11 Courses

Chemistry: Building Blocks of the World

Platform: Open2Study

Institution: Swinburne University of Technology

Started: 22/03/2018

Finished: 11/03/2019

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Why Biology Matters: The Genome and You

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona

Started: 09/01/2023

Finished: 29/01/2023

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Biochemistry: The Molecules of Life

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of East Anglia

Started: 30/06/2018

Finished: 02/07/2018

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Biochemical Principles of Energy Metabolism

Platform: Coursera

Institution: KAIST

Started: 29/06/2021

Finished: 01/07/2021

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The Human Body as a Machine

Platform: Open2Study

Institution: Flinders University

Started: 23/03/2015

Finished: 10/10/2017

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Science of Exercise

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Colorado Border

Started: 17/03/2018

Finished: 01/09/2020 

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The Science of Endurance Training and Performance

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: The University of Kent

Started: 11/11/2022

Finished: 21/11/2022 

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The Musculoskeletal System: The Science of Staying Active into Old Age

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Sheffield, University of Liverpool & Newcastle University

Started: 21/09/2017

Finished: 11/10/2017

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Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Toronto

Started: 15/03/2019

Finished: 20/08/2019

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Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Trinity College Dublin

Started: 21/03/2018

Finished: 21/03/2018

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Biohacking Your Brain's Health

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Emory University

Started: 05/03/2019

Finished: 06/03/2019

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3 Books

Anatomy and Physiology

Platform: Lumen

Institution: Boundless

Started: 17/03/2018

Finished: 07/08/2018

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Doubleday Books

Published: 2019

Started: 14/05/2020

Finished: 31/05/2020

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The Biohacking Manifesto: The Scientific Blueprint for a Long, Healthy and Happy Life using Cutting Edge Anti-Aging and Neuroscience Based Hacks

Author: James Lee

Publisher: Stem Cell Media

Published: 2015

Started: 04/10/2017

Finished: 04/01/2019

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One of the characteristics of a complex system is that you cannot predict its behavior unless you have perfect knowledge of all the variables and how they interact. Even very small errors in measurement of the initial conditions of the system will lead to huge errors in prediction after a little time passes. Therefore, to the extent that the body’s interactions are complex, which they often are, it is unlikely that we can predict how changes in one area will affect a distant area. We might be confident that one will affect the other, but exactly how might be very hard to determine.

Todd Hargrove, The Complexity of Biomechanics, bettermovement.org, 2013

Biology studies the physical structure, chemical processes, molecular interactions, physiological mechanisms, development and evolution of living organisms.

Biomechanics is the science of how muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work together to produce movement in a living body.

Biohacking, or do-it-yourself biology, is concerned with making small, incremental diet or lifestyle changes to achieve improvements in your health and wellbeing, often with the aim of achieving optimum health and performance.

This module came about when I started to more closely study how the human body develops and what makes it function; with the aim of using this information to improve my own health, wellbeing and exercise performance.

Getting into shape was something I invested more and more time into while building my MTA Portfolio. I did this as a part of improving my overall health, but also because I liked the challenge and seeing what my body was capable of doing.

I also became increasingly interested in the concept of biohacking and the more I educated myself about do-it-yourself biology, the more I applied it to my physical and psychological development.