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Unclear about nuclear? free course icon Level 1 icon

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Unclear about nuclear?

Young people (18+) who are interested in but unsure about entering the nuclear industry will find assistance in this free course, Unclear about nuclear? It will help develop their understanding of nuclear energy, improve their study and maths skills in a nuclear context and aid them in investigating further training (within and beyond the OU) or employment opportunities in the nuclear industry.

Free course
20 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Internet of everything

The internet of everything (IoE) is the networked connection of people, process, data and things. As more people, data and things come online, we develop processes to harness the vast amounts of information being generated by all these connected people and things. The goal of this free course is to introduce you to fundamental concepts and technologies that enable the IoE and the internet of things.

Free course
15 hrs
Technology Evaluation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

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Technology Evaluation

The aim of this free course, Technology Evaluation, is to provide you with the knowledge you need to develop and work with forms of evaluation that take full account of the contextual, conceptual and theoretical factors that underpin, inform and shape the evaluation and assessment of technology and technology-intensive projects and programmes.

Free course
20 hrs
Sound for music technology: An introduction Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Sound for music technology: An introduction

Whether you're a professional musician, play music with your friends on the weekends or just like to listen to CDs, music technology affects your life. In this free course, Sound for music technology: An introduction, you will learn some of the basics of music technology, starting with what sound is, how it is created and how it travels.

Free course
20 hrs
Theories in Technology Evaluation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

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Theories in Technology Evaluation

This free course, Theories in Technology Evaluation, is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and assessment. It introduces theories and paradigms that play important roles in how we design, conduct and use evaluations and assessments, and deals with the thorny issue of participation in evaluation.

Free course
20 hrs
Mosquito resistance to insecticides Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: RolfAasa free course icon Level 3 icon

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Mosquito resistance to insecticides

Learn about how allele frequency can change rapidly in a population in response to selective pressure by considering how evolutionary change can occur in insects that are exposed to insecticides. This free course, Mosquito resistance to insecticides, further demonstrates how traits that are advantageous in one environment can have effects that are disadvantageous in other environments, a situation known as a trade-off.

Free course
3 hrs

Science, Maths & Technology 

General principles of cellular communication

Learn about how cells sense and respond to extrinsic stimuli, a capacity that allows them to communicate with each other and to respond to changes in their environment. This free course, General principles of cellular communication, explains cell signalling pathways in general terms and identifies some of the universal characteristics of signalling pathway components.

Free course
8 hrs
Managing virtual project teams Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Rawpixel/iStockphoto.com free course icon Level 3 icon

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Managing virtual project teams

Many projects are now ‘virtual’, i.e. some or all of the team are located remotely and may be working in different time zones. The project manager needs all the traditional soft skills, and more. This free course, Managing virtual project teams, looks at knowledge and techniques which underpin team selection and then consider the additional expertise needed to manage teams in a virtual environment.

Free course
8 hrs
Project governance and Project Management Office (PMO) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © iStock.com / Rawpixel free course icon Level 3 icon

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Project governance and Project Management Office (PMO)

Whether a project is large or small, innovative or similar to other projects, governance and administrative support will be needed. The type of governance, and level of support, will vary considerably between projects of different types and complexity. This course, Project governance and Project Management Office (PMO), considers project governance and how we can tell if it is effective. Project administration may range from informal support to a dedicated PMO. We look at the tasks and support which a project manager might need and, if there is a PMO, how this fits with the relationship between project manager and the organisation.

Free course
7 hrs

Science, Maths & Technology 

Information security

Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of enterprises of all sizes and the effectiveness of public sector organisations. This free course begins by explaining why information security and its management are important for any modern organisation and to every individual. You need to be familiar with an organisation, such as your employer, to study this course.

Free course
10 hrs
Numbers: Getting to grips with division Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Numbers: Getting to grips with division

Do you want to improve your ability to divide one number into another, especially if decimals are involved, without having to rely on a calculator? This free course, Numbers: Getting to grips with division, will help you understand division and give you some practice in doing it.

Free course
1 hr
Gene testing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Gene testing

This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such tests provide genetic information in the form of a predictive diagnosis, and as such are described as predictive tests. Pre-natal diagnosis uses techniques such as amniocentesis to test fetuses in the womb. For example, it is commonly offered to women over 35 to test for Down's syndrome. Childhood testing involves testing children for genetic diseases that may not become a problem until they grow up, and adult testing is aimed at people at risk of late-onset disorders, which do not appear until middle age. In addition, we address some of the issues involved in carrier testing, another predictive test. This involves the testing of people from families with a history of genetic disease, to find out who carries the gene, and who therefore might pass the disease onto their children even though they themselves are unaffected. Here the aim is to enable couples to make informed choices about whether or not to have children, and if so whether they might have a genetic disease studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up, the course moves on to look at the importance of protein and how they are digested and absorbed.

Free course
4 hrs
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