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More or Less : The Discussion Hub

More or Less : The Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 22 Jan 2015
Some statistics can be incredibly misleading. Do you feel that these misrepresentations are pulling the wool over the public's eyes?

Eureka! We’ve found Beagle2! Now where did Philae go?

Eureka! We’ve found Beagle2! Now where did Philae go? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jan 2015
After finding Beagle2 last week, Professor Monica Grady ponders the whereabouts of another delinquent lander, Philae.

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists Copyright free image Credit: Memorycatcher via Pixabay New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2015
The government believes mass surveillance can keep us safe from harm. Ray Corrigan suggests those plans need a closer look.

Space exploration promises to be spectacular in 2015

Space exploration promises to be spectacular in 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Jan 2015
2014 was a phenomenal year for planetary science, will 2015 follow suit? Monica Grady outlines this year's exciting space events. 

Highlights and lowlights of 2014, a golden year for cybercrime

Highlights and lowlights of 2014, a golden year for cybercrime Creative commons image Credit: Ethan Prater under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jan 2015
In 2014 we learnt how powerful hackers and cyber criminals are, will this continue in to 2015? Andrew Smith takes a look back at the year of...

Embarking on a career in cyber security

Embarking on a career in cyber security Copyrighted image Credit: © Oksipix | Dreamstime.com - Cyber Security Photo
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2014
Are you interested in a career in cyber security? Find out what career paths you can take here. 

OU on the BBC: More or Less

OU on the BBC: More or Less Copyrighted image Credit: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
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
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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Photographing Orion Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
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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What's the difference between astronomy and astrology? Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Updated 11 Dec 2014
Phillipa Smith, research student from the Department of Physical Science, explains the difference between these similar sounding words. 

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Moons

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Moons
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Jan 2015
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Personal development planning for engineering

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Personal development planning for engineering Copyright free image Credit: iStock
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...

An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope

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An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
Experience the study of minerals using a polarising microscope. While the study of minerals can involve electron or ion beam chemical analysis, the...

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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Introduction to computer forensics and investigations Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

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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 26 Jan 2015
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 26 Jan 2015
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 26 Jan 2015
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 26 Jan 2015
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 26 Jan 2015
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 26 Jan 2015
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 26 Jan 2015
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 26 Jan 2015
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 26 Jan 2015
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...