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University of Birmingham program

Good Brain, Bad Brain

Explore the key concepts of the human brain with this flexible program of online courses from the University of Birmingham.

Good Brain, Bad Brain

Explore the human brain, for CPD or as a gateway to further study

This program of three online courses introduces the key concepts of the human brain, before exploring the effects that Parkinson’s disease and drugs have on it.

The Good Brain, Bad Brain program is suitable for anyone who wants to know more about the brain: you may be doing your A-levels and considering a neuroscience-related degree; or you may already be working in healthcare and want to learn more as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

Either way, the courses provide a flexible way to learn - they are accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile and delivered in bite-sized chunks.

And when you complete all three courses and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study.

Open program

When you complete all courses, upgrade and earn a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will receive a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study and deeper subject knowledge.

Duration
8 weeks recommended learning
Price
$222 USD (course costs)
Overview
3 courses

What skills will I learn?

The Good Brain, Bad Brain program is suitable for anyone who wants to know more about the brain. By the end, you will be able to:

  • describe the key features of the cells that make up the human nervous system that allow them to carry out their function;
  • explain how the arrangement of these cells within the human brain relates to brain function;
  • describe the defining symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and explain how the pathology seen in Parkinson’s disease leads to these symptoms;
  • explain the rationale behind the currently used treatments for Parkinson’s disease;
  • appreciate the need for new therapies and what our increasing understanding of the neurobiology is telling us about what possible new therapies there might be;
  • and describe the stages of drug discovery and development, from scientists having the first idea to it being used in clinical treatment.

Courses on this program

3 courses

How does our pricing work?

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$222 USD - Course Upgrades

Start learning for free

Yes, there's no obligation to upgrade any of the free courses on your program.

If you do choose to upgrade your courses, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the courses for as long as they exist on FutureLearn
  • Access to tests if the course has any
  • A certificate when you complete the course and score at least 70% on any tests

Please note: In order to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program

How do course upgrades work?

Programs are made up of short courses, some of which you can join for free. If you want to spend more time on the material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get unlimited access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You'll also be granted access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

Please note: In order to take the final assessment, you must upgrade and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

Learn with experts in neuroscience and pharmacology

The Good Brain, Bad Brain program has been developed by the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. On each course, you’ll learn with Alison Cooper - a senior lecturer, specialising in neuroscience and pharmacology.

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