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UC Irvine OpenCourseWare Offers 4 New Courses on iTunes U

The University of California, Irvine OpenCourseWare is now offering four new courses in Public Health, Physics, and Chemistry on iTunes U.

iTunes U provides users with free public access to lectures, videos, books, podcasts, and courses from colleges and universities across the globe. Users can download the content to their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with the iTunes U app.

With these new courses, UC Irvine adds to its already expansive library of 66 courses, 120 video lectures, and more than 1,000 learning assets available through iTunes U.

"iTunes U is a powerful tool because it reaches both national and international audiences, provides self-learners with free UC-quality courses and materials, and furthers our land grant mission to increase universal access to higher education," said Larry Cooperman, director of UC Irvine’s OCW project, in a prepared statement released today. "Within one year, UC Irvine will make the core, undergraduate Chemistry curriculum available openly through channels such as iTunes U."

The four new UC Irvine iTunes U courses are:

  • PubHlth 200: Foundations of Public Health. Created by Oladele Ogunseitan, professor of Public Health and Social Ecology, the course provides learners with the basic framework, principles, and core responsibilities of public health research as well as a foundation for advanced studies in public health.
  • Physics 20b: Introduction to Cosmology. Developed by Professor James Bullock, the course discusses modern scientific cosmology, including stars, the Milky Way galaxy, black holes, dark matter, the big bang, and evidence for our current understanding of the universe.
  • Chem 51A: Organic Chemistry. James Nowick, professor of Chemistry, discusses concepts relating to carbon compounds with an emphasis on structural theory and the nature of chemical bonding, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, and spectroscopic, physical, and chemical properties of the principal classes of these compounds.
  • Chem 203: Organic Spectroscopy. A graduate level chemistry course created by Bullock that discusses organic spectroscopy, including mass spectrometry, ultraviolet, chiroptical, infrared, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

UC Irvine was the first campus in the UC system—and the West Coast institution—to join the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW Consortium), a non-profit association of global OCW publishers. For more information on its Open CourseWare initiative, visit the university's Web site.

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

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