MOOC Review: From the Big Bang to Dark Energy

 

Course information

Institution The University of Tokyo
Course From the Big Bang to Dark Energy
Date Autumn 2013
Platform coursera
 

Course content

Topics From daily life to the Big Bang

Birth of Elements and Higgs Boson

Dark Matter and Anti-Matter

Inflation and Dark Energy

Format Lecture videos

Quizzes

Exam

Target group Beginner

Advanced

Expert

 

Workload

Length 4 weeks
Weekly workload 3 hours/week
 

Rating

Overall impression 8/10
Summary I have chosen this course because I know things like dark matter, neutrinos, dark energy and anti-matter only from science fiction TV series. Furthermore I wanted to know more about issues like the Higgs Boson and the evolution of the universe. This course gave me a lot of answers to my questions. Of course, this short four week course does not go into the detail of each topic. Therefore I have had a lot of open questions at the end of the course and I’m looking forward to find a more advanced course to learn more about our universe.

To get a certificate you have to do the weekly quizzes. These quizzes are very fair because they contain a mandatory part, needed for grading, and a very challenging optional part.

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