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Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage?

Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage? Creative commons image Credit: Eva Rinaldi under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Although the nuclear meltdown depicted in Blackhat is fiction, Mike Richards warns there are other ways those with bad intentions could switch our...

What do I need to know about the SIM hack?

What do I need to know about the SIM hack? Creative commons image Credit: yum9me under CC-BY-NC-ND licence New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Revelations that security forces have broken the protection of mobile phone technology are a real concern. Mike Richards explains why - and how the...

Past-Time Lover: Amelia Earhart

Past-Time Lover: Amelia Earhart Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

Meet the academic: Professor David Rothery

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Meet the academic: Professor David Rothery Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2015
Professor David Rothery discusses his research, his role in the BepiColumbo mission, the volatile terrain of Mercury and the reason why some of...

Science Pathway Discussion Hub

Science Pathway Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discussion hub for those studying the Science Pathway with Pathways to Success.

Science Tasters

Science Tasters Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Is studying Science for you? Dip into some of our tasters and find out!

More or Less : The Discussion Hub

More or Less : The Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
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?

Finding Information in Science and Nature

Finding Information in Science and Nature Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Science Green Pathway

Science Green Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

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Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
[BETA] If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through how...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
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...

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Succeed with maths – Part 2 Copyrighted image Credit: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Feb 2015
[BETA] Following on from Succeed with maths – Part 1 this course will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday...

Moons

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Moons
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Introducing engineering

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Introducing engineering Copyright free image Credit: VIADGRIN shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This unit introduces a number of key themes that explore how...

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...

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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An introduction to software development Copyright free image Credit: iStock
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...

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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
Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 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
Duration 900 hours Updated 09 Feb 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 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
Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 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
Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 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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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...