Online courses

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Environmental Challenges

A programme of five short online courses for university credit.

The Environmental Challenges programme consists of five short online courses that look at the relationships between people and nature, and the challenging and difficult decisions we face when managing natural resources.

You will see through case studies and discussions that environmental management policies not only need to be economically and environmentally sound, but they also need to be formulated with social fairness if they are to be sustainable.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile, the five courses can be taken in any order, providing a flexible way to enhance your environmental management skills and demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD).

When you complete all five courses in the programme and obtain a Certificate of Achievement for each course, you will be eligible to join a final assessment course that leads to the award of 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

Educator: Professor Jon Lovett a Chair in Global Challenges in the School of Geography who works on institutional economics.

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Food Science and Nutrition: From the Farm to You

A free online course that will introduce you to the fascinating world of food.

You will learn how Food Science and Nutrition combine knowledge from engineering, biology and physical sciences to study the fascinating world of food and to ensure the food we consume is safe and wholesome.

You’ll explore the food supply chain and learn how food processing can make food healthier. You’ll examine how new food technologies are revolutionising food production and how new products are developed.

The course will take you around the world exploring how nutritional needs differ from country to county.

Through case studies you will also understand the importance of micro and macronutrients and what happens to food whilst it is in your body.

Educator: Dr Matthew Francis, Teaching Fellow in the School of Food Science and Nutrition.

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Geographical Information Science MSc

A Masters course delivered online that will provide you with in-depth and specialist knowledge of GIS techniques.

You will focus on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences.

Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business and environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and a range of data sources/techniques, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those keen to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including Big Data with advanced visualisation, digital image processing, and geodemographics.

You’ll be provided with a variety of online learning materials throughout the programme. You’ll work as part of a virtual online community, discussing the materials online, collaborating in group tasks, participating in group exercises and generally supporting one another. You’ll also get plenty of one-on-one support. Our qualified tutors are experts in the theory and practice of GIScience and are there to support you and your group.

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Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations

Explore how and why transport systems must change in the 21st century.

What are the challenges faced by today’s transport sector? How can transport professionals develop systems that meet the needs of the 21st century?

Get answers to these questions and more with this course exploring the future of transport. You will learn about effective transport planning and modelling, considering how transport solutions can become sustainable, reduce pollution and improve the health and safety of people across the world.

You will also consider how technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles and high-speed rail might address global issues.

This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

Educator: Yue Huang, Lecturer in Transport Engineering, Institute for Transport Studies.

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