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OpenLearn Live: 4th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 4th February 2016 Creative commons image JschneiderWiki under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2016
The other Anne Hathaway; a new name for McGraw Hill and increasing levels of bottled water. Then more free learning through the day.

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: How to Manage a Boardroom

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: How to Manage a Boardroom Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime New content
Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
How do corporations make decisions and what is the relationship between executives and shareholders? Peter Bloom explores the impact that the...

The Bottom Line: Winter 2015-16

The Bottom Line: Winter 2015-16 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC New content
Updated 25 Jan 2016
The Bottom Line returns with a new series from The Open University and the BBC, presented by Evan Davis.

OpenLearn Live: 11th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 11th January 2016 Creative commons image Stephencdickson under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
Reaction and context following the death of David Bowie - including his influence on the net and financial markets; plus who is entering the public...

How can governments ensure their cybersecurity is strong?

How can governments ensure their cybersecurity is strong? Creative commons image Tom Gill under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Jan 2016
The state government of Michigan has adopted a response to potential digital attacks that provide a useful model, explains Brian Nussbaum.

When is the best time to buy plane tickets?

When is the best time to buy plane tickets? Copyright free image Copyright free: Arivaran
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Dec 2015
Myths and systems claiming to help you get the best possible deal on airline tickets abound. But what's the truth? How should you time your...

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children Copyrighted image Copyright: Michalakis Ppalis | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Beyond the tabloid-fuelled rage at Playboy products apparently aimed at children is a much more nuanced relationship with the Bunny brand.

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks

Fracking: Is it possible to persuade the public that the benefits outweigh the risks Creative commons image Kate Ausburn under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2015
Communities across the UK (and beyond) have come together to protest against fracking in their areas. But there are strong economic imperatives...

OpenLearn Live: 4th December 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Dec 2015
How do you celebrate Ramadan in space? How do teams decide to take big risks? Then more free learning through the day.

Small Business Saturday and The Open University Business School

Small Business Saturday and The Open University Business School Creative commons image Government of Alberta under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Dec 2015
The annual celebration of the businesses which power the economy takes place each December - and the OUBS is proud to support the event.

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Challenges in advanced management accounting

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It...

Developing your skills as an HR professional

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Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Developing your skills as an HR professional, will help you to develop some of the skills you will need to be effective as an HR...

Creating an ethical organisation

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Businesses are increasingly making explicit their commitment to dealing with ethical concerns. This free course, Creating an ethical organisation,...

Environmental factors and organisations

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Environmental factors and organisations Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
The interactions of business with the non-commercial environment are under increasing scrutiny. This free course, Environmental factors and...

Financial accounting and reporting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
This free course, Financial accounting and reporting, discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making...

Choosing a human resources consultant

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Human resources consultancies have become invaluable to businesses looking for improvements and efficiencies in their operations. This free course,...

Investment risk

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Risk, in a financial context, is a synonym for uncertainty. This free course will allow those with some background knowledge of the area to explore...

Implementing the project

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Day-to-day monitoring of a project is essential to ensure that work is progressing according to the plan, and it will often be necessary to review...

The financial markets context

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
How do financial markets match providers with users, and how efficiently does the market determine prices? Can investors rely on notoriously...

Strategic view of performance

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Jan 2016
Strategic management and planning are no longer the preserve of senior executives. This free course, Strategic view of performance, looks at three...

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
The Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League Trust - will...

Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services

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Certificate in Professional Practice in Delivering Public Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
This certificate course is designed to give professional recognition to employees working in public service delivery. Developed in partnership with...

BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football)

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BA (Honours)  Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
Do you want to combine your passion for football with your desire to obtain a business degree? The Open University degree in Business Management ...

Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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Dip HE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
The Open University’s Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) – designed in partnership with the Football League...

Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
This certificate will introduce you to business and management and help you to develop the skills required for further study in this area. The...

Professional Certificate in Management

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Professional Certificate in Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 700 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, the Professional Certificate in Management is for...