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The challenge of invasive alien species

The challenge of invasive alien species Copyrighted image Credit: Jgade | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Dec 2014
Invasive species are a growing challenge: causing damage to species, ecosystems and people.

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Updated 05 Nov 2014
Order your free wild weather poster to accompany the BBC series.

Meerkats as desert specialists

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Meerkats as desert specialists Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 23 Oct 2014
Meerkats are often associated with the Kalahari sands and, over time, have become highly adapted to the desert conditions. 

Endangered green turtles

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Endangered green turtles Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 23 Oct 2014
Many green turtles come to nest on Raine Island but, for some, says Dr Andrew Dunstan, it is literally an uphill struggle. 

Mating choices of Japanese macaques

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Mating choices of Japanese macaques Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 22 Oct 2014
How female macaques choose their mating partners is the focus of Dr Michael Huffman's research.

Kangaroo friendships

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Kangaroo friendships Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 22 Oct 2014
Just as humans benefit from friendships, kangaroos also enjoy being part of a social network, PhD student Emily Best explains.

Raising humpback whale calves

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Raising humpback whale calves Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 21 Oct 2014
Among the Hawaiian islands, researcher Dr Rachel Cartwright observes humpback whales and their calves in their breeding area.

Weaver bird nests

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Weaver bird nests Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 21 Oct 2014
Dr Dieter Oschadleus explains how and why weaver birds build their nests the way they do.

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Oct 2014
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Environmental management and organisations

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Environmental management and organisations
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jun 2014
It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This is the fifth and final unit in the series on mathematical modelling. In this unit we revisit the model developed in the first unit of this...

Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Artur Marciniec/Alamy
Masters level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 May 2014
This unit begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the major sources of water pollution (these being sewage works,...

Managing coastal environments

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Managing coastal environments Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
Coastal environments are by their nature ever-changing. This unit looks at the example of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, England, describing how...

Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems

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Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
What is ecology and why is it important to our understanding of the world around us? This unit looks at how we can study ecosystems to explore the...

Neighbourhood nature

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Neighbourhood nature Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 31 Oct 2013
There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know how to look for it. Wherever you live, be it in a city or the...

Transport and sustainability

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Transport and sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: S.Potter
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can interact to lower the overall impact of...

iSpot: Sharing nature

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iSpot: Sharing nature Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit provides a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in nature. It will give you the opportunity to learn more about wildlife, and to...

Water for life

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Water for life Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up our world, including ourselves. In this unit you will learn the...

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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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
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...

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) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. Our...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

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...

Innovation: designing for change

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Innovation: designing for change Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This project-based module looks at how successful innovations emerge, and how innovation can be directed towards ensuring a socially, economically...

Environmental management 2

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Environmental management 2 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking skills, reviewing and investigating complex situations, and...