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OU on the BBC: More or Less

OU on the BBC: More or Less Copyrighted image Credit: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 19 Dec 2014
BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics returns.

Science behind the lens

Science behind the lens Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Dec 2014
Do you find yourself screaming at the screen in frustration when Hollywood films get the science wrong? 

Photographing Orion

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Introductory level Updated 12 Dec 2014
Space scientist, Professor Monica Grady, gives us some tips on photographing Orion in this short video. 

What's the difference between astronomy and astrology?

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Introductory level Updated 11 Dec 2014
Phillipa Smith, research student from the Department of Physical Science, explains the difference between these similar sounding words. 

Will there be a Silk Road 3.0?

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Updated 28 Nov 2014
After the Silk Road there was Silk Road 2.0, and now that’s gone. Will there be a Silk Road 3.0?

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense Copyrighted image Credit:
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2014
Scapegoating Facebook for the murder of Lee Rigby is wrong and is being used for political gains, writes Ray Corrigan.

Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals

Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Nov 2014
Enabling the police to identify who is using a digital device at any time won't catch up with the more advanced criminals, writes Andrew Smith....

Everything you've ever wondered about Tor

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Updated 25 Nov 2014
We shine the light on the pros and cons of using Tor, a highly secure method of sending and receiving information across the Internet.

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Personal development planning for engineering

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Personal development planning for engineering Copyright free image Credit: iStock New content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
An introduction to Personal Development Planning and career development planning in the context of developing as a professional engineer. In...

Moons

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Moons
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 06 Nov 2014
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

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.

An introduction to software development

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Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Software development is the practice of organising the design and construction of software, the beating heart of much technology fundamental to our...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify...

Language, notation and formulas

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Language, notation and formulas Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Sep 2014
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This unit will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about...

Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Sep 2014
This unit is an easy introduction to some of the issues both in data privacy and computer forensics - with a few easily available tools people can...

Introduction to computational thinking

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Introduction to computational thinking
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Jun 2014
You will learn about algorithms and abstraction, and encounter some applications of computational thinking in various disciplines, ranging from...

Modelling heat transfer

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Modelling heat transfer Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This unit is the fourth in the series of five units on mathematical modelling. In this unit you will be taken through the whole modelling process...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

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 in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level if you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of...

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...