Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Predictive Analytics Final Project

Predictive Analytics Final Project The final project brings together the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the MicroMasters programme. You will draw on your knowledge of data analysis techniques to demonstrate your capacity to deal effectively with current job market needs. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate that you can crunch vast amounts of information to gain valuable insight, as well as use a range of approaches for extracting hidden information and building intelligence to assist with decision making. You will also have to independently apply the methods and tools used to address common practical issues faced by data analysts today, and consolidate your understanding of the most effective methodologies used through hands-on experience. This final project will prepare you for a step change in career or set you up to pursue further study.Please note, this course is only available to learners who have successfully completed all 4 MicroMasters courses on the verified track prior to undertaking this course: PA1.1x Introduction to Predictive Analytics PA1.2x Evaluation of Predictive Modelling PA1.3x Statistical Predictive Modelling PA1.4x Machine Learning-Based Predictive Modelling Learners who successfully complete this final course as part of the MicroMasters programme can apply to the on-campus Masters in Business Analytics at the University of Edinburgh. Successful completion of the MicroMasters programme does not guarantee acceptance to the Master’s but, if accepted, the 30 credits awarded from the MicroMasters program will be recognised as credit obtained towards the 180 credits required for the full MSc. Visit the University of Edinburgh Business Analytics Entry Requirements page for more information.

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Long-term Financial Management

Long-term Financial Management Want to be ahead of your competitors? Learn to employ long-term strategic financial management tools to be years ahead of your competitors. Planning for your corporation's financial future brings value to today and tomorrow. An organization’s long-term financial health and success depends on critical financial planning that spans multiple years. This course, part of the Accounting and Financial Management MicroMasters program, explores the long-term financial environment of corporations, including options and futures, capital budgeting, capital structure management, dividend and share re-purchase policies, and investment banking and restructuring. You will learn how financial managers analyze various types of long-term funding sources, including term loans, derivatives, debt an equity securities, and leases. Learners will evaluate alternate policies with regard to financial leverage, capital structure, dividends, and the issuance of preferred stock. You will examine mergers, leveraged buyouts, and divestitures as special situations to create value.This course is part of the Accounting and Financial Management MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Accounting and Financial Management. See the MicroMasters program page for more information.

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Financial Programming and Policies, Part 2: Program Design

Financial Programming and Policies, Part 2: Program Design In this macroeconomics course, you will improve your skills in macroeconomic policy analysis and learn to design an economic and financial program, using real economic data. The financial programming exercise simulates what IMF (International Monetary Fund) desk economists routinely do in their country surveillance and program work. In the first part of the course (modules 1–7), you will analyze the economic outlook of a country case and then help to build a baseline scenario — namely, a set of projections for the main macroeconomic sectors (real, external, government and monetary) that reflects the analyst’s best guess of what will happen to the economy in the coming year, assuming no policy change. In the second part (modules 8–10), you will learn and discuss how macroeconomic policies can be used to address poor performance and reduce macroeconomic imbalances. We will illustrate the workings of monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies by using a simple Keynesian model of an open economy. In the final module you will design an IMF–supported lending program scenario for our country case. Financial Programming and Policies, Part 2 is offered by the IMF with financial support from the Government of Japan.

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Qualitative Research Methods: Conversational Interviewing

Qualitative Research Methods: Conversational Interviewing This short course is adapted from a semester length graduate level course taught at MIT covering Qualitative Research Methods. This online course will focus specifically on teaching how to prepare for and conduct a conversational interview for data gathering purposes. We will also discuss the nature of qualitative research as a methodology, how it compares and differs from other forms of research, and how qualitative and quantitative research complement each other in a research project. This is the first in a multi-part series which will be released over the coming year, which will focus on Conversational Interviewing, Data Analysis, and Constructing Theory. You might have encountered other forms of interview techniques in your studies and training. The form that we are teaching is the preferred method of Professor Silbey's, one that she has used extensively throughout her career. The goal is to construct an interview protocol such that you will be able to guide your interviewee through topics of interest to your study without bringing them up explicitly, in order to explore experiences and accounts without pointing respondents in particular directions. Not sure what an interview protocol is? No problem! You will by the end of the course.

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Shakespeare's Life and Work

Shakespeare's Life and Work How do we read Shakespeare? Do his plays belong to the past, or the present? To a famed dramatic genius or to readers and audiences around the globe? What do his plays really mean?Moving between the world in which Shakespeare lived and the present day, this course will introduce different kinds of literary analysis that you can use when reading Shakespeare. With short videos filmed on location in England and readings covering topics like Shakespeare's contemporaries and the politics of modern performance, you will learn a range of critical tool that you can use to unlock the meaning and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays.Join us as we visit Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born in 1564; London, the lively city where he began as an actor; and the Globe Theater, where his first plays were performed. This journey through Shakespeare’s life will transport you to another era and will give you a new perspective on his timeless work.

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Managing Disruptive Change

Managing Disruptive Change Disruption is simultaneously the greatest threat and the biggest opportunity for any business. While some companies proactively manage this potential risk and leverage it to further grow their business, others fall behind by not acknowledging the profound impact that this type of change might have.This course helps you to get in the driver seat by teaching you a structured approach to respond to disruptive change through targeted actions:Identify emerging disruptions early on Why do companies get disrupted in the first place? What are potential sources of disruption? What are disruption patterns that can be spotted? Proactively manage disruptions to leverage them as an opportunity What are potential ways to handle disruptions? How strong is the disruption and what kind of impact might it have on my business? What are generalizable action patterns that I can transfer to other contexts? We put special emphasis on the use of real-life case studies and tutorials to ensure practical relevance and help you prepare for actual situations. This course prepares you for a position at the interface of technology and management, going beyond the operational scope to take a more strategic perspective.After completing this course you will improve your career qualifications as Business Development Manager, Change Manager or Innovation Manager. Professionals from the industries of IT Management, Mechanical Engineering, Marketing Consulting and Project Coordination already completed the course.This course is part of the "Managing Technology & Innovation: How to deal with disruptive change" MicroMasters program designed to teach the critical skills needed to be successful in this exciting field. In order to qualify for the MicroMasters Credential, you will need to earn a Verified Certificate in each of the six courses of the RWTHx MicroMasters program.

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Irrigation Efficiency: more food with less water

Irrigation Efficiency: more food with less water How can we meet the demands of our ever hungrier and thirstier world? Irrigation water uses 70% of the fresh water extraction worldwide to produce 40% of the food. Arid countries are dependent on these crop production systems but irrigation is usually operated at low efficiency. There is great potential to increase food output per drop of water from field through farm up to catchment level. In this intermediate course you will learn about the irrigation supply chain, from water sources to root zone. First, you’ll learn to calculate the amount of water plants need to produce a healthy and plentiful crop. You will then see how this water is supplied to the roots and how it gets to the field from the source.We’ll see how efficiency influences the design and operation of both the water application and conveyance components of irrigation systems.  Towards the end we will explore a number of real-world systems including drip irrigation and surface irrigation. Together with experts in irrigation we will see different perspectives on efficiency.As you progress through the course, you will understand the drivers of irrigation efficiency for irrigators, water users and communities. This will allow you to see efficiency at the scale of the entire water resource, taking a more holistic view of water flows, water losses and possible water savings. At this stage in the course we’ll invite you to talk about a system in your country and apply this holistic water resource view.Equipped with this knowledge you will be prepared to start producing more food with less water.The course is run by KU Leuven in Belgium which has a long-standing tradition of teaching water resources subjects. Together the instructors have several decades of teaching experience in irrigation and water resources. The course is accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds, as long as they have the prerequisite knowledge. It will be especially beneficial to individuals involved in irrigation projects who can put the techniques and ideas discussed into practice.

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Animation and CGI Motion

Animation and CGI Motion How do you create realistic animations? How do you predict the motion of materials? It’s key to the success of animated films to ensure (was insure) audiences believe in characters. This course will show you how to create lifelike animations focusing on the technical aspects of CGI animation and also give you a glimpse into how studios approach the art of physically-based animation. You will learn the fundamental concepts of physical simulation, including: integration of ordinary differential equations such as those needed to predict the motion of a dress in the wind. formulation of models for physical phenomena such as crumpling sheet metal and flowing water. treatment of discontinuities such as fractures and collisions. simulation of liquids and solids in both Lagrangian and Eulerian coordinates. artistic control of physically-based animations. These concepts will be put into practice in the programming assignments spanning: Discretizing and integrating Newton’s equations of motion Constrained Lagrangian Mechanics Collisions, contact, and friction: detection and response Continuum mechanics Finite elements Rigid body simulation Thin shell and cloth simulation Elastic rod and hair simulation Fluid simulation

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing

Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing Creating prototypes puts a proposed solution into action. In this course, you will learn the value of prototypes and user testing as critical components of the design thinking process. You will examine case studies to understand the iterative process of prototyping and discover how new products and ideas can emerge as a result. As part of the Design Thinking MicroMasters program, you will study how to analyze and implement the results of user testing to ensure your solution can fully benefit from this inclusive and innovative process. Best practices for evaluating solutions will also be covered, including surveys, user evaluations, focus groups and interviews.

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Formal Software Verification

Formal Software Verification Want to gain software quality skills used in mission critical systems? Modeling checking, symbolic execution and formal methods are techniques that are used for mission critical systems where human life depends upon the system working correctly. In this course, part of the Software Testing and Verification MicroMasters program, you will learn how to perform these techniques. The concepts from this course can be applied to any programming language and testing software.This course is part of the Software Testing and Verification MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Information Technology with a specialization in Software Engineering without any application process or testing. See the MicroMasters program page for more.

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Supply Chain Technology and Systems

Supply Chain Technology and Systems There are underlying fundamental principles and concepts that apply to all supply chains, which can be expressed in relatively straightforward models. However, to actually implement them across a real supply chain requires the use of technology across multiple systems. Supply chains have a long history of using technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness. The shear scale and scope of most supply chains require many distinct systems to interact with each other. Unfortunately, technology is a moving target. It is constantly evolving and improving so that today’s technology is outdated within a few years or months. Rather than focusing on a specific software system, this business and management course will focus on three aspects: fundamental concepts, core systems, and data analysis. We will start with the introduction of fundamental concepts that are used in all software tools. We will cover IT fundamentals, including project management and software processes, data modeling, UML, relational databases and SQL. We will also introduce Internet technologies, such as XML, web services, and service-oriented architectures. No prior programming experience required. We will then provide an overview of the main types of supply chain software including ERP, WMS, and TMS systems. We will describe their main functionality, how they work, how they are used, their architecture, data flows, and how they are organized into modules. We will also cover the software selection process and how software upgrade and implementation projects should be organized and managed. Finally, we will dive into data analysis that is core to all large supply chains. We will introduce visualization and big data analysis techniques that are used in practice today.

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Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Solar Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems In this course you will learn how to turn solar cells into full modules; and how to apply full modules to full photovoltaic systems.The course will widely cover the design of photovoltaic systems, such as utility scale solar farms or residential scale systems (both on and off the grid). You will learn about the function and operation of various components including inverters, batteries, DC-DC converters and their interaction with both the modules and the grid.After learning about the components, you will be able to correctly apply them during main design steps taken when planning a real PV installation with excellent performance and reliability.Through modelling, you will gain a deeper understanding of PV systems performance for different solar energy applications, and proficiency in estimating the energy yield of a client's potential system.This course is part of the Solar Energy Engineering MicroMasters Program designed to cover all physics and engineering aspects of photovoltaics: photovoltaic energy conversion, technologies and systems.

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Anatomy: Gastrointestinal, Reproductive and Endocrine Systems

Anatomy: Gastrointestinal, Reproductive and Endocrine Systems In this anatomy course, part of the Anatomy XSeries, you’ll learn about the various digestive, endocrine, and reproductive organs, their functions, and pathways of nerves and blood vessels serving these organs. Clinical correlations and vignettes will be used to highlight the importance of these anatomical structures and their relationships. Images and videos from cadaveric and artistic materials will be used to illustrate these concepts.

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Inspiring and Motivating Arts and Culture Teams

Inspiring and Motivating Arts and Culture Teams Offered by the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in collaboration with National Arts Strategies, this course focuses on equipping leaders in the cultural sector with the critical skills for inspiring employee engagement and performance while motivating people to adjust behavior and embrace change. You will learn how to create a shared vision for your team and effectively communicate it to your teammates. You will also learn how to set effective goals and expectations in a way that best enables your team to attain the shared vision. Finally, you will understand the most important needs and drivers of performance across cultures, and will learn to align rewards with desired behaviors so that your teammates are motivated to attain the team’s objectives. Motivation represents a crucial challenge for contemporary organizations. A recent Gallup poll revealed that only 13% of workers worldwide exhibit high levels of engagement and motivation. We will show you why these motivation problems are not simply due to a “bad” or “unmotivated” team member. Rather, motivation is very much driven by what work conditions we create for our teammates, how we structure goals and objectives, and how we reward people for the accomplishment of those goals. This course will help you diagnose and solve motivation problems so that you can bring out the best in your people. This course features lessons from both University of Michigan, Ross School of Business faculty and practitioners in the arts and culture field. Leaders such as Franci Phelan (Kennedy Center), Aaron Dworkin (UM School of Music, Theatre and Dance) and Tim Cynova (Fractured Atlas) share their stories on effective leadership and HR practices in the cultural sector.

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Finance Essentials

Finance Essentials Want to study for an MBA but are unsure of basic financial concepts? This business and management course prepares you for studying finance in an MBA program and in business generally. You will learn key financial topics such as present value, Internal Rate of Return (IRR), capital budgeting, equity, bonds, diversification, portfolio choice and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), all of which are often discussed and explored in great detail in MBA programs across the globe as well as everyday business operations. A completely online course, you can work wherever and whenever you choose: at home, in the workplace, at a library, coffee shop or even while travelling (with the appropriate network access). This course employs a ‘supported learning’ model. To help you achieve the optimum learning outcomes from this module, Imperial College Business School provides access to an expert online tutor who will support you through the learning materials and associated activities. No previous financial knowledge is needed. Join us as you start your journey into the world of finance for management.

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