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2020-2021 Extension Course Archive

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

Carla D. Martin, PhD

Lecturer on African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25963

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:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course African and African American Studies 119x. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25963/2021

ANTH E-1000
Pyramid Schemes: What Can Ancient Egyptian Civilization Teach Us?

Peter Der Manuelian, PhD

Barbara Bell Professor of Egyptology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25007

Description
How much of your impression of the ancient world was put there by Hollywood, music videos, or orientalist musings out of the West? How accurate are these depictions? Does it matter? This course examines the quintessential example of the “exotic, mysterious ancient world”—ancient Egypt—to interrogate these questions. Who has used ancient Egypt as a construct, and to what purpose? Did you know that pyramids, mummies, King Tut, and Cleopatra represent just the (overhyped) tip of a very rich civilization that holds plenty of life lessons for today? Combine the ancient Egyptians’ explanations of the world’s natural forces with all the social complexity of human interaction and you have a fully formed society—about four millennia of accumulated experience! Can investigating the real ancient Egypt unpack our current misconceptions about the land of the pharaohs? Hardly morose, tomb-building zombies, the Egyptians embraced life in all its messy details. Piety and corruption, imperialism and isolationism, divinity and mortality all played significant roles in life along the Nile. What can we learn about the nature of politics and society in our time by seeing the parallels between the ancient past and today? We explore archaeology, modern Egyptomania, repatriation, new digital visualization technologies, and international politics. What was ancient Egyptian racism? What is archaeological racism? Who owns the past? Who needs it? We take excursions into Egyptian art, history, politics, religion, literature and language (hieroglyphs), plus examine the evolution of Egyptology as a discipline.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required online sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Gen Ed 1099. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25007/2021

ANTH E-1050
Moctezuma’s Mexico Then and Now: The Past as Present in North America

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 2020 | CRN 15416

Description
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how pre-Hispanic and Colonial Mexican and Latina/o cultures provide vital context for understanding today’s changing world. The emphasis is on the mythical and social origins, glory days, and political collapse of the Aztec Empire and Maya civilizations as a pivot to the study of the sexual, religious, and racial interactions of the Great Encounter between Mesoamerica, Africa, Europe, and the independent nations of Mexico and the United States. The study of the archaeology, artistic media, cosmovision, capital cities, human sacrifice, and the religious devotions of ancient Mesoamerica illuminate the Day of the Dead and Virgin of Guadalupe phenomena today. Objects at the Peabody Museum are used to examine new concepts of race, nation, and the persistence of Moctezuma’s Mexico in Latino identities in the Mexico-US Borderlands. This course empowers students to evaluate the ways the US is changing and struggling to define itself in relation to Latin America and especially the migration of peoples, ideas, arts, music, and food from and through Mexico.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Gen Ed 1148 starting September 2. See syllabus for details.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15416/2020

ANTH E-1062
Selling Paradise: Tourism and its Objects

Zoe Eddy, PhD

Lecturer on Anthropology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16434

Description
From keychains and shot glasses to postcards and t-shirts, material souvenirs are an indelible part of the international tourism industry. While they are often overlooked in academic literature, these objects tell important stories about the people who make, buy, and sell them. Souvenirs are more than simple memories of a place: they are layered expressions of how people, both those local and non-local to a place, imagine a location. Souvenirs help reveal the complex networks of history and culture—including the processes of colonialism and exploitation—that determine contemporary life. This course is an anthropological investigation of tourism and material culture. Students consider a survey of material objects as manifestations of historical and cultural processes. In addition to anthropological theory and method, indigenous theory and postcolonial studies guide this course. Ultimately, this course explores what it means to make, sell, and buy objects that originate in tourism landscapes. Classes take a global cross-comparative approach to course themes. While there is a heavy focus on international examples, there is significant emphasis on objects produced by indigenous North American makers.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A social anthropology course, two anthropology courses, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16434/2020

ANTH E-1067
American Eating: Succotash, Spam, and Cultures of Food

Zoe Eddy, PhD

Lecturer on Anthropology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26069

Description
American food is frequently dismissed as insignificant, jumbled, and boring; sometimes Americans are defined as having no food culture. However, an anthropological dive into the history of American food suggests otherwise: from California rolls and cobb salad to corn whiskey and clam chowder, American foodways are complex and endlessly exciting—not to mention well worthy of academic investigation. This course uses an anthropological lens to explore the culture and history of American food and eating. While this course focuses on the United States, discussions include Canada, Central America, and South America. We start with the Indigenous origins of American food; we then move through various historical and contemporary case studies. Themes include, but are not limited to, colonial food histories, Indigenous food sovereignty, Afroculinaria and its national importance, wartime eating and postwar changes, gender and labor, and ethnicity and the impact of immigrant foodways. Rather than an exhaustive survey of American foods, we focus on specific case studies that exemplify the richness of American food cultures. We ask a variety of questions, such as: how did the development of the American diner support twentieth century labor trends? What does the so-called “tiki boom” reveal about postwar anxieties and new American fantasies? Why is the fortune cookie exemplary of Asian-American communities’ resilience and resistance? How do grits, jambalaya, spam, hot chocolate, the poor man’s feast, turkey dinners, tropical cocktails, muktuk, and a “lox and a schmear” divulge the interwoven histories of American eating? As a group, we explore these everyday foods and consider them on a broader cultural scale.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: One course in the social sciences or a discipline relevant to the theme of the course; background in anthropology suggested.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26069/2021

ANTH E-1400
Quests for Wisdom: Religious, Moral, and Aesthetic Searches for the Art of Living in Perilous Times

Arthur Kleinman, MD

Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University, and Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Davíd Carrasco, PhD

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

Stephanie A. Paulsell, PhD

Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Michael Puett, PhD

Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16428

Description
This is an experimental course taught from the perspectives of anthropology and religious studies that is intended to be transformative for students and teachers alike. Our goal is to develop, in collaboration with students, a pedagogy for fostering students’ personal quests for wisdom, through lectures and readings, through extensive conversation, and also through other experiences inside and outside of class, including dramaturgical experiences with film or theater, caregiving, and meditation. As teachers we are inspired by William James’s conception of knowledge in the university as a strategy needed to live a life of purpose and significance that also contributes to improving the world. In the words of Albert Camus, “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Together, we engage with the problems of danger, uncertainty, failure, and suffering that led the founders of the social sciences and humanities to ask fundamental questions about meaning, imagination, aesthetics, social life, and subjective experience. These are the same existential questions that bring ordinary people all over the world, and throughout history, to question common sense reality in the face of catastrophes and the violence of everyday life. The many answers to these questions—wisdom that is found in religious, ethical, and aesthetic quests—are intended to furnish individuals with strategies to respond to potential and hope, pain and suffering; to promote healing; and to address concerns about salvation, redemption, or other kinds of moral-emotional transformation.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Anthropology 1400 starting September 2. See syllabus for details.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16428/2020

ANTH E-1660
Anthropology and Human Rights

Theodore Macdonald, Jr., PhD

Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26048

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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 52 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26048/2021

ANTH E-1700
Race in the Americas

James P. Herron, PhD

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

January session | CRN 25917

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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 2-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due Monday, February 8.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25917/2021

APMA E-115
Mathematical Modeling

Zhiming Kuang, PhD

Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26062

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

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Applied Mathematics 115. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

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 Matlab installed on their computers. Students proficient in Python are welcome to use that language instead of Matlab.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26062/2021

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

Weiwei Pan, PhD

Lecturer on Computational Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15810

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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Applied Mathematics 207.

Prerequisites: Calculus-based statistics, proficiency in Python programming.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15810/2020

ARAB E-1
Intensive Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I

Muhammad A. Habib, PhD

Preceptor in Arabic, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 13547

Description
This course is designed for students who have not previously studied Arabic and introduces the script, sounds, and basic grammar of the language. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in all four skills (reading, speaking, listening, and writing), as well as an understanding and appreciation of Arabic culture.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13547/2020

ARAB E-2
Intensive Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II

Muhammad A. Habib, PhD

Preceptor in Arabic, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 23418

Description
This course is the continuation of ARAB E-1 and is designed to reinforce and build upon what has been covered during the first semester. This is a proficiency-based course; emphasis is placed on the development of reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills for the purpose of communicative goals. These technical aspects are acquired through the context of Arab cultures. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate about everyday situations, both verbally and in writing; understand the use of basic grammatical structures; acquire an understanding of fundamental cultural values, practices, and perspectives of native speakers of Arabic; develop productive listening skills; and enjoy using the language creatively.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: ARAB E-1 or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23418/2021

ASTR E-8
The Emergence of Space and Time, Light and Matter: How Our Galaxy, Our Sun, and Our Earth Came to Be

Alessandro Massarotti, PhD

Associate Professor of Physics, Stonehill College and Associate of the Department of Astronomy, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16406

Description
From the birth of our universe, 14 billion years ago, the explosion of space into existence which led to the Big Bang, our knowledge is only recently beginning to give us more fundamental answers about our physical existence. In this course, we discuss how the expanding cosmos gave rise to galaxies, how stars are born and die, and how planets form. We explore black holes, neutron stars, and other mysterious states of matter. Students learn about the most recent developments in the field of astronomy, including the discovery of gravity waves coming from merging neutron stars and the first images from the huge black hole at the center of our galaxy. We look into the mystery of symmetry in the cosmic laws and explore the possible existence of portals between far away times and locations, wormholes. We delve into the near future of telescopic exploration, such as the Webb Telescope and many other upcoming space missions.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16406/2020

BIOS E-1A
Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

Casey J. Roehrig, PhD

Senior Project Lead, HarvardX

Zofia Gajdos, PhD

Senior Project Lead, HarvardX

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Required laboratories, optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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-13096/2020

BIOS E-1B
Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Casey J. Roehrig, PhD

Senior Project Lead, HarvardX

Joanne Matott, DPhil

Preceptor in Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Katherine Zink, PhD

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, or on demand.

Required laboratories, optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22957/2021

BIOS E-10
Introduction to Biochemistry

Robin Lynn Haynes, PhD

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

Roopali Roy, PhD

Instructor in Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online

Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2019 course.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14563/2020

BIOS E-10
Introduction to Biochemistry

Robin Lynn Haynes, PhD

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

Roopali Roy, PhD

Instructor in Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2021 | 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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2019 course.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24316/2021

BIOS E-12
Principles and Techniques of Molecular Biology

Alain Viel, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online

Optional review sessions Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 58 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22965/2021

BIOS E-14
Principles of Genetics

Frederick R. Bieber, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2021 | 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. The course also covers legal, ethical, and policy considerations for use of genetic technology.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Required sections Mondays, 8-9 pm.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22962/2021

BIOS E-16
Cell Biology

Colles Price, PhD

Research Fellow in Medicine, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and Postdoctoral Scholar, Cancer Program, Broad Institute

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25918

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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Required sections Wednesdays, 8-9 pm.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25918/2021

BIOS E-18
Evolution

Maria E. Miara, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology, Brandeis University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: An introductory organismal biology course such as BIOS E-1b.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14330/2020

BIOS E-30
Epigenetics and Gene Regulation

Amy Tsurumi, PhD

Instructor in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16171

Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the concept of epigenetics and the regulation of gene expression and heritable phenotypes without changes in the underlying DNA sequence. We examine molecular mechanisms involving DNA/RNA methylation, histone modifications, chromatin remodeling, non-coding RNAs and RNA editing, and learn about the key players that regulate these processes. 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. Moreover, we cover molecular techniques and model organisms used commonly in epigenetics research.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Mondays, 8-9 pm.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-12, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16171/2020

BIOS E-40
Introduction to Proteomics

Alain Viel, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online

Optional review sessions, live or on demand, Thursdays, 7-9 pm.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13099/2020

BIOS E-45
Introduction to Genomics

Arezou Ghazani, PhD

Director of Clinical Genomics, Brigham Genomic Medicine and Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26025

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 (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26025/2021

BIOS E-50
Neurobiology

Laura Magnotti, PhD

Lecturer on Neuroscience, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm, or on demand.

Required sections (live participation required) for graduate-credit students Wednesdays 8-9 pm, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology, or permission of the instructor. For graduate-credit students, successful completion of BIOS E-200 or equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13097/2020

BIOS E-52
The Neurobiology of Pain

Ryan W. Draft, PhD

Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15683

Description
This course explores the neurobiological systems and mechanisms underlying both acute and chronic pain. Topics include nociceptive and sensory systems, molecular basis and modulation of pain, neuroanatomy of peripheral and central pain circuits, pain pathologies, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments. The emphasis is on understanding basic neurobiological concepts underlying pain systems, and reading and discussing the primary scientific research in the field.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15683/2020

BIOS E-55
Developmental Biology

Susanne Jakob, PhD

Project Manager for the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22959/2021

BIOS E-60
Immunology

Mihaela G. Gadjeva, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2021 | 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 to introducing basic concepts of tumor immunity and immune system deficiencies, special emphasis is placed on a COVID-19 pandemic. Through discussion of clinical case studies, we understand what measures need to be taken to design therapies and vaccines. 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 such as CAR-T cell therapies 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm, or on demand.

Required sections Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm or Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23186/2021

BIOS E-63
COVID-19 Disease: Facts and Fiction

Mihaela G. Gadjeva, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

January session | CRN 25964

Description
Much is to be learned about the recent pandemic that has stalled our lives and has challenged science and medicine. This interactive, discussion-based course is designed to highlight the most recent developments in medicine, diagnostics, vaccine design, and epidemiology to combat COVID19. The course is organized and delivered by an immunologist with a research program in Infectious diseases. The course covers general mechanisms of anti-viral immunity and vaccinology, thereby facilitating greater understanding of how the challenges of the disease could be solved, what needs to be done, when and, potentially, how. We focus on cellular receptors for the SARS-CoV2 and molecular mechanisms of invasion of host responses. We discuss what can be done to interfere with these processes and understand the results from past and ongoing clinical trials and the importance of neutralizing antibodies and how their activities can be leveraged for therapies. Using real-life clinical cases, we make connections between disease manifestations, cellular responses, immunity, and infection; suggest therapies; and attempt to explain how a single virus can cause so many diverse pathologies.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 2-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Immunology and cellular biology.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25964/2021

BIOS E-65C
Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Jennifer A. Carr, PhD

Lab Instructor, Salem State University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Required sections and biweekly labs to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13387/2020

BIOS E-65D
Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Jennifer A. Carr, PhD

Lab Instructor, Salem State University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Required sections and biweekly labs to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23232/2021

BIOS E-67
Introduction to Pharmacology

Kate Ellen McDonnell-Dowling, PhD

Lecturer on Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16167

Description
It is often thought that studying pharmacology involves memorizing drug names and chemical pathways, but in reality this subject is built upon a few simple concepts. This course aims to cover these fundamental concepts of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and toxicology. Learning materials are delivered online through HMX, a digital learning initiative from the faculty of Harvard Medical School. The HMX pharmacology course has been created by a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of Harvard Medical School educators and creative professionals. Using integrated multimedia elements and didactic visuals the HMX course focuses on bringing foundational concepts in pharmacology to life via real-world and clinical applications. Students also participate in a live component where they have the opportunity to dive deeper into these pharmacological concepts and work on problem-solving activities in weekly sessions with their instructor. In addition to receiving course credit, students have the opportunity to earn a certificate from Harvard Medical School. A certificate of achievement or a certificate of completion can be earned by those who attain certain thresholds within the course. Students registered in this course have access to the HMX pharmacology course. They should not enroll separately in the HMX course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and biochemistry are strongly recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16167/2020

BIOS E-69
Health Effects of Cannabis

Steven Raymond Boomhower, PhD

Associate Toxicologist, Gradient Corporation

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16412

Description
Cannabis and cannabinoid-based products are becoming increasingly available to use and consume. Whether available as an over-the-counter product (for example, cannabis edibles), nutritional supplement (for example, cannabidiol [CBD] oil), or as a Food and Drug Administration-approved medicine (for example, Epidiolex), the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoid-based products are only beginning to be understood. This course examines the most up-to-date science on the health effects (both therapeutic and potentially adverse) of cannabis in humans using principles from toxicology, epidemiology, and psychopharmacology. In the first unit, we examine the basics of cannabinoids, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, neurotransmission, and methodologies for evaluating the scientific evidence of health effects of cannabis. In the second unit, we examine the scientific evidence for select therapeutic effects of cannabis, including its use in medicine, chronic pain, mood disorders, and epilepsy. In the final unit, we examine emerging evidence related to adverse effects of cannabis, including potential effects on intelligence, respiratory disease from vaping, and psychosis.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: B or higher in BIOS E-1a, and a B or higher in an additional science class (preferably a course related to pharmacology, psychopharmacology, or epidemiology).

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16412/2020

BIOS E-70
Introduction to Epidemiology

Jennifer Fonda, PhD

Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Epidemiologist, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24809

Description
How can you design a study to evaluate the risk factors associated with the recent reversal in life expectancy in the United States? How do you assess the benefits and risks related to the recent cancer screening guidelines? 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:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24809/2021

BIOS E-72
Infectious Diseases in a World of Changing Climate, Drug Resistance, and Vaccine Hesitancy

Narges Dorratoltaj, PhD

Principal Scientist and Manager, Life and Health Modeling, AIR Worldwide

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16122

Description
Despite the availability of control measures, infectious diseases are emerging and re-emerging. These outbreaks emphasize the importance of understanding the epidemiology of infectious diseases through qualitative and quantitative methods. This course introduces the basics of infectious disease epidemiology and modeling, disease surveillance methods, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of prevention and control measures. The epidemiology of different diseases based on route of transmission (food-borne, water-borne, vector-borne, or air-borne) along with common and recently emerged infectious diseases (COVID-19, influenza, malaria, Ebola, Zika, and antimicrobial resistance pathogens) are discussed. Finally, we explore some modeling techniques to understand the epidemiology and dynamics of infectious disease outbreaks to help public health officials make more informed decisions. We consider the political, demographic, and social changes that have an impact on public health.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a, MATH E-8, and MATH E-15, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16122/2020

BIOS E-107
Introduction to Medical Neuroscience

Daniel L. Roe, PhD

Research Associate in Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Some background in basic biology is helpful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24579/2021

BIOS E-110
Addiction Neuroscience: Substance Abuse and the Brain

Alan N. Francis, PhD

Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26056

Description
This course helps students understand the psychological effects of drugs and how drug actions can be understood in terms of effects on the brain. In addition to focusing on drug dependence and addiction, this course places considerable emphasis on drug treatments for various psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, parkinsonism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Alzheimer’s disease. It also combines neurotransmitter-based approaches to the field with perspectives that emphasize specific drugs and distinct drug categories. Specifically, this course includes an overview of the history of psychopharmacology; the neuron, synaptic transmission, and neurotransmitters; pharmacokinetics, or how the body handles drugs; pharmacodynamics, or how drugs act; epidemiology and neurobiology of addiction; stimulants; hallucinogens; cannabinoids; opioids; antipsychotic drugs; and antidepressant drugs.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Prior coursework in neuroscience, neurobiology, and psychology is helpful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26056/2021

BIOS E-116
Marine Biology

Aaron Hartmann, PhD

Research Associate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16449

Description
This course explores the fundamentals of marine biology. Students learn about the complex lifestyles of organisms whose home spans three quarters of our planet. We take a process-driven approach, focusing first on the fundamentals: the interrelated processes of marine physiology, ecology, and evolution. What biological processes help organisms succeed in the marine environment? How do species traits vary throughout the different environments in the world’s oceans? How do gradual and rapid changes in the ocean environment alter the rules of life for marine species? As we build our understanding of these fundamentals throughout the course, we use them as lenses to view, disentangle, and understand larger patterns in the oceans. In particular, we focus on the diversity and distributions of biological functions, patterns of biodiversity, and the growing threats to marine life. Ultimately, students come away with a new understanding of the unique challenges and incredible opportunities that arise from life in saltwater.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16449/2020

BIOS E-117
Human Impact and the Marine Environment

Daniel Hoer, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15790

Description
As human population grows, our collective influence is becoming an almost ubiquitous feature in the natural world, and the marine environment is no exception. Presently, more than fifty percent of the global human population lives within 120 miles of a coastline, exerting tremendous pressure on marine environments. Using approachable primary literature as our guide, this course addresses the vast and diverse ecosystems within the global ocean to develop an understanding of oceanic processes and how they are impacted by human activity. We address a variety of human-induced stressors with the goal of understanding their source, how their effects manifest themselves, and how society can work to remove these stressors and correct their impacts.

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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: High school chemistry and biology recommended but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15790/2020

BIOS E-118
Deep Sea Biology

Peter Girguis, PhD

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Jessica Mitchell, MSc

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Corinna Breusing, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25639

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
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25639/2021

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

Daniel Spratt, MD

Professor of Medicine, Maine Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25897

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25897/2021

BIOS E-129
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

Julie Park, PhD

Preceptor in Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25750

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 3-5 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand.

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-25750/2021

BIOS E-155
Medical Microbiology

Matthew Schaefers, PhD

Instructor in Anaesthesia and Research Associate, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Nikolaus Jilg, MD, PhD

Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Radwa Sharaf, PhD

Scientist I, Foundation Medicine

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Required sections for graduate-credit students Wednesdays, 8-9 pm.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24224/2021

BIOS E-156
Vaccines for the New Millennium

Tomas Maira-Litran, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16302

Description
Immunization is considered one of the great success stories of modern medicine. Despite this remarkable achievement, new vaccines must be developed to address the health needs of the globalized twenty-first century world, which is characterized by an aging society, emerging infections, and poverty in low-income countries. The first part of the course reviews how vaccines work by mimicking a natural infection. We discuss current strategies and challenges for the development of vaccines against emerging infections and infectious diseases affecting undeveloped countries, elderly populations, patients with chronic diseases, and travelers. The course examines some of the revolutionary technologies used for vaccine development, including reverse vaccinology, conjugation, nucleic acid vaccines, synthetic vaccines, virus-like particles, next-generation technologies, and development and use of novel adjuvants. The course also covers vaccines of the future, currently under development, against a number of important emerging and re-emerging pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Zika, and HIV viruses. The second half of the course focuses on case studies derived from current scientific literature. Upon completion of the course students have a better understanding of how vaccines work, the need and priorities for future vaccines, and knowledge of the newest vaccine development technologies.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16302/2020

BIOS E-162B
Human Pathophysiology II

Nancy Long Sieber, PhD

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

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16333

Description
This course focuses on the pathophysiology of the human nervous, endocrine, gastrointestinal, and reproductive systems. Common mechanisms of pathogenesis are examined, including injury, autoimmunity, and neoplasia. These systems are linked by our focused examination of several conditions as they affect the body as a whole. We focus on pain, stress, and spinal cord injuries, as well as the consequences of obesity. Please note that Human Pathophysiology I, offered in alternate years, is not a prerequisite for this course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm

Optional sections Mondays, 7:10-8:10 pm.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A normal human or animal physiology course is recommended, but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16333/2020

BIOS E-163
Human Endocrine Physiology

Daniel Spratt, MD

Professor of Medicine, Maine Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25898

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25898/2021

BIOS E-200
Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Biology

Mihaela G. Gadjeva, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2020 | 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. The course is organized around discussion of hot topics derived from peer-reviewed published research in the fields of mucosal immunology and virology. We discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and attempt to understand disease pathogenesis, innate responses, and vaccine design. 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. Because skills learned in this course are useful in subsequent courses, it is the first course that prospective Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) candidates should take toward the degree (or the second, if they are completing the expository writing prerequisite).  While not designed to be a thesis or capstone proposal course, this course does serve as a foundation for eventual work on the thesis or capstone. This is the required admission course for the ALM, biology. Students interested in the ALM, biotechnology, should see BIOT E-200.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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) and EXPO E-42c are highly recommended. Some immunology knowledge would be beneficial.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13092/2020

BIOS E-200
Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Biology

Margaret A. Lynch, PhD

Director of Undergraduate-Faculty Research Partnerships, Brandeis University

Spring Term 2021 | 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. Because skills learned in this course are useful in subsequent courses, it is the first course that prospective Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) candidates should take toward the degree (or the second, if they are completing the expository writing prerequisite). While not designed to be a thesis or capstone proposal course (students will complete the official proposal course later in their degree program), it does serve as a foundation for eventual work on the thesis or capstone. 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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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) and EXPO E-42c are highly recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22950/2021

BIOS E-204
Developmental and Regenerative Biology

William J. Anderson, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14278

Description
The field of developmental biology provides insights on a most interesting question: how do all of the cells in our bodies arise from a single cell, the fertilized egg? This graduate seminar probes this question through critical analysis of the primary literature. Both classical as well as contemporary papers are scrutinized. We cover topics ranging from fertilization, organogenesis, patterning, regeneration, and aging, with a focus on humans whenever possible.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: One year of introductory biology (BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, or equivalent); developmental biology (BIOS E-55) and/or stem cell biology (BIOS E-129) strongly recommended. Graduate proseminar (BIOS E-200) recommended but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14278/2020

BIOS E-232
Neurobiology of Emotion and Psychiatric Illnesses

Sabina Berretta, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Stephanie Maddox, PhD

Instructor in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2021 | 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 include 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:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-50, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23451/2021

BIOS E-245
CRISPR-Gene Editing Applications for Healthcare and Biotechnology

Alain Viel, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25920

Description
CRISPR is a recent gene-editing technology providing an efficient, effective, and precise solution to genetic engineering with applications in the healthcare, biotechnology, and agriculture industries. CRISPR has a promising potential to transform diseases treatments, contribute to food security, or even aid biofuel production. Using real-world case studies, the course illustrates CRISPR’s potential to cure inherited genetic disorders, to treat infectious diseases such as HIV, and to advance the fight against cancer. When applicable, the impact and possibilities of the outcomes of CRISPR’s applications on the healthcare industry are discussed. The course also discusses the applications of CRISPR in the biotechnology industry and their roles in the development of disease-resistant cultivars, improving food yields, and allowing biofuels to become a viable alternative energy source.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25920/2021

BIOS E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Biology and Biotechnology Tutorial

James R. Morris, MD, PhD

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

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25096

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong thesis proposal. During the semester, they map critical issues of project design such as scope, background, methodology, and expected outcomes. Students should not register for the tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. Students are expected to begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing the tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $0
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. It is structured one-on-one advising with the instructor along with opportunities for interaction with other proposal writers. Students participate in an initial meeting with their instructor by phone or by video conference. Then, weekly work begins on the production of the various portions of the proposal document. As these materials are submitted, the instructor provides feedback to each student. The goal is to have a full draft of the proposal by the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biology or biotechnology. They must have completed eight courses toward the degree, including statistics, and be in good academic standing. Their prework, due between September 1 and November 1, must be approved before they are allowed to register for the tutorial. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis for biology or biotechnology for details. Candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track register for graduate credit; those in the ten-course thesis track register for noncredit.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25096/2021

BIOS E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Biology and Biotechnology Tutorial

James R. Morris, MD, PhD

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

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15474

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong thesis proposal. During the semester, they map critical issues of project design such as scope, background, methodology, and expected outcomes. Students should not register for the proposal unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. Students are expected to begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing the tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $0
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. It is structured one-on-one advising with the instructor along with opportunities for interaction with other proposal writers. Students participate in an initial meeting with their instructor by phone or by video conference. Then, weekly work begins on the production of the various portions of the proposal document. As these materials are submitted, the instructor provides feedback to each student. The goal is to have a full draft of the proposal by the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biology or biotechnology. They must have completed eight courses toward the degree, including statistics, and be in good academic standing. Their prework, due between April 1 and June 1, must be approved before they are allowed to register for the tutorial. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis for biology or biotechnology for details. Candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track register for graduate credit; those in the ten-course thesis track register for noncredit.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15474/2020

BIOT E-105
Bioinformatics: Fundamentals of Sequence Analysis

Michael Agostino, PhD

Senior Bioinformatics Analyst, Pfizer, Inc.

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16429

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, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16429/2020

BIOT E-105
Bioinformatics: Fundamentals of Sequence Analysis

Michael Agostino, PhD

Senior Bioinformatics Analyst, Pfizer, Inc.

Spring Term 2021 | 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. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24434/2021

BIOT E-120
Ethics and Trends in Biotechnology

Masha Fridkis-Hareli, PhD

President, ATR, LLC

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 34 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15456/2020

BIOT E-120
Ethics and Trends in Biotechnology

Masha Fridkis-Hareli, PhD

President, ATR, LLC

Spring Term 2021 | 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
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 31 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25195/2021

BIOT E-140
RNA Biotechnology: The Emergence of RNA-based Drugs and RNA Therapeutics

Kaveh Daneshvar, PhD

Senior Scientist, Flagship Pioneering Venture Labs

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26039

Description
RNA molecules can store and transfer genetic information, as well as regulate cellular processes through enzymatic activity and their interaction with other biomolecules. In the past decade, advances in next-generation sequencing have revealed new classes of RNAs and the multiple layers of information and functions they carry. The newly discovered functions of different classes of RNA molecules and their roles in human development and disease have led to the emergence of RNA therapeutics. This course explores the intersection of modern basic and translational research on RNA biology along with the biotechnology industry’s drug development efforts around RNA therapeutics. The course offers a unique opportunity for students, researchers, and biotechnology innovators to expand their knowledge about the growing science of RNA therapeutics and to develop a deep understanding of RNA-focused drug development in the biotech industry. This course opens with an introduction to the RNA world, including evolutionary theories about biomolecules, fundamental concepts related to the structure and functions of RNAs, current classifications of RNA molecules, and modern tools and techniques for studying RNAs. The course then covers current classes of RNA molecules and their roles in normal biology and in disease. This course focuses on two classes of RNA therapeutics: drugs that target normal or abnormal RNA transcripts (for example, small molecules, siRNAs, and anti-sense RNAs) and RNA-editing systems; and drugs and vaccines composed of RNAs.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-12.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26039/2021

BIOT E-200
Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Margaret A. Lynch, PhD

Director of Undergraduate-Faculty Research Partnerships, Brandeis University

Fall Term 2020 | 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. Because skills learned in this course are useful in subsequent courses, it is the first course that prospective Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) candidates should take toward the degree (or the second, if they are completing the expository writing prerequisite). While not designed to be a thesis or capstone proposal course, this course does serve as a foundation for eventual work on the thesis or capstone. This is the required admission course for the ALM in biotechnology and bioengineering and nanotechnology. Students interested in the ALM in biology should enroll in BIOS E-200.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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 or their equivalents before attempting to take BIOT E-200. EXPO E-42c is strongly recommended. 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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13645/2020

BIOT E-200
Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Beth Zielinski-Habershaw, PhD

Coordinator of Training, Pharmaceutical Development Institute, University of Rhode Island

Fall Term 2020 | 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. Because skills learned in this course are useful in subsequent courses, it is the first course that prospective Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) candidates should take toward the degree (or the second, if they are completing the expository writing prerequisite). While not designed to be a thesis or capstone proposal course, this course does serve as a foundation for eventual work on the thesis or capstone. This is the required admission course for the ALM in biotechnology and bioengineering and nanotechnology. Students interested in the ALM in biology should enroll in BIOS E-200.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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 or their equivalents before attempting to take BIOT E-200. EXPO E-42c is strongly recommended. 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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14719/2020

BIOT E-200
Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Biotechnology and Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Elizabeth Wiltrout Leary, PhD

Graduate Program Manager, Tufts Medical Center

Spring Term 2021 | 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. Because skills learned in this course are useful in subsequent courses, it is the first course that prospective Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) candidates should take toward the degree (or the second, if they are completing the expository writing prerequisite). While not designed to be a thesis or capstone proposal course, this course does serve as a foundation for eventual work on the thesis or capstone. This is the required admission course for the ALM in biotechnology and bioengineering and nanotechnology. Students interested in the ALM in biology should enroll in BIOS E-200.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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 or their equivalents before attempting to take BIOT E-200. EXPO E-42c is strongly recommended. 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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23457/2021

BIOT E-220
Regulatory Aspects of Drug Development

Jonathon Parker, PhD

Head of Global Regulatory Science, Cerevel Therapeutics

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25749

Description
The course provides an overview of the prescription drug development process and regulatory considerations for this process, including over-the-counter drugs, small molecules, biologics, and gene therapy. It focuses on the phases of pharmaceutical development, aspects influencing the pharmaceutical industry, and the regulatory themes and healthcare concepts that shape the decisions having an impact on the entire process.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25749/2021

BIOT E-225
Biomedical Product Development

Sujata K. Bhatia, PhD, MD

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15756

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
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Background in introductory biology and chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 39 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15756/2020

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

Steven Denkin, PhD

Director and Research Advisor, Biotechnology, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25097

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong thesis proposal. During the semester, they map critical issues of project design such as scope, background, methodology, and expected outcomes. Students should not register for the tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. Students are expected to begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing the tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $0
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. It is structured one-on-one advising with the instructor along with opportunities for interaction with other proposal writers. Students participate in an initial meeting with their instructor by phone or by video conference. Then, weekly work begins on the production of the various portions of the proposal document. As these materials are submitted, the instructor provides feedback to each student. The goal is to have a full draft of the proposal by the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology or bioengineering and nanotechnology. They must have completed eight courses toward the degree, including the statistics requirement, and be in good academic standing. Their prework, due between September 1 and November 1, must be approved before they are allowed to register for the tutorial. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis for details. Candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track register for graduate credit; those in the ten-course thesis track register for noncredit.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25097/2021

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

Steven Denkin, PhD

Director and Research Advisor, Biotechnology, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15476

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong thesis proposal. During the semester, they map critical issues of project design such as scope, background, methodology, and expected outcomes. Students should not register for the tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. Students are expected to begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing the tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $0
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. It is structured one-on-one advising with the instructor along with opportunities for interaction with other proposal writers. Students participate in an initial meeting with their instructor by phone or by video conference. Then, weekly work begins on the production of the various portions of the proposal document. As these materials are submitted, the instructor provides feedback to each student. The goal is to have a full draft of the proposal by the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology or bioengineering and nanotechnology. They must have completed eight courses toward the degree, including statistics, and be in good academic standing. Their prework, due between April 1 and June 1, must be approved before they are allowed to register for the tutorial. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis for details. Candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track register for graduate credit; those in the ten-course thesis track register for noncredit.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15476/2020

BIOT E-599
Biotechnology Capstone

Steven Denkin, PhD

Director and Research Advisor, Biotechnology, Harvard Extension School

Beth Zielinski-Habershaw, PhD

Coordinator of Training, Pharmaceutical Development Institute, University of Rhode Island

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25061

Description
This capstone course provides an opportunity for biotechnology professionals to create a business plan for a new biotechnology company, a ground-breaking drug, or an emerging technology such as a diagnostic or medical device. The biotech business plan includes background research on the idea and investigation of the following: market opportunity, market strategy, funding, intellectual property, patents, and management. In addition to the business plan report, each student writes his or her own executive summary. During the semester, students meet with industry experts to discuss best practices.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology capstone track, who are in good academic standing with all other degree requirements complete, except for the capstone. They must have earned a B-minus or higher grade in MGMT E-5420 in the 2020 fall term and have submitted their draft business plans to steven_denkin@harvard.edu by December 1. 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-25061/2021

CELT E-10A
Introduction to Modern Irish

Kathryn Ann Chadbourne, PhD

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16334

Description
This course gives students with little or no Irish a firm grounding in the language. Equal emphasis is placed on speaking, writing, and reading. In addition to grammar and teaching texts, we use songs, proverbs, poems, and folktales to foster understanding of Irish language and culture.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $750
Undergraduate credit: $940
Graduate credit: $1450
Credits: 2

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16334/2020

CELT E-10B
Introduction to Modern Irish

Kathryn Ann Chadbourne, PhD

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25919

Description
In this course, students continue to improve their understanding of Irish language basics. We read and discuss more advanced selections of Irish prose, poetry, and some beautiful folktales from Donegal. A generous portion of class time is devoted to practicing conversational Irish in real-life situations. We learn more about Irish culture, including food, folklore, holidays, and proverbs.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $750
Undergraduate credit: $940
Graduate credit: $1450
Credits: 2

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: CELT E-10a or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25919/2021

CGRK E-1A
Beginning Ancient Greek

Keating Patrick Joseph McKeon, PhD

Visiting Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16467

Description
This course offers an introduction to the language of ancient Greece—one of the most profound, prolific, and controversial civilizations in the history of humanity. We study the Attic dialect of Greek: this is the form of the language used during the peak of the fifth-century BCE Athenian democracy, which appears in the writings and speeches of such famous cultural figures as the philosopher Plato, the orator Demosthenes, and the historian Thucydides. In this course, we begin to build the fundamental skills necessary to eventually read continuous ancient Greek texts by these authors, and many others, with the aid of a dictionary. To this end the course focuses on building a vocabulary base; mastering morphology and syntax; and introducing students to the rich and expansive cultural life of ancient Greece. Students gain access to some of the most original, thought-provoking, and erudite writers of all time, who happen also to be the bedrock of the Western canon. Ancient Greek is especially helpful to students of literature, history, linguistics, philosophy, theology, and medicine, and is essential for anyone seeking to better understand the outsize influence of ancient Greece on societies ranging from ancient Rome to our own.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $750
Undergraduate credit: $940
Credits: 2

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16467/2020

CGRK E-1B
Beginning Ancient Greek

Keating Patrick Joseph McKeon, PhD

Visiting Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26032

Description
This course is a continuation of CGRK E-1A. Students further develop their vocabulary base; continue to build their knowledge of grammar and syntax; improve their reading abilities; and better familiarize themselves with the ancient Greek world. Readings include adapted versions of several works by the comic playwright Aristophanes.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $750
Undergraduate credit: $940
Credits: 2

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: CGRK E-1A, or equivalent previous instruction in ancient Greek.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26032/2021

CGRK E-31
Homer’s Odyssey

Jeremy Rau, PhD

Professor of Linguistics and of the Classics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26071

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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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-26071/2021

CGRK E-36
Archaic Greek Lyric Poetry

Jeremy Rau, PhD

Professor of Linguistics and of the Classics, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16346

Description
This course is an introduction to Archaic Greek lyric poetry, with readings from all major Archaic Greek lyric poets, from Archilochus to Pindar. Topics include the various genres, meters, performance contexts, and dialects of Archaic lyric.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16346/2020

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 2020 | CRN 11918

Description
This course 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. This course includes a laboratory. Students should not register for CHEM E-1axl.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 6-9 pm

Required sections and laboratories to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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-11918/2020

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 2020 | CRN 14578

Description
This course 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-1axl for the lab course.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1410
Credits: 3

Notes: Students must be available to take three two-hour examinations and a three-hour final examination, all administered online at 6 pm US Eastern Standard time. See syllabus for specific exam dates and details.

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 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14578/2020

CHEM E-1AXL
General Chemistry I (Lab)

Justin McCarty, MM

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

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14587

Description
This laboratory class is only open to students who are concurrently enrolled in 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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 10:15 am-12:30 pm

Labs meet roughly every other Saturday 10 am-12:30 pm. Specific schedule to be announced.Start Date: Sep. 5, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $470
Credits: 1

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14587/2020

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 2021 | CRN 20020

Description
This course 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. This course includes a laboratory. Students should not register for CHEM E-1bxl.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 6-9 pm

Required sections and laboratories to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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 instructors 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-20020/2021

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 2021 | CRN 24285

Description
This course 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

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1410
Credits: 3

Notes: Students must be available to take three two-hour examinations and a three-hour final examination, all administered online at 6 pm US Eastern Standard time. See syllabus for specific exam dates and details.

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 instructors with a detailed syllabus and grade report from their previous general chemistry course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24285/2021

CHEM E-1BXL
General Chemistry II (Lab)

Justin McCarty, MM

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

Spring Term 2021 | 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 a laboratory situation. Prior to each lab, students read the lab experiment and complete a pre-laboratory report.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 10:15 am-12:30 pm

Labs meet roughly every other Saturday 10 am-12:30 pm. Specific schedule to be announced.Start Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $470
Credits: 1

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24307/2021

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 2020 | 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-17LAB.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 6-9 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1410
Credits: 3

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture. Students are required to take three midterm examinations and a three-hour final examination, administered online, at 6 pm US Eastern Standard time on specific Thursdays. See syllabus for exam dates and details.

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-15393/2020

CHEM E-17LAB
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16161 | Section 3

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm
Start Date: Sep. 5, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $470
Credits: 1

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent). Prospective students who do not plan to concurrently enroll in CHEM E-17 should contact the course instructor to ensure that the necessary prerequisites are met.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 56 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16161/2020

CHEM E-17LAB
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16162 | Section 1

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 6-10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $470
Credits: 1

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent). Prospective students who do not plan to concurrently enroll in CHEM E-17 should contact the course instructor to ensure that the necessary prerequisites are met.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 56 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16162/2020

CHEM E-17LAB
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16163 | Section 2

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 1:30-5:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $470
Credits: 1

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent (prior or concurrent). Prospective students who do not plan to concurrently enroll in CHEM E-17 should contact the course instructor to ensure that the necessary prerequisites are met.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 56 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16163/2020

CHEM E-27
Organic Chemistry of Life

Sirinya Matchacheep, PhD

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

Spring Term 2021 | 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-27LAB.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1410
Credits: 3

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture. Students are required to take three midterm examinations and a final examination, administered online, at 6 pm US Eastern time on specific Thursdays. See syllabus for exam dates and details.

Prerequisites: CHEM E-17 or equivalent preparation in organic chemistry. Basic knowledge of biology can be helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25022/2021

CHEM E-27LAB
Organic Chemistry of Life: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25722 | Section 3

Description
This hands-on experimental laboratory course is intended to complement CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the concepts learned in lecture—such as chirality, enzyme catalysis, and pharmacology—are expanded upon in the laboratory. Emphasis is placed on biomimetic synthesis, the chemistry of living systems, and biologically and environmentally friendly techniques.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm
Start Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $470
Credits: 1

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must have taken one semester of organic chemistry lecture and one semester of organic chemistry laboratory. CHEM E-17LAB is recommended. If organic chemistry laboratory was taken at a different institution, students should contact the instructor to ensure that the necessary prerequisites are met. CHEM E-27 is recommended as a co-requisite.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25722/2021

CHEM E-27LAB
Organic Chemistry of Life: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25723 | Section 1

Description
This hands-on experimental laboratory course is intended to complement CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the concepts learned in lecture—such as chirality, enzyme catalysis, and pharmacology—are expanded upon in the laboratory. Emphasis is placed on biomimetic synthesis, the chemistry of living systems, and biologically and environmentally friendly techniques.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 6-10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $470
Credits: 1

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must have taken one semester of organic chemistry lecture and one semester of organic chemistry laboratory. CHEM E-17LAB is recommended. If organic chemistry laboratory was taken at a different institution, students should contact the instructor to ensure that the necessary prerequisites are met. CHEM E-27 is recommended as a co-requisite.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25723/2021

CHEM E-27LAB
Organic Chemistry of Life: Laboratory

David W. Rose, BA

Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25724 | Section 2

Description
This hands-on experimental laboratory course is intended to complement CHEM E-27. Practical applications of the concepts learned in lecture—such as chirality, enzyme catalysis, and pharmacology—are expanded upon in the laboratory. Emphasis is placed on biomimetic synthesis, the chemistry of living systems, and biologically and environmentally friendly techniques.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 1:30-5:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $470
Credits: 1

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must have taken one semester of organic chemistry lecture and one semester of organic chemistry laboratory. CHEM E-17LAB is recommended. If organic chemistry laboratory was taken at a different institution, students should contact the instructor to ensure that the necessary prerequisites are met. CHEM E-27 is recommended as a co-requisite.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25724/2021

CHEM E-100
Organic Chemistry of Drug Synthesis and Action

Craig Masse, PhD

Vice President of Discovery Research, Ajax Therapeutics

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14210/2020

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 South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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 contents are divided into 24 Hours, a term referring to the number of hour-long class meetings in an 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 600-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

Required online sections Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 pm.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. The recorded lectures are from the HarvardX course The Ancient Greek Hero.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24099/2021

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 South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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 contents are divided into 24 Hours, a term referring to the number of hour-long class meetings in an 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 600-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

Required online sections Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 pm.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. The recorded lectures are from the HarvardX course The Ancient Greek Hero.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13404/2020

CREA E-23
Fiction Workshop: Story Origins

Gregory A. Harris, MFA

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14251/2020

CREA E-24
Story Development

Shelley Evans, MFA

Screenwriter

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24510/2021

CREA E-25
Introduction to Fiction Writing

William J. Holinger, MA

Director, Secondary School Program, Harvard Summer School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 23177

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
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23177/2021

CREA E-45
Beginning Screenwriting

Susan Steinberg, PhD

Filmmaker, Writer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 13975

Description
This is an intensive course that provides members 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, and to give scripts a written script structure and an act one of which they feel proud and can use to advance their work. Students are welcome to write an entire script, should they wish to—and some have. During the semester, students produce a completed treatment, script outline, and first act of a feature length screenplay. Those who wish to use the course to write an entire screenplay or to rewrite a screenplay may pursue these goals, but must notify the instructor and arrange a writing schedule. Students need not enter with a script concept. Ideas are developed in class. Each person is encouraged to develop a creative approach and method appropriate to his or her working style. Alternative narrative styles and methods are presented in class.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13975/2020

CREA E-90
Fundamentals of Fiction

Christopher S. Mooney, MA

Author

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26063

Description
This intensive, immersive course is designed for graduate-credit students with strong writing skills and an interest in becoming fiction writers but little formal experience, students who would like to develop a solid foundation in story and scene structure before embarking on an advanced fiction writing course. The first part of the course focuses on a close analysis of plot and structure in several short stories and novels. Students then apply these techniques and methods to generate and shape their own ideas, build a solid narrative foundation, and use scene structure to craft a dramatic story. Using Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, students explore and learn the fundamentals of character, dialogue, showing versus telling, and point of view.  By the end of the course, students complete a short story or the first chapter of a novel (about 15 to 20 pages of fiction), which is workshopped in class.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26063/2021

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

Lindsay Mitchell, MFA

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning or intermediate fiction writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14607/2020

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

William Weitzel, PhD

Lecturer on Expository Writing, New York University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 22613 | 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, 11 am-1 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning or intermediate fiction writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-22613/2021

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

Christopher S. Mooney, MA

Author

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16221 | 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, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning or intermediate fiction writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16221/2020

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

William Weitzel, PhD

Lecturer on Expository Writing, New York University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15460 | 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
Mondays, 11 am-1 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning or intermediate fiction writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15460/2020

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

William Weitzel, PhD

Lecturer on Expository Writing, New York University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16486 | Section 4

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
Tuesdays, 11 am-1 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning or intermediate fiction writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16486/2020

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

Shubha Sunder, MFA

Instructor, GrubStreet

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25810 | Section 2

Description
In this course, students write and revise two short stories over the course of the semester. Class time is divided between workshop and discussion of literature. We look closely at various ways writers have, over the centuries, tackled the short story form. Writers whose work we read include V. S. Naipaul, Alice Munro, Leo Tolstoy, Edward P. Jones, Yiyun Li, James Baldwin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ha Jin, and Donald Barthelme. We discuss those elements of craft, such as dialogue, scene, and narrative, that demand particular mastery in a short story, where the writer has limited space to execute, in the words of Flannery O’Connor, “a complete dramatic action.” And we talk about what it means to write a short story today as an engaged literary citizen. 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, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning or intermediate fiction writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25810/2021

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

Lindsay Mitchell, MFA

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning or intermediate fiction writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24317/2021

CREA E-101R
Writing a Nonfiction Book

Deirdre Alanna Mask, JD

Writer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16479 | Section 2

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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: At least one creative writing class; preferably beginning or advanced narrative (or creative) nonfiction.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16479/2020

CREA E-101R
Writing a Nonfiction Book

Christina Thompson, PhD

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

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16305 | Section 1

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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: At least one creative writing class; preferably beginning or advanced narrative (or creative) nonfiction.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16305/2020

CREA E-101R
Writing a Nonfiction Book

Christina Thompson, PhD

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

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: At least one creative writing class; preferably beginning or advanced narrative (or creative) nonfiction.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25084/2021

CREA E-105R
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Novel

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, PhD

Writer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16475 | Section 2

Description
This is an advanced fiction-writing course. Class meetings run mainly as workshops: students respond to one another’s novel excerpts. We also discuss process, as well as elements of fiction that relate to the novel.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students should have successfully completed other fiction-writing courses and begun writing a novel when the semester begins.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16475/2020

CREA E-105R
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Novel

William J. Holinger, MA

Director, Secondary School Program, Harvard Summer School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14016 | Section 1

Description
This is an advanced fiction-writing course. Class meetings run mainly as workshops: students respond to one another’s novel excerpts. We also discuss process, as well as elements of fiction that relate to the novel.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students should have successfully completed other fiction-writing courses and begun writing a novel when the semester begins.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14016/2020

CREA E-107
Advanced Fiction: Writing Historical Fiction

Rachel Kadish, MA

MFA Creative Writing Faculty, Lesley University

January session | CRN 25999

Description
This is an intensive writing workshop for creative writing students interested in exploring the possibilities of historical fiction. Students write and revise original historical fiction, and discuss published works by authors including Toni Morrison, Geraldine Brooks, Jaroslav Hasek, Min Jin Lee, Colson Whitehead, Alice Munro, and Italo Calvino. In addition to considering fundamental craft elements such as character and plot, students design an approach to researching their chosen historical period. Through brief assignments and class discussions, they engage with issues such as the ethics of historical accuracy, the rendering of period dialogue, and the challenges of working with worldviews different from their own.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 11 am-3 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due Monday, February 8.

Prerequisites: A beginning-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should come to the first class prepared with a one-paragraph description of a historical time period they would like to explore in fiction.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25999/2021

CREA E-114
Advanced Fiction: Writing Suspense Fiction

Christopher S. Mooney, MA

Author

Spring Term 2021 | 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
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24772/2021

CREA E-118R
Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Deirdre Alanna Mask, JD

Writer

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26118

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, Jia Tolentino, David Foster Wallace, Virginia Woolf, Malcolm Gladwell, and Joan Didion.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26118/2021

CREA E-118R
Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Kurt Pitzer, MFA

Author

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16366

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
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16366/2020

CREA E-120R
Advanced Screenwriting

Bryan Delaney, MA

Playwright and Screenwriter

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 23827 | Section 1

Description
The course covers the most important aspects of the art and craft of writing for the screen. Topics covered include techniques for generating ideas, the drafting process, classical screenplay structure, conflict, characterization, dialogue, how to write visually, how to analyze your own work as a screenwriter, dealing with notes and feedback, scene structure, and rewriting. We also discuss elements of the business side of screenwriting, such as selling a script and working with agents, managers, producers, directors, and casting agents. Each student undertakes to write the first half of a feature-length screenplay (approximately 60 pages) by the end of the term. We focus more on what might be called the classical principles of screenwriting than on the more avant-garde approaches to the art. We study and discuss films from a range of genres—political thriller, western, romantic comedy, indie features, and Hollywood classics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students should come to class with an idea for a feature-length screenplay that they would like to write.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23827/2021

CREA E-120R
Advanced Screenwriting

Wayne Wilson, MFA

Screenwriter

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26094 | Section 2

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
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26094/2021

CREA E-121
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel

Mary Sullivan Walsh, BA

Author and Freelance Editor

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16474 | Section 2

Description
This is an intensive workshop for writers interested in developing a middle grade or young adult novel. During each class meeting, we workshop chapters of students’ novels-in-progress, focusing on elements of craft (character, point of view, dialogue, and plot). In addition, by reading and analyzing sections of work by such exemplary novelists as Sherman Alexie, Angie Thomas, Lois Lowry, and Kwame Alexander, students learn to read like writers and to develop their own voices. Students are expected to have completed approximately 40 polished pages and a working synopsis of their novel by the end of the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 11 am-1 pm
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A ten-page writing sample to be submitted to mlswalsh@gmail.com before classes begin.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16474/2020

CREA E-121
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel

Mary Sullivan Walsh, BA

Author and Freelance Editor

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25946 | Section 1

Description
This is an intensive workshop for writers interested in developing a middle grade or young adult novel. During each class meeting, we workshop chapters of students’ novels-in-progress, focusing on elements of craft (character, point of view, dialogue, and plot). In addition, by reading and analyzing sections of work by such exemplary novelists as Sherman Alexie, Angie Thomas, Lois Lowry, and Kwame Alexander, students learn to read like writers and to develop their own voices. Students are expected to have completed approximately 40 polished pages and a working synopsis of their novel by the end of the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A ten-page writing sample to be submitted to mlswalsh@gmail.com before classes begin.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25946/2021

CREA E-121
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel

Mary Sullivan Walsh, BA

Author and Freelance Editor

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15776 | Section 1

Description
This is an intensive workshop for writers interested in developing a middle grade or young adult novel. During each class meeting, we workshop chapters of students’ novels-in-progress, focusing on elements of craft (character, point of view, dialogue, and plot). In addition, by reading and analyzing sections of work by such exemplary novelists as Sherman Alexie, Angie Thomas, Lois Lowry, and Kwame Alexander, students learn to read like writers and to develop their own voices. Students are expected to have completed approximately 40 polished pages and a working synopsis of their novel by the end of the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A ten-page writing sample to be submitted to mlswalsh@gmail.com before classes begin.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15776/2020

CREA E-121
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Middle Grade and Young Adult Novel

Mary Sullivan Walsh, BA

Author and Freelance Editor

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26106 | Section 2

Description
This is an intensive workshop for writers interested in developing a middle grade or young adult novel. During each class meeting, we workshop chapters of students’ novels-in-progress, focusing on elements of craft (character, point of view, dialogue, and plot). In addition, by reading and analyzing sections of work by such exemplary novelists as Sherman Alexie, Angie Thomas, Lois Lowry, and Kwame Alexander, students learn to read like writers and to develop their own voices. Students are expected to have completed approximately 40 polished pages and a working synopsis of their novel by the end of the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 11 am-1 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A ten-page writing sample to be submitted to mlswalsh@gmail.com before classes begin.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26106/2021

CREA E-122
Advanced Fiction: Writing Fairy Tales

Katie Beth Kohn, MA

Doctoral Candidate, Visual and Environment Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25809

Description
Fairy tales have inspired authors for centuries and we are still very much under their spell. In the first part of this course, we study fairy tales both classic and contemporary, including works by Helen Oyeyemi, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and Kelly Link. In the second part, students workshop their own original prose fiction fairy tale, which may be a piece of short-form fiction or an excerpt from a longer work in progress. Throughout, we explore how fairy tales have encouraged authors to develop their own style and voice even as they seem to speak in a language all their own.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25809/2021

CREA E-122
Advanced Fiction: Writing Fairy Tales

Katie Beth Kohn, MA

Doctoral Candidate, Visual and Environment Studies, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16365

Description
Fairy tales have inspired authors for centuries and we are still very much under their spell. In the first part of this course, we study fairy tales both classic and contemporary, including works by Helen Oyeyemi, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and Kelly Link. In the second part, students workshop their own original prose fiction fairy tale, which may be a piece of short-form fiction or an excerpt from a longer work in progress. Throughout, we explore how fairy tales have encouraged authors to develop their own style and voice even as they seem to speak in a language all their own.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16365/2020

CREA E-123
Advanced Fiction: Writing Environmental Fiction

William Weitzel, PhD

Lecturer on Expository Writing, New York University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25951

Description
This is an intensive course for advanced fiction writers who are passionate about the environment and interested in writing fiction about nature during a period of accelerating extinctions, habitat loss and fragmentation, and climate change. Together, we navigate the challenges of portraying other species with compassion and deep care; of balancing advocacy with narrative arc, pacing, and scene structure; and of seeing non-human agency and wilderness as opening up pathways into character and setting. We look closely at such threatened biomes as rainforest, desert, and ocean, and read work by authors who integrate nature into their writing in distinct ways, including Louise Erdrich, Eduardo Kohn, Terry Tempest Williams, Joy Williams, and Ann Pancake. Students are expected to produce two new short stories and to revise one of them for submission at the end of the term.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 11 am-1 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning or intermediate fiction writing course or permission of the instructor. Students should bring a 10-page sample of their work to the first class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25951/2021

CREA E-124
Writing for TV

Bryan Delaney, MA

Playwright and Screenwriter

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16367

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:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students should come to class with an idea for a TV series that they would like to write (drama or comedy).

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16367/2020

CREA E-125R
Advanced Playwriting

Joyce Van Dyke, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16423

Description
Students write and revise scenes, a 10-minute play, and a one-act play. Professional actors give a staged reading of students’ revised 10-minute plays later in the term. Class time is spent reading their work aloud, exploring a wide range of playwriting techniques and challenges, and discussing the assigned readings, which include modern classics and plays by contemporary professional playwrights.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: College level playwriting course or equivalent theater experience or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16423/2020

CREA E-126
Writing Horror

Katie Beth Kohn, MA

Doctoral Candidate, Visual and Environment Studies, Harvard University

January session | CRN 26043

Description
How do authors achieve the spine-tingling, bone-chilling, nightmare-inducing effects of great horror fiction? In addition to studying works of classic and contemporary horror, students in this course complete two works of short fiction before workshopping and presenting a final work. Throughout, we consider the diversity of the genre, from the gothic romanticism of Bram Stoker and Nathaniel Hawthorne to the paranoiac parables of Shirley Jackson and Ira Levin as well as the blockbuster works of Stephen King. We also pay considerable attention to emerging voices in the genre, studying selected works from Tananarive Due, Paul Tremblay, Carmen Maria Machado, Otessa Moshfegh, Emily Carroll, and Iain Reed. For final works, students are invited to workshop standalone works of short form fiction or selections from larger projects (novels, anthologies, scripts) provided these works are developed and drafted during the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due Monday, February 8.

Prerequisites: A beginning-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26043/2021

CREA E-127
Advanced TV Writing: The One-Hour Drama Pilot and Serialized Storytelling

Maria Bell, BA

President, Vitameatavegamin Productions

Marla Kanelos

Freelance Writer

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25400

Description
How do you keep viewers on the edge of their seats with serialized storytelling? This is the question we answer in this advanced course in television writing. This course explores the process of creating a one-hour drama from idea to pilot script and pitch document. We read scripts for—and watch—successful one-hour pilots and consider a range of topics including miniseries format versus traditional series, fact-based drama series versus fictional characters, storytelling for network versus cable and streaming, and plot- versus character-driven stories. We create a virtual writers’ room where we develop students’ ideas into series outlines and the script for a pilot, a calling card for any job in television.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 16 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25400/2021

CREA E-128
Advanced Memoir: Mythic Structures

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, PhD

Writer

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26042

Description
Both myth and memoir share a structure: somebody goes into the woods and comes out wiser about the ways of the world, emerging with an elixir (real or symbolic) to bring healing and hope. In sharing a memoir with readers, we share our lessons, the morals of our stories, the keys to our versions of happily ever after. Yet memoir writers often get stuck choosing which stories (from all of the stories we have lived) to include. In this course, we study myths and fairy tales, and write memoirs. We read short memoirs by writers who use these imaginary stories as a framework to examine their own lives, including bell hooks, Linda Grey Sexton, Alexander Chee, Michael Mejia, and others. Students borrow structure from the great pool of myth and fairy tale lore and then fill in their stories with the particulars of their human-sized lives. Using mythic structure to help shape ordinary life events helps writers to combine universal themes with their own true voice—a way to write our lives and make it matter. Students must craft new material for this course or develop new material for an existing project, such as a chapter in a longer memoir.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26042/2021

CREA E-133
Advanced TV Writing: The Half-Hour Comedy

Bill Daly, BS

Writer and Producer

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26128

Description
In this intensive writing workshop, students read scripts, watch pilot episodes, and discuss a wide range of successful television comedies, analyzing style, substance, and cultural impact, from Will and Grace and The Golden Girls to some of today’s hit shows, such as Young Sheldon, Grownish, and Bob’s Burgers. Students develop their own show ideas—from log line to outline to completed draft of a pilot script—while providing constructive feedback on the work of other students in class.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26128/2021

CREA E-151
Advanced Creative Nonfiction: The Narrative Voice

Kurt Pitzer, MFA

Author

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25947

Description
A strong narrative voice is essential to all compelling creative writing. This workshop, which focuses sharply on point of view, is for memoirists, essayists, and writers of creative nonfiction who wish to develop their own distinct narrative voices. Students are encouraged to experiment with narrative styles outside of their custom, and to use humor, digression, and other techniques to hook readers and editors. As we review each other’s work, we discuss how the selection of detail is an expression of the narrator’s psychology. What’s driving the telling of the story? What are the hidden narrative motivations that are keys to its theme? We draw inspiration from creative nonfiction masters such as Lia Purpura, Katherine Boo, Charles D’Ambrosio, Brent Staples, and Joan Didion.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25947/2021

CREA E-152
Advanced Fiction: Fact to Fiction

David Justin Freed, ALM

Special Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25948

Description
From exercising a keen eye for detail to crafting clean, succinct prose, the skills required of a professional journalist can prove invaluable in writing fiction. This highly participatory course explores how learning to think like a news reporter, doggedly pursuing facts and truth, can help achieve authenticity and credibility when constructing creative short stories. Students write and hone their own short stories while studying the work of journalists whose news careers provided the foundation necessary to produce memorable, critically acclaimed fiction.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25948/2021

CREA E-152
Advanced Fiction: Fact to Fiction

David Justin Freed, ALM

Special Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communication, Colorado State University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16306

Description
From exercising a keen eye for detail to crafting clean, succinct prose, the skills required of a professional journalist can prove invaluable in writing fiction. This highly participatory course explores how learning to think like a news reporter, doggedly pursuing facts and truth, can help achieve authenticity and credibility when constructing creative short stories. Students write and hone their own short stories while studying the work of journalists whose news careers provided the foundation necessary to produce memorable, critically acclaimed fiction.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16306/2020

CREA E-153
Advanced Nonfiction: Writing Biography

Maggie Doherty, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25958

Description
The biography is one of the most popular and enduring genres of nonfiction writing. This course teaches students the skills needed to bring people to life through biographical writing. Students read excerpts from different types of biography—scholarly, popular, and experimental—as well as read about the process of writing biography. Students practice interviewing, learn about accessing archival resources, and work on aspects of prose and style that bring characters to life. Students work to complete one chapter of a biography in progress. By the end of the course, students have the skills to enhance all their nonfiction writing projects, making them more marketable to editors and agents and more engaging to readers.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25958/2021

CREA E-156
The Art of the Pitch

Catherine Eaton, MFA

Director and Writer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16176

Description
You have an idea, or you’ve created a brilliant piece of work: a novel, a screenplay, a concept for a TV series—maybe even a scripted nonfiction podcast. Now what? How do you convince others to jump on board to buy or create or collaborate or publish or produce your story? How do you move it out of your desk drawer or hard drive or imagination, and into the world? In this course, we break down the making of a pitch into its core elements—generating the idea, developing the story, and stress-testing the material—as we practice strategies for producing pitch materials and for pitching your project, in the room, to a live audience. Students write and revise three treatments: one for an established work, one for a work they’ve created, and one for an idea they have yet to develop. Students build one look book and one pitch deck and do three live pitches. Students develop an insider’s perspective on industry practices and etiquette, essential knowledge for anyone interested in the business of creation.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: An advanced creative writing course or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16176/2020

CREA E-156
The Art of the Pitch

Catherine Eaton, MFA

Director and Writer

January session | CRN 25949

Description
You have an idea, or you’ve created a brilliant piece of work: a novel, a screenplay, a concept for a TV series—maybe even a scripted nonfiction podcast. Now what? How do you convince others to jump on board to buy or create or collaborate or publish or produce your story? How do you move it out of your desk drawer or hard drive or imagination, and into the world? In this course, we break down the making of a pitch into its core elements—generating the idea, developing the story, and stress-testing the material—as we practice strategies for producing pitch materials and for pitching your project, in the room, to a live audience. Students write and revise three treatments: one for an established work, one for a work they’ve created, and one for an idea they have yet to develop. Students build one look book and one pitch deck and do three live pitches. Students develop an insider’s perspective on industry practices and etiquette, essential knowledge for anyone interested in the business of creation.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 10 am-1 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due Monday, February 8.

Prerequisites: An advanced creative writing course or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25949/2021

CREA E-156
The Art of the Pitch

Catherine Eaton, MFA

Director and Writer

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25774

Description
You have an idea, or you’ve created a brilliant piece of work: a novel, a screenplay, a concept for a TV series—maybe even a scripted nonfiction podcast. Now what? How do you convince others to jump on board to buy or create or collaborate or publish or produce your story? How do you move it out of your desk drawer or hard drive or imagination, and into the world? In this course, we break down the making of a pitch into its core elements—generating the idea, developing the story, and stress-testing the material—as we practice strategies for producing pitch materials and for pitching your project, in the room, to a live audience. Students write and revise three treatments: one for an established work, one for a work they’ve created, and one for an idea they have yet to develop. Students build one look book and one pitch deck and do three live pitches. Students develop an insider’s perspective on industry practices and etiquette, essential knowledge for anyone interested in the business of creation.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: An advanced creative writing course or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25774/2021

CREA E-158
Advanced Poetry Writing: Mastering the Craft

Collier Brown, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25982

Description
Good poets pay attention to words. Great poets attend to sounds. How do you create levity, melancholy, suspense—just by working with vowels, consonants, and syllable stress? In this poetry workshop, we survey an array of poetic forms, from the ancient hemstitch of Beowulf to the recent sonnet cycles of John Murillo. We study meter, caesurae, line breaks, and all those subtle, but intentional, moves that enhance a poem’s affect and meaning. To immerse ourselves in the craft, we spend the first two or three weeks reading and discussing assigned poems, both historical and modern. For the remainder of the semester, we workshop one another’s poems. Workshops are done anonymously. Names are removed from the poems submitted in order to maintain focus on the poem itself rather than the poet. This course encourages poets to share in, and build upon, the rich history of their craft. It is also open to creative writers who, working outside of poetry, want to enhance their prose at the level of sound. We are in it, as Gerard Manley Hopkins put it, for “the achieve of, the mastery of the thing.”

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A beginning-level creative writing course or permission of the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25982/2021

CREA E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Creative Writing and Literature Tutorial

Collier Brown, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25942

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong thesis proposal. During the semester, they map critical issues of project design such as scope, background, methodology, and expected outcomes. Students should not register for the tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. Students are expected to begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing the tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $0
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. It is structured one-on-one advising with the instructor along with opportunities for interaction with other proposal writers. Students participate in an initial meeting with their instructor by phone or by video conference. Then, weekly work begins on the production of the various portions of the proposal document. As these materials are submitted, the instructor provides feedback to each student. The goal is to have a full draft of the proposal by the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, creative writing and literature. They must have completed eight courses toward the degree and be in good academic standing. Their prework, due between September 1 and November 1, must be approved before they are allowed to register for the tutorial. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis for details. Candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track register for graduate credit; those in the ten-course thesis track register for noncredit.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25942/2021

CREA E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Creative Writing and Literature Tutorial

Talaya Adrienne Delaney, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Collier Brown, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16360

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong thesis proposal. During the semester, they map critical issues of project design such as scope, background, methodology, and expected outcomes. Students should not register for the tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. Students are expected to begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing the tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $0
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. It is structured one-on-one advising with the instructor along with opportunities for interaction with other proposal writers. Students participate in an initial meeting with their instructor by phone or by video conference. Then, weekly work begins on the production of the various portions of the proposal document. As these materials are submitted, the instructor provides feedback to each student. The goal is to have a full draft of the proposal by the end of the semester.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, creative writing and literature. They must have completed eight courses toward the degree and be in good academic standing. Their prework, due between April1 and June 1, must be approved before they are allowed to register for the tutorial. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis for details. Candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track register for graduate credit; those in the ten-course thesis track register for noncredit.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16360/2020

CSCI E-1A
Understanding Technology

David J. Malan, PhD

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

Fall Term 2020 | 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

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is also available for noncredit as OpenCourseWare at cs50.edx.org/technology.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15513/2020

CSCI E-1B
Computer Science for Business Professionals

David J. Malan, PhD

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

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25393

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 they are 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

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is also available for noncredit as OpenCourseWare at cs50.edx.org/business.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25393/2021

CSCI E-3
Introduction to Web Programming Using JavaScript

Laurence P. Bouthillier, MS

Executive Director, University of British Columbia Extended Learning

Fall Term 2020 | 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, VueJS, 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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15118/2020

CSCI E-5A
Programming in R

Theodore Hatch Whitfield, ScD

Principal and Statistical Consultant, Biostatistics Solutions

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26057

Description
This course is an introduction to the R programming language, one of the most popular languages for modern data science. Intended for students with no previous coding experience, this course covers fundamental concepts such as variables, functions, flow of control, data structures, and data management. Special attention is focused on practical skills such as working with missing data, finding and repairing corrupted values, and summarizing variables. Visualization techniques are emphasized throughout the course, and students develop a repertoire of graphical tools such as histograms, scatterplots, line charts, bar plots, and stripcharts. Assignments are developed in the popular R notebook format, allowing for integration of code, output, and graphics, with an emphasis on robust and reproducible analysis.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Strong command of high-school precalculus mathematics. No prior programming experience is expected.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26057/2021

CSCI E-7
Introduction to Programming with Python

Jeff Parker, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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. Graduate-credit students implement a final project of their own design.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2018 and 2019 courses.

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 110 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15376/2020

CSCI E-7
Introduction to Computer Science with Python

Henry H. Leitner, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25531

Description
This course is an introduction to computer science for students without prior programming experience. We explore problem-solving methods and algorithm development using the high-level programming languages Python and Scratch. Python is a language with a simple syntax, and a powerful set of libraries. While it is easy for beginners to learn, it is widely used in many scientific areas for data exploration. 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. We also examine theoretical and practical limitations related to unsolvable and intractable computational problems. Graduate-credit students implement a final project of their own design.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 1. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25531/2021

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 2021 | CRN 25121

Description
Web GIS, the combination of the web and geographic information systems (GIS), is a promising field. It has extended the power of GIS from local servers to the cloud, 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 knowledge needed for managing web GIS projects, teach students the latest geospatial cloud technologies needed for building modern web GIS applications, and inspire students with real world case studies. This course focuses on Esri’s geospatial cloud, the most widely used GIS platform in government and business information systems. Technologies taught in this course include cloud GIS (ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise), browser-based web apps (ArcGIS web app templates, Story Maps, Web AppBuilder, Experience Builder, and Operations Dashboard), mobile GIS apps (Collector, Survey123, QuickCapture, Explorer, Workforce, and Tracker), 3D web scenes, imagery services, and spatial analysis. Internet of things, big data analysis, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and machine learning are also discussed in the context of web GIS. Access to Harvard ArcGIS Online and other ArcGIS software is provided.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Basic experience with online maps or mobile maps.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25121/2021

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

Henry H. Leitner, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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 may not count all three toward a degree.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14289/2020

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

Henry H. Leitner, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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 may not count all three toward a degree.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
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-24027/2021

CSCI E-11
The Frontiers of Computer Science: Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity

Brian Subirana, PhD

Director, Auto-ID Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15525

Description
In this course, we review use cases and challenges of three interrelated areas in artificial intelligence: big data, the internet of things (IoT), 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 focused on research conducted by leading Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) experts in their fields. Students will gain an understanding of what is possible and what not today, as well as what are MIT researchers trying to make possible in the near future. The first part surveys state-of-the-art topics in big data: data collection (smartphones, sensors, and the web), data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, and Spark), extracting structured data from unstructured data, systems issues (exploiting multicore processors and security), analytics (machine learning, data compression, and efficient algorithms), visualization, and a range of applications. In this part students learn to distinguish big data (volume, velocity, and 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 and pitfalls of NoSQL systems 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 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 into 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 ground-breaking research on topics that are presented ranging from radio frequency identification (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, and system verification); algorithmic solutions (public key cryptography, multi-party computation, secret sharing, distributing trust, and computing on encrypted data); public policy issues in cybersecurity; and case studies (BitLocker, web security, and mobile phone security).

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15525/2020

CSCI E-11
The Frontiers of Computer Science: Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Cybersecurity

Brian Subirana, PhD

Director, Auto-ID Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26067

Description
In this course, we review use cases and challenges of three interrelated areas in artificial intelligence: big data, the internet of things (IoT), 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 focused on research conducted by leading Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) experts in their fields. Students will gain an understanding of what is possible and what not today, as well as what are MIT researchers trying to make possible in the near future. The first part surveys state-of-the-art topics in big data: data collection (smartphones, sensors, and the web), data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, and Spark), extracting structured data from unstructured data, systems issues (exploiting multicore processors and security), analytics (machine learning, data compression, and efficient algorithms), visualization, and a range of applications. In this part students learn to distinguish big data (volume, velocity, and 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 and pitfalls of NoSQL systems 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 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 into 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 ground-breaking research on topics that are presented ranging from radio frequency identification (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, and system verification); algorithmic solutions (public key cryptography, multi-party computation, secret sharing, distributing trust, and computing on encrypted data); public policy issues in cybersecurity; and case studies (BitLocker, web security, and mobile phone security).

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26067/2021

CSCI E-12
Fundamentals of Website Development

David P. Heitmeyer, AM

Director of Academic Platforms and Development, Harvard University Information Technology

Spring Term 2021 | 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, 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, 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 (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21144/2021

CSCI E-12
Fundamentals of Website Development

David P. Heitmeyer, AM

Director of Academic Platforms and Development, Harvard University Information Technology

Fall Term 2020 | 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, 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, 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 (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15078/2020

CSCI E-14A
Building Interactive Web Applications for Data Analysis

Zona Kostic, PhD

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16444

Description
This course introduces students to essential aspects of data-driven web applications and covers techniques for creating custom solutions with the ML programming language. Python-based frameworks and visualization libraries are used to build fully functional project architectures for interactive exploratory data analysis. Students learn how to process data into a web application taking care of both front-end visual attractiveness and back-end functionality. Specifically, the course covers understanding the web and its components, working with supervised machine learning techniques and frameworks, designing of effective interactions and data visualizations, and working with relational and non-relational databases. Upon completion, project setups are deployed to the cloud infrastructure, leveraging the dynamic nature of data-intensive applications.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 3-5 pm, or on demand.

Required sections Tuesdays, 3-5 pm.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Python programming language, basic data science concepts, and experience with front-end development. Some experience with data visualization is useful, but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 48 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16444/2020

CSCI E-15
Web Server Frameworks with Laravel/PHP

Susan Buck, MPS

Web Programmer

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24574

Description
The needs of modern web applications vary greatly depending on the business/product the application is serving, but certain functionality is common to most applications. Such functionality includes registration/authentication, form processing and validation, routing, caching, database interfacing, and more. While this functionality can be built from scratch with any server-capable language (PHP, Python, Java), it is much more efficient to use a framework that provides this common functionality out of the box, allowing developers to focus on the specific business needs of their application. In this course, students learn about web application development using frameworks via the lens of the PHP-based framework Laravel. Along the way, we explore paradigms common to many web frameworks such as routing, controllers, models, views, and object-relational mapping. Over the course of the semester, we build stand-alone web applications and also look at how to build web services that can act as the backend to single-page applications built using tools such as Angular, React, Ember, or Vue.js.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: DGMD E-2 or equivalent foundation in programming. Students should also be comfortable with HTML/CSS and basic website publishing (CSCI E-12 or equivalent). For more information about the prerequisites, see http://hesweb.dev/e15/prereq.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 120 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24574/2021

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 2020 | CRN 16404

Description
In this course we review the traditional software testing techniques that are applicable to any software product, as well as learn techniques for behavior-driven development and 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 assignments. An option to apply behavior-driven development and testing techniques with Cucumber framework is available in assignments. Use of testing in continuous delivery/continuous integration software delivery approach is explored. 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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-10b, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16404/2020

CSCI E-20
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

Rebecca Nesson, PhD

Associate Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25177

Description
This course teaches all the math not taught in the traditional calculus/linear algebra sequence that is needed to take more advanced courses in theory of computation and/or algorithms. That is, it teaches discrete mathematics, logic, and basic probability, but does not teach calculus or linear algebra. It also gives a good introduction to reading mathematical notation and writing formal proofs. A principal objective of the course is to not just teach a set of mathematical topics, but also to prepare students to think mathematically and to read and write mathematics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections Tuesdays, 7:20-8:20 pm.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. 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. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Prerequisites: MATH E-10, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 81 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25177/2021

CSCI E-22
Data Structures

David G. Sullivan, PhD

Master Lecturer on Computer Science, Boston University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14309/2020

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

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16214

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 course’s end, students have programmed several of their own games and gained a thorough understanding of the basics of game design and development.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is also available for noncredit as OpenCourseWare at cs50.edx.org/games.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-7, CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-10b, CSCI E-50, CS50x, or prior programming experience in any language.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16214/2020

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

Bruce Molay, AB

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14294/2020

CSCI E-28
Unix/Linux Systems Programming

Bruce Molay, AB

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24040/2021

CSCI E-29
Advanced Python for Data Science

Scott Gorlin, PhD

Senior Director, Office of Data Science, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15872

Description
What lies beyond the Jupyter notebook? How can we elevate code from concept to production? What happens when scikit-learn isn’t enough? Will that last script die as a one-off or perform just as well for the next 10,000 inputs? The last decade has seen an amazing commoditization of cloud computing and scientific development tools that make it a truly glorious time to be a data scientist, yet the increasing ease-of-use can paradoxically hinder the development of more sophisticated tools if the scientist relies too heavily on magic and never opens the hood to explore how things really work. In this course, we explore the next level of fundamentals that make a difference for data science teams in real organizations using complex data. Key topics include formal collaboration techniques, testing, continuous integration and deployment, repeatable and intuitive workflows with directed graphs, recurring themes in practical algorithms, meta-programming and glue, performance optimization, and an emphasis on practical integration with tools in the broader data science ecosystem such as GitHub, Docker, Amazon Web Services, and Hadoop.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-7, CSCI E-50, or equivalent. Students should be operationally fluent in Python, including the use and design of functions and classes, and comfortable using standard numerical libraries such as NumPy, SciPy, and pandas. Additionally, familiarity with basic concepts in algorithm design (for example, time and memory complexity), machine learning (classification, regression, and clustering), and statistics is useful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 180 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15872/2020

CSCI E-29
Advanced Python for Data Science

Scott Gorlin, PhD

Senior Director, Office of Data Science, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25473

Description
What lies beyond the Jupyter notebook? How can we elevate code from concept to production? What happens when scikit-learn isn’t enough? Will that last script die as a one-off or perform just as well for the next 10,000 inputs? The last decade has seen an amazing commoditization of cloud computing and scientific development tools that make it a truly glorious time to be a data scientist, yet the increasing ease-of-use can paradoxically hinder the development of more sophisticated tools if the scientist relies too heavily on magic and never opens the hood to explore how things really work. In this course, we explore the next level of fundamentals that make a difference for data science teams in real organizations using complex data. Key topics include formal collaboration techniques, testing, continuous integration and deployment, repeatable and intuitive workflows with directed graphs, recurring themes in practical algorithms, meta-programming and glue, performance optimization, and an emphasis on practical integration with tools in the broader data science ecosystem such as GitHub, Docker, Amazon Web Services, and Hadoop.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-7, CSCI E-50, or equivalent. Students should be operationally fluent in Python, including the use and design of functions and classes, and comfortable using standard numerical libraries such as NumPy, SciPy, and pandas. Additionally, familiarity with basic concepts in algorithm design (for example, time and memory complexity), machine learning (classification, regression, and clustering), and statistics is useful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 180 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25473/2021

CSCI E-31
Web Application Development using Node.js

Laurence P. Bouthillier, MS

Executive Director, University of British Columbia Extended Learning

Spring Term 2021 | 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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
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-25038/2021

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, AB

Senior Preceptor, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16215

Description
This course examines the design and implementation of web applications with Python, JavaScript, and SQL using frameworks like Django, Flask, 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:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is also available for noncredit as OpenCourseWare at cs50.edx.org/web.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or prior programming experience in any language.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16215/2020

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, AB

Senior Preceptor, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25184

Description
This course examines the design and implementation of web applications with Python, JavaScript, and SQL using frameworks like Django, React, 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:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is also available for noncredit as OpenCourseWare at cs50.edx.org/web.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or prior programming experience in any language.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25184/2021

CSCI E-34
User Experience Engineering

David S. Platt, ME

President, Rolling Thunder Computing, Inc.

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14557/2020

CSCI E-39
Design Principles in React

Nicolas Javier Tejera Aguirre, ALM

Chief Technology Officer, Tolemi

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25069

Description
This course teaches students how to implement usable and understandable applications using ReactJS, including core concepts of design like typography, color theory, and visual hierarchy. The first weeks cover introduction to font families, color palettes, and design principles, and how to apply the right ones based on context. We then deep dive into ReactJS and build simple yet complete components, applying the acquired knowledge to produce user-friendly and proportionally designed objects. We finalize by building a small web-application leveraging existing component libraries and frameworks.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in Javascript, HTML, and CSS.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25069/2021

CSCI E-40
Communication Protocols and Internet Architectures

Leonard Evenchik, SM

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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, domain name system (DNS), multimedia protocols for voice and video, routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, and BGP), 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, network security and encryption, and the design and analysis of both private networks and the internet are presented. The course discusses new areas of work, including real-time voice and video on the internet, quality of service (QoS), gigabit wireless networks, internet of things (IoT), software-defined networks (SDN), and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections Tuesdays, 8-9 pm, or as arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Recorded lectures are from the 2019 course.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14296/2020

CSCI E-40
Communication Protocols and Internet Architectures

Leonard Evenchik, SM

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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, domain name system (DNS), multimedia protocols for voice and video, routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, and BGP), 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, network security and encryption, and the design and analysis of both private networks and the internet are presented. The course discusses new areas of work, including real-time voice and video on the internet, quality of service (QoS), gigabit wireless networks, internet of things (IoT), software-defined networks (SDN), and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections Tuesdays, 8-9 pm, or as arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Recorded lectures are from the 2019 course.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24033/2021

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

Derek Brink, MBA

Vice President and Research Fellow, Aberdeen Group

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24587

Description
In simple terms, risk is the likelihood of something bad taking place, and the resulting business impact if it does in fact occur. We often talk about the bad things that could happen—that is, the threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits, and the technologies that are used to defend against them—but these are not risks. Senior business leaders need their subject-matter experts in cyber security to advise them not about the technical details (the “what”), but about the risk (the “so what”), and about how an incremental investment in recommended security controls quantifiably reduces that risk. This course covers how to assess security risks, properly defined, how to use these risk assessments to make better-informed recommendations regarding what to do about them, and how to communicate these risks more effectively to business decision makers.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-45a, CSCI E-45b, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24587/2021

CSCI E-44
Cybersecurity Incident Response

Ric Messier, MS

Senior Information Security Consultant, FireEye Mandiant

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16462

Description
Data breaches are frequently in the news. One reason they show up in the news is that organizations are not prepared for incident response, wrongly believing incident response occurs after the bad guys have fully infiltrated their environment. Incident response done well is all in the preparation. This course takes an investigative approach to incident response done well through in-class discussions, getting perspectives from students who often have varying degrees of experience (even as outside observers). The course covers the entire range of incident response from preparation through investigation and recovery, with significant focus on preparation.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-45a or equivalent experience.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16462/2020

CSCI E-45A
The Cyber World: Hardware, Software, Networks, Security, and Management

Scott Bradner

Benoit Gaucherin, Maitrise

Senior Director of Information Technology, Campus Services, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14299/2020

CSCI E-45B
The Cyber World: Governance, Threats, Conflict, Privacy, Identity, and Commerce

Scott Bradner

Benoit Gaucherin, Maitrise

Senior Director of Information Technology, Campus Services, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24037/2021

CSCI E-46
Applied Network Security

David Mark LaPorte, MS

Senior Director of Network Strategy and Services, Harvard University Information Technology

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-45a and CSCI E-45b, or equivalent. Familiarity with Linux and Windows operating systems, and an understanding of IP networking.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24556/2021

CSCI E-49
Cloud Security

Ramesh Nagappan, MS

Security Technologist, Amazon

Spring Term 2021 | 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 ground-up coverage on the high level concepts of cloud landscape, architectural principles, development techniques, design patterns, and real-world security best practices as applied to cloud service providers and consumers. It also addresses regulatory compliance requirements critical to design, implement, deliver, and manage secure cloud-based services. The course delves into the secure cloud-based application development processes that build on DevOps and DevSecOps processes, proactively identifying and mitigating risks with threat models, protection, and isolation of physical and logical infrastructures including computer storage (cloud-hosted virtualization, containerization using Docker and Kubernetes) and network topologies; comprehensive data protection with applied cryptography; end-to-end identity management and access control; monitoring, auditing, intrusion detection, and incident response processes; fraud detection (using machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques); and complying with industry and regulatory mandates. The course leverages cloud computing security guidelines set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: One of the following courses: CSCI E-7, CSCI E-12, CSCI E-33a, CSCI E-45a, CSCI E-45b, CSCI E-46, CSCI E-90, CSCI E-94, or the equivalent. Additional web application development and/or systems administration knowledge will be very helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24557/2021

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 2021 | CRN 24107

Description
This course is an intensive 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 programming. Languages include C, Python, and SQL plus HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Problem sets are inspired by the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The course culminates in a final project. Students can count two of the following three courses—CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-10b, and CSCI E-50—toward a degree. They may not count all three toward a degree.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 50 (CS50). This course is also available, for noncredit, as OpenCourseWare at cs50.edx.org.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24107/2021

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 2020 | CRN 14290

Description
This course is an intensive 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 programming. Languages include C, Python, and SQL plus HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Problem sets are inspired by the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The course culminates in a final project. Students can count two of the following three courses—CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-10b, and CSCI E-50—toward a degree. They may not count all three toward a degree.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 50 (CS50). This course is also available, for noncredit, as OpenCourseWare at cs50.edx.org/.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14290/2020

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 2021 | CRN 26029

Description
This course teaches fundamental concepts in the design of computer programs, emphasizing the crucial role of abstraction. The goal of the course is to give students insight into the difference between programming and programming well. The same problem can be solved in different ways, and the different solutions can vary along multiple dimensions including correctness, efficiency, readability, scalability, and elegance. To emphasize the differing approaches to expressing programming solutions, students learn to program in a variety of paradigms—including imperative (familiar from CSCI E-50 but seen here in a more elemental form), functional, and object-oriented. The elegant multi-paradigm programming language OCaml is the ideal language for manifesting these ideas. Important ideas from software engineering and models of computation inform these different views of programming. Students should come out of the course better programmers in any language, but also better computational thinkers, with a much broader range of tools at their disposal and ability to analyze the quality of programs.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections on Tuesdays and Thursdays, time to be arranged.Start Date:

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 51. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-20 and CSCI E-50.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26029/2021

CSCI E-57
Java Enterprise Development with the Spring Framework

Vitaly Yurik, PhD

Instructor, Rabb School of Continuing Studies, Brandeis University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15354

Description
This course provides an in-depth, hands-on study of technological, design, and development approaches for enterprise-level software systems using the Java-based Spring 5 framework. Spring 5 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), Java messaging service (JMS), REST web services, security, and testing. Concepts covered in the course include inversion of control/dependency injection, Spring aspect-oriented programming (AOP); data access with JDBC, Hibernate, and Java Persistence API; Spring transaction management; Spring model-view-controller framework; Spring security; Spring REST web services; Spring JMS; and Spring testing. Hands-on development projects provide opportunities to apply Spring framework technological capabilities to the creation of enterprise-level Java applications.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: At least one year of professional Java development.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15354/2020

CSCI E-59
Designing and Developing Relational and NoSQL Databases

Gregory Thomas Misicko, ALM

Engineering Manager, Veracode

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25690

Description
This course focuses on the design and development of database applications with an emphasis on sound database design. Database design is a business problem, not a data problem. To successfully design a database, the analyst needs to understand the information of the organization. This includes using all the data research and analysis techniques available, as well as searching inside their toolbox to select those tools that allow the analyst to understand the business the organization is in. Information is data within a particular context. Thus, if the person understands the information required by the organization, he/she will be able to organize the data in such a way that answers the questions required by the organization. Although governed by a number of rules and standards, database design is an art. Only practice allows an individual to learn what suits each particular need. This course covers database design, including how to select the best database for the task at hand. Relational databases and non-relational databases each have their strengths and weaknesses, and this course explains the different types and when to use, or not use, them.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Programming experience, such that learning a new language is not an obstacle. Sufficient hands-on experience with Unix/Linux and text editors.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25690/2021

CSCI E-61
Systems Programming and Machine Organization

Eddie Kohler, PhD

Microsoft Professor of Computer Science and Harvard College Professor, Harvard University

Minlan Yu, PhD

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 13836

Description
This course covers the fundamentals of computer systems programming. It provides a solid background in data representation, systems programming, operating systems, and machine organization and design. The course centers on C++ programming, with some assembly language. Topics include data representation, assembly and machine programming, storage hierarchy and caching, kernel programming and virtual memory, process management, and concurrency (including threads and networking).

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 61.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-26, CSCI E-50, or some experience programming in C++ or C.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13836/2020

CSCI E-63
Big Data Analytics

Zoran B. Djordjevic, PhD

Senior Enterprise Architect

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25759

Description
The emphasis of this course is on mastering the most important environments, procedures, and algorithms for processing of big data. The most important and efficient big data technology is Apache Spark, which has recently been upgraded to version 3. Students simultaneously learn most essential Spark application programming interfaces (APIs) and various computational, statistical, and machine-learning algorithms, which make up the backbone of big data processing. Spark is a result of the evolution of Hadoop and Map/Reduce with massive speedup and scalability improvements. 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, with Spark 3, we can reliably and cheaply store huge volumes of data, efficiently analyze it, and extract business and socially relevant information. In this course, students learn to use Spark Core, Spark SQL, and Spark Streaming API. They learn how to organize data in massive Delta (data) Lakes and create massive data pipelines, using SQL and Spark in batch mode or in real-time streaming mode. Students learn how to analyze highly connected data using Neo4J and Spark GraphX, in-memory graph databases. Students acquire practical skills with Kafka, a highly scalable messaging system and learn to integrate Spark with NoSQL systems. Students conduct exercises in Amazon Web Services (AWS) and master the most important AWS services.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Fridays, 5:30-7:30 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Saturdays, 12-1 pm.Start Date: Jan. 29, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in Python is recommended. All assignments could be done in Java, Scala, or R. Some familiarity with Linux is helpful. Students need access to a computer with a 64-bit operating system and at least 8 GB of RAM (32 GB is highly recommended).

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25759/2021

CSCI E-63C
Elements of Data Science and Statistical Learning with R

Andrey Sivachenko, PhD

Senior Scientist II, Head of Bioinformatics, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Lab

Victor A. Farutin, PhD

Associate Director, Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Good programming skills, preferably in R or solid experience in other languages; good understanding of probability and statistics at the level of CSCI E-106 or STAT E-109. See the syllabus for the recommended pretest.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15123/2020

CSCI E-63C
Elements of Data Science and Statistical Learning with R

Andrey Sivachenko, PhD

Senior Scientist II, Head of Bioinformatics, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Lab

Victor A. Farutin, PhD

Associate Director, Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Good programming skills, preferably in R or solid experience in other languages; good understanding of probability and statistics at the level of CSCI E-106 or STAT E-109. See the syllabus for the recommended pretest.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24748/2021

CSCI E-65G
Introduction to Mobile Application Development Using Swift and iOS

Ronald V. Simmons, MBA

Principal, Computecycles, LLC

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16445

Description
This course introduces the basics of contemporary mobile application development using Apple’s iOS technology as the development platform. The main requirement of the course is to build a functioning application in iOS. Each week covers a different aspect of development which is used in the final project. We begin with the major features of the Swift programming language and its standard library, along with basic use of the Xcode integrated development environment (IDE) for Swift development. Basic language features are covered lightly so that extensive discussion may be focused on differentiating features of the language including closures, optionals, the Swift type system (tuple/enum/struct/class/func), and generics. Special attention is paid to functional programming concepts such as map/reduce. Then we extend the programming model to incorporate aspects of functional reactive programming using Apple’s Combine platform. We complete the non-user interface (UI) portion of the course with an extended discussion of correct application architecture using a unidirectional dataflow model. Next we focus on Apple’s SwiftUI framework focusing on view composition, layout, event handling, and various graphics techniques. We complete the UI portion of the course with an extensive discussion of animation and fluid user interface design, making extensive use of Apple’s Preview technology. Frequent small assignments progress from basic programming to realistic application development with a focus on responsive device graphics and algorithms. Code design and architecture are emphasized.

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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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 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-16445/2020

CSCI E-66
Database Systems

David G. Sullivan, PhD

Master Lecturer on Computer Science, Boston University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22, or the equivalent, and strong programming skills in Java.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24046/2021

CSCI E-67
Oracle Database Administration

Patrick McGowan, ALM

DevOps Manager, Harvard University Information Technology

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16131

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 19C database on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) 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. The course examines the AWS relational database service (RDS) platform and creates an RDS database.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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-16131/2020

CSCI E-71
Agile Software Development

Richard Kasperowski, ALB

Consultant

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16441

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, test-driven development (TDD), behavior-driven development, continuous delivery, refactoring, extreme programming, scrum, kanban, and agile project management.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22 or the equivalent. Students must have a computer suitable for software development.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16441/2020

CSCI E-72
Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics

Michael Shah, MS

Graphics Engineer, Oblong Industries

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16452

Description
This course teaches the fundamentals of 3D computer graphics to learners who want to make games, 3D simulations, and have an interest in image processing. We use C++ and OpenGL to explore computer graphics programming and understand how to utilize the graphics processing unit (GPU). Additional guidance on using C++ and a refresher of linear algebra and its application in graphics is provided.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Sep. 4, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Previous experience with trigonometry and exposure to linear algebra.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16452/2020

CSCI E-79
The Art and Design of Information

Zona Kostic, PhD

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25487

Description
Complex data has been translated into many visual forms in order to facilitate understanding of its content. However, not every transformation turns out to be effective. To compose a visual message and improve information communication, design practice is needed. This course introduces the strategies of visual thinking as an efficient method to convey complex data. It covers the fundamentals of visual communication and applies graphics design principles in the context of diverse media. Information design overlaps with other areas such as graphic design, communication design, data visualization, human-computer interaction design, and instructional design. The course combines the best practices from these intersections while focusing on effectiveness and visual clarity.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 3-5 pm, or on demand.

Required sections Tuesdays, 3-5 pm.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator and experience working with Java Script.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25487/2021

CSCI E-80
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python

David J. Malan, PhD

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

Brian Paul Yu, AB

Senior Preceptor, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16393

Description
This course explores the concepts and algorithms at the foundation of modern artificial intelligence, diving into the ideas that give rise to technologies like game-playing engines, handwriting recognition, and machine translation. Through hands-on projects, students gain exposure to the theory behind graph search algorithms, classification, optimization, reinforcement learning, and other topics in artificial intelligence and machine learning as they incorporate them into their own Python programs. By course’s end, students emerge with experience in libraries for machine learning as well as knowledge of artificial intelligence principles that enable them to design intelligent systems of their own.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or at least one year of experience with Python.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16393/2020

CSCI E-80
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python

David J. Malan, PhD

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

Brian Paul Yu, AB

Senior Preceptor, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25793

Description
This course explores the concepts and algorithms at the foundation of modern artificial intelligence, diving into the ideas that give rise to technologies like game-playing engines, handwriting recognition, and machine translation. Through hands-on projects, students gain exposure to the theory behind graph search algorithms, classification, optimization, reinforcement learning, and other topics in artificial intelligence and machine learning as they incorporate them into their own Python programs. By course’s end, students emerge with experience in libraries for machine learning as well as knowledge of artificial intelligence principles that enable them to design intelligent systems of their own.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or at least one year of experience with Python.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25793/2021

CSCI E-80A
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Brian Subirana, PhD

Director, Auto-ID Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16439

Description
This course introduces artificial intelligence (AI) programming tools inspired by our understanding of the human brain. The course includes four programming assignments in Python covering the four units of the brain as proposed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Brain, Minds and Machines (CBMM): sensor stream, brain operating system, cognitive core, and symbolic compositional models. Collectively the four assignments introduce a set of tools and computer science concepts, with a focus on deep learning, spanning a basic skill set to program complete models able to perform AI tasks. Part of the assignments include comparing the deep learning tools implemented with other AI tools not based on neural networks. The focus of the assignments is to build models reproducing as closely as possible the complex cognitive tasks humans do naturally. Human intelligence can be characterized in a variety of ways and as part of the course, we review how various computer engineering applications may benefit from these different advances in modeling human intelligence. We discuss various integrative approaches aiming at combining experimental techniques in neuroscience and cognitive science, with computational modeling in order to elucidate the architecture of intelligence. The course provides background to understand some of the current limitations in our progress towards a general artificial intelligence machine.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Some basic computer skills to install and program with Python, for example CSCI E-7.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16439/2020

CSCI E-82
Advanced Machine Learning, Data Mining, and Artificial Intelligence

Peter Vaughan Henstock, PhD

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Lead, Pfizer, Inc.

Fall Term 2020 | 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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15407/2020

CSCI E-83
Fundamentals of Data Science

Stephen Elston, PhD

Principal Consultant, Quantia Analytics LLC

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25990

Description
In this course students build a foundation for doing data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). The course employs a combination of theory and hands-on experience using Python programming tools. The focus is on the foundational computational statistical analysis and visualization methods underpinning modern data science, machine learning, and AI. The hands-on component of the course uses the Python packages NumPy, pandas, seaborn, statsmodels, and PyMC3, along with selected other open source packages. This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of data science; presents effective methods of data visualization and summary statistics to explore complex data; and reviews probability theory, with an emphasis on conditional probability as a foundation of modern computational statistical methods and AI. The course covers basic computational statistical inference employing three approaches: maximum likelihood frequentist, bootstrap frequentist, and Bayesian. There is an overview of the properties and behavior of the rich family of linear models, which are foundational to many machine learning and AI algorithms, and a focus on applying Bayesian models and inference to real-world problems. We explore models for time series data and (time permitting) spatial data. An independent project is required of all students registering for graduate credit.

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

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Experience programming using the Python language, equivalent to CSCI E-7 or CSCI E-50, as there is a significant programming component to this course. Students should have successfully completed a course in applied probability and statistics, equivalent to STAT E-100 or STAT E-102. Knowledge of linear algebra, including eigenvalue-eigenvector decomposition. A high-speed internet connection for class participation and watching videos is required. A modern computer with at least 10 GB of free disk space, 8 GB of RAM, or an equivalent cloud VM, is required for labs and projects.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25990/2021

CSCI E-87
Big Data and Machine Learning in Healthcare Applications

Oleg Pianykh, PhD

Assistant Professor of Radiology and Director of Medical Analytics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16459

Description
While large volumes of digital healthcare data have been captured for decades, we are only starting to mine them for information that can significantly advance healthcare delivery and quality. Built from many practical experiences, this course teaches students how to apply big data analytics and machine learning to the most challenging problems found in modern hospitals. We cover several important areas—operational, clinical, and imaging—using hands-on examples and real problems. Students not only learn how to build efficient data models, but also how to implement them in different healthcare environments, avoiding the most common pitfalls and achieving meaningful results.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm

Required sections Thursdays, 7:10-8:10 pm.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of statistics and machine learning. Programming in Python or Matlab is required for most homework assignments.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16459/2020

CSCI E-88
Principles of Big Data Processing

Marina Yu Popova, ALM

Engineer, NetApp, Inc.

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Students must be comfortable with intermediate programming in at least one language, preferably Java, Python, or Scala. Students should be comfortable with basic data structures, functions, and build and dependency management tools (Maven or Gradle for Java, virtualenv for Python). Familiarity with the basic multi-threading is helpful. Most of the examples in lectures are in Java and Python. Students should be comfortable with basic usage, package/software installations, and administration and troubleshooting on Unix-like systems (Linux, any flavor, MacOS). Students should be comfortable with cloud environments like Amazon web services (AWS) cloud and container frameworks like Docker (or VMware, VirtualBox). Their laptops should have 64-bit operating systems, and have at least eight central processing units (CPU) and 8G random-access memory (RAM). Students should complete the self-assessment assignment, available on the syllabus, to determine if they are ready to take the course. Courses such as CSCI E-7, CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-88a, and CSCI E-90, or equivalents, are also recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15417/2020

CSCI E-88A
Introduction to Functional and Stream Programming for Big Data Systems

Marina Yu Popova, ALM

Engineer, NetApp, Inc.

Edward S. Sumitra, MS

Software Development Manager, Curriculum Associates

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25668

Description
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of functional programming (FP) and its application to stream and distributed processing of large volumes of data. As the explosion of available social, internet of things (IoT), device, marketing, and other types of data continues at an ever increasing rate, it becomes paramount to be able to process and analyze this data in real time. In order to do that, highly scalable systems have to be designed and developed that are capable of performing data- and compute-intensive operations in a distributed manner over hundreds of physical servers. This course focuses on building the foundation of such systems, which are applications capable of processing data in a highly parallel fashion. In this course, students learn core functional programming concepts in Java and Scala, popular languages for building big data systems. Students learn design patterns, understand how they are used as a foundation of parallel and distributed programming, and learn how to apply them to stream processing of big data volumes. Students learn to write data processing pipelines using Kafka and Akka Streaming libraries and frameworks using the principles introduced in earlier lectures.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Basic experience with any programming language, preferably Java or Scala. Basic Unix and Unix-like system experience (as a user). Basic container (Docker) experience is helpful but not required. Students should complete the self-assessment, which is not graded, to determine whether they are ready to take this course.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25668/2021

CSCI E-88B
Computing for Big Data

Christine Choirat, PhD

Chief Innovation Officer, Swiss Data Science Center and Adjunct Lecturer on Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25760

Description
Big data is everywhere, from omics and health policy to environmental health. Every single aspect of the health sciences is being transformed. It is hard to navigate and critically assess tools and techniques in such a fast-moving big data panorama. This course gives a critical presentation of theoretical approaches and software implementations of tools to collect, store, and process data at scale. The goal is not just to learn recipes to manipulate big data, but to learn how to reason in terms of big data, from software design and tool selection to implementation, optimization, and maintenance.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2019 Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health course Biostatistics 262.

Prerequisites: STAT E-100 or equivalent. Some experience with a scripting language. R and Python are used for the problem sets and group projects.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25760/2021

CSCI E-89
Deep Learning

Zoran B. Djordjevic, PhD

Senior Enterprise Architect

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16392

Description
Deep learning is the primary technique for analysis and resolution of many issues in computer and 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. In this course students learn application program interfaces (APIs) for deep learning: TensorFlow 2.0, Keras, and PyTorch. TensorFlow is one of the most popular open source projects with one of the largest number of committers within the Apache family of APIs. Keras is a wrapper API that uses TensorFlow, CNTK, or Theano. Keras was developed with a focus on enabling fast experimentation. PyTorch is a very popular deep learning API developed by Facebook. We start with a review of the theoretical foundations of the neural networks approach to machine learning including backpropagation. However, the emphasis of the course is on practical applications of deep learning. We learn how to use TensorFlow 2.0, Keras, and PyTorch for the creation of convolutional neural networks (CNNs), recurrent neural networks (RNNs), long short-term memory networks (LSTMs), and generative adversarial networks (GANs).

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Fridays, 5:30-7:30 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Saturdays, 12-1 pm.Start Date: Sep. 4, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Proficiency with Python. We assume no familiarity with Linux and introduce all essential Linux features and commands. No familiarity with Amazon Web Services or Google High Performance Cloud is assumed. Students need access to a computer with a 64-bit operating system and at least 8 GB of RAM. Note: 16 GB or more of RAM is strongly advised. Having a machine with NVIDIA card is a plus.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16392/2020

CSCI E-89B
Introduction to Natural Language Processing

Edward Kwartler, MBA

Vice President, Trusted Artificial Intelligence, DataRobot

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26012

Description
Natural language processing (NLP) and text mining are the art and science of extracting insights from large amounts of natural language. The course topics covered help students add natural language processing techniques to their research, business, and data science toolset. As a technical course with some machine learning elements, limited exposure to programming, graduate-level statistics and mathematical theory is needed, but the vast majority of the course content is focused on applying popular text mining methods. As a result, the target audience may also include qualitative researchers looking to add quantitative analysis to interviews, media, and other language-based field research.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the R programming language. Basic statistical knowledge including graduate-level statistics.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26012/2021

CSCI E-89C
Deep Reinforcement Learning

Dmitry V. Kurochkin, PhD

Senior Research Analyst, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office for Faculty Affairs, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25757

Description
This course introduces deep reinforcement learning (RL), one of the most modern techniques of machine learning. Deep RL has attracted the attention of many researchers and developers in recent years due to its wide range of applications in a variety of fields such as robotics, robotic surgery, pattern recognition, diagnosis based on medical image, treatment strategies in clinical decision making, personalized medical treatment, drug discovery, speech recognition, computer vision, and natural language processing. Deep RL is often seen as the third area of machine learning, in addition to supervised and unsupervised algorithms, in which learning of an agent occurs as a result of its own actions and interaction with the environment. Generally, such learning processes do not need to be guided externally, but it has been difficult until recently to use RL ideas practically. This course primarily focuses on problems that emerge in healthcare and life science applications.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Introductory probability and statistics, multivariate calculus equivalent to MATH E-21a, and proficiency in Python programming equivalent to CSCI E-7. We formulate value (cost) functions and perform optimization. Students are expected to be comfortable taking derivatives. Basic knowledge of probability theory (in particular, conditional probability distributions and conditional expectations) is necessary. Understanding matrix vector operations and notation is helpful but not required. All coding exercises are performed in Python. Students are required to take a short pretest at the beginning of the course. The pretest score does not count toward the final grade but helps you understand whether your background in calculus, probability theory, as well as command of coding positions you for success in this course.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25757/2021

CSCI E-90
Cloud Services, Infrastructure, and Computing

Gregory Thomas Misicko, ALM

Engineering Manager, Veracode

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15865

Description
Off-premise/cloud services, infrastructure, and computing have replaced in-house data centers across businesses of every size. Businesses rely on cloud services because of their extremely high efficiency, ease of setup, and their ability to scale with demand. It is essential for today’s engineers to understand how robust architectures can be implemented on a cloud platform, and to understand in depth which services and tools are available for them to use. This course is not a programming course, but it is expected that students can read and make basic modifications to the logic of an existing program. Java and Python are used.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Ability to read and write simple code in either Java or Python is required. Familiarity with basic Unix commands is a plus.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15865/2020

CSCI E-90B
Cloud of Serverless Services

Zoran B. Djordjevic, PhD

Senior Enterprise Architect

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26019

Description
Cloud computing is the mainstream of information technology. During the pandemic, cloud computing has enabled unobstructed flow of information and functioning of society. Thanks to the cloud, large parts of the world’s population can work from home and electronic commerce proceeds without interruption. The cloud provides highly elastic and scalable resources for delivery of enterprise applications and software as a service (SaaS). All technologically advanced companies migrated large portions of their information technology operations to the cloud, reaping huge financial and performance benefits. Serverless computing introduced by Amazon Web Service’s Lambda, Microsoft’s Azure Functions, and Google Cloud Platform’s cloud functions is a novel architectural approach to building cloud applications. Serverless computing enables creation of software applications in the cloud without manipulation of virtual machines or servers and without the burden of infrastructure management. Serverless computing frees software architects and developers from the constraints of scalability, availability, and performance. Serverless computing runs code only on-demand and on a per-request basis, scaling transparently with the number of requests. In this course, students learn how to create serverless functions and microservices and how to organize their own and vendor-provided cloud services into functioning applications. We examine and learn the most essential architectural patterns for creation of serverless functions and microservices and apply those in several important use cases.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Intermediate familiarity with one high level programming language such as Python, Java, C#, or JavaScript.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26019/2021

CSCI E-92
Principles of Operating Systems

James L. Frankel, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25900

Description
This course examines the role of operating systems: process synchronization and scheduling; memory management including virtual memory, swapping, paging, and segmentation; file management; protection and security; input/output techniques, buffering, and resource allocation; deadlock detection and avoidance; system modeling; performance measurement and evaluation; and operating system case studies. An extensive lab project is required of all students.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-10:15 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of data structures and programming experience, such as CSCI E-22, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25900/2021

CSCI E-94
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing with Microsoft Azure

Joseph Ficara, ASEE

Lead Architect, The Predictive Index

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25152

Description
This course starts by introducing the student to the fundamentals of cloud computing and serverless computing. We contrast the challenges and benefits offered by cloud computing, serverless 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 serverless offerings. This course guides when to use one service over another based on performance, maintainability, complexity, and cost. Key services covered include Azure Application Services, Azure SQL, Azure API Management, Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps, Azure AD for authentication, Azure Storage, Azure Service Bus, Azure Cosmos DB document and graph, Azure Search, Microservices, Azure Kubernetes Service and Azure Cognitive Services. 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 Azure DevOps. 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 Azure Monitor.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Basic C#, C++, or Java development skills.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25152/2021

CSCI E-95
Compiler Design and Implementation

James L. Frankel, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16364

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-10:15 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16364/2020

CSCI E-96
Data Mining for Business

Edward Kwartler, MBA

Vice President, Trusted Artificial Intelligence, DataRobot

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25358

Description
This course introduces non-mathematical business professionals to data science principles widely used in today’s corporations. Quantitative methods affect many of today’s interactions for business leaders, students, and consumers. Emphasis is placed on practical uses and case studies utilizing data to inform business decisions rather than theoretical or complex mathematics. Case study topics include understanding customer demand, marketing, new market forecasting, revenue projections, and data mining to improve decisions. Learning goals include quantitative business application, basic programming, algorithm development, and process workflow. The course highlights methods that business leaders and data scientists have found to be the most useful. It introduces the basic concepts of R for data mining. This course is for students who want an introduction to how data science improves business outcomes.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional lab sessions Fridays, 10 am.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Since this course utilizes R throughout the semester students should complete the 4-hour free online course Introduction to R at DataCamp.com found here: https://www.datacamp.com/courses/free-introduction-to-r. Students who attend the on campus classes should bring a laptop with them.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25358/2021

CSCI E-96
Data Mining for Business

Edward Kwartler, MBA

Vice President, Trusted Artificial Intelligence, DataRobot

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15736

Description
This course introduces non-mathematical business professionals to data science principles widely used in today’s corporations. Quantitative methods affect many of today’s interactions for business leaders, students, and consumers. Emphasis is placed on practical uses and case studies utilizing data to inform business decisions rather than theoretical or complex mathematics. Case study topics include understanding customer demand, marketing, new market forecasting, revenue projections, and data mining to improve decisions. Learning goals include quantitative business application, basic programming, algorithm development, and process workflow. The course highlights methods that business leaders and data scientists have found to be the most useful. It introduces the basic concepts of R for data mining. This course is for students who want an introduction to how data science improves business outcomes.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional lab sessions Fridays, 10 am.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Since this course utilizes R throughout the semester students should complete the 4-hour free online course Introduction to R at DataCamp.com found here: https://www.datacamp.com/courses/free-introduction-to-r.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15736/2020

CSCI E-97
Software Design: Principles, Models, and Patterns

Eric Gieseke, ALM

Principal Software Engineer, Algorand

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22, or the equivalent, and proficiency in Java.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15356/2020

CSCI E-100
Science of Intelligence: Toward Artificial Intelligence

Brian Subirana, PhD

Director, Auto-ID Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26068

Description
The problem of intelligence—its nature, how it is produced by the brain, and how it could be replicated in machines—is a deep and fundamental problem that cuts across multiple scientific disciplines. Philosophers have studied intelligence for centuries, but it is only in the last several decades that developments in science and engineering have made questions such as these approachable: How does the mind process sensory information to produce intelligent behavior, and how can we design intelligent computer algorithms that behave similarly? What is the structure and form of human knowledge—how is it stored, represented, and organized? How do human minds arise through the processes of evolution, development, and learning? How are the domains of language, perception, social cognition, planning, and motor control combined and integrated? Are there common principles of learning, prediction, decision making, or planning that span across these domains? Through lectures by members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, this course explores recent progress in building and understanding a representation of the environment, which is rich enough to allow us to act on the world around us and to react to events that take place in it. Also, such a representation enables and reflects computations that detect objects and their interactions and interpret distances, relative order, and movement; it enables planning of saccades, navigation, grasping, and abstract scene understanding. The lectures include empirical studies in humans and primates using psychophysical, imaging, and physiological tools. We discuss an integrative approach, combining experimental techniques in neuroscience and cognitive science with computational modeling in order to elucidate the architecture of intelligence.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Most of the recorded lectures are from the 2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology course 9.523/6.861.

Prerequisites: High school math and basic principles of programming (CSCI E-1a or CSCI E-10a or the equivalent).

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26068/2021

CSCI E-106
Data Modeling

Hakan Gogtas, PhD

Global Head of Model Risk Management, Internal Audit Group, American Express

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15765

Description
This course explores data modeling methodologies with the goal of understanding how to choose, apply, and interpret appropriate statistical designs and analyses for practical data problems. Topics covered include understanding the relationships in the data, theory and application of linear and non-linear regression models, model building steps, diagnostic of models, and remedial measures. Students can count one of the following three courses—CSCI E-106, STAT E-109, or STAT E-139 (offered previously)—toward a degree or certificate.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in R programming, introductory probability and statistics, multivariate calculus equivalent to MATH E-21a, and linear algebra equivalent to MATH E-21b.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 90 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15765/2020

CSCI E-106
Data Modeling

Hakan Gogtas, PhD

Global Head of Model Risk Management, Internal Audit Group, American Express

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26017

Description
This course explores data modeling methodologies with the goal of understanding how to choose, apply, and interpret appropriate statistical designs and analyses for practical data problems. Topics covered include understanding the relationships in the data, theory and application of linear and non-linear regression models, model building steps, diagnostic of models, and remedial measures. Students can count one of the following three courses—CSCI E-106, STAT E-109, or STAT E-139 (offered previously)—toward a degree or certificate.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in R programming, introductory probability and statistics, multivariate calculus equivalent to MATH E-21a, and linear algebra equivalent to MATH E-21b.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 90 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26017/2021

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

Christopher Tanner, PhD

Lecturer on Computational Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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. Students who have previously completed CSCI E-107 or CSCI E-109 may not count CSCI E-109a or CSCI E-109b toward a degree or certificate.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 109a starting September 2. See syllabus for details.

Prerequisites: Programming knowledge at the level of CSCI E-50 or above, statistics knowledge at the level of STAT E-100 or above, and calculus (MATH E-15 or the equivalent) required. It is recommended that students have received a grade of B+ or better in these courses before enrolling in CSCI E-109a. Introductory probability is recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 85 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15178/2020

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

Christopher Tanner, PhD

Lecturer on Computational Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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. Students who have previously completed CSCI E-107 or CSCI E-109 may not count CSCI E-109a or CSCI E-109b toward a degree or certificate.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 109b. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Prerequisites: A grade of B- or higher in CSCI E-109a. Students who have not completed CSCI E-109a should contact the instructors before registering.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 80 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24801/2021

CSCI E-115
Advanced Practical Data Science

Pavlos Protopapas, PhD

Scientific Program Director and Lecturer, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16425

Description
In this course we explore advanced practical data science practices. The course is divided into three major topics, beginning with how to scale a model from a prototype (often in Jupyter notebooks) to the cloud. In this module, we cover virtual environments, containers, and virtual machines before learning about microservices and Kubernetes. Along the way, students are exposed to Dask. We move on to how to use existing models for transfer learning. Transfer learning is a machine learning method where a model developed for a task is reused as the starting point for a model on a second task. It is a popular approach in deep learning where pre-trained models are used as the starting point on computer vision and natural language processing tasks. This can be very important, given the vast compute and time resources required to develop neural network models on these problems and given the huge jumps in skill that these models can provide to related problems. In this part of the course we examine various pre-existing models and techniques in transfer learning. In the third part we introduce a number of intuitive visualization tools for investigating properties and diagnosing issues of models. We demonstrate a number of visualization tools ranging from the well-established (like saliency maps) to recent ones that have appeared in https://distill.pub.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Applied Computation 295 starting September 4. See syllabus for details.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-109b.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16425/2020

CSCI E-118
Introduction to Blockchain and Bitcoin

Nodari Gogoberidze, BS

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25478

Description
The bitcoin blockchain, a universal ledger where bitcoin transactions are recorded, is leading the cryptocurrency revolution. In parallel, the Ethereum blockchain, dubbed the “world’s computer,” offers a new paradigm for decentralized application development. This course introduces students to how the blockchain works, how transactions are stored in a tamper-proof and immutable fashion, and the mechanisms for achieving network consensus. Through practice with tools available for the Ethereum ecosystem, students write and deploy smart contracts to the blockchain, build decentralized applications, and develop an understanding of the underlying cryptographic principles. In addition, the broader societal implications of this nascent technology are discussed.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Previous experience programming in Python, or a basic course in programming such as CSCI E-50. Basic knowledge of cryptography helps, but is not required. Students will need computers with enough RAM to comfortably run a virtual machine running Ubuntu; 4 GB minimum, but 8 GB or more would be ideal.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25478/2021

CSCI E-121
Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science

Madhu Sudan, PhD

Gordan McKay Professor of Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Adam Hesterberg, PhD

Lecturer on Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 121 starting September 3. See syllabus for details.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-20 or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14302/2020

CSCI E-124
Data Structures and Algorithms

Michael Mitzenmacher, PhD

Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Adam Hesterberg, PhD

Lecturer on Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 21462

Description
This is a rigorous course on the design and analysis of efficient algorithms and their associated data structures. Algorithm design methods, graph algorithms, approximation algorithms, and randomized algorithms are covered.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 124. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22 or the equivalent, and some knowledge of discrete mathematics (CSCI E-20 or the equivalent).

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21462/2021

CSCI E-171
Visualization

Hanspeter Pfister, PhD

An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16477 | Section 2

Description
The amount and complexity of information produced in science, engineering, business, and everyday human activity is increasing at staggering rates. The goal of this course is to expose students to visual representation methods and techniques that increase the understanding of complex data. Good visualizations not only present a visual interpretation of data, but do so by improving comprehension, communication, and decision making. In this course, students learn how the human visual system processes and perceives images, good design practices for visualization, tools for visualization of data from a variety of fields, and programming of interactive web-based visualizations using D3.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 pm

Required sections Monday, 9-10:15 am; 10:30-11:45 am; 4:30-5:45 pm, or 7-8:15 pm.  Students select one or more of those times after registering.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have programming experience (for example, CSCI E-50) and ideally some experience with web development.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16477/2020

CSCI E-171
Visualization

Hanspeter Pfister, PhD

An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16478 | Section 1

Description
The amount and complexity of information produced in science, engineering, business, and everyday human activity is increasing at staggering rates. The goal of this course is to expose students to visual representation methods and techniques that increase the understanding of complex data. Good visualizations not only present a visual interpretation of data, but do so by improving comprehension, communication, and decision making. In this course, students learn how the human visual system processes and perceives images, good design practices for visualization, tools for visualization of data from a variety of fields, and programming of interactive web-based visualizations using D3.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 9-11 am

Required sections Monday, 9-10:15 am; 10:30-11:45 am; 4:30-5:45 pm, or 7-8:15 pm.  Students select one or more of those times after registering.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have programming experience (for example, CSCI E-50) and ideally some experience with web development.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16478/2020

CSCI E-207
Systems Development for Computational Science

David Sondak, PhD

Lecturer on Computational Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16447

Description
This is an applications course highlighting the use of software engineering and computer science in solving scientific problems. Students learn the fundamentals of developing scientific software systems including abstract thinking, the handling of data, and assessment of computational approaches, all in the context of good software engineering practices.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 107/Applied Computation 207 starting September 3. See syllabus for details.

Prerequisites: Programming knowledge in Python at the level of CSCI E-7 or CSCI E-50 (or above). Besides this, students should have interest or investment in scientific computing.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16447/2020

CSCI E-210
Algorithms at the End of the Wire

Michael Mitzenmacher, PhD

Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16335

Description
This is an advanced, rigorous course on algorithms focusing on networks, data transmission, and search engines. We learn the science that led to the founding of Google and the science behind standard compression tools. This course also covers topics in coding and data streams.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date:

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 222 starting September 3. See syllabus for details.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-124, or the equivalent, is very helpful.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16335/2020

CSCI E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Software Engineering Tutorial

Hongming Wang, PhD

Senior Research Advisor, Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25104

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong thesis proposal. During the semester, they map critical issues of project design such as scope, background, methodology, and expected outcomes. Students should not register for the tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. Students are expected to begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing the tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $0
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. It is structured one-on-one advising with the instructor along with opportunities for interaction with other proposal writers. Students participate in an initial meeting with their instructor by phone or by video conference. Then, weekly work begins on the production of the various portions of the proposal document. As these materials are submitted, the instructor provides feedback to each student. The goal is to have a full draft of the proposal by the end of the semester.

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, and be in good academic standing. Their prework, due between September 1 and November 1, must be approved before they are allowed to register for the tutorial. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis for details. Candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track register for the tutorial for graduate credit; those in the ten-course thesis track register for noncredit.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25104/2021

CSCI E-497
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Software Engineering Tutorial

Hongming Wang, PhD

Senior Research Advisor, Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15484

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong thesis proposal. During the semester, they map critical issues of project design such as scope, background, methodology, and expected outcomes. Students should not register for the tutorial unless they are ready to engage in the entire thesis process. Students are expected to begin the thesis project during the next semester or two after completing the tutorial.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $0
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The tutorial is not a course in the traditional sense. It is structured one-on-one advising with the instructor along with opportunities for interaction with other proposal writers. Students participate in an initial meeting with their instructor by phone or by video conference. Then, weekly work begins on the production of the various portions of the proposal document. As these materials are submitted, the instructor provides feedback to each student. The goal is to have a full draft of the proposal by the end of the semester.

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, and be in good academic standing. Their prework, due between April 1 and June 1, must be approved before they are allowed to register for the tutorial. See the Guide to the ALM Thesis for details. Candidates accepted to the 12-course thesis track register for the tutorial for graduate credit; those in the ten-course thesis track register for noncredit.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15484/2020

CSCI E-597
Data Science Precapstone

Hongming Wang, PhD

Senior Research Advisor, Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

January session | CRN 25390

Description
This course helps students develop an academically strong capstone proposal. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, data science, who wish to register for CSCI E-599a in the spring. It prepares students to explore interdisciplinary research topics from a variety of industries and areas. Through workshops and collaborating with experts from different disciplines, students identify research topics, apply the appropriate data science methods, and use data to advance innovative solutions. Students receive guidance and advising to work effectively in teams, refine project proposals, and build the domain knowledge necessary in their selected area. By the end of the course, each team submits a detailed research proposal, including project rationale, methods, and expected outcomes, which they intend to execute during CSCI E-599a.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 3-6 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, data science, who are in good academic standing. They must be in the process of completing all the degree requirements so that they can enroll in CSCI E-599a in the spring. 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-25390/2021

CSCI E-599
Software Engineering Capstone

Eric Gieseke, ALM

Principal Software Engineer, Algorand

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25901 | Section 1

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
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates for the Master of Liberal Arts, software engineering capstone track who are in good academic standing and have completed nine courses in the concentration, including CSCI E-97, and have proficiency in Java. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 24 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25901/2021

CSCI E-599
Software Engineering Capstone

Peter Vaughan Henstock, PhD

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Lead, Pfizer, Inc.

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24531 | Section 2

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates for the Master of Liberal Arts, software engineering capstone track who are in good academic standing and have completed nine courses in the concentration, including CSCI E-97. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 23 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24531/2021

CSCI E-599A
Data Science Capstone

Hongming Wang, PhD

Senior Research Advisor, Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25391

Description
This course is the culmination of the Master of Liberal Arts, data science where students execute their research proposal from CSCI E-597. It gives students the opportunity to collaborate with industry, government, or academic partners to investigate a real-world research topic using their data science skills. At the completion of the capstone, students are able to demonstrate their ability to think critically about data, communicate with diverse audiences, and advance innovation in ways that benefit society.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, data science, who are in good academic standing and have earned a B– or higher in CSCI E-597. This course should be their last course. 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-25391/2021

CSCI E-599A
Data Science Capstone

Stephen Elston, PhD

Principal Consultant, Quantia Analytics LLC

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16091

Description
This course is the culmination of the Master of Liberal Arts, data science, where students execute their research proposal from CSCI S-597. It gives students the opportunity to collaborate on a complex research topic using their data science skills. At the completion of the capstone, students are able to demonstrate their ability to think critically about data, communicate with diverse audiences, and advance innovation in ways that benefit society.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, data science, who are in good academic standing and have earned a B– or higher in CSCI S-597. This course should be their last course. 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-16091/2020

DEVP E-102
Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Global Development Systems

Joshua Ellsworth, MS

Adjunct Lecturer, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16433

Description
Understanding the interrelated environmental, social, and economic dynamics within global development contexts and then identifying barriers to achieving positive change are formidable challenges. Practitioners and policymakers must be able to assess the limitations of their own perspectives, learn from those living and working directly with “wicked” problems, and evaluate information from a wide range of sources including randomized control trials (RCTs), field observations, and established and emerging participatory tools and methods. To catalyze positive impact at the project, program, or policy level, practitioners must grasp technical aspects of global development as well as the softer skills of leadership, listening, self-reflection, and how to balance competing demands from multiple stakeholders with differing levels of power. Global development practitioners need to develop both the mindset and the skill set to analyze complex sociopolitical contexts, work with diverse actors to identify specific problems and opportunities, create practicable solutions, and lead others to achieve objectives. Through lectures, in-class exercises, and team projects, this course focuses on developing, in an integrated manner, the analytic skills to assess qualitative and quantitative data, and the creative thinking and planning skills to identify and innovate solutions to tough challenges. It covers systems and problem analysis, theory of change mapping, participatory design, and tools for effective teamwork.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. EXPO E-42b is strongly recommended. Experience manipulating data and algebraic equations on spreadsheets is helpful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16433/2020

DEVP E-102
Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Global Development Systems

Joshua Ellsworth, MS

Adjunct Lecturer, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25998

Description
Understanding the interrelated environmental, social, and economic dynamics within global development contexts and then identifying barriers to achieving positive change are formidable challenges. Practitioners and policymakers must be able to assess the limitations of their own perspectives, learn from those living and working directly with “wicked” problems, and evaluate information from a wide range of sources including randomized control trials (RCTs), field observations, and established and emerging participatory tools and methods. To catalyze positive impact at the project, program, or policy level, practitioners must grasp technical aspects of global development as well as the softer skills of leadership, listening, self-reflection, and how to balance competing demands from multiple stakeholders with differing levels of power. Global development practitioners need to develop both the mindset and the skill set to analyze complex sociopolitical contexts, work with diverse actors to identify specific problems and opportunities, create practicable solutions, and lead others to achieve objectives. Through lectures, in-class exercises, and team projects, this course focuses on developing, in an integrated manner, the analytic skills to assess qualitative and quantitative data, and the creative thinking and planning skills to identify and innovate solutions to tough challenges. It covers systems and problem analysis, theory of change mapping, participatory design, and tools for effective teamwork.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. EXPO E-42b is strongly recommended. Experience manipulating data and algebraic equations on spreadsheets is helpful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25998/2021

DEVP E-110
Foundations of Sustainable Development

Thomas P. Gloria, PhD

Director, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16389

Description
The broad goal of this course is to introduce students to the foundations of key sectoral and thematic knowledge for important challenges to sustainable development, including food and nutritional security, social service delivery, energy policy, water resource management, urbanization, infrastructure, human rights, biodiversity, adaption to climate change, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), sustainable business, ethics, governance, and education. Through a global classroom, lectures are attended virtually with academic partners of the Global Association from around the world. The course consists of weekly live broadcasts featuring international experts. Broadcasts are facilitated and recorded live by Lehigh University and available for asynchronous viewing; however, live participation is encouraged. Topics presented in the broadcasts are discussed during weekly web conference sessions.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 75 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16389/2020

DEVP E-598
Global Development Practice Precapstone Tutorial

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Professor of Practice, School of Management, Clark University, Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16391

Description
This tutorial entails guided prework to set the foundation for academically strong capstones. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, global development practice, who wish to register for DEVP E-599 in spring 2021. The tutorial begins with a mandatory webinar covering critical design issues necessary to develop a successful development plan. Students are responsible for identifying and engaging with a client and determining the scope and deliverables of their capstone projects prior to the start of DEVP E-599.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $0

Notes: This noncredit tutorial involves e-mail, phone, and/or web conference one-on-one advising sessions with the instructor 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, global development practice. They must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all the requirements except the capstone. Students submit the prework to ALMcapstones@extension.harvard.edu between July 18 and August 1. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course. To obtain prework instructions, visit the capstone website.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16391/2020

DEVP E-598
Global Development Practice Precapstone Tutorial

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Professor of Practice, School of Management, Clark University, Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25973

Description
This tutorial entails guided prework to set the foundation for academically strong capstones. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, global development practice, who wish to register for DEVP S-599 in summer 2021. The tutorial begins with a mandatory webinar covering critical design issues necessary to develop a successful development plan. Students are responsible for identifying and engaging with a client and determining the scope and deliverables of their capstone projects prior to the start of DEVP S-599.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $0

Notes: This noncredit tutorial involves e-mail, phone, and/or web conference one-on-one advising sessions with the instructor 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, global development practice. They must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all the requirements except the capstone. Students submit the prework to ALMcapstones@extension.harvard.edu between November 7, 2020 and January 2, 2021. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course. To obtain prework instructions, visit the capstone website.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25973/2021

DEVP E-599
Global Development Practice Capstone

Judith Irene Rodriguez, MA

Research Associate, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25972

Description
This course is a capstone designed for students earning a Master of Liberal Arts, global development practice. The course approach is learner-centered, whereby students create a development plan for a client by applying skills and knowledge gained from their graduate school experience. This course builds upon the student’s guided prework completed in DEVP E-598. The course deliverables include a detailed actionable and measurable plan, as well as a presentation to be given to the class and to client stakeholders. Appropriate clients may include communities, corporations, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), governmental agencies, schools, universities, and hospitals. Students work with a client with one or more stakeholders to develop and deliver a customized development plan focused on one or more of these areas: community development, human rights, labor practices, education, environmental sustainability, and fair operating practices. Listings of prior projects may be viewed at the Global Development Practice Capstone website.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—online weekend meeting. 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.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, global development practice. Students must be in good academic standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed DEVP E-598 in the 2020 fall term. 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-25972/2021

DGMD E-1
Digital Media: From Ideas to Designs and Prototypes

Bakhtiar Mikhak, PhD

Co-Founder, Media Modifications, Ltd.

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16151

Description
This is a practical design course on perspectives, tools, and methods for going from an idea for a product or service powered by a mobile and/or web application to an interactive design prototype ready for handoff to a development team. We begin with creating detailed personas and stories that capture why and for whom the product or service is developed. We then translate those personas and stories into storyboards that illustrate the application’s experiential flow in real-world contexts in terms of concrete visual and interaction design elements. We develop a component-based design system for creating interactive prototypes with live data. Our focus is on designing novel user experiences and leveraging third-party user interface kits to give our prototypes a professional look and feel. We create prototypes with a visual design tool that also allows creating and enhancing components with code for imagining and realizing even richer interactions and experience flows. Technologies used in this course include Gatsby, Adobe XD, Framer X, React, Github, Visual Studio Code, and Netlify.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16151/2020

DGMD E-2
Web Programming for Beginners with PHP

Susan Buck, MPS

Web Programmer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16121

Description
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of programming via the lens of web development using PHP. We start by learning about basic programming paradigms such as data types, variables, conditionals, loops, functions, classes, and more. Next, we apply these concepts to build simple web applications that involve form processing and basic database interaction. In addition to coding, students are also introduced to universal programming tools such as command line, Git version control, and server management. Emphasis is also placed on troubleshooting strategies and technical communication. While we primarily work with PHP, we address how the concepts we’re working with apply to other web-capable programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, Ruby, and Java. Additionally, we take a broad look at numerous tools and frameworks used on the web (WordPress, Drupal, Node.js, Laravel, Angular, React, and Vue.js) and learn about when and how each tool is most appropriate. By looking at the field as a whole, students leave this course with a big picture understanding of the many technologies used on the web, so that they can make informed decisions on what courses to take next and what tools to use in their next project.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: See https://hesweb.dev/e2/prereq.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16121/2020

DGMD E-5
Exploring Digital Media

Daniel P. Coffey, ALM

Staff Cloud Solutions Engineer, Dolby Laboratories

Ian C. Sexton, MA

Technologist in Production, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Spring Term 2021 | 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, and more. 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:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2019 course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24583/2021

DGMD E-9
Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Leonie Marinovich, BA

Documentary Photographer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16307

Description
This course is aimed at students wishing to master the fundamentals of photography. It gives students the opportunity to learn photography using their digital camera (DSLR or mirrorless) and acquire the skills to use manual settings and use the different shooting modes available on their cameras. Topics covered in this class include the fundamentals of exposure, composition, lighting, editing techniques, color correction, delivery for print and digital media, metadata creation, and digital workflow management. We study classical art that has heavily influenced photography in the way that images are composed and lighted. The course is helpful to students who wish to explore digital photography as a way to document their field work and other work in progress and enhance their visual literacy, enabling them to assess images and other visual media. Students are taught Lightroom to manage their digital archives and learn to use editing techniques to enhance their images. Coursework is structured along two main components: technical mastery and aesthetic development. During the semester students are first taught the technical skills which they then apply in practical exercises to consolidate those skills. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to have mastered their camera and their images should look more polished.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students don’t need to have prior experience as a photographer, but an interest in visual aesthetics is strongly recommended. Students need to have a digital camera (DSLR or mirrorless) with the ability to manually control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Students need a computer with Lightroom Classic CC installed. Photoshop is not required. Along with a computer, students need an external hard drive and memory card for their camera.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16307/2020

DGMD E-10
Advanced Digital Photography

Gregory S. Marinovich, BS

Master Lecturer, Journalism, Boston University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25615

Description
This course explores storytelling through the genres of photojournalism, documentary, and art photography. We dig into the technical foundations and techniques of digital photography with the goals of enabling students to further control their work and experiment in new ways and to develop a deeper and broader understanding of photographic technique. The course investigates cutting edge technology in photography, as well as the variety of formats available. The course constantly refers to the software tools we use to ensure reliable workflow and archive management. It addresses advanced color management as well as the science of converting images from color to black and white. Through lectures, hands-on assignments, and critiques, students expand their understanding of digital photography while exploring their creativity to broaden the possibilities and improve the quality of their photographs. Storytelling with photography dominates; the goal of the course is for each student to produce a body of work or a photographic essay. The art of editing their own work is a key learning goal. We dive into portraiture outside of the studio, shooting stories involving people and discussing how to get the picture when everyone does not want you to. For the art aspect, this is a bridging course between “accidental” art while doing documentary work and “art for art’s sake.” We look at various types of photography that are defined, or self-defined, as art.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students should have an intermediate to advanced knowledge of photography. Students need access to a camera where they can control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Students need access to the internet and a computer with software like Adobe Lightroom to tone and edit images. Please note that Photoshop is not an editing tool, it is a retouching tool.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25615/2021

DGMD E-11
Digital Media: From Prototypes to Products and Services

Bakhtiar Mikhak, PhD

Co-Founder, Media Modifications, Ltd.

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25712

Description
This is a practical course on the tools and practices for going from an interactive design prototype for a mobile or web application to a functional demo that can be tested with the intended audience. Starting with a prototype built in Framer X with only design components, we show how to extend the underlying design system with code components for creating richer user experiences. In the first half of the course, we build a fully functioning demo of the application front-end with these components and learn how to leverage third-party services that abstract server-side processes and database actions as reusable application programming interfaces (APIs). The second half of the course may be dedicated either to testing and refining new features for the demo or to preparing a version of the application for launch as a product or service. In the former case, the work on final deliverables may focus on iterative refinements to interaction and interface design or integration with third-party services for working with cloud storage, live data, and real-time interactivity. In the latter case, the work would necessarily focus on deployment and scaling. Technologies used in this course include Gatsby, React, Framer X, Adobe XD, Flutter, Dart, Github, Visual Studio Code, and Netlify.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: DGMD E-1.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25712/2021

DGMD E-12
Introduction to Creative Exploration on the Web

Alexander Robert McWhinnie, ALM

Product Team Lead, Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, University of Minnesota

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24790

Description
Are you a visual thinker, an aspiring designer, digital media student, or artistic professional looking to build more immersive, interactive, and expressive content for the web? Are you completely new to programming and eager to experience a more visual approach? Perhaps you’re someone who has struggled with the algorithms, data structures, and technical complexity of a more conventional computer science class, but still wants to learn to code for the web? If so, welcome to this course. It focuses on a highly interactive, audiovisual approach to programming. Using the easy to understand language syntax of the P5JS JavaScript library, we create digital sketches that provide immediate visual feedback to the web page. With each lesson, students build skills and tackle increasingly complex creative challenges. By semester’s end, students leave with enough programming knowledge to create their own data visualizations, natural systems, games, media mashups, or artistic expressions on the web. They are also well prepared to continue on to more advanced programming courses.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-12 or DGMD E-20, or permission of the instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24790/2021

DGMD E-17
Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, Drones, and Artificial Intelligence

Jose Luis Ramirez Herran, ALM

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26008

Description
Practical advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are ushering in a new era of digital automation. In the next 10-15 years, drones, driverless vehicles, and AI will be used to transport goods, send packages, perform agricultural tasks, and transport people in an efficient and safe way. In this course, students learn the algorithms that underlie an autonomous vehicle’s understanding of itself and the world around it. Students learn how a car can use unreliable sensor data to make accurate predictions of its location in the world. In autonomous navigation, simultaneous localization and mapping is the computational problem of constructing or updating a map of an unknown environment while keeping track of an agent’s location. Students learn how to use these algorithm and other ones that help determine the quickest route between two points, finding optimal trajectories that come from the search and control algorithms, using the most popular and powerful programming platforms and libraries.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: Willingness to build things step-by-step and persistence when the things you have just created do not yet work as you expected and you need to trouble shoot them. Basic experience writing and debugging code, and looking up documentation. Familiarity with basic linear algebra and geometry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26008/2021

DGMD E-20
Modern and Mobile Front-End Web Design I

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer on Web Technologies, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | 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 and the cascade. Methods for layout are covered extensively, including positioning, Flexbox, and CSS Grid. Students also build their own layout grids, explore media queries, and understand proper responsive image management. The course explores CSS animation and its use in user interfaces, including transforms, transitions, filters, animation, and scalable vector graphics (SVG). Units on accessibility and forms are included.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI E-12 or permission of the instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14283/2020

DGMD E-23
Planning Successful Websites and Applications

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer on Web Technologies, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16308

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
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16308/2020

DGMD E-25
Creating Websites with Content Management Systems

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer on Web Technologies, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24048

Description
Content management systems (CMS) allow easy updates to websites so that every visit to a site is engaging, informative, and meaningful. Using WordPress, students explore the fundamentals of planning dynamic websites, CMS database management, developing CSS-controlled site templates, integration of meaningful content, e-commerce, learning management systems, customizing content types and fields, and marketing strategies for websites. The course is project-based; students build several sites over the term to increase their confidence in planning and executing websites.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: CSCI-E-12 required, DGMD E-20 recommended, or permission of the instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24048/2021

DGMD E-26
WordPress Programming

Lisa DiOrio, MS

Owner and Lead Developer, Fembot Creative

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16168

Description
This hands-on course helps students gain an understanding of how to utilize the WordPress platform to create customized solutions providing rich user experiences, e-commerce, and mobile friendly websites. WordPress is a free, open source content management system (CMS) powering over 30 percent of all websites. Students hone programming skills by customizing the WordPress environment. Course topics include programming in PHP, relational databases, SQL and MySQL, programming WordPress theme files, adding custom code to a WordPress site, plugin development, programmatically querying the WordPress relational database, programming WordPress shortcodes, mobile friendly considerations, and site migration and maintenance. Project assignments facilitate practice with individual concepts culminating in a comprehensive final project to create a complete website.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of web technologies; HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Familiarity with basic programming concepts including functions and conditionals. Experience working with a website in WordPress is recommended, but not required.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16168/2020

DGMD E-27
Modern and Mobile Front-End Web Design II

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer on Web Technologies, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24269

Description
With HTML and cascading style sheets (CSS) mastered, this course features a comprehensive exploration of responsive design. Students explore Sass, a CSS preprocessing language that combines logic and variables with CSS to create dynamic styling. Students understand responsive design 2.0, combining Sass, the CSS data structures CSS Calc and CSS custom properties, plus Flexbox and Grid, to create new flexible layouts with less code. Students also examine a traditional 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
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: DGMD E- 20, or permission of the instructor.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24269/2021

DGMD E-28
Single-Page Applications and Interfaces with Vue.js

Susan Buck, MPS

Web Programmer

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25694

Description
In this course, students learn how to build reactive, single-page applications and interfaces for the web using Vue.js, an open-source JavaScript framework. What is a single-page application (SPA)? In a traditional website, much of the processing is done on the server, where content is loaded and then delivered to the browser for rendering. For example, imagine a site like Wikipedia: you click a link and are led to a page where the content is loaded and displayed. If you click on another link, the same process happens again, reloading all the content you see in the browser. We categorize this approach as a multiple-page application with new content delivered via a new page request for every action. Now compare this experience to using a more robust web application like Gmail where the actions we take (for example, applying a label to a message) create an almost immediate response in the browser, changing just the content relevant to the action we took. This latter approach falls under the umbrella of a single-page application because the majority of the experience happens within a single page, without the need to entirely reload the page from the server. Single-page applications are built with HTML/CSS and powered by JavaScript-based SPA frameworks such React, Angular, Ember, or Vue.js. In this course, students learn about SPA development via the lens of Vue.js, but we also take a broad look at SPA frameworks to understand the aspects common to each, such as data-binding, components, templates, and routing. By comparing and contrasting the various framework options, students can make informed decisions about which tool or framework is most appropriate for their next project or area of study.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: JavaScript and/or a strong foundation in programming. Comfort with HTML/CSS (CSCI E-12 or equivalent). For more information about the prerequisites, see https://hesweb.dev/e28/prereq.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25694/2021

DGMD E-28
Single-Page Applications and Interfaces with Vue.js

Susan Buck, MPS

Web Programmer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16126

Description
In this course, students learn how to build reactive, single-page applications and interfaces for the web using Vue.js, an open-source JavaScript framework. What is a single-page application (SPA)? In a traditional website, much of the processing is done on the server, where content is loaded and then delivered to the browser for rendering. For example, imagine a site like Wikipedia: you click a link and are led to a page where the content is loaded and displayed. If you click on another link, the same process happens again, reloading all the content you see in the browser. We categorize this approach as a multiple-page application with new content delivered via a new page request for every action. Now compare this experience to using a more robust web application like Gmail where the actions we take (for example, applying a label to a message) create an almost immediate response in the browser, changing just the content relevant to the action we took. This latter approach falls under the umbrella of a single-page application because the majority of the experience happens within a single page, without the need to entirely reload the page from the server. Single-page applications are built with HTML/CSS and powered by JavaScript-based SPA frameworks such React, Angular, Ember, or Vue.js. In this course, students learn about SPA development via the lens of Vue.js, but we also take a broad look at SPA frameworks to understand the aspects common to each, such as data-binding, components, templates, and routing. By comparing and contrasting the various framework options, students can make informed decisions about which tool or framework is most appropriate for their next project or area of study.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: JavaScript and/or a strong foundation in programming. Comfort with HTML/CSS (CSCI E-12 or equivalent). For more information about the prerequisites, see https://hesweb.dev/e28/prereq.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16126/2020

DGMD E-30
Introduction to Media Production

Nicholas J. Manley, MFA

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14285

Description
This course is a complete movie-making academy in fifteen weeks. 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: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must have access to a DSLR or equivalent camera (1080p video), a tripod, an audio recording device, and access to video editing software. In this course we use Adobe Premiere CC.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14285/2020

DGMD E-35
Video Editing and Digital Design

Allyson Sherlock, MFA

Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Fall Term 2020 | 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, and students are given the option to shoot new material for their final projects if desired.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Previous editing experience preferred but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 29 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15362/2020

DGMD E-35
Video Editing and Digital Design

Allyson Sherlock, MFA

Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Spring Term 2021 | 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, and students are given the option to shoot new material for their final projects if desired.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Previous editing experience preferred but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 23 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24026/2021

DGMD E-37
Introduction to Motion Graphics and Story Visualization

Jason Wiser, MFA

Creative Director, Yaya Play Games

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16169

Description
How do we share a concept before the real counterpart has been created? How do we visualize a new piece of software, a business model, or a story dynamically? Motion graphics allows us to design enormously engaging visual experiences to communicate complex ideas. This course explores principles of visual narrative development to help students create well edited stories and effects.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm

Required sections Wednesdays, 9:20-10 pmStart Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16169/2020

DGMD E-40
Producing Educational Video

Marlon Kuzmick, MA

Director of the Learning Lab, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26020

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:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 11 am-1 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: All demonstrations are performed in Final Cut Pro X and Motion, so students need access to these tools. Students do not need any previous familiarity with these products. Each student also needs access to a video camera.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26020/2021

DGMD E-41
Universal Design

Christina Inge, MS

CEO and Founder, thoughtlight

Marah Rosenberg, ALM

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16420

Description
Inclusive design is becoming more critical as companies realize their potential markets are more diverse than ever. With 80 million Americans living with a temporary or permanent disability, technologies must be designed for users with different visual, auditory, and other requirements. In this course, we learn the foundations of universal design for digital media. We start by using persona-driven user experience questions, including who, exactly, are we serving? And how? And is design really enough, or do we need to be more inclusive in all digital media management functions, from research and development to marketing? (The answer is yes!) In this course, we present a toolkit for universal and inclusive design. We come away with roadmaps that references Ronald Mace’s framework for universal design.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16420/2020

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 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Comfort with a video editing program and with using a video camera.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 22 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14730/2020

DGMD E-45
Introduction to 3D Animation and Virtual Reality

Jason Wiser, MFA

Creative Director, Yaya Play Games

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25799

Description
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of 3D modeling, surfacing, and animation. Students learn to model and texture objects, compose and light scenes, animate, and render as movies, learning techniques applicable to work in video games, architectural and medical visualization, television and feature films.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Required sections Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Online students must have the following software, hardware, operating systems, and peripherals. For software: Autodesk Maya, Unity, Adobe Photoshop and After Effects (see syllabus for details). For hardware: 4 GB of RAM (8-16GB recommended), 64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor, a webcam, a microphone (headset recommended), and 15 GB of free hard-drive space for installing programs. For operating systems, one of the following: Apple Mac OS X 10.8.5, 10.9.x, or 10.10.x; or Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. Please note, the new OSX Catalina is not yet supported by Autodesk. If your machine runs OSX Catalina (released October 2019), you are encouraged to roll back to a previous OSX to be able to use the course programs. For peripherals: a three-button mouse (a two-button mouse will not work with Maya) and a Google cardboard headset; a digital drawing tablet/pen, such as a Wacom Intuos, is recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25799/2021

DGMD E-50
Introduction to Visual Communication Design

Athir Mahmud, PhD

Consultant

Spring Term 2021 | 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
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24839/2021

DGMD E-50
Introduction to Visual Communication Design

Athir Mahmud, PhD

Consultant

Fall Term 2020 | 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
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15157/2020

DGMD E-53
Designing Stories for the Web

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer on Web Technologies, Harvard Extension School

Martha Nichols, MA

Editor in Chief, Talking Writing

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25399

Description
In the digital realm, web designers, bloggers, journalists, and content producers of all kinds need to engage readers in new ways. In this team-taught course, a web designer and a journalist join forces to highlight the crucial connection between form and content. Students alternate writing assignments (personal stories and how-to pieces) with designing their text on WordPress. They learn to revise content so that it is both meaningful and eye-catching, trying out listicles, slide carousels, and embedded tweets or video. In the process, they learn marketable skills as digital writers and content designers, producing personal portfolios or other websites. They also get a chance to have work published in a class magazine.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Experience with journalism, blogging, or other forms of nonfiction writing is helpful but not required. While students don’t need to know WordPress, other content management systems, or HTML to take this course, comfort with technology and a willingness to think creatively about technological problems is a plus.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25399/2021

DGMD E-55
Designing Educational Media

Kerry Foley, EdM

Manager of Course Design, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16405

Description
In a society saturated with media and technology, what makes a great learning tool stand out among the rest? This course explores the many types of informal and formal educational media being developed for children, K-12, higher education, adult learners, and workplace training, and examines the cognitive processes that drive the learning. Together we explore theoretical models for learning and teaching, fundamentals of user experience, and techniques for effective product development as they relate to the creation of educational media. Over the course of the semester, students evaluate existing educational media, participate in design challenges, and design a prototype for an educational media product of their own. No prior experience in educational technology is necessary for the course, but a willingness to explore new technologies is a must.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 33 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16405/2020

DGMD E-55
Designing Educational Media

Kerry Foley, EdM

Manager of Course Design, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26054

Description
In a society saturated with media and technology, what makes a great learning tool stand out among the rest? This course explores the many types of informal and formal educational media being developed for children, K-12, higher education, adult learners, and workplace training, and examines the cognitive processes that drive the learning. Together we explore theoretical models for learning and teaching, fundamentals of user experience, and techniques for effective product development as they relate to the creation of educational media. Over the course of the semester, students evaluate existing educational media, participate in design challenges, and design a prototype for an educational media product of their own. No prior experience in educational technology is necessary for the course, but a willingness to explore new technologies is a must.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26054/2021

DGMD E-60
Designing Online Courses

Karina Lin-Murphy, EdM

Manager of Faculty Development, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24538

Description
In this course, students explore the fundamental elements of online course design and how to be practitioners of instructional design in a world where online learning is constantly changing. Students examine and establish the qualities of a good online course through the lenses of foundational learning theories, design-thinking principles, and the practical realities of course design. Over the course of the semester, students create and workshop an online learning project of their choice. Course topics include working with subject matter experts, creating student connection, translating face-to-face learning experiences, selecting online learning tools, designing assessments, and evaluating course success.

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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: DGMD E-55, EDUC E-103, EDUC E-111, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 39 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24538/2021

DGMD E-598
Digital Media Design Precapstone Tutorial

Hongming Wang, PhD

Senior Research Advisor, Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15706

Description
This tutorial helps students develop an academically strong capstone proposal. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design, who wish to register for the DGMD E-599 Digital Media Design Capstone in the 2021 spring term. The tutorial guides students to identify a topic from a variety of industries and communities, review the literature, formulate a research question, and develop appropriate methods to answer the question. Successful completion of the tutorial ensures that their project is fully operational by the start of next semester’s capstone course.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $0

Notes: This noncredit tutorial involves e-mail, phone, and/or web conference one-on-one advising sessions with the instructor 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, digital media design. They must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all the requirements except the capstone. Students submit their prework to ALMcapstones@extension.harvard.edu between July 18 and August 1. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course. To obtain prework instructions, visit the capstone website.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15706/2020

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Jose Luis Ramirez Herran, ALM

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15752 | Section 2

Description
This capstone course is designed for students whose research projects focus on wearable devices or web development with a focus on back-end design or plug-in development. Students apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant individual project in a collaborative environment. At the end of the semester, they make a formal oral presentation to their peers and visiting faculty.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design who are in good academic standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed DGMD S-598. 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-15752/2020

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Jennifer A. Kramer, MS

Lecturer on Web Technologies, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14731 | Section 1

Description
This capstone course is designed for students whose research projects focus on web development with a focus on front-end design. Students apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant individual project in a collaborative environment. At the end of the semester, they make a formal oral presentation to their peers and visiting faculty.

Class Meetings:
Online

This course includes a mandatory capstone presentation session to be held via web conference on December 5, 9 am-4 pm. Students must be present for the entire session.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design who are in good academic standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed DGMD S-598. 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-14731/2020

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Allyson Sherlock, MFA

Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24247 | Section 2

Description
This capstone course is designed for students whose research projects focus on video production and web development with a focus on front-end design. Students apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant individual project in a collaborative environment. At the end of the semester, they make a formal oral presentation to their peers and visiting faculty.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design who are in good academic standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed DGMD E-598. 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-24247/2021

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Jose Luis Ramirez Herran, ALM

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25332 | Section 1

Description
This capstone course is designed for students whose research projects focus on wearable devices or web development with a focus on back-end design or plug-in development. Students apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant individual project in a collaborative environment. At the end of the semester, they make a formal oral presentation to their peers and visiting faculty.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design who are in good academic standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed DGMD E-598. 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-25332/2021

DRAM E-10
Introduction to Acting

Karen MacDonald, BFA

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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 performing skills. Students are expected to write two performance journals after attending professional theatrical performances. Previous theater study is not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-20544/2021

DRAM E-10
Introduction to Acting

Remo Airaldi, AB

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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 performing skills. Students are expected to write two performance journals after attending professional theatrical performances. Previous theater study is not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12954/2020

DRAM E-12
Acting Shakespeare

Remo Airaldi, AB

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24418/2021

DRAM E-20
Advanced Acting

Marcus Stern, MFA

Head of Directing and Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 23479

Description
This course is focused on helping actors achieve more believable performances. The course is centered on scene study and audition techniques. The focus is on learning about and refining a practical acting process that can 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 as instruction on audition technique, and helping actors understand what audition material might work best for them.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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-23479/2021

DRAM E-21
Improvisational Acting

John Kuntz, MA

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14811/2020

DRAM E-24B
The History and Practice of Musical Theater: Decades of Protest through Song

Pamela J. Murray, MusM

Performing Faculty, Boston College and Middlesex School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26026

Description
This performance course for all levels of singers focuses on vocal technique, acting of a song, and the study of Broadway musicals from all eras. We focus on shows that highlight social justice issues that are current today, musicals that in many cases were ahead of their time in presenting these issues and at times quite controversial. Students learn a piece from this repertoire, working on both vocal and theatrical aspects and digging deeply into the text. We also analyze the accompaniment by listening to the orchestration and discovering clues given by the composer regarding story, character, and subtext. There are listening and written assignments as we study the different eras and styles, and class discussion regarding the socio-political nature of each show and the impact it had on society. The final consists of a paper and presentation based on each student’s research of the song and show, including a polished performance/video of the song.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Willingness to sing in front of class.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26026/2021

DRAM E-45
Directing for the Screen

Catherine Eaton, MFA

Director and Writer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16403

Description
Have you ever wanted to explore film directing, but haven’t known where to begin? In this course, students learn the core elements of directing fiction films, including everything from pre-production, to learning where to put the camera, to working with actors. Students learn how to break down scripts to find and develop a strong directorial point of view (POV) and gain the tools to create an intelligent shot-list and shot-diagram. The course covers various methods to work with and direct actors, and how to identify crew positions and learn how to assemble a crew. Additionally, we cover things like how to prepare for a shoot, expectations on set, and how to protect your creative process throughout the experience of making a fiction film. Sessions include presentations, discussions, scene analysis from various films (looking at camera set-ups, objectives, and directorial POV), interactive exercises, a case study, and shooting and presenting scenes to the class. Please note: this course does not cover the technical use of film cameras, lighting, or audio equipment. Scene exercises may be shot on whatever video camera each student has access to, such as a smartphone or other device, as equipment cannot be provided.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 11 am-1 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: In order to complete certain course exercises, all students must have use of a cell phone or other camera equipment that shoots video (most modern cell phones fulfill this remit). Students must also have access to simple editing software. Examples are iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, or Openshot (which can be downloaded for free), among others. Editing requirements are very simple, so experience with the software should not be a barrier. If you have any questions or concerns about these requirements, please contact the instructor.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16403/2020

DRAM E-145
Vocal Production

Ashleigh Reade, MFA

Assistant Professor of Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15770

Description
This is a practical, experiential, and studio-based course designed for students who wish to explore voice, speech, and text analysis for theater, film, TV, or public speaking. Actors, business professionals, singers, or anyone desiring greater mastery of the voice benefit from the course. Emphasis is placed on helping each speaker find his or her own voice through developing personal specificity, precision, and storytelling ability. Students develop a deeper awareness of their physical and vocal habits; learn how to healthfully and sustainably use their voice; and learn tools to create variety and dynamics when speaking. Class activities include solo and partner exercises to enhance awareness of the body and muscles used for voice and speech, one-on-one in-class coaching of text and song, and discussion of assigned readings on voice, speech, and performance. Prior singing, acting, or speech experience is not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15770/2020

ECON E-10A
Principles of Economics

Bruce D. Watson, MA

Master Lecturer in Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: High school algebra recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-10062/2020

ECON E-10A
Principles of Economics

Stacey Gelsheimer, PhD

Lecturer on Economics, Boston University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25979 | Section 1

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 are then 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of elementary algebra and geometry is required.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25979/2021

ECON E-10A
Principles of Economics

Rand Ghayad, PhD

Economic Advisor

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25236 | Section 2

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:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 36 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25236/2021

ECON E-1005
Foundations of Real-World Economics

John Komlos, PhD

Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Munich

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24060

Description
The course discusses complex economic processes in straightforward terms so that they can be understood without the use of mathematics. The focus is on real-world applications of economics in contrast to academic blackboard economics, which relies excessively on assumptions, theorizing, 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 Noble Prize winning economists such as Paul Krugman and Joe Stiglitz are so critical of the current economic situation for its dizzying inequality, its endemic underemployment, humongous trade and government deficits, stagnating wages, and lack of inclusive growth that is unable to provide a decent life for so many millions of its citizens. Mainstream economists do not have the answers to the challenges of globalization and technological unemployment 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, this course weaves ideas from psychology, sociology, and political science into a common-sense economic perspective in order to explore these issues. We also discuss the achievements of Nobel Prize winning economists Robert Shiller, Daniel Kahneman, and Richard Thaler in the fields of behavioral economics and behavioral finance. The course includes concepts from both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 10 am-noon
Start Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 32 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24060/2021

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Zinnia Mukherjee, PhD

Associate Professor of Economics, Simmons College

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16157 | Section 2

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. ECON E-10a, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16157/2020

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Zinnia Mukherjee, PhD

Associate Professor of Economics, Simmons College

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25934 | Section 2

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. ECON E-10a, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25934/2021

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Dorian Klein, MBA

Marion Laboure, PhD

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25526 | Section 1

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. ECON E-10a, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 250 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25526/2021

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Dorian Klein, MBA

Marion Laboure, PhD

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16098 | Section 1

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. ECON E-10a, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 250 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16098/2020

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Bruce D. Watson, MA

Master Lecturer in Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 23285 | Section 3

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. ECON E-10a, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23285/2021

ECON E-1012
Macroeconomic Theory

Christopher Foote, PhD

Professor of the Practice of Economics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Economics 1010b. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Prerequisites: Most people who take intermediate economics have already taken a principles of macroeconomics course. However, in this intermediate course all important concepts are defined as they are presented, so it is possible to do well even if this is your first formal training in macroeconomics. No specific mathematics course is required and calculus is rarely used. However, very basic knowledge of calculus at the level of MATH E-15 is assumed. Students should also be comfortable performing basic algebraic calculations.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25156/2021

ECON E-1017
Financing Community and Economic Development

James Carras, MPA

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25617

Description
This course provides an understanding of financing mechanisms, tools, policies, and programs available to community and economic development professionals. The course focuses on access and availability of capital, both public and private, for businesses and real estate development projects that have an impact particularly on low opportunity communities. The course covers how capital markets operate and are structured; challenges for community economic development professionals to access those markets, business, and real estate financing fundamentals; public development finance tools including Opportunity Zone Funds, New Market Tax Credits and Community Development Financial Institutions; and capital access strategies such as Community Reinvestment Act research and advocacy. The course also addresses sustainable development and the role of development finance and impact investing. We explore the relationship between local community economic development, environmental sustainability, cultural vitality, and trends in the regional and national economies. Specifically, we focus on how to make community and economic investments that yield development outcomes that contribute to economic, environmental, and cultural vitality. This approach extends a triple bottom line approach that seeks to benefit profits, people, and the planet.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 55 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25617/2021

ECON E-1035
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making

David S. McIntosh, MBA

Founder, Creative Business Breakthroughs

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25670

Description
In this course we study how people actually make decisions, what rationality lies behind seemingly irrational behavior, and how decision making can be influenced. Building on economic principles useful in understanding business and consumer decision making, we study forces that prevent efficient and rational outcomes from occurring, as well as tools for influencing decisions.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Introductory economics (ECON E-10a or equivalent) required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25670/2021

ECON E-1035
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making

David S. McIntosh, MBA

Founder, Creative Business Breakthroughs

Jon A. Fay, AB

Managing Partner, Wilson Alan LLC

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15713

Description
In this course we study how people actually make decisions, what rationality lies behind seemingly irrational behavior, and how decision making can be influenced. Building on economic principles useful in understanding business and consumer decision making, we study forces that prevent efficient and rational outcomes from occurring, as well as tools for influencing decisions.

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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Introductory economics (ECON E-10a or equivalent) required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15713/2020

ECON E-1040
Strategy, Conflict, and Cooperation

Robert Neugeboren, PhD

Lecturer on Economics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm

Required sections Thursdays, time to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: MATH E-8, or the equivalent or satisfactory placement test score.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21946/2021

ECON E-1040
Strategy, Conflict, and Cooperation

Robert Neugeboren, PhD

Lecturer on Economics, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16069

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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm

Required sections Thursdays, time to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: MATH E-8, or the equivalent or satisfactory placement test score.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16069/2020

ECON E-1057
Game Theory and Social Behavior

Erez Yoeli, PhD

Lecturer on Economics, Harvard University and Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management

Moshe Hoffman, PhD

Visiting Lecturer on Economics, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16090

Description
Game theory is the formal toolkit for analyzing situations in which payoffs depend not only on your actions (say, which TV series you watch), but also that of others (whether your friends are watching the same show). You’ve probably already heard of some famous games, like the prisoner’s dilemma and the costly signaling game. This course teaches students to solve games like these, and more, using tools like Nash equilibrium, subgame perfection, Bayesian Nash equilibrium, and the one-shot deviation principle. Game theory has traditionally been applied to understand the behavior of highly deliberate agents, like heads of state, firms in an oligopoly, or participants in an auction. However, we apply game theory to social behavior typically considered the realm of psychologists and philosophers, such as why we speak indirectly, in what sense beauty is socially constructed, and where our moral intuitions come from.

Class Meetings:
Online

Sections are not required, but are recommended for students without the necessary math background.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Economics 1057 starting September 3. See syllabus for details.

Prerequisites: We make frequent use of probability theory (Bayes’s Rule, conditional probabilities), set theory notation, and proofs. Students without a background in these tools have historically found some of the later problem sets to be challenging. Not sure if this class is for you? Take our self-assessment, then see how your answers compare with ours. STAT E-100 and MATH E-10 recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16090/2020

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 2021 | CRN 24054

Description
This course covers, with an emphasis on both theory and empirics, the promises and realities of the emerging economies in Asia and Eastern Europe, focusing on some of the most appealing economic stories, including China, India, Russia, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The potentials of booming markets, fast-developing local consumer markets, abundant supply of labor, and the rising middle class have been the major characteristics of many emerging markets, which have attracted the attention and capital from the rest of the world. However, upon closer examination, we find the landscape is fraught under the impact of shifting global geopolitical dynamics, with an ongoing slowdown across some of the world’s major emerging markets and complex social, economic, and financial systemic risks. The course places specific emphasis on the emerging markets’ economics, finance, banking, technology advances, trade, demographic challenges, and their economic relations with the latest macro trends. The learning objective is for students to gain an understanding of the current dynamics and the past development stories of the emerging market nations.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: ECON S-10a, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 38 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24054/2021

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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 6-9 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23271/2021

ECON E-1533
Monetary Policy After the Financial Crisis

Dorian Klein, MBA

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25996

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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a and basic algebra.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25996/2021

ECON E-1600
Economics of Business

Robert E. Wayland, MA

President, R.E. Wayland and Associates

Spring Term 2021 | 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. Students may not take both ECON E-1600 and ECON S-1615 for degree or certificate credit.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. ECON E-10a, or the equivalent, and MATH E-8 or satisfactory placement test score; MATH E-15 recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23096/2021

ECON E-1600
Economics of Business

Robert E. Wayland, MA

President, R.E. Wayland and Associates

Fall Term 2020 | 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. Students may not take both ECON E-1600 and ECON S-1615 for degree or certificate credit.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. ECON E-10a, or the equivalent, and MATH E-8 or satisfactory placement test score; MATH E-15 recommended.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13399/2020

ECON E-1625
Economic Strategy and Competitiveness

Mark Esposito, DBA

Professor of Business and Economics, Hult International Business School and Fellow, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25336

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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Coursework in economics.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25336/2021

ECON E-1661
Environmental Economics

Carlos Alberto Vargas, PhD

Partner, Turnstone Environmental Planning

Jennifer Clifford, PhD

Lecturer in Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston and Partner, Turnstone Environmental Planning

Fall Term 2020 | 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
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15509/2020

ECON E-1700
Urban Policy

James Carras, MPA

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Courses in sociology, political science, urban planning, architecture, public policy, and economics are helpful but not required.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 47 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15079/2020

ECON E-1780
Disrupting Economics: New Metrics for a Sustainable Future

Peter Marber, PhD

Chief Investment Officer for Emerging Markets, Aperture Investors and Senior Lecturer on Finance, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16377

Description
Protests over government policies have become more commonplace in both advanced and emerging countries around the world. Angry citizens complain about a wide range issues including inequality, privacy, democracy, immigration, trade, job security, health care, and climate change. Are governments really failing to deliver what societies need and citizens want? Perhaps the answer lies in the way success is measured. Amid globalization and the rise of the digital economy, traditional economic measures like gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment, and stock market performance may be leaving governments and citizens with a distorted worldview—and a shaky foundation for policy decisions. This course investigates limitations of conventional yardsticks used for assessing national output, employment, inflation, productivity, and trade, among other key metrics, and asks what components of a successful society we fail to measure at all. Public policies based on inaccurate or incomplete data are likely to have unintended consequences leading to financial meltdowns, environmental degradation, economic inequality, and pandemics, among others negative externalities. Moreover, failing to fully account for true costs can skew individual, corporate, and governmental behavior towards short-termism versus sustainability. As a response, many scholars—from economists to sociologists—are formulating new metrics and new philosophies to address such concerns and to utilize the unprecedented amount of data now available for analysis. Some of the questions this course seeks to explore include: how did GDP universally come to anchor government policies in the twentieth century? What are the limitations of GDP amid a globalizing and digitizing economy? How is unemployment, inflation, and productivity calculated? Will robots and computers completely replace human work? What are sustainability and resilience and how can they be measured? How should we judge a private company’s success? What are social enterprises, socially responsible investing, and their performance metrics? Are there other progress measures that can better guide countries and companies? This course hopes to inspire social entrepreneurs to develop innovative, superior, and sustainable approaches to economics and finance that make the world better for all.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16377/2020

ECON E-1825A
The Minimum Wage Debate

Jane P. Katz, AM

Spring Term 2021 | 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 the particular issues for low income workers.

Class Meetings:
2-credit half-term online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Mar. 22, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $940
Graduate credit: $1450
Credits: 2

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. This course meets for a half term, March 22-May 15.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24424/2021

ECON E-1826
Universal Basic Income

Jane P. Katz, AM

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15697

Description
Decades of stagnant wage growth and increased job insecurity—and worries about the impact of automation on jobs—have focused attention across the political spectrum on policies that provide a basic yearly income guarantee. Most commonly called universal basic income (UBI), these policies typically provide all citizens a guaranteed yearly cash payment, regardless of their work status and level of income. While in the US proposals of this type date at least as far back as Thomas Paine, they have mostly lived on the political margins. But the surprise emergence of 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang and the forced shutdown of economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic have brought the discussion into the mainstream. This course takes a broad view of UBI and explores both the philosophical and economic issues that arise when formulating and implementing a UBI policy. What goals can be achieved with a UBI and what would constitute a fair policy? What are the pros and cons of offering assistance in the form of cash versus programs that provide specific goods and services? What does past research tell us about the impact of UBI on recipients? Will recipients work and save less, as some fear; or invest in additional education, as others suggest? Would they be more adventurous and entrepreneurial? Better able to care for children and aging parents? How might the specifics of a UBI proposal vary depending on a country’s technology and infrastructure? Students develop a framework for evaluating and comparing several specific existing UBI proposals and propose and argue for their own UBI policy or an alternative. They consider questions such as how much will the program cost and who should pay for it? Should the benefit be the same for everyone, regardless of circumstance? Should it supplement or replace existing programs? Will their proposal reduce poverty and/or income inequality? Is UBI the best way to achieve these goals?

Class Meetings:
2-credit half-term online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Oct. 22, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $940
Graduate credit: $1450
Credits: 2

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. This course meets for a half term, October 19-December 19.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a or equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15697/2020

ECON E-1920
Capital Markets and Investments

Faris Saah, MS

Founder and Managing Partner, Quansoo Partners

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25654

Description
Students are exposed to the framework of modern portfolio theory and investment analysis with which they 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: MGMT E-2000, or the equivalent course or experience; a course or courses in quantitative methods such as basic statistics or college algebra.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 80 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25654/2021

ECON E-1920
Capital Markets and Investments

Bruce D. Watson, MA

Master Lecturer in Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14510

Description
Students are exposed to the framework of modern portfolio theory and investment analysis with which they 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: MGMT E-2000, or the equivalent course or experience; a course or courses in quantitative methods such as basic statistics or college algebra.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14510/2020

ECON E-1925
Emerging Markets: Investment Theories and Practice

Peter Marber, PhD

Chief Investment Officer for Emerging Markets, Aperture Investors and Senior Lecturer on Finance, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16376

Description
Globalization is no longer an academic theory; it is a reality that affects all of our lives. From the foods we eat to the goods we buy, the ubiquity of developing countries from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and former Soviet Union—those frequently referred to as emerging markets—intensifies daily. Yet beyond the well-documented commercial and cultural impacts of globalization, there are strong but less visible trends toward greater global financial and investment integration. What makes emerging financial markets different from those in the US, Europe, or Japan? What are the benefits of adding these markets to a traditional investment portfolio? How do policies shape these markets? Why invest in certain countries versus others? Within a country, which asset class should we invest in? How do hedge funds approach these markets vs. traditional investors? How has the global credit crisis that began in 2007 altered the trajectories of developing and industrialized countries? From the practical perspective of a US institutional investor, this course is geared to help answer these questions. Students develop greater abilities to analyze global macro trends and country fundamentals, master portfolio construction concepts, and implement practical investment strategies.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of finance and a modest competency with Microsoft Excel and/or a financial calculator. Prior course work or work experience in finance would also be useful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16376/2020

ECON E-1944
History of Financial Crises 1637-2020

John Komlos, PhD

Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Munich

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16396

Description
The goal of this course is to discuss the 383-year-history of financial crisis through the Great Meltdown of 2008 and continuing to the present pandemic catastrophe. We ascertain recurring historical patterns of financial bubbles from tulips to bitcoins without, however, overlooking critical differences. If history repeats itself, why can’t we avoid making the same mistakes repeatedly? The great meltdown happened at a time when most mainstream macroeconomists (including Nobel-Prize-winner Robert Lucas, as well as none other than the former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke) were emphasizing that they had business cycles under control. They, along with most of their colleagues, were dead wrong, because they disregarded the warning signs and used the inadequate economic models to assess the situation. The historical evidence enables us to gain a more thorough understanding of global finance which influences our lives to such a great extent. Our primary aim is not to concentrate on facts, theorems, or numbers, but rather to see the big picture in a multi-disciplinary long-run perspective integrating the knowledge gained from the work of such Nobel-Prize-winning behavioral economists as Robert Shiller, Richard Thaler, and Daniel Kahneman. We also assess our current economic situation, including the fallout from the bailout of Wall Street that failed to pay adequate attention to the problems faced by the everyman on Main Street. The course ends with the analysis of the current economic crisis in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students gain an understanding of how we arrived at such a dangerous point in the nation’s history.  

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, 10 am-noon
Start Date: Sep. 5, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16396/2020

EDUC E-103
Introduction to Instructional Design

Stacie Cassat Green, MEd

Principal, 64 Crayons

Spring Term 2021 | 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

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The orientation to the course opens January 11. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 24 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25190/2021

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 2020 | 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

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The orientation to the course opens August 17. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14021/2020

EDUC E-111
Empowering Adult Online Learning: Exploring Theory and Best Practices

Kimberlee Round, PhD

Program Chair, Instructional Design and Learning Technology, Western Governors University

Fall Term 2020 | 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
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 41 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14804/2020

EDUC E-113
Instructional Design Studio

Stacie Cassat Green, MEd

Principal, 64 Crayons

Spring Term 2021 | 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, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: DGMD E-55, EDUC E-103, EDUC E-111, or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 23 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24800/2021

EDUC E-115
Adult Learning Theories

Cindy Joyce, MA

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Pillar Search and Human Resources Consulting

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16407

Description
Learning opportunities for adults are often modeled after our classes in grade school and high school. However, adults learn much differently from children, and their motivation to learn is vastly different as well. This course explores adult learning theory and practice, how to engage the adult learner, and how to provide learning opportunities that both motivate and challenge. Human resources practitioners, leaders, and trainers alike benefit from this course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Experience in organizational behavior, human resources management, or nonprofit human resources management.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16407/2020

ENGL E-101
Whose English? The Diverse History of the English Language

Daniel Donoghue, PhD

John P. Marquand Professor of English, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16349

Description
From its obscure origins, over its long history, and with today’s global reach, the English language has meant many things to the people who use it. It also prompts many questions. Why is pronunciation at odds with spelling? What happened to “thou”? What did Shakespeare sound like? How do we know? Why the love/hate relationship with grammar scolds? What about the future of English as a world language? Knowing the fascinating backstory of the language will give you more confidence as a writer; it also sharpens your skills as a reader as you see things you never noticed before. A final promise: geeking out will equip you to win countless arguments with friends, roommates, and family.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course English 101 starting September 4. See syllabus for details.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16349/2020

ENGL E-110A
Arrivals: British Literature from 700 to 1700

Daniel Donoghue, PhD

John P. Marquand Professor of English, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16430

Description
An introduction to major works in English literature from Beowulf up to the eighteenth century, the course explores various ways that new identities are created through the cultural forces that shape poets, genres, and groups. The syllabus is organized around genres or modes rather than chronology, although we always keep historical context in mind. Major works include Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Spenser’s Faerie Queen, and Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave—to name a few. We explore the genres of romance, epic, lyric, and prose fiction, and drama.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course English 40 starting September 3. See syllabus for details.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16430/2020

ENGL E-159
Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses

Theoharis C. Theoharis, PhD

Associate Scholar, Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16315

Description
James Joyce’s Ulysses is the most admired novel of the twentieth century in English. In this course, we try to see why that is true by reading the book closely, chapter by chapter, looking at how Joyce made one story on one day in Dublin the universal story of how humane men and women prevail over the violence bent on destroying them. We pay special attention to how Joyce elaborately combined detailed realistic story lines and characters with symbolism, allusion, references, and off-kilter comparisons, such as the book’s title, which names an obscure and peaceful man after a notoriously sly and vindictive one, Ulysses.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16315/2020

ENGL E-163A
North and South: The Plays of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams

Sue Weaver Schopf, PhD

Distinguished Service Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16460

Description
This course focuses on the plays of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams—the most important American playwrights of the second half of the twentieth century. Miller has been referred to as America’s Shakespeare and the conscience of the American theater; Williams as the spokesman for the lonely outsider and the explorer of the dark places in the soul. Rooted in the industrial north, Miller’s realistic plays would appear to have little in common with Williams’ expressionistic dramas, which seem thoroughly southern. Yet early in his career, Miller recognized in Williams’ plays the same theatrical goals he sought to achieve and credited A Streetcar Named Desire with licensing the playwright to “speak at full throat.” What kinds of social and psychological truths do these writers explore? How do their plays constitute a critique of post-World War II America with its ambivalent attitudes towards money, success, sexuality, and nonconformity? We explore the similarities and differences between these two great writers and consider their achievement as technical innovators. By reading some of their recorded conversations and published essays, we also learn how Miller and Williams felt about fame, the function of drama in the modern world, the critical reviews they received, the filmed adaptations of their works, and—of course—each other.

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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: EXPO E-25 or the equivalent.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16460/2020

ENGL E-166
The Twentieth-Century American Novel

Peter Becker, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25903

Description
In this course we read several landmark novels and examples of short fiction. We begin at a time in which many writers left for Europe to leave behind a country they considered provincial while others immigrated to the United States as a refuge. We examine how these continued exchanges across the Atlantic and the experiences of the World Wars and the Holocaust affected and reshaped the rich American novelistic traditions. Proceeding largely in chronological order, the sequence of readings is divided thematically. The readings cluster around the way in which traditional American settings and literary forms interact with and adapt to national and transatlantic historical change. These changes are readily reflected in the novels of immigration, the Lost Generation, and the World Wars, but they also make themselves felt subtly in the way American writers think about the suburb, a direct result of World War II, negotiate the relationship between individualism and the shaping influence of family legacies, and try to grapple with the lasting effects of slavery.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2017 course.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25903/2021

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

Senior Curriculum Specialist, Poetry in America

Fall Term 2020 | 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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1000
Undergraduate credit: $1000
Graduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is offered in partnership with the Poetry in America (PiA) initiative. Teachers may apply for Poetry in America scholarships.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15383/2020

ENGL E-182H
Poetry in America: Whitman and Dickinson

Elisa New, PhD

Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Jesse Benjamin Raber, PhD

Visiting Lecturer on English, University of Illinois at Chicago

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16375

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 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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1000
Undergraduate credit: $1000
Graduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is offered in partnership with the Poetry in America initiative. Teachers may apply for Poetry in America scholarships.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16375/2020

ENGL E-182M
Poetry in America: From the Civil War through Modernism

Elisa New, PhD

Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Jesse Benjamin Raber, PhD

Visiting Lecturer on English, University of Illinois at Chicago

Spring Term 2021 | 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. 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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1000
Undergraduate credit: $1000
Graduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is offered in partnership with the Poetry in America (PiA) initiative. Teachers may apply for Poetry in America scholarships.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25016/2021

ENGL E-183A
Seeing Nature: American Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century

Collier Brown, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16410

Description
In American literature, nature has been a point of ideological dispute: a frontier to be protected and subdued, a wilderness to be cultivated and feared. For every hopeful Johnny Appleseed, there’s been a Young Goodman Brown, losing his faith to the forest’s demonic orgies. In this course, we study the origins of American literature’s contentious relationship to nature. We survey Puritan homilies, naturalist field writings, slave narratives, transcendental philosophies, Native American lore, romantic reveries, realist fictions, and early modern American anxieties about nature. Along the way, we encounter works by Jonathan Edwards, William Bartram, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Black Elk, Frederick Douglass, Rebecca Harding Davis, Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, Willa Cather, Jean Toomer, Jack London, and others.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 26 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16410/2020

ENGL E-183B
Modern Environmental Nonfiction

Collier Brown, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25983

Description
In this course, students survey important American contributions to twentieth- and twenty-first-century American environmental nonfiction. From the founding of the National Park Service (1916) to the first Earth Day (1970) and onward to America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, we consider the diverse ways in which modern Americans have grappled with environmental issues. Our readings include writers like Mary Austin, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, Leslie Marmon Silko, Rebecca Solnit, and Lauret Savoy.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25983/2021

ENGL E-184
The Graphic Novel

Emmy Waldman, PhD

Visiting Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26041

Description
This course examines the word-and-image form of comics as a powerful and sophisticated story-telling medium. Focusing on the American tradition, we consider the transmigrations of this medium from the newspaper funny pages to the center of a censorship craze that swept the nation in the 1950s; and chart how comics went underground, simmering over in transgressive, taboo-breaking publications, before (re)emerging into the mainstream with new cultural cachet and expanded horizons. Now in our own day, this low cultural form which was once either neglected or denigrated can be found winking from best-seller lists and college syllabi. Comics have become an acclaimed medium of autobiographical narratives that take up the subjects of mental health and trauma, as well as organs of activism, education, and protest. In this course, we become conversant with the basic visual vocabulary and grammar of comics and explore the adjacencies between comics and such neighboring forms as prose, poetry, visual art, film, and architecture. We ask, what do comics do that other forms will not or cannot? Canvassing comics history from foundational works to contemporary new directions, including the movements of graphic reportage and graphic medicine, we read criticism by comics scholars and the cartoonists themselves. We also explore making our own comics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26041/2021

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

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16442

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.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2013 Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Culture and Belief 56.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16442/2020

ENGL E-213
The Scientist Meets the Monster: From Frankenstein to Einstein

Sue Weaver Schopf, PhD

Distinguished Service Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

January session | CRN 26050

Description
When does science go too far? What are (or should be) its limitations? The scientist in literature is often represented as mad because of his willingness to go to any length to advance the cause of science—and never more so than when experiments have unintended consequences or escape the scientist’s control. This fear of science and the scientist becomes a serious literary preoccupation during the nineteenth century, when experiments in electricity, reanimation, chemistry, surgery, vivisection, the use of new technologies, and the implications of Darwinism were being widely discussed and their morality questioned. With the birth of the nuclear age in the twentieth century, public anxiety about science and its uses only intensified. This course examines five works that dramatize the dilemma of the scientist when confronting the monstrosities he creates or those over which science appears to be powerless: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), and C. P. Snow’s The New Men (1954). We investigate the medical and scientific backgrounds of these works, the controversies they precipitated, and the authors’ unusual storytelling techniques. On some occasions, we may consider the filmed versions of these works and how they have contributed to the image of the scientist in the popular imagination.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 2-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due Monday, February 8.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26050/2021

ENGL E-221
Asian American Literature: Asian American Action

Patricia Chu, PhD

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25931

Description
This interdisciplinary course examines Asian American literature alongside political and historical readings about how Asian Americans have taken action as artists, activists, workers, politicians, and criminals. We consider issues including gender and sexuality, immigration history/the American Dream, ethnic and class conflicts within Asian America, the problem of authenticity, the effects of America’s wars in Asia, the particular stereotypes associated with Asian Americans, and Asian American positions in relation to other American minorities.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25931/2021

ENGL E-243
The American Road Narrative

David J. Alworth, PhD

Visiting Professor of English, Stony Brook University, and Research Associate, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School and Associate, English, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26052

Description
This course examines the American road narrative, beginning with Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) and extending to Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive (2019). Pairing key literary texts with reviews, essays, scholarship, journalism, and other media, we consider how the road narrative engages with historical circumstances and with social, ethical, and political themes. Students have the option to complete a creative final project, for example, an original road narrative or film adaptation of a novel.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26052/2021

ENGL E-244
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man in Cultural Context

Alex Corey, PhD

Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26027

Description
In this course, we closely read Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man in its historical, literary, and cultural contexts. Published in 1952, Invisible Man is one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century and a crucial contribution to the African American—and thus, the American—literary tradition. It is densely packed with references to American and European literature, traditions of African American music making and storytelling, and the political climate of the United States at the midcentury. By the end of the semester, students understand how Invisible Man engages with and departs from these contexts, gaining a deep appreciation of how novels generate meaning in the process. Along with Invisible Man, reading and listening may include other works by Ellison, James Baldwin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, T.S. Eliot, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, Lionel Trilling, Antonin Dvorak, Mahalia Jackson, and Zora Neale Hurston, along with a selection of contemporary scholarship on Invisible Man.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26027/2021

ENGL E-248
Race, Gender, and Sexuality in American Popular Music

Alex Corey, PhD

Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15868

Description
This course examines the relationship between popular music and the relations of power that organize life in the United States. Attending to a range of music from the past 50 years, we explore how music responds to and influences understandings of social difference. Musicians we study may include Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Janelle Monáe, Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Prince, and Hole. We also read a wide array of scholarship in the fields of pop music studies, African American studies, gender and sexuality studies, and American cultural studies. The following questions guide our inquiry: how do lyrics interact with music’s sonic qualities to tell stories in sound? How does pop music raise questions about identity, power, and storytelling? How might pop music communicate social protest and enact social change? How does the music industry’s structure shape the public’s interaction with pop music?

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 19 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15868/2020

ENGL E-254
American Modernism

David J. Alworth, PhD

Visiting Professor of English, Stony Brook University, and Research Associate, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School and Associate, English, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16312

Description
This introductory-level college course examines the literature and culture of American modernism (1880s-1920s). Emphasizing the genre of the novel, we attend to major works by Henry James, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Jean Toomer. Lectures explore the dynamic relationship between literature and history—including the history of visual art, technology, media, politics, and ideas. Special attention is given to the relationship between innovative literary practices and themes such as migration, urban versus rural experience, war and its aftermath, work and leisure, the rise of consumer capitalism, vision and visuality, and the shifting pressures of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class during the modern era. Students who complete this course gain a broad knowledge of American modernism, and attain the fundamental skills necessary to succeed in college-level courses in literature, culture, arts, and humanities. While lectures guide the readings, assignments help students refine their abilities in critical thinking, close reading, and analytical writing.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 2-4 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16312/2020

ENGL E-256
The Contemporary Comic Novel

Theoharis C. Theoharis, PhD

Associate Scholar, Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25927

Description
Sanctioned scorn, absurdity, glee, happy endings, success of dubious ventures, new results from old causes—these are some of the pleasures comedy offers. The novels in this course—A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, White Noise by Don DeLillo, On Beauty by Zadie Smith, and Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, offer all these abundantly, as well as breaches of decorum and extravagant situations, not to mention wit. We look into how these novels play with some important norms that traditionally safeguard the moral value of fiction—plausible action and likeable characters chiefly—to discover how comedy illicitly makes wrong things right, in a way readers approve of and admire.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25927/2021

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

Jesse Benjamin Raber, PhD

Visiting Lecturer on English, University of Illinois at Chicago

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26075

Description
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. This course introduces content and techniques intended to help students and educators learn how to read texts of increasing complexity. Readings and activities were chosen and designed with the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards in grades six through 12 in mind. Enrollment is not limited to teachers. Students with an interest in education, or with the poets and poems covered in this course, are welcome to enroll.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1000
Undergraduate credit: $1000
Graduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is offered in partnership with the Poetry in America (PiA) initiative. The course is also offered in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Teachers enrolled for noncredit who are interested in professional development can earn certificates of participation for 90 professional development hours from HGSE’s Professional Education. Teachers may apply for Poetry in America scholarships.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26075/2021

ENGL E-305
Poetry in America for Teachers: Earth, Sea, Sky

Elisa New, PhD

Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Gillian Osborne, PhD

Senior Curriculum Specialist, Poetry in America

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25479

Description
This course is designed specifically for secondary school educators interested in deepening their expertise as readers and teachers of literature. In the course, we consider the evolving relationship of American poets to the environment from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Emily Dickinson, whose poems on the landscape of rural Massachusetts from the 1850s to 1880s drew from the science and the incipient environmental movements of that century, is a touchstone for the course. But her sparse lyrics are only one of the poetic technologies of looking at, caring for, and mourning the destruction of, the natural world that we explore together: from haiku, to African American poems of exploitative agrarianism and fantastical gardening, to poems that expand the scope of nature from the vast and inhuman to the birdcalls echoing in urban backyards. Through field trips, classroom visits, and conversations with ecologists, scientists, gardeners, farmers and other guest interpreters, this course familiarizes students with a variety of canonical and contemporary American poets: Robert Frost, Jean Toomer, Lorine Niedecker, Gary Snyder, A.R. Ammons, Robinson Jeffers, Juliana Spahr, Ross Gay, and more.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1000
Undergraduate credit: $1000
Graduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course is offered in partnership with the Poetry in America (PiA) initiative. The course is also offered in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Teachers enrolled for noncredit who are interested in professional development can earn certificates of participation for 90 professional development hours from HGSE’s Professional Education. Teachers may apply for Poetry in America scholarships.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25479/2021

ENGL E-597
Focused Study on English Literature in a Critical Context

Peter Becker, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15775

Description
Students learn to develop well-supported arguments of their own about literary texts and to set their arguments into the context of what other critics have written. The course introduces debates about the history of the discipline, the canon, genre, and the roles of race, ethnicity, and gender. Students read a group of related texts by different authors and critical essays analyzing these texts from a variety of theoretical approaches. We engage with these theoretical and critical debates by focusing on fiction written in response to the historical events of slavery and the Holocaust and their lasting impact on subsequent generations: how can writers represent what may be considered unspeakable? Written from the 1980s on, the historical fiction we examine in this course rejects earlier forms of the historical novel and self-consciously addresses the creative and aesthetic aspects of storytelling: how do we arrive at knowledge about the past? What is the role of memory? What is trauma? And how does it affect the subsequent generations? What is the role of visual representations such as drawings and photography in fiction? By engaging with these texts and the debates surrounding them, students also examine hallmark features of realist, modernist, and postmodern fiction. Authors include Cynthia Ozick, Toni Morrison, W.G. Sebald, Jonathan Safran Foer, Edward Jones, and Junot Díaz. By the end of the course, students have produced an essay that takes the form of a journal article. While this course is open to all students who have met the prerequisite it is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, English capstone track, who wish to register for ENGL E-599 in the 2021 spring term. Enrollment in ENGL E-599 requires that all other degree requirements are complete, except for the capstone.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: B or higher grade in HUMA E-100.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15775/2020

ENGL E-599
English Literature in a Critical Context Capstone

Peter Becker, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25383

Description
In this course, students learn to develop well-supported arguments about a topic of their choosing and to place them into the context of what other critics have written. Students produce an essay in the form of a journal article with the guidance of their instructor and classmates. The course is devoted to researching primary and secondary sources and completing intermediate steps such as writing a research proposal, compiling an annotated bibliography, presenting the research, and completing a draft and a polished research paper. The course is divided into four stages. In the beginning, students have to deepen their knowledge of their topic of interest, examining scholarly articles in the field of literature. They practice orienting themselves in academic scholarship by learning how to identify scholarly arguments in monographs and articles of their interest, using book reviews, and navigating Harvard’s online library system. In the second part of the course, students move from a broadly defined topic of interest to a specific research question. They identify the major scholarship and determine the primary source(s) relevant to their research question. This second part culminates in the submission and presentation of a research proposal and an annotated bibliography. The third part is devoted to textual analysis of the primary sources and developing the argument, leading to the completion of a full draft of the research essay. During the final stage of the semester students read each other’s drafts and subsequently revise their own by integrating critical comments provided by their instructor and classmates.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Students must be degree candidates in the Master of Liberals Arts, English capstone track who are in good academic standing and have completed all other degree requirements, except for the capstone, including earning a B– or higher grade in ENGL E-597 in the 2020 fall term. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25383/2021

ENSC E-110
Applied Design Thinking for Scientists and Engineers

Anas Chalah, PhD

Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

January session | CRN 25995

Description
Design thinking is widely considered to be an essential skill for twenty-first century leaders and innovative thinkers. Engineering programs should graduate engineers who can design effectively to meet social and environmental needs. However, the role and perception of design across a wide range of educational disciplines has improved markedly in recent years. One of the defining characteristics of design thinking is that there is rarely a single correct answer to a complex problem. Design thinking is an iterative and interdisciplinary collaborative process toward crafting acceptable solutions. This course enables students to exercise and practice different thinking styles, including divergent, convergent, critical, analytical, and integrative. It guides students through the different steps of the design thinking process, starting with empathy, into problem definition, ideation, prototyping, building, measurement, and analysis. On the technical side, this course focuses on teaching systems and system controls to emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations in solving complex challenges. As some students want to bring forward their innovative ideas to the commercialization stage, the course aims to support their aspirations by including aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship in some of the course’s hands-on projects.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 6-9 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25995/2021

ENSC E-123
Laboratory Electronics: Digital Circuit Design

Oliver Saunders Wilder, PhD

Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25768

Description
This course 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 build a microcomputer from the chip level. They apply this computer first to assigned tasks and later to individual projects. The student’s microcomputer is based on an 8051-derivative microcontroller, chosen because it allows an easy transition, after the course is completed, from the course’s pedagogically-useful transparent design (using external buses and memory) to practical single-chip implementations. Each meeting includes a laboratory session.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Required laboratory sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: High school algebra and some familiarity with analog electronics.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 22 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25768/2021

ENSC E-132
Tissue Engineering for Clinical Applications

Sujata K. Bhatia, PhD, MD

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25367

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
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25367/2021

ENSC E-150
Introduction to Nanobiotechnology: Concepts and Applications

Anas Chalah, PhD

Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Introductory courses in chemistry, physics, and biology; an introductory course in nanoscale science would be helpful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12806/2020

ENSC E-165
Engineering of Nanostructures for Targeted Drug Delivery

Anas Chalah, PhD

Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Basic background in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology highly recommended.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23245/2021

ENVR E-101
Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management

Thomas P. Gloria, PhD

Director, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | 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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-11925/2020

ENVR E-101
Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management

Thomas P. Gloria, PhD

Director, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25505

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25505/2021

ENVR E-102
Design of Renewable Energy Projects

Ramon Sanchez, ScD

Research Associate, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2021 | 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 or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: High school math and science.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21783/2021

ENVR E-103
The Challenge of Human Induced Climate Change: Transitioning to a Post Fossil Fuel Future

Michael B. McElroy, PhD

Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, Harvard University

Shaojie Song, PhD

Research Associate in Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25709

Description
Human induced climate change has the potential to alter the function of natural ecosystems and the lives of people on a global scale. The prospect lies not in the distant future but is imminent. Our choice is either to act immediately to change the nature of our global energy system (abandon our dependence on fossil fuels) or accept the consequences (included among which are increased incidence of violent storms, fires, floods and droughts, changes in the spatial distribution and properties of critical ecosystems, and rising sea levels). The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of relevant physical, technical and social factors including a historical perspective. In the latter half of the course, we engage students in an interactive dialogue on possible responses recognizing explicitly differences in motivations for different constituencies—for developed as distinct from developing economies, for example. We plan to explore options for a zero carbon future energy system including the challenges involved in implementing the necessary transition. If we fail to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels—and the time scale over which we must do so to realize even the minimal objectives outlined in the recent Paris climate accord is as brief as a couple of decades or even less—might we need to explore possibilities for geoengineering, for purposeful intervention in the global climate system? Arguments for and against such options are discussed and debated. We expect students to be actively involved in exploring, researching and debating responses to any and all of these interrelated issues.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Gen Ed 1137. This course follows the Harvard College spring calendar and will meet during the Extension School spring break, March 14-20. See the syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Prerequisites: High school algebra and trigonometry.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25709/2021

ENVR E-103A
The Law and Policy of Climate Change: Influencing Decision Makers

Aladdine Dory Joroff, JD

Lecturer on Law, Staff Attorney and Senior Clinical Instructor, Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25789

Description
Empirical data demonstrate that the climate is changing and that these changes could produce increasingly serious consequences over the course of this century. This course explores the legal framework in which adaptation actions occur and the policy tools available to regulators. We explore several climate change adaptation measures in-depth to provide 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 to climate change adaptation. Students strategize how to develop and implement legally defensible adaptation measures that are supported by stakeholders, including drafting implementation and supporting documents. The course begins with a brief introduction to climate change and its projected impacts, and then reviews the legal framework of climate change law, including 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 action. Massachusetts and Cambridge are the primary case studies for the course. Substantive issues that are addressed 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. The course applies this legal framework to an in-depth review of specific climate change adaptation issues, such as strategies for managing development in flood-prone areas. In this context, the course examines a range of legal and policy tools. At the federal level, for instance, we consider the implications of federal maps that designate flood risk areas without considering projected impacts of climate change and incentives created by federally-subsidized flood insurance. The course then considers strategies for improving regulation and removing obstacles to adaptation measures, including through state and local actions, such as revised building codes and zoning laws. We review the process that municipalities often follow in climate change adaptation planning, with a focus on the technical and legal challenges that communities need help addressing. 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. In addition to learning about the substantive legal issues covered in the course, students develop or practice legal research skills associated with researching statutes and regulations and interpreting judicial decisions. Students also gain experience with activities relevant to designing and implementing adaptation strategies by writing comments on regulations, drafting statutory or regulatory language, and writing corporate climate change statements.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25789/2021

ENVR E-104
Confronting Climate Change

Daniel Schrag, PhD

Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University

Thomas Andrew Laakso, PhD

Research Associate, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16388

Description
This course considers the challenge of climate change and what to do about it. Students are introduced to the basic science of climate change, including the radiation budget of the Earth, the carbon cycle, and the physics and chemistry of the oceans and atmosphere. We look at reconstructions of climate change through Earth history to provide a context for thinking about present and future changes. We take a critical look at climate models used to predict climate change in the future and discuss their strengths and weaknesses, evaluating which forecasts of climate change impacts are robust, and which are more speculative. We spend particular time discussing sea level rise and extreme weather (including hurricanes, heat waves, and floods). We look at the complex interactions between climate and human society, including climate impacts on agriculture and the relationship between climate change, migration, and conflict. We also discuss strategies for adapting to climate change impacts and the implications of those strategies for sub-national and international equity. The second half of the course considers what to do about climate change. First, we review the recent history of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as various national and international efforts to limit them in the future. We discuss reducing carbon emissions using forestry, agriculture, and land use, and then focus on how to transform the world’s energy system to eliminate CO2 emissions. We conclude by examining different strategies for accelerating changes in our energy systems to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The course emphasizes the scientific and technological aspects of climate change (including the clean energy transition), but in the context of current issues in public policy, business, design, and public health.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture. The short videos are the same as those used in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Gen Ed 1094.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16388/2020

ENVR E-105
Fundamentals of Organizational Sustainability

Robert B. Pojasek, PhD

Managing Partner, Pojasek and Associates

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 21808

Description
An organization’s sustainability fundamentals are presented in the form of an open source international high-level structure. Instead of stand-alone activities by the sustainability group, environmental stewardship, social well-being, and shared value with external stakeholders, all of the activities are integrated into a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) management structure that makes sustainability part of what every employee and manager does every day. Students create a virtual organization to develop a new topic each week in this course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21808/2021

ENVR E-110
Sustainable Ocean Environments

George D. Buckley, MS

Consultant

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 21784

Description
This course explores the diversity of marine life and habitats in the world’s oceans, investigating human impacts upon them. The course examines sustainable management practices and the role of governments, regulations, and citizen science. Topics include the ecology and management of bays, salt marshes and mangroves, seaweeds, coastal habitats, coral reefs, deep seas, marine fisheries and aquaculture, marine biodeterioration, blue technology, coastal resilience, and the impacts of development, pollution, and tourism.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: High school biology.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-21784/2021

ENVR E-116
The Carbon Economy: Calculating, Managing, and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Richard Goode, MBA

Managing Director, Ernst and Young

Marlon Robert Banta, ALM

Senior Manager of Product Definition, DS SolidWorks Corporation

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 23508

Description
The global economy is undergoing a fundamental transformation to low-carbon technologies from electric vehicles becoming mainstream and large-scale solar, wind, and even battery installations. Many countries and companies understand that this fourth industrial revolution will change everything, and face risks as well as opportunities. Some countries are establishing policies that decarbonize their economy to avoid the worst effects of a 2 degrees Celsius rise in temperatures. 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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 75 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23508/2021

ENVR E-116A
Measuring and Mitigating Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Michael Macrae, PhD

Energy Analytics Manager, Campus Services, Harvard University

Richard Goode, MBA

Managing Director, Ernst and Young

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16165

Description
This course allows students to investigate the best approaches to measuring and mitigating indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These emissions include all indirect GHG emissions that occur in a value chain, and therefore outside the direct control of a typical organization. Supply chain emissions frequently are the largest overall source of an organization’s GHG emissions, and are 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 these emissions that are known contributors to climate change is coming under increasing scrutiny. 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 indirect emissions. The course also investigates indirect emissions reduction efforts that are underway at several leading Fortune 500 companies as well as universities, municipalities, and government agencies.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: ENVR E-116 is encouraged but not necessary.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16165/2020

ENVR E-117
Sustainability Leadership for the Twenty-First Century

Leith Sharp, MEd

Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

John D. Spengler, PhD

Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 13543

Description
This course is designed to empower and prepare anyone who is willing to join in the collective effort to steer our society toward a just and sustainable future for all. It aims to inspire and enable students to lead effective change toward achieving sustainability, as defined by the UN Sustainability Development Goals, in a variety of organizational contexts (education, business, government, nonprofit, church, and community). The course explores what change leadership for sustainability is, guiding students to advance related capabilities, competencies, and strategies. The personal, social, organizational, and infrastructural dimensions of change leadership for sustainability are all addressed. Interdependencies between finance, politics, relationships, cognitive processes, capacity building, and technology are discussed. Woven into this journey of heart and mind are key insights from a range of sustainability change agent case stories: biomimicry, indigenous ways of knowing, corporate CEO leadership research, and selected course readings, as well as, and perhaps most importantly, the felt experience of the students themselves. Students leave the course with a deeper experiential knowledge of change. In a world lacking adequate political, judicial, and media leadership, we can and must take leadership where we work and live, transforming our organizations, fueling change at all levels of society.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Required sections Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13543/2020

ENVR E-118
Environmental Management of International Tourism Development

Megan Epler Wood, MS

Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16112

Description
This course lays out the significance of the international tourism industry, which represents approximately 10.4 percent of the global economy. 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 the global dialog on green tourism growth. Speakers from business and government reflect on the management of sustainability for tourism. Students learn how the industry is presently managing air, energy, water, waste water, solid waste, sprawl, and ecosystem impacts, and how new systems for environmental management can be deployed at the business and destination level. Each week a different sector of the industry is covered, including hotels, tour operators, air carriers, airports, and transport. Special attention is given to the impacts of climate change on the tourism industry, as well as on issues of carbon management of the different sectors of the industry. A set of environmental and carbon assessment tools and methodologies is presented. 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. Lectures address COVID-19 impacts on sectors of the industry and the destinations covered. In addition, the course provides an overview of the pandemic’s effects on the economic, social, and environmental conditions being faced by tourism-related businesses, government authorities, and local society in key destinations worldwide.

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

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16112/2020

ENVR E-118B
Sustainable Tourism, Regional Planning, and Geodesign

Megan Epler Wood, MS

Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Stephen M. Ervin, PhD

Lecturer on Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Vicente Javier Moles Moles, PhD

Advisor to the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2021 | 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 or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, or on demand.

This course includes a mandatory online meeting to be held via web conference on Saturday, April 10 from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Students must be present for the entire meeting. Required sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25068/2021

ENVR E-119
Green Buildings, Urban Resilience, and Sustainability in Communities

Grey Lee, MPA

Manager, Corporate Sponsorship, International Living Future Institute

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16111

Description
How can real estate and buildings be used to address climate risk and other challenges to our communities? The greening of buildings has grown exponentially over the past decade, but is it enough to sustain our communities in the dynamic times ahead? Can urban resilience be implemented fast enough to prevent widespread disruptions caused by climate change? The built environment of our communities creates energy and material utilization patterns and subsequent ecological effects. Climate change challenges existing buildings and infrastructure which has led to new policies and professional responses. Building design and location are a critical determinant of wellness, comfort, and productivity for occupants. How do we measure our effects on social outcomes, ecology, or health? This course introduces students to the principles of sustainability and resilience in our communities with a focus on how systems dynamics can be articulated and then managed. We use the framework of social equity and basic environment, social, and governance (ESG) metrics to explore how urban design and policy can embrace priorities for human well-being. Students become familiar with international standards for sustainable design, operations, and management of buildings more favorable to the integrity of communities such as US Green Building Council’s LEED certifications, passive house, WELL Building Standard, the Living Building Challenge, and other concepts related to sustainable design. We ensure hands-on engagement with local policy protocols and meet practitioners who have participated in the advancement of best practice in sustainability and resilience.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16111/2020

ENVR E-119D
Zero Energy and Passive Buildings

Paul Ormond, MS

Efficiency Engineer, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Spring Term 2021 | 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 house building strategies to deliver highly efficient buildings for their zero energy projects. Zero energy and passive house 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, now zero energy and passive house 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 house, either by code or by economics. This course provides a comprehensive exploration of zero energy and passive house buildings, including building energy dynamics, renewable system fundamentals, energy economics, passive architecture, energy budgets, site and source energy, policy, codes, financing, and incentive structures. 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24776/2021

ENVR E-119E
Sustainable Infrastructure: Learning from Practice

Cristina Contreras Casado, ALM

Research Associate, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Judith Irene Rodriguez, MA

Research Associate, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25775

Description
Sustainable infrastructure (SI) has been recognized as the central pillar of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable infrastructure strives to enhance access to basic services, promote environmental sustainability, and support inclusive growth through its endeavor to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) while looking for pathways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This course introduces students to the current landscape of sustainability assessment tools and explores the benefits that sustainable projects bring to public and private entities, to local communities, and to the planet in general. We ask the following key questions: what is sustainable infrastructure? What are the main features of a sustainable project? How do these features overlap or differ from the SDGs? How can infrastructure and urban development projects align with both SI practices and the SDGs? To answer these questions, we use real-world case studies. Considering the mandate of the 2030 agenda—”leave no one behind”—specific attention is given to how different stakeholders participate in the process.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25775/2021

ENVR E-119G
Sustainable Cities

Julio Lumbreras, PhD

Visiting Scientist, Exposure, Epidemiology, and Risk Program, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15759

Description
More than half of the world’s population (54 percent according to the World Health Organization) live in urban areas, and this share is expected to grow in the future (65 percent by 2050 according to the United Nations). However, urban life is currently far from sustainable due to inequality, poverty, poor air quality, high risk of natural disasters and climate change, and lack of access to energy, water, and waste treatment. Faced with these challenges, member countries of the United Nations adopted in 2015 an agenda for 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with one of these goals focused on “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Therefore, the future of urban societies, and thus of most of the world’s population, depends on our ability to design, build, and run cities in a sustainable manner. This course aims at contributing to this goal by surveying the scientific principles of sustainability at the urban level, exploring cities and their metabolism as systems of systems. It covers the main challenges that cities of every size are facing: governance, inclusive urban economic development, national/regional development planning, safety, citizen participation, risk and vulnerability reduction, air quality, resource efficiency, and access to universal basic services, housing, and infrastructures. By paying attention to the contextual factors in which these challenges play out for different types of cities, students not only gain a general understanding of the key dimensions of urban sustainability, but they also learn tools to further analyze and tackle urban sustainability challenges. Some of the tools presented are life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria decision making, air quality modeling, and urban indicators.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15759/2020

ENVR E-125
Creating, Implementing, and Improving Corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance Reporting

Kevin Hagen, MBA

Vice President, Environmental, Social, and Governmental Strategy, Iron Mountain

Kevin Wilhelm, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Consulting

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16436

Description
Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of a corporate sustainability environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program. But how do you implement a reporting program that meets the ever increasing demands of investors and other stakeholders while creating the most value for the business? From global reporting initiative (GRI) to carbon disclosure project (CDP), task force on climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD), sustainability accounting standards board (SASB) and more, this course unravels the alphabet soup of corporate reporting frameworks and guidelines. Offering practical steps and process to help company executives, functional managers, and corporate responsibility leaders’ design, implement, or accelerate an ESG reporting program. The course work is grounded with case studies and leverages the real world experience of guest speakers and the instructors.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: A firm understanding of change management in the business setting, climate change, and other environmental issues.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16436/2020

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

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16336

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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisites: ENVR E-101, or the equivalent.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16336/2020

ENVR E-129A
Local to Global Agroecology: Immersions from Field to Fork

Richard Wetzler, PhD

Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16158

Description
By 2050, feeding more than nine billion people will require increasing world grain production beyond seventy percent according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to World Food Prize winner Professor Gebisa Ejita, this will require learning “to produce as much food in the next four decades as we have since the beginning of civilization.” Prospects for a sustainable resolution provide the chief focus of this course, from local to international scales of land use. Questions include to what extent can we minimize agricultural expansion that further depletes wild lands and their associated biodiversity? What are the prospects for scaling up organic, regenerative, and other sustainable crop and rangeland practices? How might increased food security and sovereignty be achieved without diminishing long-term crop viability and human, environmental, and economic well-being? A remote-sensed mapping workshop, predictive modeling, and impact assessment by student teams provides further tools for gauging sustainable harvests. Students gain familiarity with major institutions driving—and re-imagining—global agricultural development. Transcending individual disciplines, this course also draws upon research and practices at the confluences of biology, agronomy, hydrology, and sustainability science; anthropology, international development, and ecological economics; and technology and natural resource policy.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: Course work in biology and environmental studies. High school biology and chemistry.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16158/2020

ENVR E-129C
The Role of Soil Health in Creating Sustainable Food Systems

Emily Lynn Holleran, ALM

Instructor, Arizona State University School of Sustainability

Helen D. Silver, JD

Principal, Silver Sustainability Strategies

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25791

Description
Ninety-five percent of the world’s food is grown in topsoil, but current farming techniques are eroding this soil and stripping it of essential minerals, microbes, and nutrients needed to support human and planetary health. The United Nations has stated that if soil degradation continues, we may only have 60 years of farming left. Loss of topsoil through agricultural practices is a major contributor to water and air quality degradation and biodiversity loss. Replenishing degraded soils may be a critical element in battling burgeoning health crises such as micronutrient deficiencies, obesity, and related diseases. Increasing soil health will also be a critical response to combating and adapting to the climate crisis. Though strong market, political, and social forces perpetuate the status quo, policymakers, agricultural producers, and the general public are taking note and developing, examining, and implementing a wide array of interventions to reverse soil degradation. This course explores the global food system from food production to disposal from the premise that agricultural soil health must underlie any sustainable food system that supports public and planetary health and social equity. We address the current state of agricultural soil health globally and the current and future effects on public and planetary health, including effects on water, air, climate, and nutrition, and social and economic equity. We explore whether adopting sustainable agricultural practices that support and enhance soil health can feed the growing global population while simultaneously buttressing achievement of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, we examine the key interventions put forth to support agricultural soil health, including direct farmer education and subsidies, social movements such as food sovereignty, labeling requirements, corporate initiatives, consumer education, and increased organic waste recycling.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 5:10-7:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25791/2021

ENVR E-135B
Sustainable Business in the Twenty-First Century

Matthew Gardner, PhD

Managing Partner, Sustainserv, Inc.

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25745

Description
This course explores corporate sustainability through a collaboration with Harvard Business School Online. Leveraging HBS Online materials, including videos and case studies, we explore a variety of critical questions about how corporations are key actors in the drive towards a sustainable world. The course is organized around three modules from the HBS Online course Sustainable Business Strategy. These three modules (the business case for change, driving change at scale, and purpose driven systemic change) are expanded upon with guest speakers, real world case studies, and in-depth discussions. Each week students analyze examples from companies in a variety of industries to show how sustainability is integrated into their business models and to explore what opportunities still exist for companies to improve. The course uses case studies from publicly traded companies, augmented by links to various forms of information for students to compare and contrast throughout the semester. Information is presented from academic research, white papers published by respected scholars and experts, and the actual disclosures of major multinational companies. Sustainability officers and other sustainability professionals serve as guest speakers throughout the semester. The case method is used to provide a participative and realistic forum that enables students to learn about sustainability while also developing the skills to use the information. In addition to receiving course credit, students who successfully complete this course for undergraduate or graduate credit can earn a certificate of completion from Harvard Business School Online.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25745/2021

ENVR E-137
Sustainable Manufacturing and Technologies

Ramon Sanchez, ScD

Research Associate, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: High school math.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14010/2020

ENVR E-137A
Sustainable Supply Chain

Bonnie Nixon, MEd

Strategic Advisor

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26007

Description
This course uses project-based learning to examine how to integrate environmentally, socially, and financially viable practices into an organization’s complete product and/or services lifecycle, from product design and development to material selection, including raw material extraction or agricultural production, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, and end of life.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26007/2021

ENVR E-138
Introduction to Sustainable Finance and Investments

Carlos Alberto Vargas, PhD

Partner, Turnstone Environmental Planning

Spring Term 2021 | 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
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 52 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24806/2021

ENVR E-140
Fundamentals of Ecology for Sustainable Ecosystems

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 12779

Description
Conserving and managing biodiversity and ecosystem services in diverse landscapes across the globe is a major sustainability challenge of this century. Solutions critically rest on fundamental concepts and principles in ecology. This course adopts an unusual, holistic approach by embedding understanding and integration of these principles through a series of ecosystem case studies focused on desert, savanna and mountain ecosystems, wetlands and other aquatic systems, boreal, temperate, and tropical forests, and agroecosystems. These ecosystems exemplify different challenges, but similar ecological processes at work for successful management, whether the goal is protection of natural systems and biodiversity, ecological restoration, or maintaining ecosystem services in agricultural and other human-dominated landscapes. Through this approach, the fundamental topics covered in typical ecology courses are exemplified. 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. Ecological processes of competition, predation, disease, and mutualism help explain the functioning of biological communities and larger ecosystems. Among other activities, teams of students conduct background research on specific ecosystem sites to understand the ecological, economic, sociocultural, and multistakeholder context of sustainability challenges and integrated solutions.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 1, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: Writing-intensive course. This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-12779/2020

ENVR E-143
Evaluating Sustainable Food Systems and other Enterprises in Rural Areas

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25371

Description
Globally, metropolitan areas have prospered economically while rural areas have been left behind. The course focuses on sustainability opportunities and enterprises in these rural landscapes. Emphasis is on the benefits of small-scale organic farm enterprises, typically with diverse production systems, common historically and now resurgent in the farm to table and local food movements as alternatives to industrial agriculture. Although of global relevance, the course focuses on comparisons between New England and Tuscany. In both these regions, ecological and economic sustainability challenges in the rural landscape include producing food and forest products for niche markets, managing watersheds, conserving biodiversity, and other environmental services, such as carbon sequestration, and diversifying income streams with ecotourism and agritourism. Optimizing this mix of functions while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution addresses sustainability goals. We discuss readings on models and analysis of sustainable food production systems, including organic, permaculture, and forest farming systems. Assignments, readings, and student team exercises develop skills in evaluating research in innovative farming, and in cost-benefit analysis (CBA), with spreadsheet modeling of annual production integrated with financial analysis of small-scale enterprises.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: No previous courses are required; however, ENVR E-129, ENVR E-129a, ENVR S-129b, ENVR E-129c, ENVR E-140, and ENVR E-210 are relevant sustainability courses providing background. Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets is helpful, but not required, as students will develop these skills in the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25371/2021

ENVR E-149
Conservation Biology

Aaron Hartmann, PhD

Research Associate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26016

Description
Preserving and recovering populations, communities, and ecosystems is the core goal of conservation biology. But achieving this goal requires much more than an understanding of biology. It requires that we evaluate humanity’s place in nature through numerous lenses, including those seemingly far afield from the natural world. This course integrates evolutionary and ecological theory into resource management, economics, sociology, business, psychology, and law to explore conservation strategies, the value of ecosystem services, evidence-based management, and the challenges of decision making under conflicting interests. As this list underscores, conservation biology is inherently interdisciplinary, and this means that each student’s training and perspective is integral as we build a comprehensive understanding of this complex discipline.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26016/2021

ENVR E-151
Life Cycle and Supply Chain Sustainability Assessment

Gregory A. Norris, PhD

Director, Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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-13749/2020

ENVR E-154
Sustainable Product Design and the Innovation Ecosystem

Ramon Sanchez, ScD

Research Associate, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall Term 2020 | 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
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm

Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: High school math.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14518/2020

ENVR E-158B
Circular Economy

Carrie S. Snyder, MBA

Consultant

Brian J. Bauer, ALM

Director of Circular Economy and Alliances, Algramo

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24785

Description
Today, economic growth is primarily contingent on increased resource consumption. In this linear economic approach, organizations harvest or extract materials, use them to create 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 the negative environmental impact of resource extraction continues, 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). The circular economy philosophy is an emerging field of study, promoting a systemic, cross-disciplinary approach. This course explores how these various disciplines come together to promote a sustainable economic model.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 75 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24785/2021

ENVR E-158D
Waste Management Practices

Nihar Mohanty, PhD

Environmental Analyst, Office of Research and Standards, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26034

Description
Waste materials are an often unavoidable by-product of most human activity. Rapid economic growth, urbanization, and increasing population have resulted in an increase in resource consumption, and consequent generation of large amounts of waste. This course provides an overview of current waste and resource management practices and reevaluates the need for better waste management practices in society. Waste management scenarios and technologies are explored for both developed and developing countries, and concepts such as circular economy, cradle-to-cradle, urban mining, and upcycling are discussed as part of an integrated waste management approach. Methods for assessing waste management scenarios for sustainability are discussed.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Prerequisites: High school math, chemistry, and biology.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26034/2021

ENVR E-158E
Sustainable Fashion

Kelly A. Burton, ALM

Chief Executive Officer, Kate Black & Co.

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26051

Description
The global fashion and apparel industry has changed dramatically in the last 20 years to become an industry that today produces between six and ten percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. This course explores the historical, social, and environmental aspects of the global fashion industry and the current tools and methodologies available to improve it. It enables students to understand the connection between sustainable development and the apparel industry; think critically about both the common and less discussed aspects of the apparel industry, including consumption, durability, and sustainable design; appreciate the complexities of the economic impacts of externalities both positive and negative on the industry; and explore the social and environmental impacts and the tools available to monitor and measure positive impact.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, 7:40-9:40 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26051/2021

ENVR E-161A
Land Conservation Practice in the United States in the Context of a Changing World

Henry Tepper, MA

Conservation Consultant

Frank Lowenstein, MS

Deputy Director and Chief Conservation Officer, New England Forestry Foundation

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16337

Description
This course focuses on the role of land conservation in advancing sustainability. It focuses on the applied tools and strategies used to identify and protect land in the United States and now increasingly applied around the world. The course details the extraordinary growth and success of public and private land conservation in the United States. We delve into the origins of land conservation and its development in the context of the broader environmental movement in the United States. We discuss land protection in the United States after European settlement, focusing first on the creation of public parks, forests, and nature preserves, including landmark actions to protect emblematic landscapes like the Boston Common, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, and the Adirondack Forest Preserve. We place these efforts in the context of the changing cultural and economic trends of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, and also consider them from the perspective of the different land use approaches among the indigenous populations of the Americas. Our focus then shifts to what has become one of the best-kept secrets in conservation: the dramatic growth, scale, and practicality of private land conservation. We discuss the range of practice of land trusts in the US, including public-private conservation partnerships. 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. We address the role of land conservation in inner-city, urban, and other marginalized communities, and explore how issues of diversity, justice, and inclusion are changing the composition of the land conservation community and consequently its focus. We address the issue of climate change and its effects on cross-class and intergenerational equity, as well as techniques for incorporating climate issues into land conservation practice.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 5:50-7:50 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16337/2020

ENVR E-165
Human Health and Global Environmental Change

Aaron Bernstein, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Interim Director, Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Jonathan Buonocore, ScD

Research Scientist, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 26079

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 to understand the prospects for health in this century requires an understanding of the relationship between humans 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
Start Date:

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets for an intensive half semester from March 22 through May 15. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health course Environmental Health 278-02.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-26079/2021

ENVR E-166
Water Resources Policy and Watershed Management

Scott Horsley, MA

Water Resources Consultant

Fall Term 2020 | 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. 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:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 3-5 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14545/2020

ENVR E-166A
Wetland Science and Policy

Jennifer Cole, PhD

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25943

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
Tuesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm
Start Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25943/2021

ENVR E-178
Socio-ecological Systems and Sustainability

Katherine von Stackelberg, ScD

Research Scientist, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25370

Description
Even as we recognize that human well-being depends on the natural environment, we are experiencing unprecedented environmental challenges largely as a consequence of unsustainable interactions with nature. We are increasingly putting our well-being at risk through the unintended environmental consequences of modern life. Industrialization at the expense of natural resources, energy- and pollution-intensive food production, and an economic system that fails to account for natural capital are just a few examples of how we are failing to work effectively within a socio-ecological system. In this course we explore the evidence for the ways in which the natural environment supports well-being, including identifying actionable strategies for sustainability that explicitly recognize the coupled human-natural system and challenging conventional disciplinary norms by integrating the social and natural sciences. We explore themes related to the essentiality of biodiversity to ecosystem services, working with nature, biophilic design, permaculture and multifunctional agricultural landscapes, and collaborative decision making.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, 3-5 pm
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25370/2021

ENVR E-180
Practical Sustainability for Small Organizations

Scott Curtis Stenger, ALM

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15758

Description
This course communicates to students the knowledge they need to carry out sustainability actions in their organizations. Background information on sustainability is used to provide students with a clear understanding of climate change. The course has a focus topic of the week such as lighting, water usage, recycling, solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power, green buildings, government resources to assist in sustainability, sustainable office materials, and sustainable supply chains. Students learn about specific practices and products a small organization can adopt to make specific changes in line with that week’s topic to become more sustainable.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, 7:40-9:40 pm, or on demand.
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15758/2020

ENVR E-190
Urban Agriculture

Zachary Bostwick Nowak, PhD

Lecturer on History, Harvard University

January session | CRN 25667

Description
What do gardens in cities do for people? Urban agriculture is a catch-all term that covers community gardens, vegetable plots at prisons, didactically-minded gardens in schoolyards, gardens planted illegally on vacant lots, high-tech hydroponic companies, and farmers’ markets. Students develop knowledge about how these spaces differ across variables like legality, goals, and actors. Students in this course learn about how growing food in Global North cities has a long past. We debate whether urban agriculture is an excellent way for city dwellers to reduce hunger and assert their control over urban space, or whether it’s just another subtle manifestation of neoliberalism. A core goal of this course, above and beyond the content, is to develop research skills in multiple disciplines that will be useful for other courses.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 9 am-noon
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Noncredit: $1500
Undergraduate credit: $1880
Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25667/2021

ENVR E-210
Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | 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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm.Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. EXPO E-42c is strongly recommended. Experience manipulating data and algebraic equations on spreadsheets is helpful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-23614/2021

ENVR E-210
Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | 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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm, or on demand.

Optional sections Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm.Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via web conference. Students may attend at the scheduled meeting time or watch recorded sessions on demand. The recorded sessions are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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. EXPO E-42c is strongly recommended. Experience manipulating data and algebraic equations on spreadsheets is helpful.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13757/2020

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 are encouraged to contact their research advisor soon after admission to the program, or at any point before prework is due to discuss possible thesis topics and 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:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays-Thursdays, 3-6 pm
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due Monday, February 8.

Prerequisites: Students must be admitted degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability. Students in the 12-course thesis track must have completed eight courses toward the degree and fulfilled their research methods requirement. Students in the ten-course thesis track must have completed six courses toward the degree and SSCI E-490 is recommended. Students submit their prework by October 1 to thesis_prework@extension.harvard.edu. Prework must be approved by the research advisor and generally requires one or more revisions. Once approved, permission to register will be sent via email from the ALM Advising Office between October 15 and December 13. Students should review the webinar to prepare them for taking the course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25105/2021

ENVR E-598
Sustainability Precapstone Tutorial

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Richard Wetzler, PhD

Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15667

Description
This tutorial entails guided prework to set the foundation for academically strong capstones. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, who wish to enroll in ENVR E-599 in spring 2021. The tutorial provides an essential ramp to the capstone course, mapping critical issues of research design (scope, methodology, metrics for evaluating impact, and bench-marking) and allows the capstone course to begin with projects fully operational.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $0

Notes: This noncredit tutorial involves e-mail, phone, and/or web conference one-on-one advising sessions with the instructor 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. They must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all the requirements except the capstone. Students submit the prework to ALMcapstones@extension.harvard.edu between July 18 and August 1. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course. To obtain prework instructions, visit the capstone website.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15667/2020

ENVR E-598
Sustainability Precapstone Tutorial

Mark Leighton, PhD

Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Richard Wetzler, PhD

Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25198

Description
This tutorial entails guided prework to set the foundation for academically strong capstones. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, who wish to enroll in ENVR S-599 in summer 2021. The tutorial provides an essential ramp to the capstone course, mapping critical issues of research design (scope, methodology, metrics for evaluating impact, and bench-marking) and allows the capstone course to begin with projects fully operational.

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $0

Notes: This noncredit tutorial involves e-mail, phone, and/or web conference one-on-one advising sessions with the instructor 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. They must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all the requirements except the capstone. Students submit the prework to ALMcapstones@extension.harvard.edu between November 7 and January 2. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course. To obtain prework instructions, visit the capstone website.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25198/2021

ENVR E-598A
Consulting for Sustainability Solutions Precapstone Tutorial

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Professor of Practice, School of Management, Clark University, Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 25620

Description
This tutorial entails guided prework to set the foundation for academically strong capstones. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, who wish to enroll in ENVR S-599a in summer 2021. The tutorial begins with a mandatory webinar and covers critical issues in designing a sustainability action plan (SAP).

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Noncredit: $0

Notes: This noncredit tutorial involves e-mail, phone, and/or web conference one-on-one advising sessions with the instructor 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. They must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all the requirements except the capstone. Students submit the prework to ALMcapstones@extension.harvard.edu between November 7 and January 2. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course. To obtain prework instructions, visit the capstone website.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-25620/2021

ENVR E-598A
Consulting for Sustainability Solutions Precapstone Tutorial

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Professor of Practice, School of Management, Clark University, Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 16036

Description
This tutorial entails guided prework to set the foundation for academically strong capstones. It is mandatory for candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, who wish to enroll in ENVR E-599a in spring 2021. The tutorial begins with a mandatory webinar and covers critical issues in designing a sustainability action plan (SAP).

Class Meetings:
Online
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Noncredit: $0

Notes: This noncredit tutorial involves e-mail, phone, and/or web conference one-on-one advising sessions with the instructor 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. They must be in good academic standing and in the process of completing all the requirements except the capstone. Students submit the prework to ALMcapstones@extension.harvard.edu between July 18 and August 1. Students who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course. To obtain prework instructions, visit the capstone website.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-16036/2020

ENVR E-599
Independent Research Capstone

Richard Wetzler, PhD

Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14598

Description
This course offers students the overview, direction, and support for completing an individual capstone project, creatively engaging their professional and personal interests. It catalyzes the thinking, designing, implementing, and dissemination essential to successful research. Participants are guided in the processes of heuristic question formulation, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis, writing, and oral presentation through four approaches. Starting with their preliminary proposals and needs assessments, students meet individually with the instructor during the term, ensuring research is on track and benefitting from available literature, experts, and other resources. Lectures and discussions explore challenges and opportunities in project scoping, boundary delineation, stakeholder inclusion, impact assessment, and sampling design; logical consistency, lateral thinking, case study analysis; prototyping, benchmarking, and bet hedging; effective writing, editing, graphic presentation, and information search; and public presentation and network-building. In recurring workshops, participants present their work-in-progress for constructive input from the class. At semester’s end, the professional community is invited to an online symposium anchored by students’ research presentations. A web-archive of resulting video-recorded and written capstones serves sustainability professionals globally. Listings of prior projects may be viewed at the Independent Research Capstone website.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

This course includes a required online symposium on Saturday, December 5, 12:30-6:30 pm. Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory— online weekend meeting. 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.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability program pursuing the independent research capstone track who are in good academic standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed ENVR S-598 in the 2020 summer term. 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-14598/2020

ENVR E-599
Independent Research Capstone

Richard Wetzler, PhD

Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24009

Description
This course offers students the overview, direction, and support for completing an individual capstone project, creatively engaging their professional and personal interests. It catalyzes the thinking, designing, implementing, and dissemination essential to successful research. Participants are guided in the processes of heuristic question formulation, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis, writing, and oral presentation through four approaches. Starting with their preliminary proposals and needs assessments, students meet individually with the instructor during the term, ensuring research is on track and benefitting from available literature, experts, and other resources. Lectures and discussions explore challenges and opportunities in project scoping, boundary delineation, stakeholder inclusion, impact assessment, and sampling design; logical consistency, lateral thinking, case study analysis; prototyping, benchmarking, and bet hedging; effective writing, editing, graphic presentation, and information search; and public presentation and network-building. In recurring workshops, participants present their work-in-progress for constructive input from the class. At semester’s end, the professional community is invited to an online symposium anchored by students’ research presentations. A web-archive of resulting video-recorded and written capstones serves sustainability professionals globally. Listings of prior projects may be viewed at the Independent Research Capstone website.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 5:50-7:50 pm

This course includes a required online symposium on Saturday, May 1, 12:30-6:30 pm. Optional sections to be arranged.Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory— online weekend meeting. 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.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability program who are pursuing the independent research capstone track, in good academic standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed ENVR E-598 in the 2020 fall term. 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-24009/2021

ENVR E-599A
Consulting for Sustainability Solutions Capstone

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Professor of Practice, School of Management, Clark University, Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24425

Description
This course is a capstone for students earning a Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability degree. Course deliverables include a detailed actionable/measurable sustainability action plan (SAP) as well as a presentation to be given to the class and to client stakeholders. Appropriate clients may include communities, corporations, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), governmental agencies, schools, universities, and hospitals. Students work with a client to develop and deliver a customized SAP focused on reduction of operating costs, minimization of the environmental footprint, brand differentiation and improvement of environmental sustainability practices. Class time is devoted to addressing client requirements and developing actionable solutions. Listings of prior projects may be viewed at the Consulting with Clients for Sustainability Solutions Capstone website.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Jan. 28, 2021

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—online weekend meeting. 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.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability program who are pursuing the consulting capstone track. Students must be in good academic standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed ENVR E-598a in the 2020 fall term. 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-24425/2021

ENVR E-599A
Consulting for Sustainability Solutions Capstone

William O’Brien, MBA, JD

Professor of Practice, School of Management, Clark University, Associate Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Management, Clark University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14533

Description
This course is a capstone for students earning a Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability degree. Course deliverables include a detailed actionable/measurable sustainability action plan (SAP) as well as a presentation to be given to the class and to client stakeholders. Appropriate clients may include communities, corporations, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), governmental agencies, schools, universities, and hospitals. Students work with a client to develop and deliver a customized SAP focused on reduction of operating costs, minimization of the environmental footprint, brand differentiation and improvement of environmental sustainability practices. Class time is devoted to addressing client requirements and developing actionable solutions. Listings of prior projects may be viewed at the Consulting with Clients for Sustainability Solutions Capstone website.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Graduate credit: $2900
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Along with the web-conference meetings, it includes an intensive—and mandatory—online weekend meeting. 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.

Prerequisites: Students must be candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability program who are pursuing the consulting capstone track. Students must be in good standing, in their final course, and have successfully completed ENVR S-598a in the 2020 summer term. 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-14533/2020

EXPO E-5
Fundamentals of Grammar

Virginia Maurer, MA

Senior Associate, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

Fall Term 2020 | 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
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Start Date: Sep. 3, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-13175/2020

EXPO E-5
Fundamentals of Grammar

Naomi Stephen, MPhil

Consultant

Fall Term 2020 | 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:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14497/2020

EXPO E-5
Fundamentals of Grammar

Jerusha Achterberg, MPH

Spring Term 2021 | CRN 24511

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, 7:20-9:20 pm
Start Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Undergraduate credit: $1880
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 18 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-24511/2021

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Judith A. Murciano, MA

Associate Director and Director of Fellowships, Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, Harvard Law School

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15120 | 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
Wednesdays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Sep. 2, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-15120/2020

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler, PhD

Writing Intensive Program Director, St. Catherine University

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 14356 | 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
Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm
Start Date: Aug. 31, 2020

Undergraduate credit: $1000
Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus: http://my.extension.harvard.edu/course/ext-14356/2020

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta, PhD

Writer

Fall Term 2020 | CRN 15912 | Section 4

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for