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Science courses include: an introduction physics, biology and chemistry, as well as astronomy and space.

Adventures in Autumn Astronomy View details

An introduction to Astronomy, this course will cover the basics of: what is visible in the Autumn night sky with the naked eye: the constellations, the moon and the planets, with a little more in-depth study

Astronomy View details

This course provides an introduction to all aspects of astronomy so that learners can understand recent developments in the field and also start observing the night sky, either with the naked eye or with a telescope. We will also consider how stars evolve and eventually die and study various cosmological 'hot' topics such as Gravitational waves and Dark Matter

Astronomy: The Sky at Night View details

This practical introduction to stargazing explores the movements of the stars and planets in the night sky. It will cover the familiar constellations, the Zodiac, the Milky Way and the concept of magnitude which governs what we can see with the naked eye. The use of binoculars and of a small telescope will also feature and an observational evening is planned during the course.

Astronomy: The Modern Universe View details

We will look at the evolution of stars and the theories of the history and possible future of the universe. We will also examine the information coming back from space probes studying the planets.

Human Disease: From the Black Death to the Obesity Epidemic View details

Mankind is subject to periodic outbursts of disease that in addition to causing widespread misery, terror and death may profoundly affect the course of history. This course will look at the underlying causes, the effects on the afflicted, the purported remedies (until recently often bizarre and ineffective) and the social impacts of some of the most catastrophic human ailments. In wealthy countries the most important health issues are now caused by non-communicable diseases. Whereas in poorer, developing countries communicable (infectious) diseases are still much more important causes of illness and death. We will consider the reasons for these differences and the prospects for future change.

Introduction to Astronomy View details

To identify and locate the key astronomical objects visible in the northern hemisphere, including the Moon, planets, brighter stars, the major constellations, nebulae and galaxies. • To understand how the motion of the Earth affects our view of these astronomical objects • To learn about how the solar system formed, the differences between the planets in our solar system, and our current understanding of exo-planets. • To understand how the universe formed into the galaxies and stars we see today.

Introduction to Astronomy View details

To identify and locate the key astronomical objects visible in the northern hemisphere, including the Moon, planets, brighter stars, the major constellations, nebulae and galaxies. • To understand how the motion of the Earth affects our view of these astronomical objects • To learn about how the solar system formed, the differences between the planets in our solar system, and our current understanding of exo-planets. • To understand how the universe formed into the galaxies and stars we see today.

Life: What is it, Where Does it come From and Where is it Going? View details

Biology is a rapidly advancing science and the findings of modern biology challenge many of our most cherished assumptions about life as a special, privileged domain and they undermine the view of humans as a species endowed with unique properties occupying a central place in the natural world. This course will introduce the key ideas of modern biology and explore the implications for the understanding of life, ourselves and the future of our species. Topics to be presented and discussed will include; difficulties with defining life, what living things are made of and how they ‘work’, cells and tissues, change and evolution, origins of life, possibilities of life on other worlds and how life itself may become extinct. In addition to general principles we will look at specific organisms drawn from the microbial, plant and animal kingdoms to see how they live, how they differ and how they interact to make up the complicated web of life on earth.

Mysteries of the Universe View details

Astronomy is a very dynamic subject - new research results come to light which cause scientists to re-examine some of our ideas about the universe. We will consider some of the problems currently forcing astronomers to scratch their collective heads: e.g. what is dark matter? Is there any evidence for its existence? Is there something not quite right about our understanding of gravity? That's just one example. We will also study topics where there is more certainty such as the planets and stars you can see in the autumn sky.

Nutrition and Health: Science, Food and Marketing View details

In one way or another we are all practical nutritionists, from a bewildering choice of foods and surrounded by often complex dietary advice and confusing, sometimes misleading, advertising we choose what to eat and how much to eat. The subject of nutrition includes aspects of biology, medicine, sociology, economics and more, it is a fascinating, controversial and evolving subject. This course will introduce the basics of nutrition science in relation of everyday foods and provide information and insights to help navigate the maze of media and marketing stories about foods, diets and health. We will discuss how food manufacturers, government and the media use and misuse nutrition science and how nutrition related messages are devised, regulated and delivered. This course will not tell you what to eat and what not to eat, the aim is to help you make better informed choices and be a more critical consumer of foods and their health related messages.