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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Recreate an avalanche, dust storm, flood or tornado in the comfort of your own home by watching these short videos investigating extreme weather.

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Tornadoes

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Tornadoes Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Simulate a tornado by watching this short instructional video and understand how this violent whirldwind forms.

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Floods

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Floods Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Create your own mini flood model and unleash the devastation wreaked by lots of rain by following the steps in this video.

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Dust Storms

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Dust Storms Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Cook up a (dust) storm in your own home by participating in this mini science experiment. 

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Avalanches

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Avalanches Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Ever wondered how avalanches occur? This video reveals the science behind this natural disaster.

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? 

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?

Mobile devices and their usefulness to field work

Mobile devices and their usefulness to field work Copyrighted image Credit: Rasica | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 04 Jun 2014
So much more than a telephone, mobile phones can be used for a variety of tasks when undertaking field work.

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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...

The environmental impact of teaching and learning

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The environmental impact of teaching and learning
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit discusses the carbon based environmental impacts of teaching and learning in Higher Education Institutions and introduces a suite of...

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...

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...

Sustainable Scotland

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Sustainable Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Jun 2013
This broad-based unit will introduce you to a number of different aspects of sustainability that impact on Scotland and the wider world. It wil...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes

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Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 15 Aug 2012
This unit is the first in the series of five units that introduce the idea of modelling with mathematics. This unit centres on a mathematical model...

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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 26 Nov 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 26 Nov 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 24 Nov 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 26 Nov 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 26 Nov 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 26 Nov 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 26 Nov 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 26 Nov 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 26 Nov 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 26 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking skills, reviewing and investigating complex situations, and...