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What are your chances during a zombie apocalypse?

What are your chances during a zombie apocalypse? Creative commons image Credit: Sam Javanrouh under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence
Updated 23 Sep 2014
According to mathematics we'd all die in a zombie apocalypse but nature and computer science offer us more optimistic outcomes. 

Three ways your personal photos are vulnerable to hackers

Three ways your personal photos are vulnerable to hackers Creative commons image Credit: Mingle MediaTV under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Sep 2014
Leaked nude snaps from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence's iCloud stresses how vulnerable our personal photos are to hacking. In light of this, how...

The Jewels of Heuro

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The Jewels of Heuro Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 26 Aug 2014
Algorithms make the world go round. Can you master them to capture the fabled Jewels of Heuro and escape the Temple of Algoritmo alive?

Welcome to the future

Welcome to the future Copyrighted image Credit: Crackerclips | Dreamstime.com
Updated 03 Jun 2014
How The Open University is leading a project that is transforming Milton Keynes into one of the world’s first ‘smart cities’.

Two weeks to stop Gameover Zeus: What you need to know

Two weeks to stop Gameover Zeus: What you need to know Creative commons image Credit: Dave Mathis under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence
Updated 03 Jun 2014
Here's why you should take some simple steps to protect yourself from Gameover Zeus if you use Microsoft Windows.

What do I need to know about Heartbleed?

What do I need to know about Heartbleed? Creative commons image Credit: The Open University; original logo copyright Heartbleed.com
Updated 11 Apr 2014
There's a lot of advice and confusion about the Heartbleed security flaw - what do you need to know? And what do you need to do?

If we’d used the cloud, we might know where MH370 is now

If we’d used the cloud, we might know where MH370 is now Creative commons image Credit: Pechristener, via WikiCommons, using OpenStreetMap, under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 19 Mar 2014
At present, the fate of Malaysian airlines flight MH370 is unknown, and the search for something the size of a Jumbo Jet is proving a challenge....

Can you trust your privacy to an Angry Bird?

Can you trust your privacy to an Angry Bird? Copyrighted image Credit: Cheng Mao | Dreamstime.com
Updated 11 Feb 2014
While the green pigs have been stealing eggs, who has been getting their hands on your data?

How can we stop science, engineering and technology losing talented women?

How can we stop science, engineering and technology losing talented women? Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image via Wikicommons
Updated 06 Feb 2014
There's still a massive gender imbalance in university STEM subjects. What can be done to address this? Clem Herman has some ideas...

Posh gatekeepers of the net

Posh gatekeepers of the net Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 08 Jan 2014
Associate lecturer Steve Woods explores the Posh and Becks world of Mumsnet.

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Computers and computer systems

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Computers and computer systems Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Computers and processors are ubiquitous in everyday life, and they're not only found in your PC. This unit introduces the different parts of...

Representing and manipulating data in computers

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Representing and manipulating data in computers Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 30 Jun 2011
Computers are all around us: in cars, kitchen scales, digital cameras, etc. But how do they store the data they hold? This unit will help you to...

Visualisation: Visual representations of data and information

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Visualisation: Visual representations of data and information Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Jun 2011
Modern society is often referred to as 'the information society' - but how can we make sense of all the information we are bombarded with? In this...

Natural intelligence

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 26 Apr 2011
One goal of artificial intelligence is to bulid machines that can operate in the real world, with all its noise and uncertainty. Much of what we...

Machines, minds and computers

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 26 Apr 2011
Computers are becoming smarter and may soon become intelligent. This unit looks at what “intelligence” is, how computers may become so, and...

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Software engineering

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Software engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 30 Sep 2015
Explore the advanced concepts and techniques used throughout the software life cycle, for the effective production and management of large, complex...