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Tay Bridge disaster Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

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Tay Bridge disaster

The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was carried out, including numerous witnesses, experts and reports. Were the high winds that night to blame, or were poor design or mechanical failure at fault? This free course re-examines some of the original evidence from the Tay Bridge disaster.

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20 hrs
Systems diagramming Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Systems diagramming

Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This free course, Systems diagramming, looks at how diagrams can be used to represent information and ideas about complex situations. You will learn how to read, draw and present diagrams to help illustrate how ideas or processes are connected.

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12 hrs
Systems practice: Managing sustainability Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 2 icon

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Systems practice: Managing sustainability

This free course, Systems practice: Managing sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision making amongst stakeholders with different, often contrasting, perspectives on sustainable development in order to generate purposeful action to improve situations of change and uncertainty. You will learn about systems practice for managing sustainable development, and find out how 'learning systems' are designed for purposeful action in the domain of sustainable development.

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15 hrs
Ratio, proportion and percentages Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Ratio, proportion and percentages

From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course is designed to help you become more familiar with how figures can be manipulated, then you can check whether that discount really is as big as they claim!

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5 hrs
Squares, roots and powers Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Squares, roots and powers

From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free course reviews the basics of all three and also describes scientific notation, which is a convenient way of writing or displaying large numbers.

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5 hrs
Prices Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Prices

This free course, Prices, looks at a wide variety of ways of comparing prices and the construction of a price index. You will also look at the Retail Price Index (RPI) and the Consumer Price Index (CPI), indices used by the UK Government to calculate the percentage by which prices in general have risen over any given period. You will also look at the important statistical and mathematical ideas that contribute to the construction of a price index.

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20 hrs
Successful IT systems Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Exdez/Getty Images free course icon Level 3 icon

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Successful IT systems

Information technology (IT) systems are a critical part of our world, in business and the public and voluntary sectors. They are often highly complex and interconnected combinations of technology, organisations and people. Success and failure of IT systems can be seen in many different settings. Many are highly successful; others fail, sometimes spectacularly. This free course focuses on success, to help you understand what is meant by a successful IT system.

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9 hrs
Data and processes in computing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 2 icon

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Data and processes in computing

This free course, Data and processes in computing, will help you to understand the forms of data that are handled by software and look at the various processes that can be applied to the data. These ideas are demonstrated through the use of a supermarket till and illustrate how simple data sets can be manipulated.

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14 hrs
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Introduction to computational thinking

You will learn about algorithms and abstraction in this free course, Introduction to computational thinking, and encounter some applications of computational thinking in various disciplines, ranging from biology and physics to economics and sport science.

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12 hrs
Safari - skills accessing, finding and reviewing information Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Safari - skills accessing, finding and reviewing information

We constantly need to find and use information, not only in the academic world but also in the course of our everyday lives and work. This free course, Safari skills accessing, finding and reviewing information, will take you through the process of finding information from various sources, organising it effectively and citing it when necessary.

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15 hrs
Exploring distance time graphs Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Exploring distance time graphs

Graphs are a common way of presenting information. However, like any other type of representation, graphs rely on shared understandings of symbols and styles to convey meaning. Also, graphs are normally drawn specifically with the intention of presenting information in a particularly favourable or unfavourable light, to convince you of an argument or to influence your decisions. This free course, Exploring distance time graphs, will enable you to explain, construct, use and interpret distance-time graphs.

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12 hrs
Systems modelling Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Systems modelling

Maps and plans, architects and engineers, drawings, graphs and tables: all are models we use in everyday life. This free course, Systems modelling, will introduce you to the modelling process, enabling you to recognise that systems models may be used in different ways as part of a process for: improving understanding of a situation; identifying problems or formulating opportunities and supporting decision making.

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4 hrs
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