Medicine, science and discovery
The Open Association is offering a number of short courses themed around medicine, science and discovery in the 2017–2018 programme. You can read more about each course below or in the Open Association brochure (PDF) .
Please note that for short courses running in both semesters, it is generally not necessary to have taken the first semester’s class in order to participate in Semester 2. Any exceptions to this are indicated in the course description.
Tuesdays, 10am to 12 noon
- Semester 1: 8-week course beginning on Tuesday 10 October 2017
- Semester 2: 8-week course beginning on Tuesday 23 January 2018
Fees: £60 (concessions £55) for one semester
Tutor: Rosalind Garton
This is a series of illustrated talks and practical classes, with two easy outside visits.
The Earth is made of minerals and we depend upon them, for fuels and metals, for building materials and electronics. We shall look at how minerals are made, why they display the properties that they have, how they combine to make the great variety of rocks found on the Earth’s surface, and what use we make of them.
Each semester there will be an outside visit away from the classroom. This year we shall go to the laboratory in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences to look through petrological microscopes at the colourful world of rock-forming minerals, and shall pay a private visit to the National Museum of Scotland to see some of its outstanding mineral collections.
Topics to be covered will include:
- What makes a mineral?
- Identifying rock forming minerals in hand specimen
- The mineralogy of rocks
- Minerals under the petrological microscope
- How to metamorphose a rock
- The “quartz minerals”
- Same atoms – different minerals
- Growing crystals for industry
- What is new in the mineral world?
- Diamonds – more than a girl’s best friend!
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Semester 1: 7-week course beginning on Wednesday 8 November 2017
Fees: £65 (concessions £60)
Venue: North Haugh, School of Physics – Lecture Hall B for lectures and the Observatory for visits.
Tutor: Hongsheng Zhao
“Astrophysics in Animation” is a mixture of six interactive lectures aided by science animations, plus a trip to the Observatory. In the six interactive lectures, we go from near to far, light to darkness, and simple observations to complex theories, covering gravity and motion, new planets and black holes, gravitational waves and Einstein’s theory.
|Wednesday 8 November 2017||Motions, force, energy|
|Thursday 9 November 2017||Newton's gravity and solar system|
|Wednesday 15 November 2017||Observatory trips, coordinates and constellations on the night sky|
|Wednesday 22 November 2017||Aliens and planets beyond Solar System|
|Thursday 23 November 2017||Special relativity and the meaning of time|
|Wednesday 29 November 2017||General relativity with a journey to a black hole|
|Thursday 30 November 2017||A journey out of a black hole riding gravitational waves|
Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm
Semester 1: 8-week course beginning on Thursday 19 October 2017
Fees: £60 (concessions £55)
Tutor: Anthony Butler
Modern medicine has made an enormous difference to the way we live. Many of the cures and therapies now available have come about as the result of the dedicated work of scientists and doctors, and in these classes, some of the stories will be told. The subject matter should be accessible to lay people with no special scientific or medical knowledge. In the second half of each class there will be a discussion of an issue, ethical or strategic, that has arisen during the discourse.
19 October 2017
|Cataracts and lens implants|
26 October 2017
|The cure of malaria|
2 November 2017
|The beginnings of cardiac surgery: the Blalock-Taussig shunt|
9 November 2017
|The search for new antibiotics|
16 November 2017
23 November 2017
|Eradication of river blindness|
30 November 2017
|The coming of anaesthesia|
7 December 2017
|Sunshine and the treatment of TB|
Introduction to Dementia
Tuesdays, 2pm to 4pm
Semester 2: 4-week course beginning on Tuesday 23 January 2018
Fees: £35 (concessions £30)
Tutor: Dr Maggie Ellis
Interest in dementia is growing rapidly, and the topic is relevant to both daily life and in terms of research and its impact on practice.
This course will examine dementia by focusing on the impact on individuals with a diagnosis and those who care for them. Students will examine patterns of both lost and retained cognitive skills in people with dementia. We will then focus on how retained skills can be maximised and how the caregiving experience can be improved for both people living with dementia and their caregivers.
23 January 2018
|Introduction to dementia (what it is, what it is not, different types of the illness)|
30 January 2018
|The impact of dementia on memory|
6 February 2018
|The impact of dementia on communication skills|
13 February 2018
|Maximising retained skills in dementia|