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Influenza: A case study Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

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Influenza: A case study

This free course, Influenza: A case study, explores the biology of influenza, covering a range of topics including: the virus, infection, replication, mutation, immune responses, pathology, surveillance, diagnosis and treatment.

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6 hrs
Exploring communications technology free course icon Level 2 icon

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Exploring communications technology

This free course, Exploring communications technology, looks at some of the principles underpinning communications technology. It looks at the properties of signals and media (such as optical fibre and radio waves), error control, data compression, and the principles of 4G mobile communications, wi-fi and DSL broadband.

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10 hrs
Basic science: understanding experiments free course icon Level 1 icon

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Basic science: understanding experiments

This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry and biology experiments.

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12 hrs
Gene therapy Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Gene therapy

Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this free course, Gene therapy, looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two approaches to gene therapy are discussed: correcting genes involved in causing illness; and using genes to treat disorders. Before closing on a discussion of the issues around 'designer babies' somatic gene therapy and germline gene therapy are discussed.

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4 hrs
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Natural intelligence

One goal of artificial intelligence is to build machines that can operate in the real world, with all its noise and uncertainty. Much of what we want machines to do (see, recognise, navigate, move, coordinate) is already done very well by simple creatures. In this free course, Natural intelligence, we look at how such creatures achieve these goals and start to understand how we can build machines with the same capabilities.

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10 hrs
An introduction to interaction design free course icon Level 2 icon

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An introduction to interaction design

From apps, phones and business systems to wearables, the Web and the Internet of Things, interactive products have become part of everyday life. But how can interactions be designed to best meet their purpose and offer good user experience? This free course, An introduction to interaction design, explores this topic. You will learn: what interaction design is; the importance of user-centred design - with its goals and principles; how interaction design focuses on the characteristics of the user, their activities and environment; and the core activities and methods of the interaction design process.

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10 hrs
Manufacturing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Manufacturing

How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of 'manufacturing'? This free course will introduce manufacturing as a system and will describe some of the many different ways of making products. We will illustrate how the required properties of the materials in a product influence the choice of manufacturing process used.

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20 hrs
Design thinking Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Design thinking

Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure your natural creativity to come up with solutions to all kinds of problems, and have fun in the process too!

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10 hrs
Transport and sustainability Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: S.Potter free course icon Level 2 icon

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Transport and sustainability

This free course, Transport and sustainability, explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can interact to lower the overall impact of transport.

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12 hrs
Can renewable energy power the world? free course icon Level 1 icon

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Can renewable energy power the world?

Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks well cover the physical principles underlying the various renewables, their economics, their environmental impact, their present status and future prospects. When youve completed this free course you should be able to give your own answer to the course question: Can renewable energy power the world?

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24 hrs

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements. This free course, Nutrition: vitamins and minerals, looks at the two main groups of vitamins: the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K; and the water-soluble vitamins, the B group and vitamin C. It also examines the major mineral elements, and the importance of fluid balance in the body.

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10 hrs
Hearing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

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Hearing

Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This free course will enable you to relate what you read to your own sensory experiences and indeed many of the questions asked have exactly that function. This course will be best understood by those with some biological understanding.

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15 hrs
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