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Smoking out the tobacco industry

Smoking out the tobacco industry Creative commons image Credit: Jack Greenmaven under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 11 Apr 2014
With plain packaging now looking a certainty, experts from the OU's Institute for Social Marketing explore the future for the UK tobacco industry.

Understanding the body's response to injury, and the development of trauma centres

Understanding the body's response to injury, and the development of trauma centres Copyrighted image Credit: Viktor Levi | Dreamstime.com
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Feb 2014
How the body responds to physical injury, and the development of specialist centres that treat major trauma victims.

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The business of football

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The business of football Copyrighted image Credit: istockphoto.com/andresrimaging Updated content
Introductory Level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Apr 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
We all know that the heart is very important but what exactly does the heart do? Why is the blood so important? What functions do the lungs perform...

Using numbers and handling data

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Introductory Level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Feb 2014
You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This unit is...

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Signals and perception: the science of the senses

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Signals and perception: the science of the senses Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced Level Duration 300 hours Updated 17 May 2013 Register by 05 Sep 2013
Investigate how we interact with our environment through our senses – using concepts from biology, chemistry, physics and psychology to explore the...

Understanding cancers

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Understanding cancers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory Level Duration 150 hours Updated 17 May 2013 Register by 12 Dec 2013
Gain a basic scientific understanding of cancer – how tumours are formed and spread, risk factors, diagnosis, pathology, prevention, treatment, and...

Understanding the autism spectrum

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Understanding the autism spectrum Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory Level Duration 150 hours Updated 17 May 2013 Register by 10 Oct 2013
An accessible introduction to autism, this course explores principles and problems of diagnosis, possible underlying causes and issues of care,...