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Frequently asked questions
Do I need to complete all the modules in the course?
While this course is designed to be taken sequentially from Module 1 to Module 4, we recognize that each student has their own individual learning priorities. As a learner, some modules may be more relevant to you than others, so while we hope you will move through the course as it was designed, we encourage you to spend time in the modules that you find most valuable.
In Module 2 we have chosen three InVEST models that span the three primary contexts in which we have designed InVEST to be used: (1) freshwater and terrestrial systems, (2) coastal and marine systems, and (3) urban environments. We chose models that are different from one another. Even if you are not interested in one of these three models, experience running each of them will give you a good foundation for learning any of the other models in the InVEST suite.
Do I need to buy a textbook?
The course is free to take but the certificate of completion cost $50 (USD). Links to download all necessary course materials and tools are provided within each module.
How long should it take to complete this course?
The course is divided into four modules. It should take approximately two to three hours to finish each module and about eight to ten hours to complete the entire course.