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Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. This unit is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes. You will learn how to interpret... Try: Essay and report writing skills now
Psychological research, obedience and ethics Featuring: Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission5 hours Introductory level
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on obedience conducted by Stanley Milgram, and watch... Try: Psychological research, obedience and ethics now
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles underlying the various renewables, their economics,... Try: Can renewable energy power the world? now
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This unit will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about mathematics. You will also learn how to answer... Try: Language, notation and formulas now
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This unit will give you an insight into how authors create their characters and the settings for their work. You will also... Try: Start writing fiction now
This unit introduces you to a range of different ways of thinking about organisations and approaches to managing the people who work within them. Try: Management: Perspective and practice now
This unit provides an introduction to the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. It also explains the fundamental rules of double-entry bookkeeping and how they are... Try: Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting now
The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle and multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated... Try: Starting with psychology now
Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations whether producing goods or services, or in the private, public or voluntary sectors. This unit will provide you with a... Try: Understanding operations management now
Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This unit will provide you with a general introduction to learning Latin allowing you to assess whether you would like to learn more. You will... Try: Getting started on Classical Latin now
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