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About eight online courses will be provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign starting from this autumn.

All these courses can be taken without spending a penny, and you can even earn a certificate after you complete them.

Creative, serious and playful science of Android apps

This course teaches you the basic knowledge about computer science in programming and software engineering. You can register for it even if you have no background knowledge or experience in this area. When you register successfully, you will learn how to create an app for Android devices (mobile phones and tablets), by utilizing necessary programming tools.

The course takes five to ten hours per week, so you can arrange the learning time in accordance with your own schedule, for instance, you can spend one or two hours every day.

Lawrence Angrave, who has a PhD in condensed matter physics from Oxford University, will be your instructor for this course. He has taught computer science for six years at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During these teaching years, he has won lots of awards for excellent teaching, and founded software startups in England as well as North America. You will enjoy this course with his instruction. By the way, he is the one who will sign on your certificate.

Technical requirements – Linux, Windows or Mac-OSX computer

When it comes to the Android tablet, you can either buy one or use a virtual tablet.

Heterogeneous parallel programming

This course begins from Sep.24 and lasts for six weeks, and you can spend six to eight hours every week. During the past four years, this course has been lasting for only one week. An increasing number of students become interested in this course according to the online click rate.

The rapid development of computing systems makes it necessary to learn the fundamental programming interfaces including CUDA/OpenCL, OpenACC, and MPI, in heterogeneous parallel computing systems. You will take:

• Data parallel execution model

• Memory models for locality

• Parallel algorithm patterns

• Overlapping computation with communication

• Scalable programming using joint MIP-CUDA in large scale computing clusters

The course has no major requirements, meaning that students in any majors can participate in it. Yet you should have programming experience in C/C++ in order to apply for the course. Students who wish to widen their horizon can read Programming Massively Parallel Processors: A Hands-on Approach (Applications of GPU Computing Series). Your instructor Wen-mei Hwu is the co-author of this book.

VLSI CAD: logic to layout

VLSI refers to very large scale integrated circuits. VLSI chips, which are complex to design, have been used for many years by modern computers. CAD (computer aided design) tools play an important role in designing these chips.

The course, instructed by Rob A. Rutenbar, aims at how to build the CAD tools that are used to design VLSI chips. Please note that you are not going to learn how to USE the CAD tools. You will spend ten weeks to complete the course.

Some background knowledge is required to register for this course, such as programming experience (C++, Java), data structures and algorithms.

Introduction to sustainability

Global warming, ecological system destruction and the shortage of resources make the earth an unfavorable planet to live on. Human beings should realize the gravity of the situation and seek solutions to these problems. Sustainability is the right discipline to do relevant researches. UIUC offers online videos free to introduce the academic approach of Sustainability, and how human beings endure under the circumstance.

No academic background is required to take this course, yet if any of you possess some knowledge background of humanities, science and technology, you will get a better understanding of this course.

The course started on Aug.27 and would last for eight weeks, during which you could learn:

• Introduction to Sustainability

• Population trends

• Tragedy of the commons

• Climate change

• Energy

• Agriculture and water

• Environmental economics and policy

• Ethics and culture and measurement

Planet earth

The planet we live on today, which is very different from the one billions of years ago, is formed through the interactions of earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, ice ages, landslides, floods, life evolution and plate motions. This course is designed to introduce the interaction process over deep time. It takes eight to ten hours each week.

This course is divided into four learning parts:

• An overview of the planet – in this part, you are going to learn how geology is defined, how earth is produced and basic knowledge about Plate Tectonics.

• Earth materials

• Crustal movement – it includes volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, crags, cracks and crumples.

• Prehistoric period – this part will discuss what the earth is like in the prehistoric period and how long the prehistoric period is.

• Resources – rock, water, desert, glacier, etc.

Microeconomics principles

You are going to learn how to think as an economist and how to answer questions about human society with the analytical system. Dr. Jose J. Vazquez-Cognet, your instructor, believes that economy is more than money issues.

The course will take six to eight weeks, five to seven hours per week.

Introductory organic chemistry

To take this course, you should have the background of general chemistry for at least one year. The course is divided into two parts, each of which has 20 lessons. Below are topics for each lesson:

This course develops some introductory topics on the structure and reactivity of organic compounds. With a primary focus on electronic structure, pericyclic reactions and the chemistry of heteroaromatic compounds, the course takes seven weeks for you to complete, and you may spend ten to fifteen hours per week to study online.

Intermediate organic chemistry

This course focuses on some intermediate topics on the same academic area as the introductory organic chemistry. There are also two parts in this course. Unlike the introductory organic chemistry, one semester of organic chemistry is required to take the course.

Professor Moore is the instructor for both introductory organic chemistry and intermediate organic chemistry. And both certificates will be signed by him.

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