Thursday, December 12, 2019

Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace

Environmental Security and Sustaining PeaceConflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st-century geopolitics. These conflicts present serious threats to human security at both the national and local levels. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner. Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies. It offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the positive peacebuilding potential of natural resources across the conflict lifecycle while mitigating potential risks.This 8-week course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace provides an in-depth introduction to the multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts. Many of the considerations and approaches in this course are also relevant to understanding and addressing social conflicts around natural resources and the environment. This course is for: Peace and security specialists that want to understand more about natural resources. Natural resource experts that want to design more conflict-sensitive programs. Sustainable development practitioners – as well as private-sector actors – who need to understand how natural resources can be developed in fragile contexts with weak governance. Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of this growing field.

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Infrastructure Management for Public Libraries

Infrastructure Management for Public LibrariesIn this course, part of the Public Library Management Professional Certificate program, we’ll explore the ongoing infrastructure support that library leaders must facilitate, including: maintenance insurance contract services patron privacy technology budgets policies You’ll learn how these decisions are made to ensure long-term sustainability.

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IoT Sensors and Devices

IoT Sensors and DevicesThe Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding at a rapid rate, and it is becoming increasingly important for professionals to understand what it is, how it works, and how to harness its power to improve your business. This course is for practical learners who want to explore and interact with the IoT bridge between the cyber- and physical worlds, in order to create efficiencies or solve business problems. In this course, you will learn about the ‘things’ that get connected in the Internet of Things to sense and interact with the real world environment – from something as simple as a smoke detector to a robotic arm in manufacturing. If we consider the IoT as giving the internet the ability to feel and respond, this course is about the devices that feel and the devices that respond. We will look at IoT sensors, actuators and intermediary devices that connect things to the internet, as well as electronics and systems, both of which underpin how the Internet of Things works and what it is designed to do.

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Distribución de la energía eléctrica

Distribución de la energía eléctricaConoces los procesos que se requieren para llevar la energía eléctrica desde el lugar donde se genera (plantas eléctricas) hasta el lugar donde la necesitas?, ¿sabes cómo funciona una red de distribución? En este curso en línea obtendrás las respuestas, ya que conocerás las formas en las que la energía eléctrica se distribuye al usuario final por medio de la infraestructura existente. Los recientes mercados eléctricos en transición, las nuevas reformas, el aumento de la población, así como las nuevas tecnologías son algunos factores que han generado una gran demanda de electricidad y es indispensable contar con profesionales que comprendan la importancia de estos cambios.A través del estudio de estos temas comprenderás:  Los fundamentos de la ingeniería eléctrica Los elementos mecánicos de soporte Los elementos de una subestación eléctrica, el proceso de transformación de alta tensión a baja tensión El funcionamiento de las líneas de distribución, entre otros temas de relevancia En resumen, tomar este curso de ingeniería eléctrica representa una gran oportunidad para aprender todos los procesos tecnológicos y de ingeniería que hay detrás cada vez que utilizas la energía eléctrica.

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Comparative Judicial Systems

Comparative Judicial SystemsToday, an increasing number of democratic countries are confronting an unprecedented expansion of judicial power: more and more frequently decision-making rights are transferred from the legislative and executive branches to the courts, a process successfully labeled as the “judicialization of politics”. The course analyzes the traits of the phenomenon and its impact on the political system. Therefore, the role of the judge in the process of adjudication and the whole structure of the judicial system are considered. Specific attention is devoted to the recruitment, training and independence of judges and prosecutors and to the institutional relationships between courts and the political environment. Different definitions of the judicial role are analyzed and their political consequences assessed. Examples of judicialization are considered and discussed. Finally, the course evaluates the overall role of courts in different political systems and considers future developments.The course addresses itself to master (LM) students in political science and/or law and to anyone interested in the analysis of the transformations of contemporary political systems.

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Managing Marketing in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

Managing Marketing in the Hospitality and Tourism IndustryMarketing within the hotel and tourism industry presents unique challenges, as marketers are tasked with selling services and memories rather than goods. In this hospitality management course, you will learn how to apply marketing knowledge and skills to the hotel and tourism industry. You will learn best practices for building customer loyalty and creating a strong brand and learn how to efficiently communicate to stakeholders through integrated marketing communications. You will also learn about the importance of marketing to both previous and new customers. Students’ learning experience will be enhanced through the use of creative approaches to solve marketing problems in hotel and tourism settings. Note that this course is priced at USD $198.

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Introduction to Running Pipe in Oil and Gas Wells

Introduction to Running Pipe in Oil and Gas WellsOil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) casing and tubing play a critical role in the drilling and completion of oil and gas wells. “Introduction to Running Pipe in Oil and Gas Wells” will explain how to prepare and install OCTG in oil and gas wells safely, illustrating best practices that contribute to operational reliability and efficiency and minimize environmental impact."I loved this course. So informative and well put. Thank you TenarisUniversity Team and also everyone who participated to make it better." - Gavince

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Predictive Analytics Final Project

Predictive Analytics Final ProjectThe final project brings together the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MicroMasters programme. You will draw on your knowledge of data analysis techniques to demonstrate your capacity to deal effectively with current job market needs. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate that you can crunch vast amounts of information to gain valuable insight, as well as use a range of approaches for extracting hidden information and building intelligence to assist with decision making. You will also have to independently apply the methods and tools used to address common practical issues faced by data analysts today, and consolidate your understanding of the most effective methodologies used through hands-on experience. This final project will prepare you for a step change in career or set you up to pursue further study.Please note, this course is only available to learners who have successfully completed all 4 MicroMasters courses on the verified track prior to undertaking this course: PA1.1x Introduction to Predictive Analytics PA1.2x Evaluation of Predictive Modelling PA1.3x Statistical Predictive Modelling PA1.4x Machine Learning-Based Predictive Modelling Learners who successfully complete this final course as part of the MicroMasters programme can apply to the on-campus Masters in Business Analytics at the University of Edinburgh. Successful completion of the MicroMasters programme does not guarantee acceptance to the Master’s but, if accepted, the 30 credits awarded from the MicroMasters program will be recognised as credit obtained towards the 180 credits required for the full MSc. Visit the University of Edinburgh Business Analytics Entry Requirements page for more information.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Long-term Financial Management

Long-term Financial ManagementWant to be ahead of your competitors? Learn to employ long-term strategic financial management tools to be years ahead of your competitors. Planning for your corporation's financial future brings value to today and tomorrow. An organization’s long-term financial health and success depends on critical financial planning that spans multiple years. This course, part of the Accounting and Financial Management MicroMasters program, explores the long-term financial environment of corporations, including options and futures, capital budgeting, capital structure management, dividend and share re-purchase policies, and investment banking and restructuring. You will learn how financial managers analyze various types of long-term funding sources, including term loans, derivatives, debt an equity securities, and leases. Learners will evaluate alternate policies with regard to financial leverage, capital structure, dividends, and the issuance of preferred stock. You will examine mergers, leveraged buyouts, and divestitures as special situations to create value.This course is part of the Accounting and Financial Management MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Accounting and Financial Management. See the MicroMasters program page for more information.

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Financial Programming and Policies, Part 2: Program Design

Financial Programming and Policies, Part 2: Program DesignIn this macroeconomics course, you will improve your skills in macroeconomic policy analysis and learn to design an economic and financial program, using real economic data. The financial programming exercise simulates what IMF (International Monetary Fund) desk economists routinely do in their country surveillance and program work. In the first part of the course (modules 1–7), you will analyze the economic outlook of a country case and then help to build a baseline scenario — namely, a set of projections for the main macroeconomic sectors (real, external, government and monetary) that reflects the analyst’s best guess of what will happen to the economy in the coming year, assuming no policy change. In the second part (modules 8–10), you will learn and discuss how macroeconomic policies can be used to address poor performance and reduce macroeconomic imbalances. We will illustrate the workings of monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies by using a simple Keynesian model of an open economy. In the final module you will design an IMF–supported lending program scenario for our country case. Financial Programming and Policies, Part 2 is offered by the IMF with financial support from the Government of Japan.

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Qualitative Research Methods: Conversational Interviewing

Qualitative Research Methods: Conversational InterviewingThis short course is adapted from a semester length graduate level course taught at MIT covering Qualitative Research Methods. This online course will focus specifically on teaching how to prepare for and conduct a conversational interview for data gathering purposes. We will also discuss the nature of qualitative research as a methodology, how it compares and differs from other forms of research, and how qualitative and quantitative research complement each other in a research project. This is the first in a multi-part series which will be released over the coming year, which will focus on Conversational Interviewing, Data Analysis, and Constructing Theory. You might have encountered other forms of interview techniques in your studies and training. The form that we are teaching is the preferred method of Professor Silbey's, one that she has used extensively throughout her career. The goal is to construct an interview protocol such that you will be able to guide your interviewee through topics of interest to your study without bringing them up explicitly, in order to explore experiences and accounts without pointing respondents in particular directions. Not sure what an interview protocol is? No problem! You will by the end of the course.

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Shakespeare's Life and Work

Shakespeare's Life and WorkHow do we read Shakespeare? Do his plays belong to the past, or the present? To a famed dramatic genius or to readers and audiences around the globe? What do his plays really mean?Moving between the world in which Shakespeare lived and the present day, this course will introduce different kinds of literary analysis that you can use when reading Shakespeare. With short videos filmed on location in England and readings covering topics like Shakespeare's contemporaries and the politics of modern performance, you will learn a range of critical tool that you can use to unlock the meaning and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays.Join us as we visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born in 1564; London, the lively city where he began as an actor; and the Globe Theater, where his first plays were performed. This journey through Shakespeare’s life will transport you to another era and will give you a new perspective on his timeless work.

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Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace

Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st-century geopolitics. These conflicts present ...