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The Great Fall: Business impact

The Great Fall: Business impact Creative commons image Credit: Schmidt under CC-BY-SA-3.0-de license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
What was the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall on business in Europe?   

Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk?

Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk? Creative commons image Credit: Mark Roy under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Oct 2014
Peer-to-peer lending is being seen as an alternative to the inactivity of traditional banking but would you be willing to play the banker role?...

Capitalism: Beyond repair or awaiting a fix?

Capitalism: Beyond repair or awaiting a fix? Creative commons image Credit: Dominic Alves under CC-BY licence
Duration 15 mins Updated 03 Oct 2014
The 2008 financial crisis still thrums underneath political debate six years on - have we missed a chance to rework capitalism? Does it even need...

Hard Evidence: what do SMEs think about #indyref?

Hard Evidence: what do SMEs think about #indyref? Creative commons image Credit: Stuart Antony under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Sep 2014
With banking giant RBS announcing they'd quit an independent Scotland, a recent survey shows the opinion of smaller businesses.

The energy dilemma

The energy dilemma Creative commons image Credit: Lee Haywood under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
How can the Government balance voter and industry expectations of the energy market in the lead up to the next election? 

Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 01 Aug 2014
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

What happens when you try to put a value on everything?

What happens when you try to put a value on everything? Copyrighted image Credit: King Ho Yim | Dreamstime.com
Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
Should we downgrade statistics' triple-a rating? Has the rush to put a figure on everything had a negative impact on how we do politics?

Small Data: Changes in the basket of items measuring inflation, 2004-2014

Small Data: Changes in the basket of items measuring inflation, 2004-2014 Creative commons image Credit: Andrew Eadie under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Updated 17 Jun 2014
Each year, the Office of National Statistics tweaks the contents of the baskets used to track inflation. What gets added or dropped tells how our...

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Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Stakeholders in marketing and finance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in...

Organisations and management accounting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 22 May 2014
This OpenLearn study unit examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure. Organisational objectives and...

Financial accounting and reporting

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 May 2014
This unit discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting...

Introducing corporate finance

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 03 Mar 2014
This unit introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains the different functions of money and the...

Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting

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Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Jan 2014
This unit provides an introduction to the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. It also explains the fundamental...

Understanding and managing risk

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Understanding and managing risk
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The unit provides an introduction to financial risk management. The processes of risk identification, risk measurement and risk management are...

The financial markets context

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The financial markets context Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 4 hours Updated 19 Jul 2012
How do financial markets match providers with users, and how efficiently does the market determine prices? Can investors rely on notoriously...

You and your money

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You and your money Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 Apr 2012
An important aspect of personal finance is the way individuals and households manage their debt, how much it costs and the different types of...

Understanding the environment: Learning and communication

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Understanding the environment: Learning and communication
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 13 Jul 2011
The Euro was first adopted as a currency in 1999, but what impact has it had on the European economy? This unit looks at the key developments in...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
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...

Professional Certificate in Accounting

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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Credit: iStock Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 23 Jan 2015
This short course will give you a good grounding in double-entry bookkeeping and the production of basic financial statements, and an introduction...

Managing 2: marketing and finance - online version

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Managing 2: marketing and finance - online version Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 05 Mar 2015
This practical course from our Professional Certificate in Management programme covers topics in marketing and finance through activities and...

Personal investment in an uncertain world

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Personal investment in an uncertain world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explores some of the concepts that underpin investment planning and examines how investment planning decisions are affected by economic uncertainty.