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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
Systems engineering: Challenging complexity Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

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Systems engineering: Challenging complexity

This free course, Systems engineering: Challenging complexity, examines system engineering and why it is important. You will learn to identify and evaluate the importance of relationships within the process and ------ the relative importance of stakeholders. You will also be able to classify a systems engineering project in terms of the balance of demands, choice and constraints.

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25 hrs
Representing and manipulating data in computers Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 2 icon

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Representing and manipulating data in computers

Computers are all around us: in cars, kitchen scales, digital cameras, etc. But how do they store the data they hold? This free course, Representing and manipulating data in computers, will help you to understand how the data in a computer represents something in the outside world. You will also explore how ASCII code and Unicode are used to control data.

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20 hrs
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Structural devices

Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete control over the electrical characteristics of each component they create. This free course, Structural devices, will illustrate how such control is achieved and the various methods that can be applied in differing circumstances.

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20 hrs
Systems thinking and practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 2 icon

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Systems thinking and practice

What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice is in 'seeing' the world in a particular way, because how you 'see' things affects the way you approach situations or undertake specific tasks. This free course will help you to learn about the problems of defining a system and meet some of the key concepts used in systems theory: boundary, environment, positive and negative feedback, etc.

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8 hrs
Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 2 icon

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Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability

This free course, Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision making among stakeholders with different, often contrasting, perspectives on sustainable development in order to generate purposeful action to improve situations of change and uncertainty. You will be encouraged to engage with the concept of sustainable development, and discover and contextualise your own sustainable development beliefs and values.

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15 hrs
Superconductivity Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

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Superconductivity

The fascinating phenomenon of superconductivity and its potential applications has attracted the attention of scientists, engineers and businessmen. Intense research has taken place to discover new superconductors, to understand the physics that underlies the properties of superconductors, and to develop new applications for these materials. In this free course you will read about the history of superconductors, taking a brief look at their properties. You will also learn about modelling the properties of superconductors and the two different types of superconductor that exist today.

Free course
12 hrs
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