In the world of today, certificates must not be obtained by going through the walls of a University. Right there in the comfort of your home, and at your time of convenience, you can advance your career and add tremendous value to your life, if you know how to take advantage of distance learning. Distance learning is otherwise known as online or e-learning. It is a type of study whereby the student gets to study most or all of a course without necessarily having to go to a physical lecture room or live in a nearby campus. During this type of education students communicate with lecturers and other students through e-mail, electronic forums, video conferences, chat rooms, bulletin boards, instant messaging and other forms of computer-based interaction.
But why should you enroll for an online course if you can afford the cost and time. Every reason why you got educated in the first place is the answer why. Online courses provide you with a great avenue to advance your career, adding more value to yourself in the process. They also increase your marketability in the labour market, and broaden your network of career-promoting friends. With online courses, it is possible for you to retain your dream job while steadily enriching your CV.
Thanks to the rising popularity and utility of online courses, most prestigious universities now offer premium online courses on a short or long-term basis. And they now do so at a relatively affordable price. Today, I will share with you a list of highly valued online courses offered by Oxford University, UK with excerpts from the University’s website.
1. Social Entrepreneurship
Social entrepreneurs are gaining international attention motivated by the desire for change and to see the world as it can be, not as it is. Students in the course will learn how social entrepreneurs have developed creative solutions to address social problems. The intention of the course is to develop knowledge, appreciate of the role of social entrepreneurs that create social change, deepen students understanding of the world around them, and to inspire you to use your skills and knowledge to be as Gandhi said, ‘the change you wish to see in the world’.
Course Duration & Fees
- Fees: From £270.00
- Credit: 10 CATS points
- Dates: Wed 09 Jan 2019 – Fri 22 Mar 2019
By the end of this course students will be expected to:
- Understand the complexity of social change and the concept of social entrepreneurship.
- Appreciate the role of measurement to quantify social impact and how social entrepreneurs mobilize scarce resources to affect social change.
By the end of this course students will be expected to have gained the following:
- Knowledge and understanding of the meaning of social entrepreneurship, how its principles have been applied to address social problems, and what challenges are faced by those wishing to adopt social entrepreneurship methods.
- Gain knowledge and understanding about social entrepreneurship, challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and learn the role of developing a sustainable business model that addresses a social problem.
- Learn how social entrepreneurs have applied social entrepreneurship principles to address social problems, gain the ability to empower disadvantaged community members to create social change and develop your own skills to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’. Gandhi.
2. Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research
This eight week online statistics module is designed for health and social care professionals who want to understand the basics of analysis methods commonly used in medical research, in order to understand published research and to participate in more specialised courses. Students will learn to use and interpret basic statistical methods using SPSS, with reference to cohort studies, case control studies and randomized controlled trials. Online discussion forums enable communication between students and the tutor to provide support and to interpret and understand real-life scenarios.
The overall aims of this module are to enable students to:
- Understand and manipulate basic mathematical and statistical techniques as preparation for more specialized courses in health care;
- Understand the statistical issues in the planning and analysis of research;
- Understand the basic statistical aspects of published research;
- Apply statistical analysis to cohort studies, case control studies and randomized controlled trials.
- Course Dates: Mon 28 Jan 2019 – Fri 22 Mar 2019
- Application Deadline: 5pm Friday 4th January 2019
3. Data Analysis in Ecology: Statistics for Ecologists & Field Biologists (10-week)
About the course
This part-time tutored online course in ecological statistics provides a thorough introduction to the key statistical principles and methods used by ecologists and field biologists. The course aims to create a rich workshop experience, encouraging direct student and tutor interaction and discussion.
You will receive highly practical expert training, helping you to
- improve your ability to display ecological data
- use descriptive and inferential statistics to analyse the results from field surveys and experiments
- introducing you to QED statistics and the R statistical programming language
Who the course is for
Professional ecological consultants, environmental managers and rangers, research and postgraduate students, and volunteers that are seeking flexible study combined with expert training. The techniques covered are universal, and we use international case studies and examples.
Flexible online learning
Students typically study on this course alongside their work.
You can take this online course from anywhere in the world with a good internet connection. You can log on at any time of the day and access our specially designed course materials, e-learning resources and tutor-led discussion forums. You will have access to the Bodleian Libraries’ online resources, which include an excellent range of e-books and e-journals, enabling you to conduct your research and reading in your own time.
The course can help you to apply for Chartered Status (such as Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Ecologist), and to meet relevant professional competency thresholds.
Accredited study: £875.00
Non-accredited study: £555.00
Student rate (non-accredited study): £385.00
4. International Labour Migration: Economics, Politics and Ethics
This global course analyses one of the most controversial public policy issues of the 21st century: how to regulate international labour migration and the rights of migrant workers. Integrating economics, politics and ethics, the course comprehensively discusses the determinants, impacts and regulation of labour immigration and emigration around the world.
The regulation of labour immigration and the rights of migrant workers are among the most controversial policy issues around the world. In public and media debates, migrants can be development ‘heroes’ for their countries of origin, ‘villains’ that threaten the jobs and welfare of workers in host countries, and/or ‘victims’ of exploitation by people traffickers, recruiters and employers.
This global course discusses key facts and fiction in debates about international labour migration. It comprehensively analyses the determinants and consequences of labour migration for host countries, migrants and their countries of origin. Drawing on economics, politics and ethics, the course debates the fundamental policy questions, trade-offs and moral dilemmas that are inescapable in the regulation of labour immigration and emigration.
Home/EU Fee: £270.00
Non-EU Fee: £295.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
5. Introduction to Sleep Medicine and Methodological Approaches
The Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi), within The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN) is now offering an online programme in Sleep Medicine and in conjunction with this programme it is pleased to present standalone modules for those wishing to study only one or two aspects of the programme to facilitate professional practice. Modules will be available when they are running for the main programme and you will join the rest of the group at this time.
It is expected that after completion of this module students will be able:
- To gain an understanding of sleep medicine as a developing, interdisciplinary specialty area
- To adapt and further develop your generic clinical assessment skills for working in the field of sleep medicine
- To develop your knowledge of sleep diagnostic systems, criteria and how to apply them
- To develop your knowledge and skills relating to subjective and objective sleep appraisal, including their selection, appropriate uses, scoring and interpretation
- To understand measurement constructs such as validity, reliability, sensitivity and specificity as applied to the practical evaluation of patients with sleep disorders
Everybody is talking about ‘globalisation’ – but what does it really mean? What factors drive globalisation and what are the consequences for all of us? How can and should we govern processes of globalisation? Do we need more or fewer global institutions? Whether you’re interested in the effects of the 2008 credit crunch and global recession, the role of transnational corporations or the impact of emerging technologies this short course will enable you to find out more.
For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.
- Introduction: What is globalisation?
- The global economy: The 2008 credit crunch, recession and recovery
- Globalisation in historical context
- International trade and industrial policy
- The role of transnational corporations and foreign direct investment
- Globalisation and economic development
- Global inequalities
- The globalisation of technology
- Towards a low-carbon future?
- The future for the world economy
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following book:
Michie, J., 2017, An Advanced Introduction to Globalisation, Edward Elgar, paperback version
Also available as an ebook via:
The course will also include a range of other readings including journals articles, book chapters, working papers and reports. All these additional readings will be made available to students within the course website.
Home/EU Fee: £270.00
Non-EU Fee: £295.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
7. Psychology of Addiction
In order to better understand addiction we need to understand basic bio-psychological associations, such as the way neurons work, heritability, psycho-social factors and empirical laws of choice. This course aims to explore addiction from these perspectives. Topics include: theories of addiction, neuroscience of addiction, personality, mood and addiction and intervention approaches. Each topic will be reviewed in depth focusing on key psychological concepts and their putative neurobiological substrates.
In addition, contemporary research techniques and findings will be considered and assessed. We will discuss addiction at many levels ranging from their affect on nervous system to their affect on society. Students will also have the opportunity to see how one of most recent intervention approaches, neurofeedback is used in treatment of addiction. No previous experience is required for the course.
Term Starts: 22nd January
Week 1: The development and maintenance of addiction
Week 2: Theories of addiction
Week 3: Neuroscience of addiction
Week 4: Impulsivity and addiction
Week 5: Affect and Addiction
Week 6: Cognition and addiction
Week 7: Social/psychological issues and addiction
Week 8: Intervention approaches
Week 9: Harm minimisation approaches and prevention strategies
Week 10: Neurofeedback and Addiction
Course fee: £205.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00