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2021-2022 Extension Course Archive

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

Carla D. Martin PhD, Associate, African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25963 | Section 1

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 (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

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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 2022 | CRN 25007 | Section 1

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 sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences companion course Gen Ed 1099. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45 pm starting January 24 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture. Students in this course and the companion Harvard course may interact with one another, for example, in Canvas or via Zoom live or recorded class sessions.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

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ANTH E-1208
Prehistoric Technology: Ancient China

Rowan Flad PhD, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16640 | Section 1

Description
In this course we examine prehistoric technology through the lens of case studies from Chinese archaeology. We begin with a focus on general concepts in the archaeology of technology. After providing this thematic foundation, we explore specific examples of technologies that have become a focus of archaeological attention in China: lithics, ceramics, plant and animal domesticates, architecture, hydrological engineering, textiles, metallurgy, divination technology, and writing. Through this focus on technology, the course provides an overview of Chinese prehistory and the basis for our current understanding of the origins and early developments in Chinese civilization. Other important themes referenced in the course include the emergence and migration of modern hominins, the origins of agriculture, and animal domestication; sedentary villages, early urbanism, and changes in burial practices and religion; ritual, writing, and production; and the development of complex society and the presentation of archaeological information in modern contexts.

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Anthropology 1208. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 am starting September 2 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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ANTH E-1410
The Storyteller in Flight: Migrant Narratives, Refugee Camp Cultures, and the Arts of Displacement

Lowell A. Brower PhD

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26306 | Section 1

Description
What are the effects of displacement on tradition, storytelling, and cultural belonging? How does forced migration influence narration, creative expression, and imagination? What are the powers and potentials of artistic communication after existential rupture? What is the role of the storyteller in flight? This course explores expressive cultures in motion, amid crisis, and out of place, and asks how tradition bearers and creative innovators adapt when the communities in which their preexisting cultural practices had once flourished are destroyed, uprooted, transformed, or dispersed. It also asks how researchers, aid workers, activists, and other outsiders might engage in ethical and beneficial ways with individuals and communities in exile. In examining the impacts of forced migration on cultural production, transmission, and innovation, we put classical theories of refugee and migration studies in conversation with recent ethnographies and folklore collections, as well as memoirs, novels, songs, and films by and about displaced persons. With case studies ranging from colonial Africa, to post-war Europe, to contemporary America, we explore what, if anything, holds together the refugee experience, while also interrogating our own neighborly obligations and scholarly commitments as we navigate what has famously been deemed the century of the migrant.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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ANTH E-1645
Money and Power: Cultural Approaches to Economic Life

James P. Herron PhD, Director of the Harvard Writing Project and Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26215 | Section 1

Description
This course considers how culture shapes the economic aspects of our lives. That is, we seek to understand the economy not as a separate realm with its own special logic and structure but instead as embedded in the social relations, identities, and cultural practices of everyday life. Our major course themes include exchange, money, debt, commodification, markets, and labor. We consider questions such as, how do the different kinds of exchanges we engage in gift exchanges versus market exchanges, for instance shape our relationships with others? We explore the social meaning of money and the role of the market in our lives. In a world where it is possible to rent a family, does money destroy love and intimacy? What aspects of our lives are governed by the logic of capitalism and what aspects escape capitalism’s grip? Why does it feel shameful to be in debt, and how has this shame been manipulated for political purposes? Why in the US do we consider work to be sacred and morally purifying even though many of us have tedious jobs? The course readings include theoretical and empirical works drawn mainly from the fields of anthropology, economic sociology, and heterodox economics. Our key texts include David Graeber’s Debt, Viviana Zelizer’s The Social Meaning of Money, and Sidney Mintz’s Sweetness and Power.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

ANTH E-1660
Anthropology and Human Rights

Theodore Macdonald, Jr. PhD, Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26048 | Section 1

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 require specific contextualization.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

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APMA E-115
Mathematical Modeling

Zhiming Kuang PhD, Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26062 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences companion course Applied Mathematics 115. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:15 pm starting January 25 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture. Students in this course and the companion Harvard course may interact with one another, for example, in Canvas or via Zoom live or recorded class sessions.

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

Weiwei Pan PhD, Research Associate, Institute for Applied Computational Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15810 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Applied Mathematics 207. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting September 2 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

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ARAB E-1
Intensive Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I

Muhammad A. Habib PhD, Preceptor in Arabic, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13547 | Section 1

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, August 31-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

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ARAB E-2
Intensive Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II

Muhammad A. Habib PhD, Preceptor in Arabic, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23418 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: ARAB E-1 or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, Thursdays, January 25-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

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ASTR E-80
Planets, Moons, and Their Stars: The Search for Life in the Cosmos

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

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16589 | Section 1

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

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

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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 2021 | CRN 14563 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Fridays, September 3-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 24316 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Fridays, January 28-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Required sections for graduate-credit students, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-107
Introduction to Medical Neuroscience

Daniel L. Roe PhD, Research Associate in Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24579 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Some background in basic biology is helpful.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Alan N. Francis PhD, Instructor in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26056 | Section 1

Description
This course helps students understand the psychological and physiological effects of substance abuse and how drug actions can be understood in terms of effects on the brain. The course focuses on neuroanatomical structures such as the nucleus accumbens, ventral tegmental area, and other structures implicated in drug addiction. Emphasis is placed on the role of multimodal neuroimaging in drug abuse. 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. 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, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-117
Human Impact and the Marine Environment

Daniel Hoer PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15790 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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BIOS E-12
Principles and Techniques of Molecular Biology

Alain Viel PhD, Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 22965 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Required sections Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 58 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 25897 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-129
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

Julie Park PhD, Preceptor in Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Saige Lorraine Pompura PhD, Preceptor in Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25750 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-14
Principles of Genetics

Frederick R. Bieber PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 22962 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Required sections for graduate-credit students Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Sarah Osmulski MD, Resident Physician, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24224 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Required sections for graduate-credit students Wednesdays, 8-9 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 16302 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-16
Cell Biology

Colles Price PhD, Research Scientist, Vizgen and Postdoctoral Scholar, Broad Institute, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25918 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Required sections Tuesdays, 8-9 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

BIOS E-162a
Human Pathophysiology I

Nancy Long Sieber PhD, Adjunct Lecturer on Physiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16623 | Section 1

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

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-163
Human Endocrine Physiology

Daniel Spratt MD, Professor of Medicine, Maine Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25898 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-166
Cardiovascular and Cardiopulmonary Pathologies

Jennifer A. Carr PhD, Lab Instructor, Salem State University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26222 | Section 1

Description
This course reviews pathological conditions of the cardiovascular and respiratory system and how these conditions affect normal function of the organ systems. Students examine the causes, symptoms, and treatments for various cardiac and respiratory diseases and conditions at the cellular, organ, and organismal level. Cardiovascular topics covered include vascular pathobiology, aneurysm, myocardial ischemia, myocarditis, cardiac arrythmias, cardiomyopathies, valve disorders and replacements, and congenital heart diseases. Respiratory topics include obstructive lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); restrictive lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis; lung cancer; infectious pulmonary diseases such as COVID-19 and pneumonia; pulmonary vascular diseases; environmental lung diseases; neurorespiratory disorders; and conditions caused by acute trauma such as a pneumothorax. Clinical case studies and primary source literature are used to examine the effectiveness of particular medical procedures and treatments.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-65d or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-179
Experimental Molecular Genetics

Alain Viel PhD, Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26188 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to design experiments and analyze data. Under the guidance of the instructor and teaching assistant, students work in small teams to design experiments and test their designs online. The objective is to teach students basic techniques in molecular biology including recombinant polymerase chain reaction (PCR), cloning and protein expression in bacteria. Students assemble synthetic genes from parts and analyze the contribution of these parts in the regulation of gene expression, from transcription to translation. They develop analytical skills, learn how to design experiments, and how to work on open-ended questions. By the end of the course, students present a research paper detailing their findings. Students also submit a weekly description of their experimental designs. Relevant readings from reviews and primary literature are assigned.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, Thursdays, January 4-22, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $960, graduate credit $1,490.

Credits: 2

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 16 students

Syllabus

BIOS E-18
Evolution

Maria E. Miara PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Brandeis University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14330 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-1a
Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

Casey J. Roehrig PhD, Manager of Instructional Development, Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University

Zofia Gajdos PhD, Senior Project Lead, HarvardX

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13096 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Wednesdays, August 30-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Required laboratories and optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 120 students

Syllabus

BIOS E-1b
Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Casey J. Roehrig PhD, Manager of Instructional Development, Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University

Joanne Matott DPhil, Preceptor in Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Katherine Zink PhD

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 22957 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Wednesdays, January 24-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Required laboratories and optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 120 students

Syllabus

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

Mihaela G. Gadjeva PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13092 | Section 1

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, microbiology, and virology. We discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and attempt to understand disease pathogenesis, innate responses, and vaccine design. We also learn about human microbiome and how its presence alters susceptibility to infection. We discuss how microbiome-derived metabolites can control the immune system and learn how diet/probiotics/microbiota-released metabolites ensure health. Through critical reading and presentation of research articles, students practice asking research questions that can be addressed experimentally and write 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Margaret A. Lynch PhD, Director of Undergraduate-Faculty Research Partnerships, Brandeis University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 22950 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-203
Classical Papers in Experimental Biology

William J. Anderson PhD, Senior Lecturer on Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26224 | Section 1

Description
What makes a science paper a classic? Does it start or redefine a field? Does it reveal a fundamental understanding of life? Is it the basis for a class of compounds that revolutionize medicine? This course explores some of these transformative papers taken from different fields in biology.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b, or equivalent. BIOS E-200 recommended but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-204
Developmental and Regenerative Biology

William J. Anderson PhD, Senior Lecturer on Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14278 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-207
Forensic Pathology

Dennis Cullinane PhD, Director, Science Instruction and Premedical Program, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26199 | Section 1

Description
This course explores injury analysis and the determination of trauma etiology and mechanics. Starting with an examination of injury and emergency department tables from the Centers for Disease Control, students move on to case analyses and self and team-run investigations. Topics include, but are not limited to, intentional versus unintentional trauma, ballistic trauma, child abuse, intimate partner violence, motor vehicle accidents, penetrating trauma, and various other methods of intentional trauma.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-65c and BIOS E-65d, or equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-232
Neurobiology of Emotion and Psychiatric Illnesses

Stephanie Maddox PhD, Instructor in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23451 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-50, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 21 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 25920 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-30
Epigenetics, Epitranscriptomics, and Gene Regulation

Amy Tsurumi PhD, Instructor in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16171 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of epigenetics and epitranscriptomics, and various stable gene regulatory mechanisms that occur without changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Molecular mechanisms we learn about in depth include DNA and RNA modifications, histone modifications, chromatin remodeling, non-coding RNAs, and RNA editing. We discuss studies describing the role of epigenetics and epitranscriptomics in various developmental events, the natural aging process, environmental exposures, and malignancies such as cancer, obesity, neurological disorders, and inflammatory diseases. Moreover, we cover molecular techniques and model organisms commonly used in epigenetics research.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-12, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-40
Introduction to Proteomics

Alain Viel PhD, Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13099 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Required review sessions Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 26025 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-50
Neurobiology

Laura Magnotti PhD, Lecturer on Neuroscience, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13097 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Required sections (live participation required) for graduate-credit students Wednesdays 8-9 pm, optional sections for undergraduate-credit students to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-52
The Neurobiology of Pain

Ryan W. Draft PhD, Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15683 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-53
Brain Invaders: Pathogens of the Central Nervous System

Laura Magnotti PhD, Lecturer on Neuroscience, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26229 | Section 1

Description
The brain has evolved a unique but very effective system to protect itself from invaders. In this course, we explore the specific defenses that the nervous system uses to protect itself. We also examine how some pathogens evade or breach those defenses and the impact of those invasions. Finally, we explore how scientists have been able to translate their understanding of these pathogenic mechanisms into technologies for research and therapeutic applications.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-1a or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOS E-60
Immunology

Mihaela G. Gadjeva PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23186 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm
Required sections Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm or Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

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

Mihaela G. Gadjeva PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25964 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Immunology and cellular biology.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

BIOS E-65c
Clinical Anatomy and Physiology I

Britt Stockton Lee MD, PhD, Clinical Simulation Faculty, MEDscience Simulation Lab, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13387 | Section 1

Description
This course is an immersive introduction to human anatomy and physiology from a clinical perspective. Students gain a functional understanding of the systems of the body and the structure and function of the tissues that comprise them. Using real-life clinical scenarios, students use their newfound basic science knowledge to assess and diagnose pathologies of the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, endocrine, urinary, immune, and musculoskeletal systems.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Required sections and biweekly labs to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 90 students

Syllabus

BIOS E-65d
Clinical Anatomy and Physiology II

Britt Stockton Lee MD, PhD, Clinical Simulation Faculty, MEDscience Simulation Lab, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23232 | Section 1

Description
This course is a continuation of BIOS E-65c. Students gain a functional understanding of the systems of the body and the structure and function of the tissues that comprise them. Using real-life clinical scenarios, students use their newfound basic science knowledge to assess and diagnose pathologies of the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous, endocrine, urinary, immune, and musculoskeletal systems.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Required sections and biweekly labs to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 80 students

Syllabus

BIOS E-67
Introduction to Pharmacology

Kate Ellen McDonnell-Dowling PhD, Lecturer on Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26336 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and biochemistry are strongly recommended.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOS E-70
Introduction to Epidemiology

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

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24809 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 16122 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOT E-104
Introductory Bioinformatics

Soohyun Lee PhD, Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16716 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed to cover an introductory level overview of bioinformatics. It covers commonly used bioinformatics tools and algorithms as well as standard formats, with the focus on DNA/RNA sequence and sequencing data analysis. The topics include sequence alignment, motif detection, conservation analysis, Markov models, short-read sequencing data alignment and assembly, variant detection and visualization, peak calling, gene expression analysis, clustering methods, standard formats and random access tools, and performance analysis. Web-based tools and databases are also covered. Pipeline development frameworks and cloud-based approaches are discussed briefly. This course does not include artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques or theoretical analysis of algorithms. Programming is not the focus of the course, but students are welcome to apply their programming skills to the course material.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of molecular biology (DNA, RNA, and protein) required. Knowledge in genomics and epigenetics a plus but not required. Statistics and programming skills a plus but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

BIOT E-105
Bioinformatics: Fundamentals of Sequence Analysis

Michael Agostino PhD

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24434 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOT E-120
Ethics and Trends in Biotechnology

Timothy J. Furlan PhD, Burnett Family Distinguished Chair in Leadership, University of St. Thomas, and Senior Editor, Pediatric Ethicscope

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15456 | Section 1

Description
Biotechnology offers exciting and promising prospects for healing the sick and relieving suffering. But exactly because of their impressive powers to alter the workings of body and mind, the dual uses of the same technologies also make them attractive to people who are not sick, but who would use them to look younger, perform better, or feel happier. These applications of biotechnology are already presenting us with some unfamiliar and very difficult challenges. In this course, we consider such possible beyond therapy uses and explore both their scientific basis and the ethical and social issues they are likely to raise. We consider how pursuing the goals of better children, superior performance, ageless bodies, or happy souls might be aided or hindered, elevated or degraded, by seeking them through a wide variety of technological means. Among the biotechnological techniques considered are techniques for screening genes and testing embryos, choosing sex of children, modifying the behavior of children, augmenting muscle size and strength, enhancing athletic performance, slowing senescence, blunting painful memories, brightening mood, and altering basic temperaments. Toward the end of the course, we begin to ask what kinds of human beings and what sort of society we might be creating in the coming age of biotechnology.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOT E-120
Ethics and Trends in Biotechnology

Masha Fridkis-Hareli PhD, President, ATR, LLC

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25195 | Section 1

Description
Biotechnology offers exciting and promising prospects for healing the sick and relieving suffering. But exactly because of their impressive powers to alter the workings of body and mind, the dual uses of the same technologies also make them attractive to people who are not sick, but who would use them to look younger, perform better, or feel happier. These applications of biotechnology are already presenting us with some unfamiliar and very difficult challenges. In this course, we consider such possible beyond therapy uses and explore both their scientific basis and the ethical and social issues they are likely to raise. We consider how pursuing the goals of better children, superior performance, ageless bodies, or happy souls might be aided or hindered, elevated or degraded, by seeking them through a wide variety of technological means. Among the biotechnological techniques considered are techniques for screening genes and testing embryos, choosing sex of children, modifying the behavior of children, augmenting muscle size and strength, enhancing athletic performance, slowing senescence, blunting painful memories, brightening mood, and altering basic temperaments. Toward the end of the course, we begin to ask what kinds of human beings and what sort of society we might be creating in the coming age of biotechnology.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOT E-140
RNA Biology and Therapeutics

Kaveh Daneshvar PhD, Principal Scientist, Tome Biosciences

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26313 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: BIOS E-12.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Elizabeth Wiltrout Leary PhD, Senior Program Manager, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Tufts Medical Center

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23457 | 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOT E-220
Regulatory Aspects of Drug Development

Jonathon Parker PhD, Head of Global Regulatory Sciences, Cerevel Therapeutics

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25749 | Section 1

Description
The course provides an overview of the prescription drug development process and regulatory considerations for this process, including 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, January 26-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOT E-225
Biomedical Product Development

Sujata K. Bhatia PhD, MD, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15756 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Background in introductory biology and chemistry.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOT E-227
Immunoassay Design and Development

Masha Fridkis-Hareli PhD, President, ATR, LLC

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16674 | Section 1

Description
This introductory course explores assays commonly used in drug discovery and development. Immunoassays are key in characterization of drug candidates for efficacy and safety prior to market authorization. The overall goal of the course is to provide students with knowledge of different types of immunoassays including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), flow cytometry, and cell-based assays. Topics include design and optimization process, reagent selection, assay validation, and implementation for various applications in drug profiling.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, graduate credit $2,980.

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

BIOT E-599
Capstone: Business Ideas and Entrepreneurial Innovation

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 2022 | CRN 25061 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, biotechnology capstone track. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone). Prospective candidates and students with pending admission applications are not eligible. Candidates must have earned a B-minus or higher grade in MGMT E-5420 in the prior fall term and have submitted their draft business plans to steven_denkin@harvard.edu by December 1. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CELT E-115
The Irish Supernatural

Kathryn Ann Chadbourne PhD

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16646 | Section 1

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 76 students

Syllabus

CGRK E-1a
Beginning Ancient Greek

Samantha Lynn Blankenship PhD, Visiting Fellow, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16736 | Section 1

Description
This course provides an introduction to Attic Greek, the dialect of Greek spoken and written in classical Athens. Students build up a cumulative base of morphology, vocabulary, and syntax in order to start reading connected prose texts with the aid of a dictionary. By the end of the semester, students read adapted passages from the comedic playwright Aristophanes. In addition, this course provides an introduction to ancient Greek literature and culture. CGRK E-1a is the first half of a year-long sequence.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $750, undergraduate credit $960.

Credits: 2

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

Syllabus

CGRK E-1b
Beginning Ancient Greek

Nadav Asraf BA, Doctoral Candidate in the Classics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26323 | Section 1

Description
This course completes the year-long sequence which begins with CGRK E-1a. Students continue to master vocabulary, morphology, and syntax of Attic Greek and are introduced to more aspects of ancient Greek literature and culture. By the end of the course, students are able to read adapted passages from the comic playwright Aristophanes and the orator Demosthenes.

Prerequisites: CGRK E-1a .

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $750, undergraduate credit $960.

Credits: 2

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

Syllabus

CGRK E-31
Homer’s Odyssey

Jeremy Rau PhD, Professor of Linguistics and of the Classics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26071 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CHEM E-100
Organic Chemistry of Drug Synthesis and Action

Craig Masse PhD, Vice President of Discovery Research, Ajax Therapeutics

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14210 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 15393 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,440.

Credits: 3

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

Syllabus

CHEM E-17lab
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose BA, Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16161 | 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 compounds are expanded upon in the laboratory. A broad range of foundational organic chemistry techniques are emphasized, including acid-base extraction, recrystallization, spectroscopy, and chromatography.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 1:30pm-5:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $480.

Credits: 1

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 56 students

Syllabus

CHEM E-17lab
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose BA, Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16162 | 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 compounds are expanded upon in the laboratory. A broad range of foundational organic chemistry techniques are emphasized, including acid-base extraction, recrystallization, spectroscopy, and chromatography.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $480.

Credits: 1

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 56 students

Syllabus

CHEM E-17lab
Principles of Organic Chemistry: Laboratory

David W. Rose BA, Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16163 | 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 compounds are expanded upon in the laboratory. A broad range of foundational organic chemistry techniques are emphasized, including acid-base extraction, recrystallization, spectroscopy, and chromatography.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, September 4-December 18, 9:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $480.

Credits: 1

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 56 students

Syllabus

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 2021 | CRN 11918 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Required sections and laboratories to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 340 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 20020 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Required sections and laboratories to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 340 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 25022 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,440.

Credits: 3

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

Syllabus

CHEM E-27lab
Organic Chemistry of Life: Laboratory

David W. Rose BA, Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25722 | Section 1

Description
This 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 place on the intersectionality of chemistry, biology, medicine, and the environment.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $480.

Credits: 1

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 48 students

Syllabus

CHEM E-27lab
Organic Chemistry of Life: Laboratory

David W. Rose BA, Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25723 | Section 2

Description
This 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 place on the intersectionality of chemistry, biology, medicine, and the environment.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Saturdays, January 29-May 14, 9:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $480.

Credits: 1

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

Syllabus

CHEM E-27lab
Organic Chemistry of Life: Laboratory

David W. Rose BA, Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Coordinator, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25724 | Section 3

Description
This 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 place on the intersectionality of chemistry, biology, medicine, and the environment.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 1:30pm-5:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $480.

Credits: 1

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 28 students

Syllabus

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 2021 | CRN 13404 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 24099 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Syllabus

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

Lindsay Mitchell MFA, Senior Editor, Harvard Magazine

Fall Term 2021 | 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

William Weitzel PhD, Senior Lecturer on Expository Writing, New York University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16486 | 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Lindsay Mitchell MFA, Senior Editor, Harvard Magazine

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24317 | 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Elizabeth Ames MFA, Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25810 | Section 3

Description
This course is for writers who love to read short stories and wish to make their own short stories come alive on the page. Students should arrive with a commitment to and curiosity about the short story form; we build on that foundation through close reading and in-depth discussion of exceptional published short stories. To better understand and employ key craft elements, students complete in-class writing exercises, reflect and present on both their own short stories and published work, and offer clear-eyed critiques of their peers’ works-in-progress. Much of our time is spent in workshop. Students carefully read and thoughtfully respond to one another’s short stories, and we work together to determine how best to filter and synthesize the feedback offered in a workshop setting. The skills honed via peer critique are crucial in editing one’s own work and students showcase their growth through the revision of one of two stories they write this semester. 

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Leah De Forest MFA, Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26350 | 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-101r
Writing a Nonfiction Book

Christina Thompson PhD, Editor, Harvard Review, Harvard College Library

Fall Term 2021 | 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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-101r
Writing a Nonfiction Book

Deirdre Alanna Mask JD, Writer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16747 | 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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-101r
Writing a Nonfiction Book

Christina Thompson PhD, Editor, Harvard Review, Harvard College Library

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25084 | 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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-105r
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Novel

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta PhD, Writer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16475 | 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. Students are expected to produce two new short stories (10 to 20 pages each) and to revise them during the term.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-105r
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Novel

William Weitzel PhD, Senior Lecturer on Expository Writing, New York University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14016 | 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. Students are expected to produce two new short stories (10 to 20 pages each) and to revise them during the term.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-105r
Advanced Fiction: Writing the Novel

William Weitzel PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Expository Writing, New York University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26259 | 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. Students are expected to produce two new short stories (10 to 20 pages each) and to revise them during the term.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-107
Advanced Fiction: Writing Historical Fiction

Rachel Kadish MA, MFA in Creative Writing Faculty, Lesley University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25999 | Section 1

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 such as Toni Morrison, Geraldine Brooks, Jaroslav Hasek, Min Jin Lee, John Edgar Wideman, 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 11:00am-3:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due between January 20 and February 7. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

CREA E-118r
Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Deirdre Alanna Mask JD, Writer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16667 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-118r
Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Deirdre Alanna Mask JD, Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26118 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-120r
Advanced Screenwriting

Wayne Wilson MFA, Screenwriter

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16668 | Section 1

Description
In this advanced screenwriting workshop, students 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-120r
Advanced Screenwriting

Bryan Delaney MA, Playwright and Screenwriter

Spring Term 2022 | 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 15-25 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, indie features, and Hollywood classics.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-120r
Advanced Screenwriting

Wayne Wilson MFA, Screenwriter

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26094 | Section 2

Description
In this advanced screenwriting workshop, students 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Mary Sullivan Walsh BA, Author and Freelance Editor

Fall Term 2021 | 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 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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Jennifer De Leon MFA, Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, Framingham State University, and MFA in Creative Nonfiction Instructor, Bay Path University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26106 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed to develop skills in writing middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) fiction with an emphasis on the process of honing the craft of creative writing via character, point of view, dialogue, plot, and setting. We also consider popular themes in MG/YA books: coming-of-age narratives, self-identity, friendship, family, and social justice. Additionally, and because nobody writes in a vacuum, we be reading published works by authors of MG/YA including Jason Reynolds, An Na, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Nina LaCour, Deb Caletti, and Ernesto Cisneros. Rather than engaging in literary analysis, we read as writers, examining how works of literature are made and how authors employ specific strategies to breathe life onto the page. Ultimately, the better you become at reading the work of others, the better you become at critiquing your own writing. The first half of the course emphasizes generative exercises, or jumpstarts, and discussion of published work. Students share work aloud. The second half of the course consists of a workshop. By the end of this course, students should have completed two polished chapters and a working synopsis of a novel.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Mary Sullivan Walsh BA, Author and Freelance Editor

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25946 | 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 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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-125r
Advanced Playwriting

Joyce Van Dyke PhD, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26260 | Section 1

Description
In this playwriting workshop, students write and revise two plays: a 10-minute play and a one-act play. Professional actors are invited to give a staged reading of students’ 10-minute plays later in the term. Class time is spent reading students’ plays aloud, exploring playwriting techniques and challenges, and discussing assigned readings, which include modern classics and plays by contemporary playwrights. We also discuss the theater marketplace and submitting plays to theaters, festivals, and contests.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-126
Advanced Fiction: Writing Horror

Katie Beth Kohn MA, Doctoral Candidate, Visual and Environment Studies, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16669 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-126
Advanced Fiction: Writing Horror

Katie Beth Kohn MA, Doctoral Candidate, Visual and Environment Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26346 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2022 | CRN 25400 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-128
Advanced Memoir: Mythic Structures

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta PhD, Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26042 | Section 1

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 Linda Grey Sexton, Sabrina Orah Mark, Alexander Chee, and Michael Mejia. 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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Bill Daly BS, Writer and Producer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16670 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-151
Advanced Creative Nonfiction: The Narrative Voice

Kurt Pitzer MFA, Author

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25947 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-152
Advanced Fiction: Fact to Fiction

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

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16746 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-152
Advanced Fiction: Fact to Fiction

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

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25948 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-156
The Art of the Pitch

Catherine Eaton BA, MFA, Director and Writer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16176 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-156
The Art of the Pitch

Catherine Eaton BA, MFA, Director and Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25949 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due between January 20 and February 7. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

CREA E-156
The Art of the Pitch

Catherine Eaton BA, MFA, Director and Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25774 | Section 2

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-158
Advanced Poetry Writing: Mastering the Craft

Collier Brown PhD, Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25982 | Section 1

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.”

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-22
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Deirdre Alanna Mask JD, Writer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16664 | Section 1

Description
This workshop course is designed for students who wish to explore writing nonfiction articles and essays, perhaps for the first time. Exploring a wide variety of forms and voices, students analyze the elements of strong nonfiction writing and write two pieces of nonfiction that are workshopped by their peers. We also read exemplary work by a wide range of writers, including James Baldwin, Ariel Levy, Susan Orlean, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eula Biss, Joan Didion, and Malcolm Gladwell.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

CREA E-22
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Deirdre Alanna Mask JD, Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26257 | Section 1

Description
This workshop course is designed for students who wish to explore writing nonfiction articles and essays, perhaps for the first time. Exploring a wide variety of forms and voices, students analyze the elements of strong nonfiction writing and write two pieces of nonfiction that are workshopped by their peers. We also read exemplary work by a wide range of writers, including James Baldwin, Ariel Levy, Susan Orlean, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eula Biss, Joan Didion, and Malcolm Gladwell.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

CREA E-24
Story Development

Shelley Evans MFA, Screenwriter

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24510 | Section 1

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, January 24-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

CREA E-25
Introduction to Fiction Writing

William J. Holinger MA, Director, Secondary School Program, Harvard Summer School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16665 | Section 1

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

CREA E-25
Introduction to Fiction Writing

William J. Holinger MA, Director, Secondary School Program, Harvard Summer School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23177 | Section 1

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

CREA E-25
Introduction to Fiction Writing

Mary Sullivan Walsh BA, Author and Freelance Editor

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26256 | Section 2

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

CREA E-30a
Beginning Poetry: Listening to Lines

David Barber MFA, Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16374 | Section 1

Description
This intensive workshop offers students the opportunity to develop their aptitude and affinity for the practice of poetry. Students follow a structured sequence of writing assignments, readings, and exercises aimed at cultivating a sound working knowledge of the fundamental principles of prosody and the evolving possibilities of poetic form. There is a special emphasis on listening to lines and saying poems aloud, in concert with an eclectic assortment of audio archives. Another principal focus is the verse line through time, as we turn for instruction and inspiration to what the critic Paul Fussell calls the “historical dimension” of poetic meter and poetic form. The collective goal of the course is to create the conditions for reading and writing poems with a stronger sense of technical know-how and expressive conviction as well as a renewed appreciation for why poetry matters.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

CREA E-45
Beginning Screenwriting

Susan Steinberg PhD, Filmmaker, Writer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13975 | Section 1

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 feature film or television treatment and the film first act in script format, as well as the film logline or pitch. 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 to 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 their working style. Alternative narrative styles and methods are presented in class.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

CREA E-597
Precapstone: Building the World of the Book

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta PhD, Writer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16656 | Section 1

Description
In this course, students engage in a series of structured creative writing exercises that make it possible for them to delve deeply into their characters what they look like, what they want and need, how they interact with the world in which they live as they structure the imaginative world of their fiction. Students draft the first chapter of their capstone novel or the first story in their capstone collection (15-20 pages). Students also write a plan for their projects (5-10 pages) in which they create a roadmap of their book, bringing the plot and key characters into focus and defining the audience for their stories. This course is limited to 12 students.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in Master of Liberal Arts, creative writing and literature, who are in their penultimate semester. Prospective candidates and students with pending admission applications are not eligible. Candidates must be in good academic standing and in the process of successfully completing all degree requirements except the capstone, CREA E-599, which they must enroll in the upcoming spring term as their final course. Candidates are allowed to complete the summer residency after the capstone. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 10:00am-1:30pm
Course meets roughly every other Wednesday. See syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 12 students

Syllabus

CREA E-599
Capstone: Developing the Fiction Manuscript

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta PhD, Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26250 | Section 1

Description
This course is meant to follow CREA E-597, in which students built the imaginative world of their books and produced the first story or chapter of them. In this workshop, students write two additional chapters or stories, or approximately 30 pages of new work. The capstone project in total should be about 50-60 pages the equivalent of a thesis. Students submit the entire manuscript the plan and the three chapters developed during both the precapstone and capstone courses at the end of the second semester, but instructors read and comment on only the two new chapters. This course is limited to 12 students.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, creative writing and literature. Candidates must be in good academic standing, with only the capstone and the on-campus summer residency left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone course, CREA E-597, in the previous fall term. Candidates are allowed to complete the summer residency after the capstone. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 10:00am-1:30pm
Course meets roughly every other Wednesday. See syllabus for specific meeting dates.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 12 students

Syllabus

CREA E-90
Fundamentals of Fiction

Christopher S. Mooney MA, Author

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16666 | Section 1

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, September 2-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-90
Fundamentals of Fiction

Christopher S. Mooney MA, Author

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26063 | Section 1

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
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CREA E-91
Fundamentals of Dramatic Writing

Shelley Evans MFA, Screenwriter

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16697 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students with strong writing skills who have an interest in writing plays and/or screenplays, but little formal experience. The course introduces basic principles of dramatic writing and provides a foundation for advanced playwrighting and screenwriting courses. Using both plays and screenplays as study texts, we elucidate the elements of dramatic writing and consider how those elements work differently in different mediums. Plays and screenplays are similar but not the same both genres create narrative using character and dialogue, but plays lean more heavily on the inner life and voice of characters, while screenplays unfold in the external world, building stories with images and action. Weekly exercises guide students through the process of developing different kinds of scripts assessing potential story ideas, doing pre-draft character and backstory exploration, finding structure, and writing scenes. By the end of the semester, students have completed a short outline and the first twenty pages of a play or screenplay, which are workshopped in class.

Prerequisites: This course is intended for students with strong writing skills, not beginning writers.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-100
Science of Intelligence: Toward Artificial Intelligence

Brian Subirana PhD, Director, Auto-ID Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26068 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: High school math and basic principles of programming (CSCI E-1a or CSCI E-10a or the equivalent).

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: Most of the recorded lectures are from the 2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology course 9.523/6.861.

Syllabus

CSCI E-101
Foundations of Data Science and Engineering

Bruce Huang EdD, PhD, Director of Master’s Degree Program in Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16602 | Section 1

Description
Most data scientists spend 20 percent of their time building data models and analyzing model results. What do they do with the remaining 80 percent of their time? The answer is data engineering. Data engineering is a subdiscipline of software engineering that focuses on the transportation, transformation, and management of data. This course takes a comprehensive approach to explore data science, which includes data engineering concepts and techniques. Key topics include data management and transformation, exploratory data analysis and visualization, statistical thinking and machine learning, natural language processing, and storytelling with data, emphasizing the integration of Python, MySQL, Tableau, development, and big data analytics platforms. Students cannot earn Harvard Extension School degree credit for CSCI E-101 if it is taken after CSCI E-29.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-7, CSCI E-50, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-101
Foundations of Data Science and Engineering

Bruce Huang EdD, PhD, Director of Master’s Degree Program in Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26190 | Section 1

Description
Most data scientists spend 20 percent of their time building data models and analyzing model results. What do they do with the remaining 80 percent of their time? The answer is data engineering. Data engineering is a subdiscipline of software engineering that focuses on the transportation, transformation, and management of data. This course takes a comprehensive approach to explore data science, which includes data engineering concepts and techniques. Key topics include data management and transformation, exploratory data analysis and visualization, statistical thinking and machine learning, natural language processing, and storytelling with data, emphasizing the integration of Python, MySQL, Tableau, development, and big data analytics platforms. Students cannot earn Harvard Extension School degree credit for CSCI E-101 if it is taken after CSCI E-29.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-7, CSCI E-50, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-102
Econometrics and Causal Inference with R

Dmitry V. Kurochkin PhD, Senior Research Analyst, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office for Faculty Affairs, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26343 | Section 1

Description
Supervise learning algorithms, such as regression analysis, support-vector machines, and neural networks have demonstrated phenomenal performance in the era of big data. However, they often fail in answering the question, what would happen if the world changed in some specific way while holding other variables fixed? Such problems arise in many business applications including in finance, policymaking, and healthcare. This course covers modern econometric techniques for evaluating causal effects based on observational (that is, non-experimental) data. Topics covered in the course include multivariate linear regression, heteroscedasticity and weighted least squares (WLS), dummy variables and interactions, difference in differences (DD), logistic regression, probit model, censored regression models, exact matching, propensity score matching (PSM), regression discontinuity design (RDD), fuzzy regression discontinuity (FRD), synthetic control, instrumental variables (IV), and two-stage least squares (2SLS). Students get hands-on experience using R.

Prerequisites: Multivariate calculus equivalent to MATH E-21a, introductory probability and statistics, and familiarity with linear regression. Prior programming experience, preferably in R, is helpful but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-103
Data Engineering for Analytics to Solve Business Challenges

Eric Gieseke ALM, Principal Software Engineer, Algorand

Anindita Mahapatra ALM, Solutions Architect, Databricks

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16694 | Section 1

Description
In today’s world, data is generated at an ever-increasing rate. The analytic platforms need to match this pace of generated data, digest it, and generate useful insights. The best decisions are made with informed data and as it changes, one needs to follow the signals and indicators embedded in the data. The technology space is evolving rapidly and choosing the right technology fit for the data at hand is an important decision. The next decision is to select the best architecture to provide the solution for technical challenges and helps the business improve its growth, revenue, and time to market. Spark provides a swiss army knife to handle the entire data life cycle, from ingestion to consumption. Newer offerings from the open source community around Delta and MLFlow help strengthen the data platform by making it performant, reliable, and repeatable. Often, innovation is left in proof of concept stages and does not see production because of the lack of foundational architectural components necessary for hardened and mature enterprise-grade deployments. This lost innovation translates to lost revenue and missed opportunities. This course helps students to appreciate the power of technology and skillfully apply it in practical situations in the real world. It leverages the Databricks platform on Amazon web services (AWS) to simplify the cluster setup so that students can focus on the data engineering aspects of getting the data ready for analytics.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Amazon Web Services, structured query language (SQL), and Python. Some experience with Spark is recommended.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-106
Data Modeling

Hakan Gogtas PhD, Global Head of Model Risk Management, Internal Audit Group, American Express

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15765 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in R programming, introductory probability and statistics, multivariate calculus equivalent to MATH E-21a, and linear algebra equivalent to MATH E-21b.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 90 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-106
Data Modeling

Hakan Gogtas PhD, Global Head of Model Risk Management, Internal Audit Group, American Express

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26017 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in R programming, introductory probability and statistics, multivariate calculus equivalent to MATH E-21a, and linear algebra equivalent to MATH E-21b.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections Thursdays, 7:20-9:20 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 90 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-109a
Introduction to Data Science

Pavlos Protopapas PhD, Scientific Program Director and Lecturer, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard University

Natesh S. Pillai PhD, Professor of Statistics, Harvard University, Associate Professor of Statistics, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15178 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 109a. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:45-11:00 am starting September 1 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 85 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-109b
Advanced Topics in Data Science

Mark Glickman PhD, Senior Lecturer on Statistics, Harvard University

Pavlos Protopapas PhD, Scientific Program Director and Lecturer, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24801 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences companion course Computer Science 109b. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00-10:15 am starting January 24 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture. Students in this course and the companion Harvard course may interact with one another, for example, in Canvas or via Zoom live or recorded class sessions.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 80 students

Syllabus

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

Henry H. Leitner PhD, Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14289 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

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

Henry H. Leitner PhD, Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24027 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

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 2021 | CRN 15525 | Section 1

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).

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).

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 26067 | Section 1

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).

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).

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-115
Advanced Practical Data Science

Pavlos Protopapas PhD, Scientific Program Director and Lecturer, Institute for Applied Computational Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16425 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-109b.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Applied Computation 215. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:15-3:30 pm starting September 2 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 25 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-115b
Topics in Applied Computation: Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Christopher Tanner PhD, Lecturer on Computational Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16679 | Section 1

Description
How can computers understand and leverage text data and human language? Natural language processing (NLP) addresses this question and in this course students study the current, best approaches to it. No prior NLP experience is needed, but it is welcomed. This course provides students with a foundation of advanced concepts and requires students to conduct significant research on an NLP topic of their choosing. The aim is to produce a short paper worthy of submitting to a top NLP conference. Assessment also includes pop quizzes, homework assignments, and an exam. The course starts with language modelling (n-grams, word2vec) and machine translation (converting text from one language to another). Next, students learn about transformers (for example, bidirectional encoder representations from transformers [BERT] and generative pre-trained transformer [GPT-2]), which are incredibly powerful deep learning models that currently yield state-of-the-art results in nearly every NLP task. We end the semester by covering tasks concerning bias and fairness, adversarial approaches, coreference resolution, and commonsense reasoning. Students may count one of the following courses toward a degree or certificate, but not more than one: the Harvard Summer School course CSCI S-89a (offered previously), CSCI E-89b (offered previously), or CSCI E-115b.

Prerequisites: No prior experience with natural language processing (NLP) required. Students should have successfully completed at least one course with substantial object-oriented programming. We use PyTorch but do not expect or require students to have any prior experience with it. A basic foundation in probability and calculus (for example, joint probability, conditional probability, or partial derivatives) such as STAT E-110 or above is sufficient. A basic knowledge of machine learning (for example, feed-forward neural nets, backpropagation, what train/dev/test splits are, and regularization) is required. Any one of the following courses is sufficient: the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Science 181, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s course 6.036, CSCI E-109a, or CSCI E-109b.

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Applied Computation 295. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Thursdays, 12:45-3:30 pm starting September 2 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

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CSCI E-12
Fundamentals of Website Development

David P. Heitmeyer AM, Director of Academic Platforms and Development, Harvard University Information Technology

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15078 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-12
Fundamentals of Website Development

David P. Heitmeyer AM, Director of Academic Platforms and Development, Harvard University Information Technology

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 21144 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

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CSCI E-121
Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science

Madhu Sudan PhD, Gordon 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 2021 | CRN 14302 | Section 1

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?

Prerequisites: CSCI E-20 or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 121. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:45-2:00 pm starting September 1 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

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CSCI E-124
Data Structures and Algorithms

Adam Hesterberg PhD, Lecturer on Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 21462 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22 or the equivalent, and some knowledge of discrete mathematics (CSCI E-20 or the equivalent).

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences companion course Computer Science 124. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:15-12:30 pm starting January 24 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture. Students in this course and the companion Harvard course may interact with one another, for example, in Canvas or via Zoom live or recorded class sessions.

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CSCI E-142
Foundations of Technology Risk Management and Assessment

David Cass MBA, Vice President, Cyber and IT Risk, Supervision Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16682 | Section 1

Description
Technology risk refers to any risk of financial loss, disruption, or damage to the reputation of an organization as a result of the failure of its information technology (IT) systems. This course covers the foundations of technology risk management, IT risk identification, IT risk assessment, risk mitigation, and risk and control monitoring and reporting.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

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CSCI E-144
Information System Forensics

David Cass MBA, Vice President, Cyber and IT Risk, Supervision Group, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Daniel Garrie JD, Co-Founder, Law and Forensics, LLC

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26269 | Section 1

Description
The course focuses on the principles and practices of forensic investigation and analysis of information in modern organizations and distributed information systems. Topics include studies of information processes, events, time measurement, causal factors, information volatility, technical and procedural forensic methods, rules of evidence, and case law.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-147a
The Cybersecurity Rules of the Road: Governance, Regulation, and Compliance

Tom Corcoran MA, Head of Cyber Security, Farmers Insurance

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16690 | Section 1

Description
Just as a solid knowledge of traffic laws is required to safely and legally operate an automobile, a strong understanding of cybersecurity regulations and other requirements is necessary for information technology (IT) and IT security professionals to effectively perform their duties. Questions of whether governments should impose cyber laws and regulations have been around since the dawn of the internet and continue to this day. These debates have ebbed and flowed based on perceptions of the level of cyber threats and risk, and typically revolve around when and how such requirements should be levied. Strong desires to preserve the freedom and efficiency of the internet and questions about the efficacy of cyber regulation have slowed the arrival of the political agreement necessary to implement and expand cyber laws and regulation. A broad consensus that market forces alone would be sufficient to drive good behavior has slowly eroded, however, in the face of persistent reports of private companies and public institutions not taking all necessary steps to protect themselves and their customers from what is perceived to be an increasingly dangerous cyber threat landscape. As a result, the volume and scope of cyber law and regulation have grown dramatically in recent years. This course examines the evolution of cyber law and regulation, where we stand today, and how these requirements could continue to evolve and grow in scope. The course also examines the role and evolution of nongovernmental corporate governance and industry best practices.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-149a
Software Application Lifecycle: Security from Concept to Decommission

Heather Hinton PhD, Chief Information Security Officer, RingCentral

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26341 | Section 1

Description
Ever wonder how to apply threat-based thinking to a user- and usability-centered application lifecycle throughout the entire lifecycle? In this course students learn about the cradle to grave lifecycle of software applications and how to review for security implications at each stage. Starting from a product pitch, we walk through the entire product lifecycle, including design, prototyping, testing, deployment, and ongoing management including operational concerns, through to eventual decommission. We look at scenarios drawn from in the market products and development realities.

Prerequisites: Basic computer programming skills, such as CSCI E-50 or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-14a
Building Interactive Web Applications for Data Analysis

Zona Kostic PhD

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16444 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 48 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-15
Web Server Frameworks with Laravel/PHP

Susan Buck MPS, Web Programmer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24574 | Section 1

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, and database interfacing. While this functionality can be built from scratch with any server-capable language, it is 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 framework-based web application development via the lens of the PHP framework Laravel. Along the way, we explore paradigms common to web frameworks beyond Laravel, 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, or Vue.js.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Enrollment limit: Limited to 120 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-165
Data Systems

Stratos Idreos PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16677 | Section 1

Description
We are in the big data era and data systems sit in the critical path of everything we do. We are going through major transformations in business, science, and everyday life collecting and analyzing data changes everything and data systems provide the means to store and analyze a massive amount of data. This course is a comprehensive introduction to modern data systems. The primary focus is on modern trends that are shaping the data management industry right now such as column-store, systems for machine learning, hybrid systems, shared nothing architectures, cache-conscious algorithms, hardware/software co-design, main memory systems, adaptive indexing, stream processing, scientific data management, and key-value stores. We also study the history of data systems and traditional and seminal concepts and ideas such as the relational model, row-store database systems, optimization, indexing, concurrency control, recovery, and structured query language (SQL). We discuss both how data systems have evolved over the years and why, as well as how these concepts apply today and how data systems might evolve in the future. We focus on understanding concepts and trends rather than specific techniques that will soon be outdated.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50 and CSCI E-61, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 165. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45-11:00 am starting September 2 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Syllabus

CSCI E-171
Visualization

Hanspeter Pfister PhD, An Wang Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16477 | 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.

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have programming experience (for example, CSCI E-50) and ideally some experience with web development.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 171. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:15-3:30 pm starting September 1 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-19
Software Testing and Test-Driven Development

Aline Yurik PhD, Director, Information Technology, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16404 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-10b, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-1a
Understanding Technology

David J. Malan PhD, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15513 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920.

Credits: 4

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

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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 2022 | CRN 25393 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Syllabus

CSCI E-22
Data Structures

David G. Sullivan PhD, Master Lecturer on Computer Science, Boston University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14309 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

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 Chief Technology Officer, From Zero LLC

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16214 | Section 1

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 L VE 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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-7, CSCI E-10a, CSCI E-10b, CSCI E-50, CS50x, or prior programming experience in any language.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

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CSCI E-25
Computer Vision

Stephen Elston PhD, Principal Consultant, Quantia Analytics LLC

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26285 | Section 1

Description
This course focuses on studying methods that allow a machine to learn and analyze images and video using geometry and statistical learning. The growth of digital imaging technologies, hardware advances, and machine learning models has led to many exciting recent developments in image and video analytics. A variety of topics are covered in this course, including image enhancement, feature extraction, multi-view geometry, and deep learning methods for high-level visual problems such as image classification, segmentation, generation, and object detection. Applications of deep learning in computer vision for autonomous vehicles is also covered.

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of basic calculus required (MATH E-15 or equivalent), basic statistics and linear algebra are useful and highly desired (MATH E-21b or equivalent). Prior programming experience is essential (for example, CSCI E-7, CSCI E-10a or equivalent). Python is used in this course. Homework includes programming assignments. Students need access to a computer with a 64-bit operating system with at least 8 GB of RAM.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

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

Bruce Molay AB, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14294 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-28
Unix/Linux Systems Programming

Bruce Molay AB, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24040 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-29
Advanced Python for Data Science

Scott Gorlin PhD, Senior Director, Office of Data Science, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15872 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 180 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-29
Advanced Python for Data Science

Scott Gorlin PhD, Senior Director, Office of Data Science, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25473 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 180 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-3
Introduction to Web Programming Using JavaScript

Laurence P. Bouthillier MS, Executive Director, University of British Columbia Extended Learning

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15118 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

CSCI E-31
Web Application Development using Node.js

Laurence P. Bouthillier MS, Executive Director, University of British Columbia Extended Learning

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25038 | Section 1

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, 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 representational state transfer (REST) application programming interfaces (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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

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 EdM, Senior Preceptor, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16215 | Section 1

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 application programming interfaces (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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or prior programming experience in any language.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Syllabus

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 EdM, Senior Preceptor, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25184 | Section 1

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 application programming interfaces (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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or prior programming experience in any language.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Syllabus

CSCI E-34
User Experience Engineering

David S. Platt ME, President, Rolling Thunder Computing, Inc.

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14557 | Section 1

Description
Success in today’s software marketplace requires excellent user experience (UX). This course presents the foundations of excellent UX in a platform-agnostic manner. This course requires no programming. Instead, we focus on deciding what to program to make our users happier and more productive. Students learn to start with the user, not the toolkit. Who are our users and how do we represent them with personas? What problems are these users trying to solve, what would they consider a good solution, and how do we represent that with stories? How should the user interaction flow and how do we represent it with quick, inexpensive mockups? How can we test different designs on users? How can we learn what users really do, instead of what they can remember or will admit to? Students work on a term project of their choosing, performing all steps of the UX design process. We use modern design tools such as Figma. We examine in-depth case studies and hear from industry-leading guest speakers. Students finish this course with a starter portfolio to show potential employers.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-39
Design Principles in React

Nicolas Javier Tejera Aguirre ALM, Chief Technology Officer, Tolemi

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16734 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in Javascript, HTML, and CSS.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-40
Communication Protocols and Internet Architectures

Leonard Evenchik SM, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14296 | Section 1

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).

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

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections Mondays, 8-9 pm, or Saturdays, 10-11 am.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: Recorded lectures are from the 2019 course.

Syllabus

CSCI E-40
Communication Protocols and Internet Architectures

Leonard Evenchik SM, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24033 | Section 1

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).

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

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections Mondays, 8-9 pm, or Saturdays, 10-11 am.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: Recorded lectures are from the 2019 course.

Syllabus

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

Derek Brink MBA, Vice President and Research Fellow, Aberdeen Group

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24587 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-45a, CSCI E-45b, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 14299 | Section 1

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

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 24037 | Section 1

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

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

CSCI E-46
Applied Network Security

David Mark LaPorte MS, Senior Director of Network Strategy and Services, Harvard University Information Technology

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24556 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-45a and CSCI E-45b, or equivalent. Familiarity with Linux and Windows operating systems, and an understanding of IP networking.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-49
Cloud Security

Ramesh Nagappan MS, Security Technologist, Amazon

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24557 | Section 1

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).

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-49a
Cryptography and Identity Management for Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) Applications

Ramesh Nagappan MS, Security Technologist, Amazon

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16685 | Section 1

Description
Confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, authorization, and accountability are the most critical security requirements that serve as the basis for deploying and delivering trustworthy information technology (IT) applications and services in on-premise enterprises, cloud provider hosted platforms, and network-centric devices that are connected to the internet. Adopting cryptography and identity management solutions for data protection and access control addresses these security requirements and has become a vital part of all business applications, electronic transactions, IT networks, cloud providers, and internet of things (IoT). This course provides a ground-up coverage on the high-level concepts, applied mechanisms, architecture, design, and real-world implementation practices of using cryptography and identity management solutions as they apply to cloud-hosted applications, services, and IoT devices.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-49, CSCI E-90, CSCI E-118, or equivalent. Experience with web application development and/or systems administration using a cloud provider is helpful.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

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 2021 | CRN 14290 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 50 (CS50). Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Mondays, 1:30-4:15 pm starting September 1 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture. This course is also available, for noncredit, as OpenCourseWare at cs50.edx.org/.

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 24107 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-59
Designing and Developing Relational and NoSQL Databases

Gregory Thomas Misicko ALM, Engineering Manager, Veracode

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25690 | Section 1

Description
This course focuses on the design and development of databases using a very practical and hands-on approach to learning. Students begin by learning how to set up and configure a database server, followed by a thorough understanding of how to design and develop a real-world database built for stability and performance. Structured query language (SQL) is taught starting from the most basic level and leading up to an advanced level. As many projects today evaluate NoSQL options, students also learn about the more popular NoSQL options available today.

Prerequisites: Programming experience, such that learning a new language is not an obstacle. Sufficient hands-on experience with Unix/Linux and text editors.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-597
Data Science Precapstone

Bruce Huang EdD, PhD, Director of Master’s Degree Program in Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25390 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in Master of Liberal Arts, data science, who are in their penultimate semester. Prospective candidates and students with pending admission applications are not eligible. Candidates must be in good academic standing and in the process of successfully completing all degree requirements except the capstone, CSCI E-599a, which they must enroll in the upcoming spring term as their final course. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 27 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-599
Software Engineering Capstone

Eric Gieseke ALM, Principal Software Engineer, Algorand

Spring Term 2022 | 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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, software engineering, capstone track. Prospective candidates and students with pending admission applications are not eligible. Candidates must be in good academic standing, have completed nine courses in the concentration including the software design requirement, and have proficiency in Java. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-599
Software Engineering Capstone

Peter Vaughan Henstock PhD, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Lead, Pfizer, Inc.

Spring Term 2022 | 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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, software engineering, capstone track. Prospective candidates and students with pending admission applications are not eligible. Candidates must be in good academic standing, have completed nine courses in the concentration including the software design requirement, and have proficiency in Java. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-599a
Data Science Capstone

Bruce Huang EdD, PhD, Director of Master’s Degree Program in Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16091 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted capstone track candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, data science. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in March with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the Harvard Summer School precapstone course, CSCI S-597, in the previous summer term. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-599a
Data Science Capstone

Bruce Huang EdD, PhD, Director of Master’s Degree Program in Information Technology, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25391 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted capstone track candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, data science. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone course, CSCI E-597, in the previous January term. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 27 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-5a
Programming in R

Theodore Hatch Whitfield ScD, Principal and Statistical Consultant, Biostatistics Solutions

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26057 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-61
Systems Programming and Machine Organization

Eddie Kohler PhD, Microsoft Professor of Computer Science and Harvard College Professor, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13836 | Section 1

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).

Prerequisites: CSCI E-26, CSCI E-50, or some experience programming in C++ or C.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences course Computer Science 61. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15-12:30 pm starting September 2 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Syllabus

CSCI E-63
Big Data Analytics

Zoran B. Djordjevic PhD, Senior Enterprise Architect

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25759 | Section 1

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 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.

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).

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Fridays, January 28-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections Saturdays, 12-1 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-63c
Elements of Data Science and Statistical Learning with R

Andrey Sivachenko PhD

Victor A. Farutin PhD, Associate Director, Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15123 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-63c
Elements of Data Science and Statistical Learning with R

Andrey Sivachenko PhD

Victor A. Farutin PhD, Associate Director, Momenta Pharmaceuticals

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24748 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 200 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-66
Database Systems

David G. Sullivan PhD, Master Lecturer on Computer Science, Boston University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24046 | Section 1

Description
This course covers the fundamental concepts of database systems. Topics include data models (entity-relationship, 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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22, or the equivalent, and strong programming skills in Java.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-67
Oracle Database Administration

Patrick McGowan ALM, DevOps Manager, Harvard University Information Technology

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16131 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: An understanding of the principles of a relational database model and a working knowledge of SQL.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-7
Introduction to Programming with Python

Jeff Parker PhD, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15376 | Section 1

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.

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

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Enrollment limit: Limited to 120 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-7
Introduction to Computer Science with Python

Henry H. Leitner PhD, Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25531 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences companion course Computer Science 1. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 am starting January 25 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture. Students in this course and the companion Harvard course may interact with one another, for example, in Canvas or via Zoom live or recorded class sessions.

Syllabus

CSCI E-71
Agile Software Development

Richard Kasperowski ALB, Consultant

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16441 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22 or the equivalent. Students must have a computer suitable for software development.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-79
The Art and Design of Information

Zona Kostic PhD

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25487 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator and experience working with Java Script.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 25121 | Section 1

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 enterprise GIS 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, Experience Builder, Dashboards, and Hubs), mobile GIS apps (Survey123 and Field Maps), 3D web scenes, imagery services, and spatial analysis. Internet of things (IoT), big data analysis, and machine learning are also discussed in the context of web GIS. Access to Harvard ArcGIS Online and other ArcGIS software is provided.

Prerequisites: Basic experience with online maps or mobile maps.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

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 EdM, Senior Preceptor, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16393 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or at least one year of experience with Python.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

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 EdM, Senior Preceptor, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25793 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-50, CS50x, or at least one year of experience with Python.

Class Meetings:
Online

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

CSCI E-80a
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Brian Subirana PhD, Director, Auto-ID Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16439 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Some basic computer skills to install and program with Python, for example CSCI E-7.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

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 2021 | CRN 15407 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-87
Big Data and Machine Learning in Healthcare Applications

Oleg Pianykh PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, and Director of Medical Analytics, Massachusetts General Hospital

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16459 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of statistics and machine learning. Programming in Python or Matlab is required for most homework assignments.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-88
Principles of Big Data Processing

Marina Yu Popova ALM, Engineer, TechTarget

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26267 | Section 1

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, techniques to address unique counts, data de-duplication and reprocessing, storage options, distributed data indexing, and search. We review approaches to solving common challenges of such systems and get hands-on experience implementing some of them. We look at trends and the evolution of data processing and analytics with special attention to the modern data stack and the resulting advances in data warehousing, data lakes, and data mesh solutions. 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections Thursdays, 8-9pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-88a
Introduction to Functional and Stream Programming for Big Data Systems

Marina Yu Popova ALM, Engineer, TechTarget

Edward S. Sumitra MS, Software Development Manager, Curriculum Associates

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16678 | Section 1

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 in real time. In order to do this type of processing, 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, understand how they are used as a foundation of parallel and distributed programming, learn about challenges and approaches to handling state in the aggregation and other stream operations and learn how they are used in high-level stream processing frameworks like Kafka, Akka streams, and Flink, as well as serverless architectures. At the conclusion of the course, we review how all the learned concepts are used in the real-world stream processing architectures of a few well-known companies. Students reinforce the learned concepts by completing hands-on assignments and practicing building simple stream processing pipelines (with and without high-level stream processing frameworks) using Java, Scala, and Python languages.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections Wednesdays, 8-9pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-88c
Programming in Scala for Big Data Systems

Edward S. Sumitra MS, Software Development Manager, Curriculum Associates

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26278 | Section 1

Description
Scala is a strongly typed, versatile programming language that has emerged as one of the de-facto languages in big data systems. Scala supports multiple programming paradigms, including familiar object-oriented programming (OOP) and functional programming (FP) techniques. This hands-on course covers types and data structures, build tools, functional programming concepts with higher-order functions, pattern matching, concurrency, and parallel processing. Popular libraries in the Scala ecosystem are introduced and applied. Students learn unit testing libraries and reinforce techniques taught in lectures by completing weekly programming assignments. Students apply their knowledge to develop batch processing applications in Apache Spark and stream processing applications in Apache Flink in the latter part of the course.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with a programming language like Java, Python, Javascript, C#, or C++.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-89
Deep Learning

Zoran B. Djordjevic PhD, Senior Enterprise Architect

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16392 | Section 1

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 with Keras and Pytorch. TensorFlow is one of the most popular open source projects with one of the largest number of committers. Keras is a wrapper API that became the preferred interface to TensorFlow. PyTorch is a similar yet very popular alternative API for deep learning. 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 and Keras for the creation of convolutional neural networks (CNNs), recurrent neural networks (RNNs), long short-term memory networks (LSTMs), autoencoders, generative adversarial networks (GANs), and transformers with attention.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Fridays, September 3-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections Saturdays, 10-11 am.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 25757 | Section 1

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 can be seen as the third area of machine learning, in addition to supervised and unsupervised algorithms, in which the learning of an agent occurs as a result of its own actions and interaction with the environment. Such learning processes do not need to be guided externally, but it has been difficult until recently to use RL ideas practically. This course focuses on foundations of deep RL and applications to problems that emerge in healthcare and social science applications.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-90
Cloud Services, Infrastructure, and Computing

Gregory Thomas Misicko ALM, Engineering Manager, Veracode

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15865 | Section 1

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 does not require any prior experience working with cloud services and does not require any programming skills.

Prerequisites: Ability to read and write simple code in either Java or Python is required. Familiarity with basic Unix commands is a plus.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-93
Computer Architecture

James L. Frankel PhD, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16593 | Section 1

Description
This course is a study of the fundamental concepts in the design and organization of modern computer systems. Topics include computer organization, instruction-set design, processor design, memory system design, timing issues, interrupts, microcoding, and various performance-enhancing parallel techniques such as prefetching, pipelining, branch prediction, superscalar execution, and massive-parallel processing. We also study existing architectures using CISC, RISC, vector, data parallel, and VLIW designs. An extensive lab project encompassing the design and implementation of a new instruction set and CPU using an FPGA is required of all students.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of data structures and programming experience (CSCI E-22, or the equivalent) with a Boolean/digital logic course preferred, but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:40pm-10:15pm
Optional sections Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-94
Fundamentals of Cloud Computing with Microsoft Azure

Joseph Ficara ASEE, Lead Architect, The Predictive Index

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25152 | Section 1

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 DDOS, Azure Application Gateway, Azure Application Services, Azure Application Configuration and KeyVault, Azure SQL, Azure application programming interface (API) Management, Azure Functions, Azure Logic Applications, Azure active directory (AD) for authentication, Azure storage, Azure Service Bus, Azure Cosmos DB document and graph, Azure Search, Macro and Microservices, 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.

Prerequisites: Basic C#, C++, or Java development skills. CSCI E-10a or the equivalent. This course involves a substantial amount of programming in C# and .NET Core.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

CSCI E-95
Compiler Design and Implementation

James L. Frankel PhD, Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26179 | Section 1

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.

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). Students must have sufficient experience to write large programming projects in the C programming language that utilize a wide variety of data structures. This course does not teach programming.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 7:40pm-10:15pm
Optional sections Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 40 students

Syllabus

CSCI E-96
Data Mining for Business

Edward Kwartler MBA, Vice President, Trusted Artificial Intelligence, DataRobot

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15736 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional lab sessions Fridays, 10 am.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-96
Data Mining for Business

Edward Kwartler MBA, Vice President, Trusted Artificial Intelligence, DataRobot

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25358 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional lab sessions Fridays, 10 am.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

CSCI E-97
Software Design: Principles, Models, and Patterns

Eric Gieseke ALM, Principal Software Engineer, Algorand

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15356 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-22, or the equivalent, and proficiency in Java.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 70 students

Syllabus

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 2021 | CRN 16433 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 25998 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus

DEVP E-110
Foundations of Sustainable Development

Patrick Walsh PhD, Full Professor of International Development Studies, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16389 | Section 1

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, August 30-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

DEVP E-150
Racial Equity and Economic Development

James Carras MPA, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University

LaChaun Banks MBA, Director for Equity and Inclusion, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26282 | Section 1

Description
This course addresses the organizational, institutional, and public policy foundations of stratification and racial inequality in the United States, particularly racial equity as a key value, measure, and framework for preparing and implementing local economic development plans and policies. The course examines theory as well as the implementation of local policy initiatives for racial equity in US cities. Investigating a wide range of contemporary theory and practice in the field of urban economic development, students propose new recommendations and executive strategies for cities currently pursuing pro-growth agendas. The course focuses on the Harvard Bloomberg City Leadership Initiative’s Guide to Equitable Economic Development as a framework for discussion and the adoption of a city for further examination and recommendations. From redevelopment to entrepreneurship approaches, the course provides students with a working knowledge of local government approaches to more equitable economic development strategies; a critical point of view on the merits and limitations of these strategies; and formal opportunities to present new views to public and political actors in the field.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2022 | CRN 25972 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, global development practice. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone course, DEVP E-598, in the previous fall term. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Friday, January 28, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, January 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, -January 30, 9:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-1
Digital Media: From Ideas to Designs and Prototypes

Bakhtiar Mikhak PhD, Co-Founder, Media Modifications, Ltd.

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16151 | Section 1

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 Notion, Milanote, Figma, Framer, React, Play, Github, Visual Studio Code.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Required sections and optional studio sessions to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-10
Advanced Digital Photography

Gregory S. Marinovich MS, Master Lecturer, Journalism, Boston University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25615 | Section 1

Description
This course explores storytelling through the genres of photojournalism, documentary and art photography. We look at photographic books with the goals of expanding students’ approach, technique, and aesthetic possibilities for their semester-long projects. 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. Documentary photography and long-form photojournalism predominates, but we also explore art. 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. 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. This course explores conflict and documentary photography extensively, with an emphasis on narrative photography, but it does not preclude students from any genre of photography they wish to pursue. The goal of the course is for each student to produce a body of work or a photographic essay. The skill of editing one’s own work is a key learning goal.

Prerequisites: Students should have an intermediate to advanced knowledge of photography and have completed DGMD E-9 or the equivalent. 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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 22 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-11
Digital Media: From Prototypes to Products and Services

Bakhtiar Mikhak PhD, Co-Founder, Media Modifications, Ltd.

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25712 | Section 1

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 Framer, Gatsby, React, Flutter, Visual Studio Code, and Github.

Prerequisites: DGMD E-1.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Required sections and optional studio sessions to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-12
Introduction to Creative Exploration on the Web

Alexander Robert McWhinnie ALM, Senior Software Developer, Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, University of Minnesota

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24790 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: CSCI E-12 or DGMD E-20, or permission of the instructor.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

DGMD E-14
Wearable Devices and Computer Vision

Jose Luis Ramirez Herran ALM

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16693 | Section 1

Description
In this course we introduce the basic concepts of embedded systems programming, wearable devices, interfaces with motion and environmental sensors via Bluetooth, and integration of computer vision algorithms for augmented reality (AR) in wearable devices via video and pictures. Applications are in the field of augmented reality systems including wearable devices such as helmets, contacts, headsets, and AR glasses. This course covers the theoretical background of the concepts used and provides step by step tutorials for hands-on learning, where students gain confidence developing reference designs which give them ideas of how to propose their own ideas and projects. We cover an introduction to image processing and computer vision and computer vision architectures based on convolutional neural networks, and object detection image segmentation and synthesis. Students may not take both DGMD E-13 and DGMD E-14 for degree or certificate credit.

Prerequisites: Basic high school math and high school linear algebra (matrices) required. Some basic experience with a programming language (such as Python) is also required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-15
Creative Explorations in Screen-Based and Physical Computing

Bakhtiar Mikhak PhD, Co-Founder, Media Modifications, Ltd.

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26304 | Section 1

Description
This course focuses on advanced prototyping techniques in computational media design and invites students to see and work with computing as an expressive medium in which a wide range of sophisticated experiences ranging from novel micro-user interactions to full high-fidelity, multi-platform applications and richly immersive installations can be created. Students prototype, exhibit, and critique a series of works as web, mobile, wearable, television, and/or extended reality (XR) applications with custom physical interfaces. We explore how state of the art design and development tools can be used to create interactive experiences that combine audio, video, graphics, text, sensors, actuators, and live data feeds. Technologies used for tooling this course include Framer, Processing, D3.js, React, Wolfram, Cylon.js, Visual Studio Code, and Github.

Prerequisites: Experience with Macintosh or Windows systems. This course requires a considerable time commitment to problem solving. Prior programming experience (while helpful) is not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Required sections and optional studio sessions to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-17
Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, Drones, and Artificial Intelligence

Jose Luis Ramirez Herran ALM

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26008 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-2
Web Programming for Beginners with PHP

Susan Buck MPS, Web Programmer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16121 | Section 1

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, server management, and software testing. Emphasis is also placed on troubleshooting strategies and technical communication. While we primarily work with PHP, we address how the concepts we are working with apply to other web-capable programming languages. Additionally, we take a broad look at numerous tools and frameworks used on the web 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.

Prerequisites: See https://hesweb.dev/e2/prereq.

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

DGMD E-20
Modern and Mobile Front-End Web Design I

Rupa Misra EdD, Assistant Professor and User Experience Design Program Coordinator, Professional Science Master’s Program, Rutgers University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14283 | Section 1

Description
In this course, students learn HTML, cascading style sheets (CSS), and JavaScript, which are three fundamental web development technologies. Students learn hands-on and practical knowledge of how to create responsive design websites that would run on any modern browser and mobile device. The course explores advanced topics in CSS such as complex motion, games using HTML Canvas, JavaScript document object model (DOM), and JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and Bootstrap. Students use version control software such as GitHub.

Prerequisites: Basic computer knowledge.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

DGMD E-20
Modern and Mobile Front-End Web Design I

Rupa Misra EdD, Assistant Professor and User Experience Design Program Coordinator, Professional Science Master’s Program, Rutgers University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26270 | Section 1

Description
In this course, students learn HTML, cascading style sheets (CSS), and JavaScript, which are three fundamental web development technologies. Students learn hands-on and practical knowledge of how to create responsive design websites that would run on any modern browser and mobile device. The course explores advanced topics in CSS such as complex motion, games using HTML Canvas, JavaScript document object model (DOM), and JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and Bootstrap. Students use version control software such as GitHub.

Prerequisites: Basic computer knowledge.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

DGMD E-23
Planning Successful Websites and Applications

Lisa DiOrio MS, Owner and Lead Developer, Fembot Creative

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16308 | Section 1

Description
There are many options to build a website, from website builders to coding a site from scratch. Regardless of the option you choose to build the site, a solid planning process is crucial to create an effective site. Questions such as what is significant about the product, for whom the product exists, and how should the product information be organized need to be addressed upfront. In this course, students learn to plan and design a website or web 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 build the site, they have a clear specification for the final product. This course is not a coding course. It focuses on the other aspects of website and web application creation to set the stage for building sites that get results.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

DGMD E-26
Web Programming with WordPress

Lisa DiOrio MS, Owner and Lead Developer, Fembot Creative

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26268 | Section 1

Description
This hands-on course helps students gain an understanding of how to utilize client-side and server-side web programming to create customized online solutions, rich user experiences, e-commerce, and mobile friendly websites. Programming concepts are practiced using the WordPress platform, a free, open source content management system (CMS). Students hone programming skills by customizing the WordPress backend. Course topics include programming in PHP, relational databases, SQL and MySQL, database programming, programming WordPress theme files, adding custom code to a WordPress site, the WordPress function library, programing WordPress filters and hooks, plugin development, programming WordPress shortcodes, and site migration and maintenance. Project assignments help students gain proficiency with individual concepts culminating in a comprehensive final project to create an interactive website.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

DGMD E-27
Modern and Mobile Front-End Web Design II

Rupa Misra EdD, Assistant Professor and User Experience Design Program Coordinator, Professional Science Master’s Program, Rutgers University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24269 | Section 1

Description
In this course students learn the technologies that will power the next generation of web and mobile applications. Using TypeScript syntax and tooling, students learn to develop programs using popular libraries and frameworks such as Angular, React.js, and Vue.js. Students learn about the concept of blockchain technology and develop a sample blockchain application. Along with understanding the Angular architecture, this course goes further into the main artifacts of Angular such as components, services, and directives; Angular router used in a single page application; dependency injection; Flex layout library; and intercomponent communications.

Prerequisites: DGMD E- 20, basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, or permission of the instructor.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

DGMD E-28
Developing Single-Page Web Applications

Lisa DiOrio MS, Owner and Lead Developer, Fembot Creative

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25694 | Section 1

Description
In this course, students learn how to build interactive, single-page applications (SPAs) and interfaces for the web. An SPA is a special classification of a website or web application in which the user can navigate between different screens without loading a new web page. Instead, new content is accessed directly from the server using an application programming interface (API). This results in performance improvements and a more dynamic experience. Well constructed SPAs include a rich user interface to provide a seamless interactive user experience. Two well known examples of SPAs are Gmail and Twitter, which both provide dynamic page views without the need to reload the page. SPAs can be created with Javascript as well as various frameworks including as React, Angular, Node.js, and Vue.js. We explore the pros and cons of SPAs, as well as their effective design, and then explore several mechanisms involved in SPA development such as components, routing, and state management. This hands-on course includes many coding assignments to help students master the techniques used to build an SPA, culminating in a final project of building a complete single page web application. For the best chance of success in this course, students should understand the fundamentals of creating a website and have some coding experience.

Prerequisites: JavaScript and/or a strong foundation in programming. Comfort with HTML/CSS (CSCI E-12 or equivalent).

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

DGMD E-30
Introduction to Media Production

Nicholas J. Manley MFA

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14285 | Section 1

Description
Building skills from the ground up, we demystify the technology and techniques giving students everything they need to make professional-level video content in their fields. Cinematography, audio recording and editing, theory, and lighting for documentary and narrative film are all covered in a hands-on approach. Best practices in visual storytelling and production are used to develop students’ unique styles while creating engaging creative content. Students learn how to light an interview like a pro, make the most of their equipment in the field, conduct interviews, break down scenes, storyboard, plan, and produce video projects. 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.

Prerequisites: Students can utilize any HD (1080p) video device including video cameras, DSLR/mirrorless cameras (recommended), or a current smartphone with higher-end capabilities (additional applications may be required), a tripod, an audio recording device, and access to video editing software. In this course we use Adobe Premiere CC.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-35
Video Editing and Digital Design

Allyson Sherlock MFA, Senior Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15362 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Previous editing experience preferred but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-35
Video Editing and Digital Design

Allyson Sherlock MFA, Senior Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24026 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Previous editing experience preferred but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-37
Introduction to Motion Graphics and Story Visualization

Jason Wiser MFA, Creative Director, Yaya Play Games

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16169 | Section 1

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 or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Required sections Wednesdays, 7-8 pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 26020 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-41
Universal Design

Christina Inge MS, CEO and Founder, thoughtlight

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16420 | Section 1

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, September 2-December 18, 11:00am-1:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-42
Making the Short Film: Innovations and Practices for the Digital Age

Allyson Sherlock MFA, Senior Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14730 | Section 1

Description
Short films are an exciting and ever-evolving form of storytelling. 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, documentary, or animation 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 course serves as a support system for each student, offering advice, critiques, and resources so that each member 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.

Prerequisites: Some experience with production and editing preferred but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-45
Introduction to 3D Animation and Virtual Reality

Jason Wiser MFA, Creative Director, Yaya Play Games

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25799 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Required sections Wednesdays, 7-8 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-5
Exploring Digital Media

Daniel P. Coffey ALM, Senior Product Manager, Dolby Laboratories

Ian C. Sexton MA, Technologist in Production, Harvard Division of Continuing Education

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24583 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2019 course.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-50
Introduction to Visual Communication Design

Athir Mahmud PhD, Consultant

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15157 | Section 1

Description
This course introduces students to a theory-driven, hands-on approach to visual communication design. Students learn about vector and raster graphics, designing for target audiences and accessibility, and editing photographs using some of the most commonly used photo editing software in the visual design industry. Topics include elements and principles of design, color theory, visual perception, typography, symbolism, brand identity, logos, and information design. Connections to current and historical contexts of visual communication and the graphic arts are interwoven throughout the course. Students share design work and take part in design critiques and written discussions, as both designers and peers.

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-50
Introduction to Visual Communication Design

Athir Mahmud PhD, Consultant

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24839 | Section 1

Description
This course introduces students to a theory-driven, hands-on approach to visual communication design. Students learn about vector and raster graphics, designing for target audiences and accessibility, and editing photographs using some of the most commonly used photo editing software in the visual design industry. Topics include elements and principles of design, color theory, visual perception, typography, symbolism, brand identity, logos, and information design. Connections to current and historical contexts of visual communication and the graphic arts are interwoven throughout the course. Students share design work and take part in design critiques and written discussions, as both designers and peers.

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Enrollment limit: Limited to 30 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-55
Designing Educational Media

Kerry Foley EdM, Manager of Course Design, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16405 | Section 1

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, August 31-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-55
Designing Educational Media

Kerry Foley EdM, Manager of Course Design, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26054 | Section 1

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, January 25-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Bakhtiar Mikhak PhD, Co-Founder, Media Modifications, Ltd.

Fall Term 2021 | 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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in March with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, DGMD S-598, in the previous Harvard Summer School term. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Jose Luis Ramirez Herran ALM

Fall Term 2021 | 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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in March with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, DGMD S-598, in the previous Harvard Summer School term. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Jose Luis Ramirez Herran ALM

Spring Term 2022 | 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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, DGMD E-598, in the previous fall term. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-599
Capstone Design Studio

Allyson Sherlock MFA, Senior Affiliated Faculty in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College

Spring Term 2022 | 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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, digital media design. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, DGMD E-598, in the previous fall term. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 23 students

Syllabus

DGMD E-60
Designing Online Courses

Karina Lin-Murphy EdM, Manager of Faculty Development, Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16625 | Section 1

Description
In this course, students explore the fundamental elements of online course design and how to be practitioners of pedagogy and 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.

Prerequisites: DGMD E-55, EDUC E-103, EDUC E-111, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-70
Introduction to Game Design

Jason Wiser MFA, Creative Director, Yaya Play Games

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26274 | Section 1

Description
This course introduces students to the dynamic field of game design and development. Games are an enormously effective tool to motivate problem solving, inspire community interactions, and improve personal well-being. This course uses paper prototyping and game industry digital design tools to explore the creation of meaningful play experiences with the goal of understanding the game development process.

Prerequisites: An interest in digital art, programming, or digital sound is recommended, but no prior experience is required. Online students are expected to have access to a computer each week, capable of running Unity, Autodesk Maya, and the Adobe Suite. This course includes weekly team work on tabletop and digital game development.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Required sections Thursdays, 7-8 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

DGMD E-9
Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Leonie Marinovich BA, Documentary Photographer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16307 | Section 1

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.

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.  A compact camera or a smartphone will not be adequate. A tripod suitable for the weight of your camera is required. 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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

DRAM E-10
Introduction to Acting

Remo Airaldi AB, Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 12954 | Section 1

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, August 30-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

DRAM E-10
Introduction to Acting

Karen MacDonald BFA, Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 20544 | Section 1

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, January 24-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

DRAM E-12
Acting Shakespeare

Remo Airaldi AB, Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24418 | Section 1

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, January 24-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

DRAM E-145
Vocal Production

Ashleigh Reade MFA, Assistant Professor of Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15770 | Section 1

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, August 31-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

DRAM E-20
Advanced Acting

Marcus Stern MFA, Head of Directing and Lecturer on Theater, Dance and Media, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23479 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 16 students

Syllabus

DRAM E-21
Improvisational Acting

John Kuntz MA, Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14811 | Section 1

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
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

DRAM E-35
The Forgotten Scene Partner: Creating Powerful Performances Through the Marriage of Text and Music

Pamela J. Murray MusM, Part Time Faculty, Music Department, Boston College

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26331 | Section 1

Description
When interpreting and preparing a song for performance, we often disregard the importance of the accompaniment. Generally the music tells us all we need to know about the deeper meaning of the text, using range, rhythm, mood, or change of key to tell the story and create a character. In this performance-based course, we focus on the relationship between music and text in the musical theater repertoire. We study songwriting that uses the accompaniment and orchestration to highlight the lyrics, and explore how various composers use those accompaniments to mirror, support, or sometimes even play devil’s advocate to the text. We listen to examples, and each student learns the song, working on vocal and theatrical aspects and digging deeply into the lyrics and their connection to the music. Finally, we bring together all of these elements to create a believable and compelling performance for the final presentation.

Prerequisites: Some experience in music, or permission of instructor.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ECON E-1000
Essentials of Economics

Bruce D. Watson MA, Master Lecturer on Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16740 | Section 1

Description
This course provides an analytic and applied overview of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. In the microeconomic portion of the course, we examine exactly how prices are determined in competitive markets and what can distort that determination. Market structure is analyzed, including the fundamentals of firm pricing and production decisions. Using examples from various industries, we analyze what happens when market conditions change. Furthermore, we examine how these changes affect overall social welfare. Issues concerning trade are addressed, for example, when should countries, or even individuals, trade? Who gains or loses from trade? Turning to macroeconomics, we investigate the key economic statistics that you read about in the business press and other media, such as gross domestic product (GDP), the consumer price index (CPI), and the unemployment rate. For so many around the world, economic development is literally a matter of life and death. While economic growth is primarily a long-run phenomenon, short-run fluctuations in the economy cycles of expansion and recession are often the focus of short-run planning decisions by consumers, firms, and government. We examine in detail what causes these fluctuations and how government policies monetary and fiscal policy can dampen these cycles. An understanding of the Federal Reserve and monetary policy must be predicated on an understanding of the banking and financial system. Therefore, we delve into that in the course of our study of actions by the monetary authority. Recent events have also thrust fiscal policy to the fore. We talk in detail about how fiscal policy works and its implications for the economy in both the short and long term. 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. Indeed, after completing the course, students often find that they are better able to read and interpret the business press and other media and are better equipped to evaluate the economic policies promulgated by governments and other institutions. More importantly, however, the analytical skills students acquire in the course are instrumental in their continued success in the pursuit of a graduate degree or certificate. Students may not take both ECON E-10a and ECON E-1000 for degree or certificate credit.

Prerequisites: Exposure to graphing and elementary algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ECON E-1000
Essentials of Economics

Bruce D. Watson MA, Master Lecturer on Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26348 | Section 1

Description
This course provides an analytic and applied overview of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. In the microeconomic portion of the course, we examine exactly how prices are determined in competitive markets and what can distort that determination. Market structure is analyzed, including the fundamentals of firm pricing and production decisions. Using examples from various industries, we analyze what happens when market conditions change. Furthermore, we examine how these changes affect overall social welfare. Issues concerning trade are addressed, for example, when should countries, or even individuals, trade? Who gains or loses from trade? Turning to macroeconomics, we investigate the key economic statistics that you read about in the business press and other media, such as gross domestic product (GDP), the consumer price index (CPI), and the unemployment rate. For so many around the world, economic development is literally a matter of life and death. While economic growth is primarily a long-run phenomenon, short-run fluctuations in the economy cycles of expansion and recession are often the focus of short-run planning decisions by consumers, firms, and government. We examine in detail what causes these fluctuations and how government policies monetary and fiscal policy can dampen these cycles. An understanding of the Federal Reserve and monetary policy must be predicated on an understanding of the banking and financial system. Therefore, we delve into that in the course of our study of actions by the monetary authority. Recent events have also thrust fiscal policy to the fore. We talk in detail about how fiscal policy works and its implications for the economy in both the short and long term. 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. Indeed, after completing the course, students often find that they are better able to read and interpret the business press and other media and are better equipped to evaluate the economic policies promulgated by governments and other institutions. More importantly, however, the analytical skills students acquire in the course are instrumental in their continued success in the pursuit of a graduate degree or certificate. Students may not take both ECON E-10a and ECON E-1000 for degree or certificate credit.

Prerequisites: Exposure to graphing and elementary algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ECON E-1005
Foundations of Real-World Economics

John Komlos PhD, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Munich

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24060 | Section 1

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
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 36 students

Syllabus

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Dorian Klein MBA

Marion Laboure PhD, Analyst, Thematic Research, Deutsche Bank

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16651 | 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.

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, ECON E-1000, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 250 students

Syllabus

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Zinnia Mukherjee PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, Simmons University

Fall Term 2021 | 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.

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, ECON E-1000, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Aleksandar Tomic PhD, Associate Dean for Strategy, Innovation, and Technology and Program Director of Master of Science in Applied Economics, Woods College of Advancing Studies, Boston College

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16098 | Section 3

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.

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, ECON E-1000, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Zinnia Mukherjee PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, Simmons University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25934 | 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.

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, ECON E-1000, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day. Section 1 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus

ECON E-1010
Microeconomic Theory

Bruce D. Watson MA, Master Lecturer on Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23285 | Section 2

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.

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, ECON E-1000, or the equivalent; MATH E-8, or the equivalent understanding of introductory college-level algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day. Section 2 does fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Syllabus

ECON E-1012
Macroeconomic Theory

Christopher Foote PhD, Professor of the Practice of Economics, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25156 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences companion course Economics 1010b. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00-10:15 am starting January 24 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture. Students in this course and the companion Harvard course may interact with one another, for example, in Canvas or via Zoom live or recorded class sessions.

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ECON E-1017
Financing Community and Economic Development

James Carras MPA, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25617 | Section 1

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, January 26-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ECON E-1035
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making

David S. McIntosh MBA, Founder, Creative Business Breakthroughs

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15713 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Introductory economics (ECON E-10a, ECON E-1000, or equivalent) required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ECON E-1035
Behavioral Economics and Decision Making

David S. McIntosh MBA, Founder, Creative Business Breakthroughs

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25670 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Introductory economics (ECON E-10a, ECON E-1000, or equivalent) required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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ECON E-1040
Strategy, Conflict, and Cooperation

Robert Neugeboren PhD, Lecturer on Economics, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16069 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: MATH E-8, or the equivalent or satisfactory placement test score.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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ECON E-1057
Game Theory and Social Behavior

Erez Yoeli PhD, Lecturer in 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 2021 | CRN 16090 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Economics 1057. Registered students can ordinarily live stream the lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-10:15 am starting September 2 or they can watch them on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus

ECON E-10a
Principles of Economics

Rand Ghayad PhD, Economic Advisor

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16609 | Section 1

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. Students may not take both ECON E-10a and ECON E-1000 for degree or certificate credit.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920.

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

ECON E-10a
Principles of Economics

Stacey Gelsheimer PhD, Lecturer on Economics, Boston University

Spring Term 2022 | 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. Students may not take both ECON E-10a and ECON E-1000 for degree or certificate credit.

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of elementary algebra and geometry is required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ECON E-1500
The Economics of Financial Markets

Mark Tomass PhD, Independent Scholar

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23271 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 11:00am-2:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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ECON E-1600
Economics of Business

Robert E. Wayland MA, President, R.E. Wayland and Associates

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13399 | Section 1

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 E-1615 for degree or certificate credit.

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, ECON E-1000, or the equivalent; and MATH E-8 or a satisfactory placement test score. MATH E-15 recommended.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ECON E-1615
Managerial Economics

Aleksandar Tomic PhD, Associate Dean for Strategy, Innovation, and Technology and Program Director of Master of Science in Applied Economics, Woods College of Advancing Studies, Boston College

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26198 | Section 1

Description
This course provides an overview of economic tools and analytic approaches available to the manager for business decision making. It includes such topics as pricing, forecasting, demand analysis, production and cost analysis, and macroeconomic policy as it affects the business environment. The purpose of this course is to develop an economic perspective that is appropriate for students aspiring to manage business units or entire companies in a wide variety of industries. Students may not take both ECON E-1600 and ECON E-1615 for degree or certificate credit.

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, ECON E-1000, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ECON E-1661
Environmental Economics

Carlos Alberto Vargas PhD, Faculty, EGADE Business School

Jennifer Clifford PhD, Lecturer in Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston and Partner, Turnstone Environmental Planning

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15509 | Section 1

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
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ECON E-1661
Environmental Economics: Perspectives on Climate Change

Ashley Nunes PhD, Fellow, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26251 | Section 1

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
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 44 students

Syllabus

ECON E-1700
Urban Development Policy

James Carras MPA, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15079 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Courses in sociology, political science, urban planning, architecture, public policy, and economics are helpful but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ECON E-1780
Disrupting Economics: New Metrics for a Sustainable Future

Peter Marber PhD, Chief Investment Officer for Emerging Markets, Aperture Investors, and Adjunct Instructor, Finance, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26237 | Section 1

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, January 24-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ECON E-1825a
The Minimum Wage Debate

Jane P. Katz AM

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16586 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: ECON E-10a, ECON E-1000, 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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, October 21-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: October 18, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $960, graduate credit $1,490.

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 18-December 18.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 35 students

Syllabus

ECON E-1920
Capital Markets and Investments

Dorian Klein MBA

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16611 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: MGMT E-2000, or the equivalent course or experience; a course or courses in quantitative methods such as basic statistics or college algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 80 students

Syllabus

ECON E-1920
Capital Markets and Investments

Bruce D. Watson MA, Master Lecturer on Economics, Boston University and Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14510 | Section 2

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.

Prerequisites: MGMT E-2000, or the equivalent course or experience; a course or courses in quantitative methods such as basic statistics or college algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ECON E-1920
Capital Markets and Investments

Dorian Klein MBA

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25654 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: MGMT E-2000, or the equivalent course or experience; a course or courses in quantitative methods such as basic statistics or college algebra.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 80 students

Syllabus

ECON E-1925
Emerging Markets: Investment Theories and Practice

Peter Marber PhD, Chief Investment Officer for Emerging Markets, Aperture Investors, and Adjunct Instructor, Finance, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16376 | Section 1

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 COVID-19 pandemic 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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes:

Syllabus

ECON E-1944
History of Financial Crises 1637-2021

John Komlos PhD, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, University of Munich

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16396 | Section 1

Description
The goal of this course is to discuss the 384-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 bitcoin 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 or theorems but 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
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 14021 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The orientation to the course opens mid-August. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 60 students

Syllabus

EDUC E-103
Introduction to Instructional Design

Stacie Cassat Green MEd, Principal, 64 Crayons

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25190 | Section 1

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.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The orientation to the course opens mid-January. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus

EDUC E-113
Instructional Design Studio

Stacie Cassat Green MEd, Principal, 64 Crayons

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24800 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: DGMD E-55, EDUC E-103, EDUC E-111, or the equivalent.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

EDUC E-115
Adult Learning Theories

Cindy Joyce MA, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Pillar Search and Human Resources Consulting

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16407 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Educational or work experience in education, teaching, organizational behavior, human resources, training, or instructional design.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-106
Beowulf and Seamus Heaney

Daniel Donoghue PhD, John P. Marquand Professor of English, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16582 | Section 1

Description
Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf has provoked renewed interest in the poem among the general public and, among medievalists, in his principles of translation. This seminar includes a detailed study of the Old English poem and a crash course on the language to allow students to translate set passages on their own. We put Heaney’s translation in the context of his other poems and poetic translations.

Prerequisites: Prior knowledge of Old English is helpful but not required.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-110a
Arrivals: British Literature from 700 to 1700

Daniel Donoghue PhD, John P. Marquand Professor of English, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26177 | Section 1

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 (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-131
Zadie Smith and the Genre of the Novel

Patricia Chu PhD, Instructor, English Department, Framingham State University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26290 | Section 1

Description
This course is useful for students of contemporary British literature, students interested in the form of the novel, and students who are interested in minority writers. Zadie Smith’s four major novels White Teeth (2000), On Beauty (2005), N.W. (2012), and Swing Time (2016) all tell their own stories and confront issues such as the intersections of racial and class inequality, global economics, legacies of the past, the results of industrial modernization, and the nature of the responsibilities shared among individuals and communities. Each of these also takes up the traditional literary structures of the novel in different ways, sometimes directly inquiring into the politics and history of the genre of the novel. As we move through her oeuvre, we can see that her changing forms and styles all serve to test the continued efficacy of the novel form she has inherited how can the novel still function to imagine community and provide ethical compass, she seems to ask, in the contemporary world? How is it narrating not a history but multiple histories? Can it adequately rely on the concept of reconciliation to the whole in an age of global displacement, shadow economies, and vast disparities in individual agency? In this course we closely examine four of Smith’s novels with an eye to her themes and to her aesthetics as well as to her place in contemporary literature. Zadie Smith was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was one of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and received the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Smith is the recipient of the 2021 St. Louis Literary Award.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-159
Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses

Theoharis C. Theoharis PhD, Associate Scholar, Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16315 | Section 1

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, August 30-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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, Writer, Editor, and Senior Curriculum Specialist, Poetry in America

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15383 | Section 1

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

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit, undergraduate, graduate credit $1,000.

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

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

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25016 | Section 1

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

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit, undergraduate, graduate credit $1,000.

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

ENGL E-183b
Seeing Nature in the Twentieth Century

Collier Brown PhD, Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25983 | Section 1

Description
In this course, students survey important American contributions to modern 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, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Evelyn White.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-184
The Graphic Novel

Kenneth Oravetz MA, Instructor, Writing Program, Northeastern University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26041 | Section 1

Description
This course explores the so-called graphic novel as a vibrant form of contemporary literature. (Don’t worry we discuss why the term graphic novel is something of a misnomer!) Students gain footing in the history and theory of the comics medium its cultural positioning and how it functions on the level of form before embarking on a tour of contemporary practice. Focusing on the American tradition, we survey works of fiction, memoir, nonfiction, and work that defies familiar categories (Lynda Barry calls her book an “autobifictionalography”). We also explore making our own comics. Comics and graphic novels today have won the Pulitzer Prize (Maus); their adaptations fill Broadway theaters (Fun Home); they stud the shelves of every bookstore; they hail from dedicated publishing imprints; they grace the covers of elite journals; and yes they populate university syllabi. Guiding questions for the class include how can we understand and talk about the formal language, or grammar, of comics? What distinguishes comics from neighboring forms in the world of film, painting, photography, prose, and poetry? What can comics do that no other form can? How can comics provide a medium of self-expression for a range of ethnic, racial, gendered, queer, and differently-abled subjectivities and identity formations? How can comics respond to our contemporary moment?

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 16442 | Section 1

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

Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: The recorded lectures are from the 2013 Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Culture and Belief 56.

Syllabus

ENGL E-212
The Vampire in Literature and Film

Sue Weaver Schopf PhD, Distinguished Service Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26187 | Section 1

Description
The vampire is everywhere in popular culture in novels, young adult literature, television series, short fiction, comic books, graphic novels, and film. Although this creature has occurred in the folklore of diverse cultures for thousands of years and occupied the literary imagination of authors and audiences for more than two hundred, at no other time has it been represented in such an intriguing variety of ways. How can we account for the popularity, adaptability, and unique appeal of the vampire figure? With what fears, fantasies, and social anxieties does it connect? And in terms of literary genre, how do we classify these increasingly diverse works? In addition to their expected place in the horror genre, vampire stories have been used as code to address a host of provocative topics, including sexuality, death, disease, addiction, adolescence, immigration, religious doubt, and diminishing resources. Most surprising, in recent years the vampire has morphed from a terrifying figure of pure evil to a handsome, self-hating outsider who only seeks community with humans. The course explores vampire literature’s evolution, from its origins in the gothic tradition to its recent incarnation as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We also consider the implications of the vampire myth from anthropological, psychoanalytical, and sociopolitical perspectives. A number of films that present unique approaches to the vampire myth are likewise viewed, outside of class, so that we can explore the public and private concerns that they embody. Readings include the nineteenth-century vampire stories of John Polidori, Sheridan LeFanu, and Bram Stoker; and selected works of twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction by authors such as Anne Rice, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Octavia Butler.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate-credit students should have successfully completed EXPO E-25 or the equivalent, and graduate-credit students should have completed at least one upper-level literature course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 between January 20 and February 7. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 22 students

Syllabus

ENGL E-229
The Great American Novella

Morgan Day Frank PhD, Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16699 | Section 1

Description
Why is it important that Americans write great novels and what would it mean to think of American novellas as being great, too? Can a novella even be great? Why are novellas more likely to be “startling,” as The New Yorker described Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus, or “shimmering,” as The Seattle Times called Teju Cole’s Every Day Is for the Thief? In this course, we study the internal mechanics of the novella, considering how formal categories like character and plot operate in a genre that is out of whack with our normal sense of narrative scale. We also think about how external conditions in literary culture have influenced the production of novellas, such as the emergence of magazine culture at the end of the nineteenth century and the rise of the creative writing program after World War II. This course, in short, examines twelve great American novellas in the hope of gaining a better understanding of American literary history, the novella as a genre, and greatness as a label of critical and institutional consecration.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-234
History of the Essay

Collier Brown PhD, Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16581 | Section 1

Description
In this course, we look at the history of the essay from the sixteenth-century to the present, making important stops along the way at the works of Michel de Montaigne (who first popularized the genre), William Hazlitt, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, right up to today’s most innovative essayists writers like Rebecca Solnit and Janet Malcolm. This course is of interest to nonfiction writers curious about the history of their craft and the evolution of the form over time.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-237
Myth and Mystery in Post-World War II US Fiction

Patrick Whitmarsh PhD, Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16701 | Section 1

Description
This course focuses on expressions of mystery and the unknown in post-World War II US fiction and how these expressions address the American mythos: the nation’s self-constructed history of exceptionalism and progress. After the triumphal sensationalism of Allied victory in the war and the accompanying economic boom in the US, there began a period of cultural uncertainty with the dawn of the cold war, the civil rights movement, and the uneven rise of global financial markets. Moving chronologically through a mixture of canonical and popular texts including novels by Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and others we explore the ways that literature taps into this uncertainty. Some central questions this course asks are: what does it mean to think of America as a myth? How does mythic imagery inform national identity? How do different literary genres (science fiction, the detective novel, and the neo-slave narrative) offer unique expressions of the ambiguities that reside in American history and culture? We rely heavily on in-class activities and discussion, complemented by mini-lectures to expand on historical context and background. Assignments include periodic journal reflections, short essays, and a final project.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-240
Black Lives, Black Writers in America: 1965 to the Present

Theoharis C. Theoharis PhD, Associate Scholar, Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26217 | Section 1

Description
The experience of African Americans in the US their systematic exclusion, for many years legal exclusion, from the rights, resources, and benefits of life in their own country, and their struggle to break through that exclusion to some form of flourishing has been a central theme in American literature throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty first. The last 60 years have been an extraordinarily flourishing period for Black writers presenting Black lives in America. Starting with James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man, published in 1965 at the height of the civil rights movement, the course moves to Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon (1977), and then to Rita Dove’s The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry (2011), the first major anthology to be edited by an African American woman poet, to survey Black poets from the mid-twentieth century to the present, and finish with Lynne Nottage’s play, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, first performed in 2011. One central topic in the study of this fiction, poetry, and drama is, what do these works make of Black American’s experience, how do they embody and enact the history of struggle for that freedom to flourish for long denied, deferred, and still hard-won where Black lives in American are concerned.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16639 | Section 1

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

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit, undergraduate, graduate credit $1,000.

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

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, Writer, Editor, and Senior Curriculum Specialist, Poetry in America

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25479 | Section 1

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

Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit, undergraduate, graduate credit $1,000.

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

ENGL E-597
English Precapstone: The Novel and Its Contexts

Duncan E. White DPhil, Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15775 | Section 1

Description
This course prepares students to write their Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) capstone project. We read novels from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that both reflected and shaped the historical moment of their creation. In doing so we attended to the history and evolution of the novel as a form while also exploring the different approaches literary critics have taken to interpreting and analyzing works of narrative fiction. As we read these novels closely, we think about how they raise pressing social, economic, and political questions, consider their circulation and reception, and reflect on the role of representation, including questions of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. By the end of the semester, students are equipped with the critical tools to embark on writing an independent scholarly research paper for their capstone project in the spring semester.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted candidates in Master of Liberal Arts, English, capstone track, who are in their penultimate semester. Prospective candidates and students with pending admission applications are not eligible. Candidates must be in good academic standing and in the process of successfully completing all degree requirements except the capstone, ENGL E-599, which they must enroll in the upcoming spring term as their final course. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENGL E-599
English Capstone: The Novel and Its Contexts

Duncan E. White DPhil, Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25383 | Section 1

Description
This course guides students through every step of writing their independent research paper. Building on the work done in the prior precapstone course, students work through the progressive stages of writing a research paper, incorporating peer workshop feedback, and skill-building exercises to help them produce work that reaches the high standards of an academic journal article. Students write proposals, conduct a literature review, develop theses and scholarly interventions, and work through multiple drafts, before producing their final capstone paper.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted capstone track candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, English, capstone track. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone course, ENGL E-597, in the previous fall term. Candidates who do not meet these requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25995 | Section 1

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, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENSC E-123
Laboratory Electronics: Digital Circuit Design

Oliver Saunders Wilder PhD, Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25768 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: High school algebra and some familiarity with analog electronics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Optional laboratory sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 22 students

Syllabus

ENSC E-130
Introduction to MEMS and BioMEMS

Fawwaz Habbal PhD, Senior Lecturer on Applied Physics, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14876 | Section 1

Description
We are living in an unprecedented era with digital technologies and artificial intelligence embedded in all aspects of our lives. Essential parts of this revolution are data generated by sensors and actuators and robots performing different functions. This course provides the scientific and engineering background that enable students to create bio-microelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS) for mobile devices. The course starts with an introduction to BioMEMS and fabrication methods, including 3D printing. Next, we discuss the science and engineering concepts of electromechanical systems, including sensors, actuators and microrobots, and their integration in mobile devices. Followed by discussions on microfluidics and their applications in medical devices. The course emphasizes teamwork and discussions of practical devices and readings of recent publications.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and physics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENSC E-132
Tissue Engineering for Clinical Applications

Sujata K. Bhatia PhD, MD, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25367 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology and chemistry.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 12806 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Introductory courses in chemistry, physics, and biology; an introductory course in nanoscale science would be helpful.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-101
Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management

Lindi Dorothee von Mutius JD, Director, Board Operations and Strategy, The Trust for Public Land

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 11925 | Section 1

Description
This course surveys the scientific and policy principles of sustainability and environmental management and connects these principles to current issues and case studies including human health, air and water pollution, toxics and waste management, resource and ecosystem health, climate change, social and environmental justice, biodiversity, legal and regulatory strategies, and the transition to a sustainable economy. This course is an introduction to a broad scope of study and is fundamentally cross-disciplinary. The course gives students an overview knowledge of theory, analytical methodology, and policy challenges in the fields of sustainability and environmental management. Ultimately, students learn how sustainability issues are quantified and improvements are carried out with support from a systems perspective.

Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ENVR E-101
Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management

Lindi Dorothee von Mutius JD, Director, Board Operations and Strategy, The Trust for Public Land

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25505 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: High school biology and chemistry.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Required sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ENVR E-102
Design of Renewable Energy Projects

Ramon Sanchez ScD, Research Associate, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16714 | Section 1

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, wastewater 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.

Prerequisites: High school math and science.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 75 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-102a
Innovative Technologies and Practices for Climate Change Resilience

Ramon Sanchez ScD, Research Associate, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26276 | Section 1

Description
Students in this course learn how to analyze emerging innovative technologies and practices comprehensively, how to assess their climate change and health impacts, recommendations to facilitate their implementation, and how to use green and social financial instruments to foster equitable social development while decreasing community vulnerabilities and increasing climate change resilience. Among some of the technologies and practices analyzed are advanced low-energy desalination systems, rainwater traps, advanced sustainable aquaculture systems, sustainable irrigation and soil reforming for sustainable agriculture, techniques to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in meat and protein production, biodegradable solar systems, bladeless wind generation technologies, microalgae farming for food and fuels, biodegradable plastics manufacturing, plasma gasification of agricultural and municipal waste for electricity generation, carbon capture and sequestration technologies in power plants, lithium extraction from fossil saltwater in fracking operations, advanced hydrogen production systems using renewable energies, and advanced electric vehicles and geoengineering technologies. Students also assess community vulnerabilities and recommend risk reduction technologies and practices to increase resilience. Additionally, students learn how to monetize health, environmental, and social benefits for each technology or sustainable practice to use municipal bonds, green financing mechanisms from banks, carbon offset exchanges, and some government grants to fund their implementation in the community.

Prerequisites: Basic high school math and science.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 16388 | Section 1

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
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day. The short videos are the same as those used in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences course Gen Ed 1094.

Syllabus

ENVR E-107
Natural Resource Materials: Origins and Issues

Jennifer Cole PhD, Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16636 | Section 1

Description
This course is a geologic and environmental treatment of the materials used in everyday life. We discuss how these materials are obtained from Earth, what the sustainability impacts are, how much energy is involved, what possible impacts on human health occur from using these materials, and how we might use more intensive recycling redesign to make them more environmentally friendly. We use a number of case studies to underscore the importance of understanding where materials originate and how to choose them based on health impacts, sustainability, and other impacts. Topics include but are not limited to building materials, minerals and mining, fossil fuel and renewable energy, planned obsolescence, innovations in zero waste products, economics of materials use, and mineral use in agriculture.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-110
Sustainable Ocean Environments

George D. Buckley MS, Consultant

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 21784 | Section 1

Description
The world’s oceans provide food, careers, climate moderation, oxygen, recreation, and other vital services to humankind. This course explores the diversity of marine life and habitats in the oceans and sustainable management practices to protect them. Course topics include the ecology and management of estuaries, coral reefs, and the deep seas; the importance of seaweeds, fisheries, and aquaculture; coastal resilience, marine biodeterioration, and emerging blue technologies; and the impacts of development, pollutants, and tourism, while investigating nature-based solutions to environmental problems.

Prerequisites: High school biology.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-113
International Political Economy of Decarbonization

Juergen Braunstein PhD, Fellow, Geopolitics of Energy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26231 | Section 1

Description
Starting with the economic aspects of global decarbonization, this course examines emerging issues raised by the transition to a low carbon economy its impact on jobs, inequality, finance, trade, mobility, and infrastructure for citizens, societies, and nations. Choices about global decarbonization are highly contested in terms of material interests and ideologies, and they raise a set of new questions at the intersection of climate change, geo-economics, national policies, and global politics. These questions include: how does the energy transition affect the global economic order? Will a greener future lead to fewer resource conflicts around carbon resources? Is green the new gold? How does the low carbon transition affect the value of carbon assets? Is the US equipped to sustain its role as global leader in finance? How does the sustainable transition affect international trade flows? Is a carbon adjustment tax a stepping stone towards decarbonized trade? What is the prospect of green trade wars erupting?

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-116
The Carbon Economy: Calculating, Managing, and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Richard Goode MBA, Managing Director, Alvarez Marsal

Marlon Robert Banta ALM, Director, Product Definition, Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23508 | Section 1

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, January 24-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 85 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-116a
Measuring and Mitigating Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Michael Macrae PhD

Richard Goode MBA, Managing Director, Alvarez Marsal

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16165 | Section 1

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 familiarizes students with leading measurement and goal setting standards (that is, The Climate Registry, Science Based Targets, and the Carbon Disclosure Project) and investigates indirect emissions reduction efforts that are underway at several leading Fortune 500 companies as well as universities, municipalities, and government agencies.

Prerequisites: ENVR E-116 is encouraged but not necessary.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 13543 | Section 1

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, August 30-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Required sections Wednesdays, 7:20-9:20 pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-118c
Pursuing Sustainability in the Travel and Tourism Sector

Wendy Purcell PhD, Research Scholar, Responsible Tourism Research Project, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16642 | Section 1

Description
Travel and tourism (T T) accounts for over ten percent of global gross domestic product (GDP). However, its negative impacts on people and the planet require sustainability initiatives, which can be positioned as a strategic driver in a sector that has enormous potential to drive fulfilment of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). The unique interdependency of T T with many other sectors such as energy, transportation, buildings, and food systems create challenges and opportunities for advancing sustainability systemically. This course presents innovative case studies within the sector while challenging students to recognize the technical, economic, and political barriers to scaling sustainability solutions. The dual health and economic crises of the COVID-19 pandemic threw the disruptive forces acting on T T into sharp relief, drawing attention to the interconnected and hyper-dependent nature of sustainability, health, and business. Lockdowns and social distancing strategies effectively closed and could ultimately decimate the sector. With the pandemic affording people and planet some short-term relief from T T’s impact on communities, destinations, and the environment, this is the time to re-imagine the sector and pursue sustainable T T. This could help attenuate its negative impacts and advance the contribution T T makes to global citizenship and to a more balanced economy and equitable society. As a sector, T T needs to widen its view of sustainability beyond immediate operational impacts to consider the broader systems in which they operate, adopting sustainability leadership practices for the twenty-first century and beyond. To accelerate sustainability in the sector, greater attention needs to be paid to the trade-offs and dilemmas presented by its activities. Indeed, T T has enormous potential to educate the traveler and drive fulfilment of the SDGs. In 2019, the T T sector contributed 10.3 percent to global GDP, over US $8.9 trillion, supporting one in ten jobs (330 million) worldwide and one in five new jobs over the last five years, with 3.5 percent growth in 2019 compared to the global economy at 2.5 percent. The sector has seen six decades of consistent growth, with tourism outpacing the UN growth projections over the period 2010-2019 and 45 percent of international travel arrivals to emerging economies in 2017. Late 2019 forecasts predicted that these trends would continue, with tourism arrivals forecast to grow 3-4 percent globally in 2020, despite a number of expected economic, political, and health disruptions. For many countries, T T is the dominant sector generating income, tax revenues, and economic security for millions of individuals and their families. However, the World Travel and Tourism Council, the UN’s World Tourism Organization, and leaders in this industry clearly recognize that under the business-as-usual growth scenario, this sector is unsustainable. Supported by conscious consumerism and greater governmental oversight, T T’s negative impacts can be addressed and its positive contribution to global citizenship and a more equitable society advanced.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 45 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-119
Green Buildings, Urban Resilience, and Sustainability in Communities

Grey Lee MPA, Business Development Manager for Sustainability, Environmental, Social, and Governance Specialist, S P Global

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16111 | Section 1

Description
How can real estate and buildings become more responsive to climate risk and other challenges to our communities? The greening of buildings has grown exponentially over the past decade, but is the transition fast enough to meet the needs of our communities in the dynamic times ahead? Can urban resilience become an intrinsic dimension of real estate development 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. This course introduces students to the principles of sustainability and resilience in our communities with a focus on systems dynamics. We use the framework of social equity and basic environmental, 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 the 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, August 31-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-119c
Healthy Buildings: Better for People, Places, and Planet

Grey Lee MPA, Business Development Manager for Sustainability, Environmental, Social, and Governance Specialist, S P Global

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16643 | Section 1

Description
This course attempts to answer two questions: what makes buildings healthy, comfortable, and productive for their occupants? How can we influence design, construction, and operations to ensure healthy, comfortable, and productive buildings? Students learn about occupants’ interaction with light, color, sound, temperature and humidity, toxins and contaminants, plants and nature, and food and water. We review the most recent research in these areas and identify where additional research is needed. We also go through relevant healthy building standards, codes, and rating systems, including the WELL Building Standard and Fitwel, and discuss their applicability, strengths, and weaknesses. Students are introduced to design principles, tools, and techniques for the delivery of healthy, comfortable, and productive facilities. Case studies demonstrate strategies to improve the occupant experience in office buildings, hospitals, schools, and residential buildings. Students leave the course with an understanding of these complex issues and are able to comfortably discuss setting goals and evaluating performance related to the occupant experience.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-119d
Zero Energy and Passivehouse Buildings

Paul Ormond MS, Efficiency Engineer, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24776 | Section 1

Description
Zero energy buildings, also known as net zero energy buildings, are 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, to achieve zero energy and other low energy buildings, designers are turning toward passivehouse. Passivehouse is an architectural approach that achieves unpreceded levels of efficiency. This approach prioritizes high quality building envelope, energy recovery, external shading, and natural heat gain to drastically minimize heating and cooling loads. Passivehouse buildings are also much more readily electrified, eliminating the need for fossil fuel consumption for space heating. Passivehouse results in buildings that use a small fraction of the energy consumption than would otherwise be required, even if built to the most up to date energy codes available today. Zero energy and passivehouse are very scalable and can be used on single family homes, large commercial buildings, and even districts or communities of buildings. Once the realm of the most ambitious building owners willing to take significant financial and design risks, experience, technology, and financing mechanisms have begun to evolve to the point where zero energy and passivehouse buildings can cost the same as conventional, code-built construction. In the next few decades, it is possible that a large portion of new and retrofit construction could be zero energy or passive, either by code or by economics. This course provides a comprehensive exploration of zero energy and passivehouse buildings, including building energy dynamics, renewable system fundamentals, energy economics, passive architecture, energy budgets, site and source energy, policy, codes, financing, and incentive structures. We explore the state of practice and state of art in zero energy and passive design for both residential scale and commercial/institutional scale. Case studies are used to demonstrate feasibility, key concepts, and lessons learned. The course also explores the benefits and challenges that zero energy and passivehouse represent to the energy grid. Also explored are the value zero energy and passivehouse buildings can have in advancing security, resilience, and passive survivability of the built space.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-119e
Sustainable Infrastructure: Learning from Practice

Cristina Contreras Casado ALM, Founder and Managing Director, Sinfranova LLC

Judith Irene Rodriguez MA, Research Associate, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25775 | Section 1

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, January 26-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-119g
Sustainable Cities

Julio Lumbreras PhD, Visiting Scientist, Exposure, Epidemiology, and Risk Program, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Fernando Fernandez-Monge MPA, Research Fellow, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15759 | Section 1

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, and urban indicators. Special attention is also paid to fundamental governance aspects in cities, such as the need to create partnerships and establish radical collaborations between diverse stakeholders to foster urban transformations.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-125
Creating, Implementing, and Improving Corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance Reporting

Kevin Hagen MBA, Vice President, Environment, Social and Governance Strategy, Iron Mountain

Kevin Wilhelm MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Consulting

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16436 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: A firm understanding of change management in the business setting, climate change, and other environmental issues.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 54 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-129a
Local to Global Agroecology

Daniel Goldhamer MS, County Director and Horticulture Agent, Colorado State University Extension

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16158 | Section 1

Description
Agriculture is one of humanity’s oldest pursuits and yet it is far from perfected. In this time of climate change and ecological degradation, a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions and damage to ecosystems can be traced back to the way in which humans produce food, feed, fuel, and fiber. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that 10-12 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are due to agriculture. Agriculture is also tied to ecological degradation including deforestation, depletion and contamination of water and soil resources, and chemical pollution. However, many individuals and organizations are discovering innovative and tailored solutions to these problems. Addressing the ecological and climate change challenges of agriculture in the next ten years will be essential to ensure a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and to creating resilient production systems. This course provides a broad introduction to the underlying biology and ecology of crop and animal agricultural production systems. We explore how different production techniques including conventional, organic, and regenerative, operate in both a dryland and irrigated setting. Students in this course gain a greater understanding of the realities that agricultural producers must face every day in their quest to feed themselves and the world. The goal of this course is to equip students with a basic understanding of the ecology of agricultural systems, gain applicable vocabulary and concepts related to agriculture, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities farmers face when seeking sustainable solutions. We explore crop and animal agriculture at scales ranging from kitchen gardens to thousands of acres. We also explore the various tools, techniques, and technologies farmers employ throughout the globe.

Prerequisites: Course work in biology and environmental studies. High school biology and chemistry.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 25791 | Section 1

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, January 25-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-135b
Sustainable Business in the Twenty-First Century

Matthew Gardner PhD, Managing Partner, Sustainserv, Inc.

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25745 | Section 1

Description
. 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. 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
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ENVR E-137a
Sustainable Supply Chain

Bonnie Nixon MEd, Strategic Advisor

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26007 | Section 1

Description
This course uses project-based learning integrated with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices for consumer packaged goods and corporate supply chains. The course uses benchmarking, supply chain maps and models, lifecycle assessment, and marketing tools to examine product design, development, mining, deforestation, agriculture, manufacturing, packaging, logistics, reuse, and modern slavery.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-138
Introduction to Sustainable Finance and Investments

Carlos Alberto Vargas PhD, Faculty, EGADE Business School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16637 | Section 1

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, August 31-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

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

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-138a
Making the Sustainable Investing Case

Graham Sinclair MBA, Senior Responsible Investment Strategist, Parametric

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26244 | Section 1

Description
Sustainable investing investing that purposefully integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into valuation is not a new concept but has seen a dramatic rise in the past decade. Sustainable investing assets now account for US $17.1 trillion of total US assets under management. In 2020, 53 new ESG-branded funds opened in the USA, bringing the number to 367. The investment decision for any investor pulls forward to today the prospects for the firm, and values that in today’s money. Every investment has ESG factors implicit because all investments happen on our one habitable planet, relying on humans to make/buy/do stuff, and the rules of law to govern systems and protect minority investors. ESG scrutiny can shine a light on issues like climate pollution; workplace safety; employee health and wellness; diversity, equity and inclusion; executive compensation; business ethics; and corruption. This trend is relevant not only for money managers, investment advisors and professionals in and around the capital markets, but also for business managers and C-suite leaders, who are increasingly expected to identify, measure, and report material ESG risks. The course work is grounded in Harvard Business School case studies and leverages the real-world experience of guest speakers and the instructor. Students are scored on individual and team work basis, and the capstone includes a four-minute presentation of an investment idea.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-140
Fundamentals of Ecology for Sustainable Ecosystems

Mark Leighton PhD, Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 12779 | Section 1

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
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 25371 | Section 1

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.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 13749 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: College math, and/or chemistry are helpful, but students have thrived in this class without that background.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ENVR E-153
Product Social Metrics for Industry

Mark Goedkoop MSc, Founder, PRe Sustainability

Rosan Harmens MSc, Analyst, PRe Sustainability

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26233 | Section 1

Description
This course is meant to broaden students’ knowledge and experience with regard to the impact assessment of the social component of sustainability. Key elements are the practicability, as well as the academic foundations of product social life cycle assessment. The course entails the theoretic background and context of social life cycle assessment (LCA), as well as practical assignments that together form a social LCA study. The Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, which is developed and tested by front running companies, serves as a basis for applying social LCA. Sharing experiences and participation in discussion sessions are an important part of the course as well. Students are divided into pods (small groups) that stay together in the course, in order to distill course concepts, engage in thought partnerships, and share insights. There are blog assignments, in which students reflect on how the learnings can be applied in their practices.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

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 2021 | CRN 14518 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: High school math.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-158b
Applied Circular Economics

Manuel Maqueda MS, JD, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, SUPER.ngo

Brian J. Bauer ALM, Director of Circular Economy and Alliances, Algramo

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26335 | Section 1

Description
This course gives students the essential concepts, tools, and skills needed to take part in the transition to a circular economy in a wide variety of economic sectors and areas of human activity. Ecosystems tend toward a stable equilibrium, or homeostasis, and have the ability to regenerate and thrive for thousands of years. Likewise, the circular economy seeks to maintain the value and preserve the stocks of materials, components, and goods, while eliminating waste and pollution and restoring natural capital. The circular economy allows for a better economic and ecological performance than today’s prevailing economy which follows a take-make-waste linear model that destroys value, depletes stocks, and degrades living systems. The transition to a circular economy is mandated by the ecological and physical boundaries of our planet. Without an accelerated transition it will be impossible to meet the Paris Agreement targets. At the same time, the transition to a circular economy is a tremendous opportunity that would unleash global economic growth and create an estimated 95 million new jobs worldwide while also boosting economic resilience. The European Union, Canada, China, and other leading economies have outlined aggressive roadmaps towards a circular economy. In the United States, 60 percent of chief executive officers plan to transition to a circular economy framework. This course challenges not only what, but how students think about sustainability. Students are encouraged to think in systems and material flows, while embracing a radical collaboration mindset. Along the way we visit different areas of opportunity that range from biomass management to industrial symbiosis; examine circularity in sectors as diverse as food, electronics, and plastics; outline the role of related disciplines such as biomimicry and permaculture; and discuss innovative business models where products are servitized, dematerialized, and completely redesigned to foster modularity, repairability, upgradeability, and cradle-to-cradle life cycles.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-158c
Product Stewardship and Chemical Sustainability

Kathleen Sellers MS, Technical Fellow, Environmental Resources Management

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16635 | Section 1

Description
In this course, we take a systems approach to translating sustainability objectives into practical action that can lead to widespread effects. We focus on the sustainability of products and the materials that go in to making them, where our choices as sustainability experts and consumers have profound impact. Those choices directly affect the use of resources and risks to human health and the environment from chemicals and plastics pollution and can have profound consequences for businesses. We apply pragmatic concepts that can inform those choices across geographies and industries and provide students with tools to support effective action to make products more sustainable.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-158e
Sustainable Fashion

Kelly A. Burton ALM, Chief Executive Officer, Kate Black Co.

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26051 | Section 1

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, January 25-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-161b
Land and Water Conservation for Sustainable Development and Biodiversity in an International Context

Frank Lowenstein MS, Chief Operating Officer, New England Forestry Foundation

Henry Tepper MA, Conservation Consultant

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16645 | Section 1

Description
Land and water conservation has become an important tool for both sustainable development and biodiversity conservation around the world. More than 15 percent of the world’s terrestrial area and 10 percent of coastal waters are now encompassed within protected areas. Their management is likely to strongly influence the future richness of global biodiversity, the economic future particularly of rural and indigenous communities, and the severity of future global climate change. The course examines the origins of land conservation as a tool, its spread around the world, its relationship to other social movements such as the spread of national independence movements, the growth of free trade, the spread of democratic and multilateral institutions, and the growing focus on women’s rights, indigenous and community rights, and environmental justice. Land conservation is examined in the context of global change, including changes in biogeochemical cycles, land use and cover, population, education, and economic attainment. The course includes detailed examination of the advantages and limitations of major tools of international land conservation, including direct government action (for example, national parks), private land conservation, and the growth of community-based conservation. We focus on the practical application of conservation tools and teach students the skills they need to operate as conservation practitioners around the world.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

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 2022 | CRN 26344 | Section 1

Description
Human activity is changing the atmosphere and altering terrestrial and marine ecosystems on a global scale. These changes are already having serious effects on human health, especially for vulnerable people around the world. This course addresses the causes and health and equity consequences of global environmental changes, with particular emphasis on climate change and the loss of biological diversity. It also explores the knowledge and actions that can form the pathways to a more healthy, just, and sustainable world.

Class Meetings:
Online

Term Start Date: March 21, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets for an intensive half semester from March 21 through May 14. The recorded lectures are from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health companion course Environmental Health 278-02. Students in this course and the companion Harvard course may interact with one another, for example, in Canvas or via Zoom live or recorded class sessions.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-166
Water Resources Policy and Watershed Management

Scott Horsley MA, Lecturer, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14545 | Section 1

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, September 2-December 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 50 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-172
Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development

Bruno S. Sergi PhD, Professor of International Economics, University of Messina and Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26194 | Section 1

Description
Sustainable development includes not only a healthy economic base, but also a sound environment, stable and rewarding employment, adequate purchasing power, distributional equity, national self-reliance, and maintenance of cultural integrity. This course explores the many dimensions of sustainability and their relationship to economic growth, and the use of national, multinational, and international political, legal, and economic mechanisms including environmental and trade law, and economic incentives to further sustainable development. The inter-relationship of global economic/financial changes, employment, and working conditions; the environment in the context of theories of development, trade, and employment; and the importance of networks and organizational learning are examined. Mechanisms for resolving the apparent conflicts between development, environment, and employment are explored.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ENVR E-174
Transportation and Sustainability

Eric Plosky MS, Chief of Transportation Planning, John A. Volpe Transportation Systems Center, US Department of Transportation

James Maughan PhD

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16088 | Section 1

Description
Transportation has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic and it is a focus of the new Biden administration. In this course, with one eye on current events, we focus on transportation’s role in sustainability. We examine the interplay of transportation and the structure of society, including topics such as the economy, the environment, land use, politics, technology, and history. Changes now occurring on the national and global levels such as those wrought by the pandemic and by the rising movement for social justice are explored through lectures, readings, and student work. From a sustainability perspective, the nexus of energy consumption, vehicle emissions, climate change, habitat loss/alteration, and air quality are explored to understand the impacts of various forms of transportation and the potential utilization of emerging technologies and new policies and institutional structures to dramatically improve results. Looking beyond current practices, we also explore how more fundamental shifts, such as in consumer habits, are reshaping transportation networks and the infrastructure barriers that we must address. Finally, we examine the role of legal and regulatory actions on transportation/environmental relationships at the state and federal levels, and how future standards could be used to advance sustainability.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-178
Socio-ecological Systems Thinking to Support a Regenerative Future

Katherine von Stackelberg ScD, Research Scientist, Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25370 | Section 1

Description
This is a course on the economy in society and in the biosphere focused on supporting planetary health. 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 based on linear systems of extraction to waste rather than regeneration. We are increasingly putting our well-being at risk through the unintended environmental consequences of modern life. Industrialization and development at the expense of natural resources, energy- and pollution-intensive food production, and an economic system that fails to account for natural capital: these 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, talk about the implications for sustainability (of what to whom), identify actionable strategies for sustainability that explicitly recognize the coupled human-natural system, and challenge conventional disciplinary norms by integrating social and natural sciences for more effective decision making. We explore themes related to the essentiality of biodiversity to ecosystem services, working with nature, biophilic design, biomimicry, permaculture and multifunctional agricultural landscapes, and collaborative decision making, and identify quantitative approaches for decision making based on systems thinking and dynamics.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Syllabus

ENVR E-190
Urban Agriculture

Zachary Bostwick Nowak PhD

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25667 | Section 1

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, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 9:00am-12:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-210
Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems

Mark Leighton PhD, Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13757 | Section 1

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.

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 as the preferred expository writing course. Experience manipulating data and algebraic equations on spreadsheets is helpful.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 110 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-210
Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems

Mark Leighton PhD, Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23614 | Section 1

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.

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 as the preferred expository writing course. Experience manipulating data and algebraic equations on spreadsheets is helpful.

Class Meetings:
Online (live or on demand) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm
Optional sections Mondays, 8:10-10:10 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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 typically available within a few hours of the end of class and no later than the following business day.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 100 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-238
Sustainability and Impact Investments

Carlos Alberto Vargas PhD, Faculty, EGADE Business School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26232 | Section 1

Description
Do environment, social, and governance (ESG) criteria influence a firm’s financial performance, and if so, how? What are impact investments and how should they be assessed? Sustainable finance has evolved and is now a relevant topic in the global finance agenda. This course studies this evolution from the perspective of sustainability investments and impact investments. We cover among other topics ESG criteria, multi-stakeholders’ perspectives, green bonds, sustainable asset management, sustainable development goals (SDG) investments, and impact investments.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENVR E-138 or ENVR S-138, or permission of the instructor.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Optional sections to be arranged.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Noncredit credit $1,500, undergraduate credit $1,920, graduate credit $2,980.

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

ENVR E-496
Crafting the Thesis Proposal in Sustainability

Mark Leighton PhD, Associate Director and Senior Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25105 | Section 1

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. Students are encouraged to contact their research advisor well 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.

Prerequisites: Registration is restricted to officially admitted candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, who have received prework approval. Prospective candidates and students with pending admission applications are not eligible. 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 a research methods course is recommended. All students must be in good academic standing. Students submit their prework by October 1 to thesis_prework@extension.harvard.edu. See prework guidelines for details.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Final papers due between January 20 and February 7. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-599
Independent Research Capstone

Richard Wetzler PhD, Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14598 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, capstone track. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in March with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone course, ENVR S-598, in the previous Harvard Summer School term. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Friday, September 17, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, September 18, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, -September 19, 9:00am-1:00pm
This course includes a required online symposium on Saturday, December 4, 12:30-5:30 pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-599
Independent Research Capstone

Jennifer Cole PhD, Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24009 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, capstone track. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, ENVR E-598, in the previous fall term. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 11:00am-1:00pm
Friday, February 4, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, February 5, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, -February 6, 9:00am-1:00pm
This course includes a required online symposium on Saturday, May 7, 12:30-6:30 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 10 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-599
Independent Research Capstone

Richard Wetzler PhD, Research Advisor, Sustainability, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26345 | Section 2

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, capstone track. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, ENVR E-598, in the previous fall term. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Friday, February 4, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, February 5, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, -February 6, 9:00am-1:00pm
This course includes a required online symposium on Saturday, May 7, 12:30-6:30 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 10 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-599a
Consulting for Sustainability Solutions Capstone

William O’Brien MBA, JD, Professor of Practice, School of Management, Clark University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14533 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, consulting track. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in March with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, ENVR S-598a, in the previous Harvard Summer School term. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Friday, September 10, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, September 11, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, -September 12, 9:00am-1:00pm
This course includes a required online symposium on Saturday, December 4, 9 am-5 pm.

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 20 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-599a
Consulting for Sustainability Solutions Capstone

Neil Hawkins ScD, President, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24425 | Section 1

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, consulting track. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, ENVR E-598a, in the previous fall term. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Friday, January 28, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, January 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, -January 30, 9:00am-1:00pm
This course includes a required online symposium on Saturday, April 30, 9 am-6 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 12 students

Syllabus

ENVR E-599a
Consulting for Sustainability Solutions Capstone

William O’Brien MBA, JD, Professor of Practice, School of Management, Clark University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26337 | Section 2

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.

Prerequisites: Registration is limited to officially admitted degree candidates in the Master of Liberal Arts, sustainability, consulting track. Candidates must be in good academic standing, ready to graduate in May with only the capstone left to complete (no other course registration is allowed simultaneously with the capstone), and have successfully completed the precapstone tutorial, ENVR E-598a, in the previous fall term. Candidates who do not meet these degree requirements are dropped from the course.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm
Friday, January 28, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, January 29, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, -January 30, 9:00am-1:00pm
This course includes a required online symposium on Saturday, May 7, 9 am-6 pm.

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Graduate credit $2,980.

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.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 12 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Matthew Davis PhD, Associate Professor of English, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15944 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Paul A. Thur MA, Director of the Writing Center, College of General Studies, Boston University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13498 | Section 10

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler PhD, Writing Intensive Program Director, St. Catherine University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16519 | Section 11

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler PhD, Writing Intensive Program Director, St. Catherine University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14356 | Section 12

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Laura Healy MA, Editor and Literary Translator

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16733 | Section 13

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, September 2-December 18, 11:00am-1:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Christina Rarden Grenier MA, Director of the Writing Center, Pingree School

Winifred J. Wood PhD, Senior Lecturer Emerita in the Writing Program, Wellesley College

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15228 | Section 2

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

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 2021 | 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, September 1-December 18, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Randy S. Rosenthal MTS, Editor

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15916 | Section 6

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Janet Sylvester PhD

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15549 | Section 8

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Janet Sylvester PhD

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16368 | Section 9

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Allyson K. Boggess MFA, Admissions Advisor, Harvard Extension School

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23434 | Section 1

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 1 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Randy S. Rosenthal MTS, Editor

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25243 | Section 10

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 10 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Janet Sylvester PhD

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25165 | Section 11

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 11 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Janet Sylvester PhD

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25169 | Section 12

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, January 24-May 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 12 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler PhD, Writing Intensive Program Director, St. Catherine University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23715 | Section 13

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, January 25-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 13 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Steven Wandler PhD, Writing Intensive Program Director, St. Catherine University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24744 | Section 14

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, January 24-May 14, 8:10pm-10:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 14 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Anthony B. Cashman III PhD, Director of the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 25777 | Section 3

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 3 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Laura Healy MA, Editor and Literary Translator

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 26086 | Section 7

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, January 26-May 14, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 7 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Heidi Hendricks ALM, Coordinator, Harvard Library Preservation Services, Harvard University

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 24941 | Section 8

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Thursdays, January 27-May 14, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: January 24, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 8 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-15
Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Elisabeth Sharp McKetta PhD, Writer

Spring Term 2022 | CRN 23882 | Section 9

Description
This course is designed for students seeking preparation for EXPO E-25 and for others wanting to review such basics of academic argument as thesis, evidence, and structure. Short writing assignments help students develop the skills essential for producing well-reasoned and substantiated academic essays. Students also learn strategies for reading and analyzing difficult texts.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, January 3-22, 9:00am-12:00pm

Term Start Date: January 03, 2022

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

Credits: 4

Notes: This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time. Section 9 does not fulfill ALB Harvard instructor requirement. Final papers due between January 20 and February 7. See course syllabus for details.

Enrollment limit: Limited to 15 students

Syllabus

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Jerusha Achterberg MPH

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13337 | Section 1

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Greta Pane PhD

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16152 | Section 10

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Margaret C. Rennix PhD, Academic Coach, Academic Resource Center, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16132 | Section 11

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:10pm-7:10pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Thomas A. Underwood PhD, Master Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program, Boston University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 13492 | Section 12

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Tuesdays, August 31-December 18, 7:20pm-9:20pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Sarah Ahrens PhD, Freelance Writer

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 15935 | Section 2

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 7:40pm-9:40pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Thomas Akbari MA, Lecturer in English, Northeastern University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16471 | Section 3

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Mondays, August 30-December 18, 5:50pm-7:50pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Tad Davies PhD, Head Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16038 | Section 5

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Wednesdays, September 1-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Geraldine A. Grimm PhD, Lecturer on German, Harvard Divinity School

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 14620 | Section 6

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic reading and writing. It focuses on analyzing texts, building effective arguments, and using evidence and secondary source material. Instruction on the stages of the writing process, from prewriting exercises through rough drafts and revisions, forms a key part of the curriculum. Students applying to the undergraduate program at the Extension School must complete this course, but it is open to any student interested in gaining an understanding of academic writing.

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.

Class Meetings:
Online (live) web conference
Fridays, September 3-December 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Term Start Date: August 30, 2021

Tuition:
Undergraduate credit $1,000.

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

EXPO E-25
Academic Writing and Critical Reading

Lisa A. Gulesserian PhD, Preceptor on Armenian Language and Culture, Harvard University

Fall Term 2021 | CRN 16142 | Section 7

Description
This course introduces students to the demands and conventions of academic re