intended for both students with and without technical backgrounds. We use numerous case studies from the instructor’s experience as a consultant to the US Environmental Protection Agency, state and local governments, industry, and nongovernmental organizations. To the extent possible, the course includes a field trip to visit actual project sites in the metro-Boston region. The course examines groundwater, lake, riverine, wetland, and coastal management issues at the local, state, tribal, regional, national, and international levels and relies heavily on practical case studies. We focus on an integrated water management approach that links drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management—seeking opportunities to keep water local and for re-use, balancing hydrologic budgets, and minimizing costs in the face of climate change. A broad range of water resource management strategies is examined including structural/nonstructural, regulatory/nonregulatory, and prevention/restoration approaches. Smart growth and low impact development techniques are presented as effective growth management and climate adaptation techniques. Incentive-based management strategies are presented to modify behaviors and to optimize public participation. Green infrastructure is presented as an innovative and alternative approach to conventional grey technologies and includes shellfish aquaculture, bioretention, reforestation of riparian buffers, ecotoilets, and wetlands restoration.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 3-5 pm
1 Story Street 306Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14545/2017

ENVR E-166A
Wetland Science and Policy

Jennifer Cole, PhD

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24490

Description
This course is intended for students interested in geological, hydrologic, biological, and social sciences with an specific focus on wetland environments and resources. In this course, students gain an interdisciplinary overview of physicochemical, biological, and cultural aspects of wetlands. We cover definitions, classification systems, origins, and natural processes of wetland environments. We discuss wetlands across the globe, including in boreal, temperate, and tropical climates. We investigate hydrology, soils, and vegetation and their relationship to ecosystem processes, societal values, and management. We examine human use, modification, exploitation, jurisdictional delineation, and management options, along with legal and political aspects of wetlands. This is a broad course, encompassing forestry, coastal management, energy, climate change, agriculture, history, and ecosystem succession, in addition to the areas listed above.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24490/2018

ENVR E-170
Environmental and Health Impact Assessment of International Programs

Joseph Michael Hunt, PhD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15441

Description
Environmental impact assessment is an essential prerequisite for designing, evaluating, and replicating sustainable projects and programs. This course reviews key tools to assess programs that focus on protection of natural resources, impacts on human health, and poverty reduction. Students learn frameworks for applying project and program analysis and making economic decisions that support sustainability. Group activities include strategic decision making and integrated assessment methodology in the urban, energy, and water sectors. At the end of the course students are able to apply practical methodologies that inform prudent investment decisions and support environmental sustainability and economic and social growth. The sectors covered include the demographic transition from predominantly rural population concentrations to urban areas under the strains of population pressures never experienced before.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 55 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15441/2017

ENVR E-210
Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23614

Description
Understanding the dynamics of complex ecological and environmental systems and designing policies to promote their sustainability is a formidable challenge. Both the practitioner and policymaker must be able to evaluate scientific research, recognizing fundamental pitfalls in research design and data interpretation. Moreover, most important environmental problems involve interactions among variables as dynamic systems, so forecasting the impacts of potential environmental changes or policy interventions is critical. To develop these skills, students conduct practical exercises illustrating a range of modeling techniques, including statistical analysis of ecological and environmental data, and system dynamics modeling. Computer simulation modeling ranges across diverse issues in sustainability science, such as climate change, human population dynamics, population viability analysis of endangered species, and economic appraisal of projects that have an impact on natural resources. The course also focuses on developing skills in scientific writing, critiquing primary research literature, and communicating about environmental science. Quantitative techniques are taught at an introductory level; some data analysis and simulation modeling is conducted using Excel spreadsheets. Online students are invited to attend sustainability and environmental management campus events scheduled around the Monday section on stakeholder negotiation.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Experience manipulating data and algebraic equations on spreadsheets is helpful. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23614/2018

ENVR E-210
Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13757

Description
Understanding the dynamics of complex ecological and environmental systems and designing policies to promote their sustainability is a formidable challenge. Both the practitioner and policymaker must be able to evaluate scientific research, recognizing fundamental pitfalls in research design and data interpretation. Moreover, most important environmental problems involve interactions among variables as dynamic systems, so forecasting the impacts of potential environmental changes or policy interventions is critical. To develop these skills, students conduct practical exercises illustrating a range of modeling techniques, including statistical analysis of ecological and environmental data, and system dynamics modeling. Computer simulation modeling ranges across diverse issues in sustainability science, such as climate change, human population dynamics, population viability analysis of endangered species, and economic appraisal of projects that have an impact on natural resources. The course also focuses on developing skills in scientific writing, critiquing primary research literature, and communicating about environmental science. Quantitative techniques are taught at an introductory level; some data analysis and simulation modeling is conducted using Excel spreadsheets. Online students are invited to attend sustainability and environmental management campus events scheduled around the Monday section on stakeholder negotiation.

Class Meetings:
On campus with online option
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
53 Church Street L01

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Experience manipulating data and algebraic equations on spreadsheets is helpful. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13757/2017

ENVR E-495
Experimental Design and Research Methods

Thomas P. Gloria, PhD

Director, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Jennifer Palacio, ALM

Partner, Arbalest Press LLC

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15421

Description
This course presents a framework, a process, and computational methods for conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in the fields of sustainability and environmental management. This course begins with a preliminary comparison of the three approaches, a review of the literature, an assessment of the use of theory in research approaches, and reflections regarding the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly research. The course then addresses the key elements of the process of research design as it pertains to the computational method applied: writing an introduction, stating a purpose for the study, identifying research questions and hypotheses, and advancing methods and procedures for data collection and analysis. At each step in this process, students are taken through qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, with illustrative examples of contemporary research in the applied field. While this course is designed for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability or ecosystems, students with coursework in environmental management are welcome.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15421/2017

ENVR E-495
Experimental Design and Research Methods

Jennifer Palacio, ALM

Partner, Arbalest Press LLC

Thomas P. Gloria, PhD

Director, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25051

Description
This course presents a framework, a process, and computational methods for conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in the fields of sustainability and environmental management. This course begins with a preliminary comparison of the three approaches, a review of the literature, an assessment of the use of theory in research approaches, and reflections regarding the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly research. The course then addresses the key elements of the process of research design as it pertains to the computational method applied: writing an introduction, stating a purpose for the study, identifying research questions and hypotheses, and advancing methods and procedures for data collection and analysis. At each step in this process, students are taken through qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches, with illustrative examples of contemporary research in the applied field. While this course is designed for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability or ecosystems, students with coursework in environmental management are welcome.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25051/2018

ENVR E-496
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Sustainability

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

January session | CRN 25105

Description
This course helps students develop critical thinking, scholarly writing skills, and research abilities while developing their individual thesis proposals. Class meetings feature lectures and discussions on different scientific approaches, group discussions, and intensive, constructive discussion of proposed student thesis research projects and proposals, from definition of research goals and hypotheses through research design and expected data analysis and presentation. The option to develop a thesis proposal early in the degree program allows students opportunities for an extended period of data collection and analysis, required for many types of significant research problems in the field, and earlier identification of relevant courses while completing degree requirements. Students should not register for this course unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. They should consider if this is the right time to start independent research, as the goal of the course is to move from crafting the thesis proposal to thesis registration with no extended breaks. Students should begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing this course.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
One Brattle Square 202Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Final papers due February 5. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability or ecosystems. They must have completed six courses toward the program. ENVR E-495 is recommended for students admitted to the degree program before fall 2017, and required for students admitted in fall 2017 and after. Students must have their thesis topics pre-approved by their research advisor, either Dr. Mark Leighton or Dr. Richard Wetzler. For approval, students should read the thesis pre-proposal form, work with their assigned research advisor to complete the form, and submit it to Dr. Leighton or Dr. Wetzler by November 1. Students should not delay submission as several revisions might be necessary. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25105/2018

ENVR E-598
Sustainability Capstone Proposal Tutorial

Richard Wetzler, PhD

Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25198

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong capstone proposal. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability who wish to register for the ENVR S-599 or ENVR S-599a capstones in the 2018 Harvard Summer School. The tutorial provides an essential ramp to the capstone courses, mapping critical issues of research design (scope, methodology, metrics for evaluating impact, and bench-marking) and allows the capstone courses to begin with projects fully operational. Students should download either the 599 Capstone Pre-Proposal form (independent research) or the 599a Capstone Pre-Proposal form (consulting project), which they can use as a guide to craft the pre-proposal. Once complete, students should submit the document to ALMcapstones@dcemail.harvard.edu. The pre-proposal is due February 15.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date:

Notes: This tutorial involves in-person, e-mail, and/or phone or Zoom web conference meetings with the research advisor with the goal of producing an approved capstone proposal by the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be in their penultimate semester as candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability or ecosystems. They must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all the requirements except the capstone. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

ENVR E-599
Independent Research Capstone

Richard Wetzler, PhD

Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14598

Description
The course provides each participant with a guided immersion in the processes of heuristic question formulation, objective research design, and implementation. Included are hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis, writing, revision, and final dissemination. Individual meetings of each participant with the course instructor occur throughout the semester, beginning with review of the preliminary research proposal and completion of a needs assessment survey. Subsequent meetings serve to ensure research progress is on track and make full use of available experts, references, and other resources. Lectures and discussions explore challenges and opportunities in boundary delineation and other assumptions, project scoping, assessment of potential impact (and, where appropriate, procedural reviews such as the university’s policy on use of human subjects), inclusion of stakeholders and sampling design; logical consistency, lateral thinking, and use and analysis of case studies; benchmarking and bet-hedging; effective writing, graphic presentation, and referencing; and public presentation and network establishment. Using a recurring workshop format, participants regularly present components of their work-in-progress to subgroups and to the entire class, for review and constructive input. At the semester’s close, the professional community is invited to attend participants’ presentations of their final research projects. This is accomplished via a class poster exhibition and/or through a web-based video archive of project presentations.

Class Meetings:
On campus only

This course meets on ten Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm, and includes an on-campus symposium on Saturday, Dec. 9, 1-7 pm. See syllabus for specific meeting dates. Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be in their final semester as candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability or ecosystems. Students must submit their capstone approval form to their research advisor by July 15. Admittance to the course is contingent on the research advisor’s approval of the proposed capstone topic. Students should not delay as there is much to discuss to ensure a successful capstone. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14598/2017

ENVR E-599
Independent Research Capstone

Richard Wetzler, PhD

Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24009

Description
The course provides each participant with a guided immersion in the processes of heuristic question formulation, objective research design, and implementation. Included are hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis, writing, revision, and final dissemination. Individual meetings of each participant with the course instructor occur throughout the semester, beginning with review of the preliminary research proposal and completion of a needs assessment survey. Subsequent meetings serve to ensure research progress is on track and make full use of available experts, references, and other resources. Lectures and discussions explore challenges and opportunities in boundary delineation and other assumptions, project scoping, assessment of potential impact (and, where appropriate, procedural reviews such as the university’s policy on use of human subjects), inclusion of stakeholders and sampling design; logical consistency, lateral thinking, and use and analysis of case studies; benchmarking and bet-hedging; effective writing, graphic presentation, and referencing; and public presentation and network establishment. Using a recurring workshop format, participants regularly present components of their work-in-progress to subgroups and to the entire class, for review and constructive input. At the semester’s close, the professional community is invited to attend participants’ presentations of their final research projects. This is accomplished via a class poster exhibition and/or through a web-based video archive of project presentations.

Class Meetings:
On campus only

This course meets on ten Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 pm, and includes an on-campus symposium on Saturday, May 5, 1-7 pm. See syllabus for specific meeting dates. Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be in their final semester as candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability or ecosystems.Students must submit their capstone approval form to their research advisor by November 1. Admittance to the course is contingent on the research advisor’s approval of the proposed capstone topic. Students should not delay as there is much to discuss to ensure a successful capstone. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24009/2018

ENVR E-599A
Consulting with Clients for Sustainability Solutions Capstone

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24425

Description
The course imparts knowledge and skills for planning sustainability projects and developing solutions for organizations of at least 50 employees including small businesses, nonprofits, or local townships. Sustainability solutions refers to working with a client either as a member of a team or individually developing and delivering a customized sustainability action plan (SAP). Common client goals are reduction of operating costs, minimization of the environmental footprint, and improvement of environmental sustainability practices. Opportunities are identified and initiatives developed in collaboration with the client for both short and long term. Typical areas of focus include energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, supply chain management, green IT, and transportation. In support of recommended initiatives, SAPs emphasize a process to foster sustainable behavior, outline key performance indicators to measure performance, and build a sustainability capital reserve to capture cost savings for possible future investments. Deliverables for the course are a SAP and a presentation to the client stakeholders. A substantial amount of time during the semester is spent on coaching students regarding how to most effectively work with the clients to address organizational requirements, develop solutions, and present SAPs. Sustainability executives and consultants occasionally serve as guest speakers to share experiences and best practices. The case method is used to provide a participative and realistic forum enabling students to learn about sustainability while also developing the skills to use the knowledge gained. Whether the SAP is developed for a client by a team or an individual, the course structure enables and ensures evaluation of individual student effort through student reflections and a client satisfaction survey. Past clients have included New York City Department of Sanitation, Greater Pittsburgh YMCA, General Electric Applicances, Utah Center for Affordable Housing, and Amazon.

Class Meetings:
On campus only

Course meets at 1 Story Street, room 302, on four Saturdays from 9 am-5 pm: February 3, March 3, April 7, and April 28.Start Date: Feb. 3, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be in their final semester as candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability or ecosystems. They must have their consulting topics pre-approved by Mr. Will O’Brien. For approval, please submit the capstone approval form to Mr. O’Brien by November 1. Students should not delay as there is much to discuss to ensure a successful capstone. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

ENVR E-599A
Consulting with Clients for Sustainability Solutions Capstone

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14533

Description
The course imparts knowledge and skills for planning sustainability projects and developing solutions for organizations of at least 50 employees including small businesses, nonprofits, or local townships. Sustainability solutions refers to working with a client either as a member of a team or individually developing and delivering a customized sustainability action plan (SAP). Common client goals are reduction of operating costs, minimization of the environmental footprint, and improvement of environmental sustainability practices. Opportunities are identified and initiatives developed in collaboration with the client for both short and long term. Typical areas of focus include energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, supply chain management, green IT, and transportation. In support of recommended initiatives, SAPs emphasize a process to foster sustainable behavior, outline key performance indicators to measure performance, and build a sustainability capital reserve to capture cost savings for possible future investments. Deliverables for the course are a SAP and a presentation to the client stakeholders. A substantial amount of time during the semester is spent on coaching students regarding how to most effectively work with the clients to address organizational requirements, develop solutions, and present SAPs. Sustainability executives and consultants occasionally serve as guest speakers to share experiences and best practices. The case method is used to provide a participative and realistic forum enabling students to learn about sustainability while also developing the skills to use the knowledge gained. Whether the SAP is developed for a client by a team or an individual, the course structure enables and ensures evaluation of individual student effort through student reflections and a client satisfaction survey. Past clients have included New York City Department of Sanitation, Greater Pittsburgh YMCA, General Electric Applicances, Utah Center for Affordable Housing, and Amazon.

Class Meetings:
On campus only

Course meets at 1 Story Street, room 302, on four Saturdays from 9 am-5 pm: September 9, September 30, November 4, and December 2.Start Date: Sep. 9, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be in their final semester as candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability or ecosystems. They must have their consulting topics pre-approved by Mr. Will O’Brien. For approval, please submit the capstone approval form to Mr. O’Brien by July 15. Students should not delay as there is much to discuss to ensure a successful capstone. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14533/2017

EXPO E-5
Fundamentals of Grammar

Jerusha Achterberg, MPH

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13175 | Section 1

Description
This course is a review of the elements of grammar. We examine sentence structure, correct verb forms, case of pronouns, agreement, punctuation, and restrictive and nonrestrictive (that/which) clauses. Along the way, we learn something of the power and the pleasure of controlling grammar to make our words work for us exactly as we want them to. Short readings illustrate the basic elements—and the beauties—of grammar and style. Short writing assignments offer students opportunities to practice the lessons of the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13175/2017

EXPO E-5
Fundamentals of Grammar

James P. Herron, PhD

Director of the Harvard Writing Project and Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 21627 | Section 2

Description
This course is a review of the elements of grammar. We examine sentence structure, correct verb forms, case of pronouns, agreement, punctuation, and restrictive and nonrestrictive (that/which) clauses. Along the way, we learn something of the power and the pleasure of controlling grammar to make our words work for us exactly as we want them to. Short readings illustrate the basic elements—and the beauties—of grammar and style. Short writing assignments offer students opportunities to practice the lessons of the course.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 204Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

EXPO E-5
Fundamentals of Grammar

Naomi Stephen, MPhil

Consultant

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14497 | Section 2

Description
This course is a review of the elements of grammar. We examine sentence structure, correct verb forms, case of pronouns, agreement, punctuation, and restrictive and nonrestrictive (that/which) clauses. Along the way, we learn something of the power and the pleasure of controlling grammar to make our words work for us exactly as we want them to. Short readings illustrate the basic elements—and the beauties—of grammar and style. Short writing assignments offer students opportunities to practice the lessons of the course.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 109Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14497/2017

EXPO E-5
Fundamentals of Grammar

Jerusha Achterberg, MPH

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24511 | Section 1

Description
This course is a review of the elements of grammar. We examine sentence structure, correct verb forms, case of pronouns, agreement, punctuation, and restrictive and nonrestrictive (that/which) clauses. Along the way, we learn something of the power and the pleasure of controlling grammar to make our words work for us exactly as we want them to. Short readings illustrate the basic elements—and the beauties—of grammar and style. Short writing assignments offer students opportunities to practice the lessons of the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24511/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Joan Feinberg, MA

Educational Technology Consultant

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15120 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15120/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler, PhD

Teaching Consultant and Writing Specialist, University of Minnesota

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14356 | Section 5

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14356/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Rebecca Summerhays, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24608 | Section 5

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 112Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24608/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Rebecca Summerhays, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

January session | CRN 23882

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 9 am-noon
Sever Hall 302Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: Final papers due February 5. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23882/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler, PhD

Teaching Consultant and Writing Specialist, University of Minnesota

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25165 | Section 7

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25165/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Christina Rarden Grenier, MA

Director of the Writing Center, Pingree School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25166 | Section 8

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25166/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Janet Sylvester, PhD

Associate Director, Undergraduate Program, Goddard College

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25169 | Section 9

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25169/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Anthony B. Cashman III, PhD

Director of the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22356 | Section 2

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 212Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Heidi Hendricks, ALM

Coordinator, Library Collections Care, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24941 | Section 3

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24941/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Christina Rarden Grenier, MA

Director of the Writing Center, Pingree School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15228 | Section 2

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15228/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Allyson K. Boggess, MFA

Admissions Advisor, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23434 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23434/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Eileen Mary O’Connor, MA

Adjunct Instructor, Harvard Divinity School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25243 | Section 10

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25243/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler, PhD

Teaching Consultant and Writing Specialist, University of Minnesota

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23715 | Section 6

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23715/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Christina Rarden Grenier, MA

Director of the Writing Center, Pingree School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25251 | Section 11

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Judith A. Murciano, MA

Director of Fellowships and Associate Director of the Office of Public Interest Advising, Harvard Law School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24744 | Section 4

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler, PhD

Teaching Consultant and Writing Specialist, University of Minnesota

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15542 | Section 6

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15542/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Naomi Stephen, MPhil

Consultant

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25270 | Section 12

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25270/2018

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Paul A. Thur, MA

Director of the Writing Center, College of General Studies, Boston University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13498 | Section 4

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 104Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13498/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Janet Sylvester, PhD

Associate Director, Undergraduate Program, Goddard College

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15549 | Section 7

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15549/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Christina Rarden Grenier, MA

Director of the Writing Center, Pingree School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15552 | Section 8

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15552/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Adrienne Tierney, EdD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15553 | Section 9

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 1-3 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15553/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Naomi Stephen, MPhil

Consultant

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15556 | Section 10

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15556/2017

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Rebecca Summerhays, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13258 | Section 3

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 111Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13258/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Geraldine A. Grimm, PhD

Lecturer in Theological German, Harvard Divinity School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24080 | Section 7

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Fridays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24080/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Brian T. Fobi, JD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15121 | Section 6

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 1-3 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15121/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Paul A. Thur, MA

Director of the Writing Center, College of General Studies, Boston University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 22801 | Section 10

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 104Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22801/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Tad Davies, PhD

Head Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

January session | CRN 24338

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, 1-4 pm
Sever Hall 302Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: Final papers due February 5. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. The last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills for this section is December 7. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24338/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Sarah Ahrens, PhD

Freelance Writer

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15124 | Section 1

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15124/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Peter Becker, PhD

Lecturer in Writing and the Humanities

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13337 | Section 3

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13337/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Geraldine A. Grimm, PhD

Lecturer in Theological German, Harvard Divinity School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14620 | Section 8

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Fridays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14620/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Brian T. Fobi, JD

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24355 | Section 5

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Julia Hayden Galindo, EdD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15396 | Section 7

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15396/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Steven Collier Brown, MFA

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15414 | Section 4

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 112Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15414/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Julia Hayden Galindo, EdD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24138 | Section 6

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 1-3 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24138/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Michele Martinez, PhD

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23118 | Section 8

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 112Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23118/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Janet Sylvester, PhD

Associate Director, Undergraduate Program, Goddard College

Fall term 2017 | CRN 12964 | Section 10

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12964/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Geraldine A. Grimm, PhD

Lecturer in Theological German, Harvard Divinity School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25252 | Section 12

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25252/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Michele Martinez, PhD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 12970 | Section 9

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 211Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12970/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Sarah Ahrens, PhD

Freelance Writer

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24751 | Section 1

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24751/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Steven Collier Brown, MFA

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24752 | Section 3

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Emerson Hall 106Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24752/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Tad Davies, PhD

Head Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13492 | Section 5

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13492/2017

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Tad Davies, PhD

Head Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23226 | Section 4

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23226/2018

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Julie Anne McNary, EdM

Director of Development US, INSEAD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15554 | Section 11

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15554/2017

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Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Janet Sylvester, PhD

Associate Director, Undergraduate Program, Goddard College

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24515 | Section 9

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24515/2018

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Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Thomas A. Underwood, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Master Level, College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program, Boston University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24516 | Section 11

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

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Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Steven Collier Brown, MFA

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15558 | Section 12

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 204Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15558/2017

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Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Peter Becker, PhD

Lecturer in Writing and the Humanities

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25087 | Section 2

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: A satisfactory score on the mandatory test of critical reading and writing skills or a B or higher grade in the alternate expository writing course. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25087/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Steven Wandler, PhD

Teaching Consultant and Writing Specialist, University of Minnesota

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25089 | Section 6

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25089/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Jennifer Ann Doody, ALM

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14087 | Section 3

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14087/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Julie Anne McNary, EdM

Director of Development US, INSEAD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15127 | Section 4

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15127/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Joan Feinberg, MA

Educational Technology Consultant

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24875 | Section 2

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24875/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24648 | Section 4

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24648/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Christina Kim Becker, PhD

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25167 | Section 7

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25167/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Franklin J. Schwarzer, JD

Attorney, Schlesinger and Buchbinder, LLP

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25171 | Section 8

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25171/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Jennifer Ann Doody, ALM

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25172 | Section 9

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25172/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Judith A. Murciano, MA

Director of Fellowships and Associate Director of the Office of Public Interest Advising, Harvard Law School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15462 | Section 5

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15462/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Lori Friedman, JD

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23922 | Section 3

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23922/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Steven Wandler, PhD

Teaching Consultant and Writing Specialist, University of Minnesota

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15226 | Section 6

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15226/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Julie Anne McNary, EdM

Director of Development US, INSEAD

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23698 | Section 5

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Adobe Connect.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

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Business Rhetoric

Lori Friedman, JD

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13976 | Section 2

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13976/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Thomas Akbari, MA

Lecturer in English, Northeastern University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23719 | Section 1

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23719/2018

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Business Rhetoric

Christina Kim Becker, PhD

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15536 | Section 7

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15536/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Jennifer Ann Doody, ALM

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25267 | Section 10

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

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Business Rhetoric

Franklin J. Schwarzer, JD

Attorney, Schlesinger and Buchbinder, LLP

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15544 | Section 8

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15544/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Jennifer Ann Doody, ALM

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15546 | Section 9

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15546/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Thomas Akbari, MA

Lecturer in English, Northeastern University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14577 | Section 1

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14577/2017

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Business Rhetoric

Christina Kim Becker, PhD

January session | CRN 24820

Description
This course helps business professionals improve their writing so that they are better equipped to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Students practice some of the essential forms of business writing, including e-mail messages, cover letters, proposals, presentations, and reports. Through frequent writing assignments of various kinds and regular feedback from the instructor and from peer reviewers, students learn to construct clear and precise sentences, develop coherent paragraphs, organize documents effectively, and use sources responsibly.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays-Thursdays, noon-3 pm
Sever Hall 304Start Date: Jan. 2, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. Final papers due February 5. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24820/2018

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Advanced Essay Writing

Chris Walsh, PhD

Interim Director, College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program, Boston University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15497

Description
This course aims to help students become writers. Building on fundamental prose skills they have already mastered, students explore the essay form in all its variety and complexity, striving to discover those approaches that feel most natural and effective to them. By reading, discussing, and emulating exemplary work from the long and enduring tradition of essay writing, students cultivate more sophisticated ways to persuade, inform, and move readers. Accomplished professional essayists and editors visit the class, and students choose texts from the best contemporary essayists as well as from writers such as Montaigne, Hazlitt, Woolf, Orwell, Baldwin, Dillard, Stephen Jay Gould, David Foster Wallace, and others. With the help of inspiring models and the feedback of their classmates, students cultivate their own voices as writers—their authority—in whatever fields interest them, within academia or outside of it.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Sever Hall 204Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: A beginning writing course, or permission of the instructor. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15497/2017

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Writing in the Humanities

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, PhD

Writer

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24832 | Section 2

Description
This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the skills developed in EXPO E-25 in order to produce more advanced research and writing in the humanities. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before embarking on a proseminar at Extension or graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the work of writing in the humanities via focused study in the field of literature. During the first part of the semester, students read and write about literary texts; during the second part of the semester, students develop their own independent research project in a humanities field of their choosing. This project involves developing a viable research question; finding, analyzing, and interpreting resources; and developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24832/2018

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Writing in the Humanities

Peter Becker, PhD

Lecturer in Writing and the Humanities

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25090 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the skills developed in EXPO E-25 in order to produce more advanced research and writing in the humanities. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before embarking on a proseminar at Extension or graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the work of writing in the humanities via focused study in the field of literature. During the first part of the semester, students read and write about literary texts; during the second part of the semester, students develop their own independent research project in a humanities field of their choosing. This project involves developing a viable research question; finding, analyzing, and interpreting resources; and developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25090/2018

EXPO E-42A
Writing in the Humanities

Peter Becker, PhD

Lecturer in Writing and the Humanities

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15143 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the skills developed in EXPO E-25 in order to produce more advanced research and writing in the humanities. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before embarking on a proseminar at Extension or graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the work of writing in the humanities via focused study in the field of literature. During the first part of the semester, students read and write about literary texts; during the second part of the semester, students develop their own independent research project in a humanities field of their choosing. This project involves developing a viable research question; finding, analyzing, and interpreting resources; and developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15143/2017

EXPO E-42A
Writing in the Humanities

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, PhD

Writer

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15463 | Section 2

Description
This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the skills developed in EXPO E-25 in order to produce more advanced research and writing in the humanities. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before embarking on a proseminar at Extension or graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the work of writing in the humanities via focused study in the field of literature. During the first part of the semester, students read and write about literary texts; during the second part of the semester, students develop their own independent research project in a humanities field of their choosing. This project involves developing a viable research question; finding, analyzing, and interpreting resources; and developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15463/2017

EXPO E-42B
Writing in the Social Sciences

Thomas A. Underwood, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Master Level, College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program, Boston University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15465 | Section 2

Description
This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the skills developed in EXPO E-25 in order to produce more advanced research and writing in the social sciences. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before embarking on a proseminar at Extension or graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the various social science disciplines and their approaches, while also learning how to become critical consumers of social science research. Students develop their own independent research project in the social science field of their choosing. This project lasts the entire semester and involves developing a viable research question; learning how to find, analyze, and interpret resources appropriately; and, finally, developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15465/2017

EXPO E-42B
Writing in the Social Sciences

Ariane Liazos, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing and Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24022 | Section 2

Description
This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the skills developed in EXPO E-25 in order to produce more advanced research and writing in the social sciences. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before embarking on a proseminar at Extension or graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the various social science disciplines and their approaches, while also learning how to become critical consumers of social science research. Students develop their own independent research project in the social science field of their choosing. This project lasts the entire semester and involves developing a viable research question; learning how to find, analyze, and interpret resources appropriately; and, finally, developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

EXPO E-42B
Writing in the Social Sciences

Richard Joseph Martin, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14835 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the skills developed in EXPO E-25 in order to produce more advanced research and writing in the social sciences. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before embarking on a proseminar at Extension or graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the various social science disciplines and their approaches, while also learning how to become critical consumers of social science research. Students develop their own independent research project in the social science field of their choosing. This project lasts the entire semester and involves developing a viable research question; learning how to find, analyze, and interpret resources appropriately; and, finally, developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 112Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14835/2017

EXPO E-42B
Writing in the Social Sciences

Janling Fu, AM

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24826 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the skills developed in EXPO E-25 in order to produce more advanced research and writing in the social sciences. The course is also appropriate for students who wish to review their research and writing skills before embarking on a proseminar at Extension or graduate study elsewhere. Students are introduced to the various social science disciplines and their approaches, while also learning how to become critical consumers of social science research. Students develop their own independent research project in the social science field of their choosing. This project lasts the entire semester and involves developing a viable research question; learning how to find, analyze, and interpret resources appropriately; and, finally, developing and refining an original argument in a final paper.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

EXPO E-42C
Writing in the Sciences

Cynthia F. C. Hill, MS

House Fellow, Flora Rose House, Cornell University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25175 | Section 3

Description
This course provides instruction in writing for students considering careers or advanced study in the natural, computational, or applied sciences. Through critical reading of key examples of the genres of scientific literature, students study how scientific texts address an audience, make claims, invoke prior claims, deploy keyterms, and engage quantitative and visual evidence. The course’s workshop approach fosters skills in revision, peer review, and research into the scientific literature. The course offers writing strategies for successful communication in the field, including concise sentences, coherent paragraphs, and well-ordered documents. Projects include an academic research paper on a topic of a student’s choice in a form common to most scientific disciplines.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25175/2018

EXPO E-42C
Writing in the Sciences

Cynthia F. C. Hill, MS

House Fellow, Flora Rose House, Cornell University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15518 | Section 3

Description
This course provides instruction in writing for students considering careers or advanced study in the natural, computational, or applied sciences. Through critical reading of key examples of the genres of scientific literature, students study how scientific texts address an audience, make claims, invoke prior claims, deploy keyterms, and engage quantitative and visual evidence. The course’s workshop approach fosters skills in revision, peer review, and research into the scientific literature. The course offers writing strategies for successful communication in the field, including concise sentences, coherent paragraphs, and well-ordered documents. Projects include an academic research paper on a topic of a student’s choice in a form common to most scientific disciplines.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15518/2017

EXPO E-42C
Writing in the Sciences

Thomas Akbari, MA

Lecturer in English, Northeastern University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14538 | Section 1

Description
This course provides instruction in writing for students considering careers or advanced study in the natural, computational, or applied sciences. Through critical reading of key examples of the genres of scientific literature, students study how scientific texts address an audience, make claims, invoke prior claims, deploy keyterms, and engage quantitative and visual evidence. The course’s workshop approach fosters skills in revision, peer review, and research into the scientific literature. The course offers writing strategies for successful communication in the field, including concise sentences, coherent paragraphs, and well-ordered documents. Projects include an academic research paper on a topic of a student’s choice in a form common to most scientific disciplines.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14538/2017

EXPO E-42C
Writing in the Sciences

Thomas Akbari, MA

Lecturer in English, Northeastern University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24821 | Section 1

Description
This course provides instruction in writing for students considering careers or advanced study in the natural, computational, or applied sciences. Through critical reading of key examples of the genres of scientific literature, students study how scientific texts address an audience, make claims, invoke prior claims, deploy keyterms, and engage quantitative and visual evidence. The course’s workshop approach fosters skills in revision, peer review, and research into the scientific literature. The course offers writing strategies for successful communication in the field, including concise sentences, coherent paragraphs, and well-ordered documents. Projects include an academic research paper on a topic of a student’s choice in a form common to most scientific disciplines.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24821/2018

EXPO E-90
Principles of Legal Writing

Franklin J. Schwarzer, JD

Attorney, Schlesinger and Buchbinder, LLP

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25128

Description
No matter whom you are, or what your background is, you will one day have to encounter legal writing. This course is designed for students interested in law school and those interested in improving their technical and analytical writing skills. Students are expected to draft and edit a variety of legal writings through exposure to litigation pleadings, transactional documents, and journalistic and academic articles regarding legal issues. The goal of the course is to teach students how to read, analyze, and write effectively about the law. Students also learn how to brief a case, how to read a statute, the basics of legal citation, and major schools of legal reasoning and analysis. There are many different kinds of legal writing. Any given day, an attorney may need to draft a complaint to initiate a lawsuit, an indemnity provision in a lease, an opinion letter to advise a client of the legal risks inherent in a particular course of action, or an appellate brief arguing why a judge should agree with a contested interpretation of the law. Each of these tasks requires writing that is clear, concise, and convincing. Each also requires slightly different approaches to writing. Ultimately though, whatever the task, good legal writing should never be legalese.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25128/2018

EXPO E-160
Writing Bootcamp

Christina Thompson, PhD

Editor, <em>Harvard Review</em>, Harvard College Library

Laura Healy, MA

Digital Publications Editor, <em>Harvard Review</em>

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25091

Description
This is a course for working people who are interested in improving their writing skills. With attention to grammar, punctuation, word choice, usage, and presentation, we focus on the mistakes most commonly made. Students emerge with a better understanding of what makes a sentence good (or bad) and how they can achieve greater clarity and conciseness in their own everyday writing.

Class Meetings:
Active learning weekend
Start Date: Mar. 16, 2018

Undergraduate credit: $1150
Graduate credit: $1800
Credits: 2

Notes: Students must be present for the entire three-day weekend to earn credit for this course. Final paper due Monday, April 2. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25091/2018

EXPO E-170
Principles of Editing

Christina Thompson, PhD

Editor, <em>Harvard Review</em>, Harvard College Library

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15466

Description
Anyone who works with text, whether it’s books and magazines, the PTA newsletter, or the company website, is engaged in editing. Many are not paid editors and have no formal training, and yet they are expected to produce good, clean copy and to know how and when to fix others’ mistakes. This course is designed to address the sorts of questions that arise in every publishing situation, from blogs to brochures, and to provide students with a reliable set of editing standards and skills. Among the topics covered in this course: editing for style, space, and structure; copyediting, fact-checking, and proofreading; contracts and copyright; and working with authors. At a more general level, we look at the differences implicit in different publishing environments (including print and electronic) and the fundamental relationships between author and audience that determines the shape of the text.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Emerson Hall 106Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15466/2017

FORE E-200
Bargaining with the Devil: German Literature and Thought

John T. Hamilton, PhD

William R. Kenan Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15388

Description
By focusing on Goethe’s masterwork, Faust, the course investigates the centrality of the devil’s bargain in German literature and philosophy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include the moral problem of evil, the limits of human knowledge, the sublime, and the power of myth.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Harvard Hall 102Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15388/2017

FREN E-1
Intensive Elementary French I

Wayne Ishikawa, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13545

Description
An introduction to oral and written French for students with little or no background in the language, this course encourages students to communicate with each other and the instructor in simple language using role-play and other interpersonal activities. Grammar includes present and near future tenses, and the compound past.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 105Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13545/2017

FREN E-1A
Elementary French I

Anne Taieb, MA

Lecturer in French, Tufts University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15360

Description
This course is an introduction to French with an emphasis on communication though various interactive activities and role-playing. Students practice all four activities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). At the end of the semester, students are able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions, to introduce themselves and others, and to ask and answer questions about their daily activities.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 103Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1150
Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 2

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15360/2017

FREN E-1B
Elementary French I

Anne Taieb, MA

Lecturer in French, Tufts University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25004

Description
This course develops the basic communicative skills of listening, reading, and writing with an emphasis on speaking the language. Students improve their conversational French though various interactive activities. They are introduced to French and Francophone culture.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 103Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1150
Undergraduate credit: $1150
Credits: 2

Prerequisites: FREN E-1a, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25004/2018

FREN E-1D
Online Intensive Elementary French I

Kimberlee Anne Campbell, PhD

Consultant

Fall term 2017 | CRN 13406

Description
Students learn basic French grammar, vocabulary, and conversational skills through an innovative web-based, interactive classroom format. This course features one-to-one conversations with the instructor, and small-group discussions with other students using a web conference program. Assessment is by portfolio and conversations with the instructor.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Required half-hour conversation sections Tuesdays at 7:00 or 9:40 pm.Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 22 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13406/2017

FREN E-1X
Reading for Information

Louise Marie Wills, PhD

Senior Development Coordinator, Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15409

Description
This course is a systematic approach to written French involving grammar and usage. Differences between French and English are pointed out and illustrated by reading simple French texts. Students gradually become familiar with French ways of expression. Conducted in English.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Boylston Hall 105Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of English grammar.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15409/2017

FREN E-1Y
Reading and Translation

Louise Marie Wills, PhD

Senior Development Coordinator, Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25043

Description
Students read French texts of moderate difficulty and translate them into English. Differences between French and English ways of written expression are pointed out and emphasis given to translations that read not as literally translated French but as English originals. Conducted in English.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Boylston Hall 105Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of French and English grammar.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

FREN E-2
Intensive Elementary French II

Wayne Ishikawa, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23396

Description
This course emphasizes oral and written communication using language structures that include the imperfect, future, and conditional tenses and the subjunctive mood. Students communicate using role-play and other interpersonal activities. They also read short pieces on modern French culture and write compositions on topics of personal interest.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 105Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: FREN E-1b, FREN E-1, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23396/2018

FREN E-2D
Online Intensive Elementary French II

Kimberlee Anne Campbell, PhD

Consultant

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 23254

Description
Students continue to develop their communication skills, building on the materials from FREN E-1d. This course features one-to-one conversations with the instructor, and small-group discussions with other students using a web conference program. Assessment is by portfolio and conversations with the instructor.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Required half-hour conversation sections Tuesdays at 7:00 or 9:40 pm.Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: FREN E-1d, or permission of instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 22 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23254/2018

FREN E-5
Oral Expression: Le Français parlé

Carole Bergin, MA

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25109

Description
This course emphasizes communication strategies that make it easier for students to communicate effectively in a French context. Through creative classroom activities and exercises, students learn how the French interact while discussing ideas, exchanging opinions, and giving advice or information, with an emphasis on practical vocabulary. Through video recordings and video chat, students fine-tune their oral language skills with a more advanced study of pronunciation, grammar, and discourse strategies, while discussing and debating topics of current interest as they are presented in the media, including the press, radio, television, cinema, and the Internet.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: A college-level intermediate French course, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25109/2018

GERM E-1
Intensive Elementary German I

Ruth Sondermann, MBA

Director of the Work-Abroad Program, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 11066

Description
This is an intensive elementary German language class in which we focus on acquiring the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Materials such as videos, current material from newspapers, poems, music, and excerpts from children’s books supplement the E-text book.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 103Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-11066/2017

GERM E-2
Intensive Elementary German II

Ruth Sondermann, MBA

Director of the Work-Abroad Program, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 20126

Description
This course is a continuation of GERM E-1. Students continue developing their communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Class work moves from guided exercises that cultivate the student’s ability to apply correct grammar and syntax to more creative and independent uses of the German language. The course makes extensive use of technology (computer programs, the Internet, e-mail, videos) to promote and enhance students’ comprehension of the German language, its speakers, and its culture.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Boylston Hall 104Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: GERM E-1, or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-20126/2018

GOVT E-20
Introduction to Comparative Politics

Jeeyang Rhee Baum, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 14848

Description
In this course, we explore questions in contemporary comparative politics. We focus on several questions that have long been central to research in comparative politics, including the challenges for democratization and democratic stability in certain social and economic contexts, how countries vary in their political institutions (constitutional, electoral, administrative, and party systems) and why these variations matter, and what explains the persistence of ethnicity and causes of civil conflict. Country cases are drawn from different regions of the world to ground students in the set of tools of comparative analysis.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sever Hall 110Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $900
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14848/2017

GOVT E-30
American Government—A New Perspective

Paul E. Peterson, PhD

Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24833

Description
This course examines how American democracy and government work. Although the course serves as an introduction to American government, it also shows how well established institutions have been altered by modern politics, and it introduces students to key ideas in political science. We place particular emphasis on the increasingly significant role that electoral pressures and the permanent campaign play in the workings of American government. The recorded lectures are the same as those given in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Government 30.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24833/2018

GOVT E-30
American Government—A New Perspective

Paul E. Peterson, PhD

Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15101

Description
This course examines how American democracy and government work. Although the course serves as an introduction to American government, it also shows how well established institutions have been altered by modern politics, and it introduces students to key ideas in political science. We place particular emphasis on the increasingly significant role that electoral pressures and the permanent campaign play in the workings of American government. The recorded lectures are the same as those given in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Government 30.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15101/2017

GOVT E-40
International Conflict and Cooperation

Dustin Tingley, PhD

Professor of Government, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15054

Description
This course is an introduction to the analysis of the causes and character of international conflict and cooperation. Theories of international relations are presented and then applied to historical cases to test those theories of international politics and to expand our understanding of the range of possible forms of international behavior.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 28, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 90 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15054/2017

GOVT E-40
International Conflict and Cooperation

Dustin Tingley, PhD

Professor of Government, Harvard University

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 24799

Description
This course is an introduction to the analysis of the causes and character of international conflict and cooperation. Theories of international relations are presented and then applied to historical cases to test those theories of international politics and to expand our understanding of the range of possible forms of international behavior.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 22, 2018

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 90 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24799/2018

GOVT E-595
Foundations of Policy Writing and Analysis

Sergio Imparato, PhD

Teaching Fellow and Associate in Government, Harvard University and Lecturer in Social Sciences, Division of Continuing Education

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15493

Description
The aim of the course is to provide students with the critical and analytical skills to evaluate, design, and write a policy paper. A policy paper is a scholarly work that analyzes a relevant policy issue and provides evidence-based, actionable recommendations. Emphasis is placed on the identification of policy problems, the use of methodological tools to analyze them, and the design and presentation of potential solutions. Class meetings feature presentations of policy papers that address the students’ topics of interest, discussions of research strategies employed by policy analysts, and assignments that bolster written and oral communication. Students learn about all aspects of policy paper design, including the identification of relevant data sources, techniques for analysis, and the proper method of presenting policy paper findings. Examples of policy paper topics include migration and refugee policies, social and economic inequality issues, environmental and sustainability issues, gender equality and gender-based violence issues, cyberwarfare strategies, counterterrorism strategies, and issues of international security and nuclear proliferation. While this course is open to all students, candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or international relations, who are interested in the capstone track should enroll in this course the semester before enrolling in GOVT E-599, which requires that all other degree requirements have been completed.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Northwest Science Building B108

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course.

Prerequisites: An introductory government course. GOVT E-1005 or the equivalent recommended. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15493/2017

GOVT E-596
Bridges to JustPeace

Diane L. Moore, PhD

Lecturer on Religion, Conflict, and Peace, Harvard Divinity School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15492 | Section 1

Description
Contrary to popular assumption, many US citizens who find themselves on opposite sides of current political and ideological debates have more in common than is readily apparent. In this course we pursue three main objectives: to uncover and examine the sources of the growing economic disparities and extreme social fragmentation that the 2016 presidential election revealed; to inspire empathy for the perceived other through narrative, literature, and the arts; and to construct strategies for creative coalition building in local and national contexts. Our explorations focus on case studies that include climate change, white poverty, and Black Lives Matter. Other case study options are chosen by student interest. Possibilities include elder care, LGBTQ rights, immigration, religious freedom, and reproductive rights. Though the course focuses on the United States, we examine parallels in other parts of the globe. Final projects involve planning a coalition building action or activity. While this course is open to all students, candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or religion, who are interested in the capstone track should enroll in this course the semester before enrolling in GOVT E-599a, which requires that all other degree requirements have been completed.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15492/2017

GOVT E-596
Bridges to JustPeace

Diane L. Moore, PhD

Lecturer on Religion, Conflict, and Peace, Harvard Divinity School

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15527 | Section 2

Description
Contrary to popular assumption, many US citizens who find themselves on opposite sides of current political and ideological debates have more in common than is readily apparent. In this course we pursue three main objectives: to uncover and examine the sources of the growing economic disparities and extreme social fragmentation that the 2016 presidential election revealed; to inspire empathy for the perceived other through narrative, literature, and the arts; and to construct strategies for creative coalition building in local and national contexts. Our explorations focus on case studies that include climate change, white poverty, and Black Lives Matter. Other case study options are chosen by student interest. Possibilities include elder care, LGBTQ rights, immigration, religious freedom, and reproductive rights. Though the course focuses on the United States, we examine parallels in other parts of the globe. Final projects involve planning a coalition building action or activity. While this course is open to all graduate-credit students, candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or religion, who are interested in the capstone track should enroll in this course the semester before enrolling in GOVT E-599a, which requires that all other degree requirements have been completed.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 29, 2017

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15527/2017

GOVT E-597
Foundations of National Security Writing and Analysis

Michael David Miner, MA

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15502

Description
This course prepares students for advanced study, writing, and research in national security. The course explores the national security system, methods of intelligence analysis, and policy processes that drive and inform decision making. Readings span current affairs and historical cases to illustrate dynamics in motion. Assignments include the development of practical tools and skills most frequently used in national security settings such as memos and one-on-one briefings, but also longer analytical papers and working group presentations. There is individual and in-class group work that simulates the experience of real-world practitioners working in national security, from the front lines of the military, intelligence community, and civilian workforce to top-level decision making inside the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the National Security Council. While this course is open to all students, candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or international relations, who are interested in the capstone track should enroll in this course the semester before enrolling in GOVT E-599b, which requires that all other degree requirements have been completed.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 8-10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 30, 2017

Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom.

Prerequisites: GOVT E-1733, GOVT E-1743 or GOVT E-1796 (offered previously), or the equivalent. Proof of English proficiency is required of students whose native language is not English.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15502/2017

GOVT E-599
Policy Analysis Capstone

Sergio Imparato, PhD

Teaching Fellow and Associate in Government, Harvard University and Lecturer in Social Sciences, Division of Continuing Education

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25115

Description
This course offers candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or international relations, the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in GOVT E-595 to conduct independent policy analysis and write a professional policy paper. In consultation with the instructor, students select a concrete policy problem, produce autonomous research to analyze it, and provide a set of actionable recommendations to solve it. Throughout the semester, students receive feedback both from their peers and the instructor to aid the development of their projects. Class meetings include the development of writing schedules, discussions focused on policy analysis methodology, and peer-review analysis of student projects. Emphasis is placed on the identification of potential target audiences, such as governmental agencies, NGOs, and policy makers and practitioners. The capstone project culminates with a formal presentation of the students’ projects to a panel of experts.

Class Meetings:
On campus only
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Center for Government and International Studies, Knafel Building K107Start Date: Jan. 25, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or international relations. They must have completed all course work in the program, including the statistics requirement, and a B-minus or higher grade in GOVT E-595. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

GOVT E-599A
Social Justice Capstone: Bridges to JustPeace

Diane L. Moore, PhD

Lecturer on Religion, Conflict, and Peace, Harvard Divinity School

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25071

Description
In this course, candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or religion, further develop and implement the coalition building proposal they constructed for their final project in GOVT E-596. Projects require a sound theoretical foundation in conflict transformation, a developed method for assessment, and a clear plan for a project that a significant portion of which can be implemented and evaluated within the confines of the semester.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 23, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or religion. They must have completed all course work in the program, including a B-minus or higher grade in GOVT E-596. Government candidates must have completed the statistics requirement. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

GOVT E-599B
National Security Analysis Capstone

Derek Reveron, PhD

Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College

Spring Term 2018 | CRN 25112

Description
This course provides candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or international relations, an opportunity to complete a policy research project on behalf of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The students frame a problem for analysis, complete a group in-depth research project, and present their findings to senior representatives from SOCOM. Students work in small groups to address the question: What challenges do gray zone conflicts pose to the United States? Individually, students write strategic options memos to address pressing national security challenges. Students may not receive degree credit for both this course and GOVT E-1798, offered previously.

Class Meetings:
Live web conference w/ required on-campus weekend
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—weekend residency. Students must be present for the entire on-campus weekend session to earn credit for the course. The course begins via web conference during the first week of the term, and continues to meet throughout the term. Please see the course website or syllabus for the specific two-hour course meeting dates. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, transportation, or meals for the on-campus weekend session. See Visiting Campus and Finding Housing for information about visiting Cambridge. International Students see important visa information.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, government or international relations. They must have completed all course work in the program, including a B-minus or higher grade in GOVT E-597. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25112/2018

GOVT E-1005
Introduction to Political Science Research Methods

Matthew Blackwell, PhD

Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University

Fall term 2017 | CRN 15496

Description
This course introduces students to techniques used for research in the study of politics. Students learn to think systematically about research design and causality, how data and theory fit together, and how to measure the quantities we care about. Students learn methods—including statistical software—that enable them to execute their research plans. This course is highly recommended for those planning to write an ALM thesis or complete a capstone.

Class Meetings:
Online only
On Demand

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2017

Noncredit: $1550
Undergraduate credit: $1550
Graduate credit: $2700
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Government 50. Live streaming is ordinarily available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am-12 noon for registered students.  Check the course website during the first week of classes.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15496/2017

GOVT E-1007
Cyberpoli