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Make it Digital

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Introductory level Updated 07 Aug 2015
To celebrate the BBC's Make It Digital season, which includes three co-productions with The Open University, we have collated together a wide array...

Ministry of Sharing: Are you a safe sharer?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2015
Are you a model citizen or a menace to society when it comes to divulging personal details? Take the test from the Ministry of Sharing and...

Simple Coding - Summary

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
A summary of everything you have learned in the 'Simple Coding' collection. 

Simple Coding - Iteration (again)

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
More on iteration and repetition in Python programming language. 

Simple Coding - Functions

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
Learn about functions in Python programming language. 

Simple Coding - Iteration

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
Learn about repetition in Python programming language. 

Simple Coding - Selection

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
Further investigate the Python programming language by learning about conditions. 

Simple Coding - Sequence

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
Learn about sequences of instructions in Python programmes. 

Simple Coding - Introduction

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
Have you ever wanted to try out simple coding? Want to understand the basics of what coding entails? Look no further! 

Free course: Learn to code for data analysis

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Updated 19 Jun 2015
Do you want to learn more about programming to analyse and visualise data? OpenLearn has a range of courses, articles and more to give you a real...

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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...

Computers and computer systems

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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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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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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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Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015 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...