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April 2017

9/11 was a devastating attack that required a comprehensive response from the United States. This course will examine post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism policies regarding the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence collection, and domestic security. We will trace these policies to the current day and assess their legality, ethics, and efficacy in counteracting terrorism.

Average: 8 (2 votes)
Mar 1st 2017

This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies the United States adopted in response. We will examine the phenomenon of modern terrorism, the development of the al Qai'da ideology, and the process by which individuals radicalize towards violence.

Average: 7 (1 vote)
Mar 1st 2017

The oil and gas industry has an enormous impact on all aspects of daily life. Individuals, corporations, and national governments make financial and policy decisions based on the cost, use, and availability of these two natural resources. This two-week course looks at the two most fundamental aspects of the oil and gas industry, its operations and markets, each of which is addressed as a separate module in the course.

Average: 4.6 (15 votes)
Feb 27th 2017

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to current global challenges in conservation and development, including changes in both sectors. This course will inspire you to rethink assumptions to address global challenges in conservation and development, and introduce you to new models and approaches that harness technological, behavioral, and financial innovation.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Feb 27th 2017

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution is a college-level class being offered simultaneously to new students at Duke University. The course gives interested people a very basic overview of some principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology. We often hear about new "genome sequences," commercial kits that can tell you about your ancestry (including pre-human) from your DNA or disease predispositions, debates about the truth of evolution, why animals behave the way they do, and how people found "genetic evidence for natural selection."

Average: 7.8 (4 votes)
Feb 27th 2017

This course introduces you to sampling and exploring data, as well as basic probability theory and Bayes' rule. You will examine various types of sampling methods, and discuss how such methods can impact the scope of inference. A variety of exploratory data analysis techniques will be covered, including numeric summary statistics and basic data visualization.

Average: 8 (5 votes)
Feb 27th 2017

In this course, you will write programs in Java to solve real­ world problems that are large enough to require multiple classes working together. You will see that programming is more than just coding--it involves strategic thinking and design as well. You will learn how to design programs to solve problems that require solutions that scale. You will also learn about the Java Collections classes and how Java interfaces facilitate developing programs that scale. After completing this course, you will be able to:

Average: 7.5 (4 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

In this course, you will learn best practices for how to use data analytics to make any company more competitive and more profitable. You will be able to recognize the most critical business metrics and distinguish them from mere data. You’ll get a clear picture of the vital but different roles business analysts, business data analysts, and data scientists each play in various types of companies. And you’ll know exactly what skills are required to be hired for, and succeed at, these high-demand jobs.

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Feb 20th 2017

One of the skills that characterizes great business data analysts is the ability to communicate practical implications of quantitative analyses to any kind of audience member. Even the most sophisticated statistical analyses are not useful to a business if they do not lead to actionable advice, or if the answers to those business questions are not conveyed in a way that non-technical people can understand. In this course you will learn how to become a master at communicating business-relevant implications of data analyses.

Average: 5.8 (5 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

Investors tend to be their own worst enemies. In this third course, you will learn how to capitalize on understanding behavioral biases and irrational behavior in financial markets. You will start by learning about the various behavioral biases – mistakes that investors make and understand their reasons.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Feb 20th 2017

In this course, you will use computers to creatively design web pages using HTML and CSS. You will then use Javascript to develop programs and algorithms--ways to get the computer to solve problems. As you progress, you will master the programming process that will be used through the remainder of the courses in this Specialization.

Average: 5.3 (3 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

This course examines the relation of advertising to society, culture, history, and the economy. Using contemporary theories about visual communications, we learn to analyze the complex levels of meaning in both print advertisements and television commercials.

Average: 6.7 (6 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

Building upon Duke’s “Programming and the Web for Beginners” course, you will grow in your ability to be a problem-solver and programmer by writing Java programs. We are excited that you've chosen to learn Java with us! You will soon be able to solve problems that you find interesting and useful by practicing a design process you will learn in this course.

Average: 4.7 (6 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

This course describes Bayesian statistics, in which one's inferences about parameters or hypotheses are updated as evidence accumulates. You will learn to use Bayes’ rule to transform prior probabilities into posterior probabilities, and be introduced to the underlying theory and perspective of the Bayesian paradigm.

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Feb 20th 2017

This course will build on the skills you learn in Java Programming: Solving Problems with Software. You will continue to expand your programming skill set to read and manipulate data with more complex structure. You will also write programs with more complex structure. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

Average: 8 (2 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

Average: 5.7 (3 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

The course will explore the tone combinations that humans consider consonant or dissonant, the scales we use, and the emotions music elicits, all of which provide a rich set of data for exploring music and auditory aesthetics in a biological framework. Analyses of speech and musical databases are consistent with the idea that the chromatic scale (the set of tones used by humans to create music), consonance and dissonance, worldwide preferences for a few dozen scales from the billions that are possible, and the emotions elicited by music in different cultures all stem from the relative similarity of musical tonalities and the characteristics of voiced (tonal) speech.

Average: 2.3 (4 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

In business, data and algorithms create economic value when they reduce uncertainty about financially important outcomes. This course teaches the concepts and mathematical methods behind the most powerful and universal metrics used by Data Scientists to evaluate the uncertainty-reduction – or information gain - predictive models provide. We focus on the two most common types of predictive model - binary classification and linear regression - and you will learn metrics to quantify for yourself the exact reduction in uncertainty each can offer. These metrics are applicable to any form of model that uses new information to improve predictions cast in the form of a known probability distribution – the standard way of representing forecasts in data science.

Average: 6.8 (4 votes)
Feb 13th 2017

Los alumnos de este curso aprenderán a hacer sus propias obras de arte social y público si así lo desean, o podrán simplemente estudiar la teoría e historia reciente del medio. Diseñado por el artista y profesor de Duke, Pedro Lasch, e impartido con el director artístico de Creative Time, Nato Thompson, este curso presenta el arte y la cultura pública en sus formas contemporáneas radicalmente re-inventadas. Las conferencias enlazan acontecimientos claves de las últimas décadas en este campo con temas más amplios como la política espacial, estructuras sociales cotidianas y la educación experimental.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Feb 13th 2017

We encounter fallacies almost everywhere we look. Politicians, salespeople, and children commonly use fallacies in order to get us to think what they want us to think. Think Again: Fallacies will show how to identify and avoid many of the fallacies that people use to get us to think the way they want us to think.

Average: 5.3 (8 votes)

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