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Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway?

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Copyright free: Wikimedia Images New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
For a long time, the 747 has dominated the skies. But Boeing is slowing production. How come?

Tim Peake’s spacewalk is no stroll in the park

Tim Peake’s spacewalk is no stroll in the park Copyright free image Copyright free: NASA
Introductory level Updated 15 Jan 2016
Monica Grady tells us about what Tim Peake - the first British astronaut to do a spacewalk - is up against.

Urbanism in Blade Runner

Urbanism in Blade Runner Creative commons image Alan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
As well as being a science fiction classic, you could read Blade Runner as a movie about town planning. No, really. Let Ryan Schleeter explain.

OpenLearn Live: 11th December 2015

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OpenLearn Live: 11th December 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Patrice Audet
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Dec 2015
The man who shaped Barcelona - lovely, sweeping shapes; why dark matter isn't so weird; and a polar bear gets a check-up. Then more free...

Happy 200th birthday Ada Lovelace!

Happy 200th birthday Ada Lovelace! Creative commons image Wikimedia under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
An intriguing story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and their role in the 19th century development of the computer.

Why would you want to make a bee wear a backpack?

Why would you want to make a bee wear a backpack? Creative commons image Gilles San Martin under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
It's not the first time that researchers have put tiny backpacks on bees... but this time, the technology has improved.

OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2015 Creative commons image Russian Presidential Press and Information Office under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Nov 2015
The man who went into space and became the Cosmos; back on Earth, why do people hate airports? Then more free learning through the day.

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Introduction to finite element analysis

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Introduction to finite element analysis Copyright free image Copyright free: Red Bull Racing
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 21 Oct 2015
What is finite element analysis (what is it and why do we carry it out? This free course, Introduction to finite element analysis, introduces the...

Innovation through representation

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Innovation through representation
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 06 Oct 2015
Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move...

Seeing the light

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Seeing the light Copyrighted image Copyright: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it...

Introducing engineering

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Introducing engineering Copyright free image Copyright free: VIADGRIN shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces a number...

Creating musical sounds

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Creating musical sounds Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 27 Jan 2015
How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something whether a piano or a vacuum cleaner is...

Personal development planning for engineering

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Personal development planning for engineering Copyright free image Copyright free: iStock
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
This free course, Personal development planning for engineering, has been written in keeping with the requirements of UK-SPEC and the professional...

Introduction to forensic engineering

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Introduction to forensic engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
Why do products fail and who finds out why? In this free course, Introduction to forensic engineering, we enter the complex world of forensic...

Design thinking

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Design thinking Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 13 Oct 2014
Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure...

Sound for music technology: An introduction

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Sound for music technology: An introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
Whether you're a professional musician, play music with your friends on the weekends or just like to listen to CDs, music technology affects your...

Invention and innovation: An introduction

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Invention and innovation: An introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 55 hours Updated 19 Aug 2014
This free course, Invention and innovation: An introduction, is for designers, engineers, technologists and anyone interested in designing and...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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...

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
This Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) – the world...

Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

Foundation Degree in Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) –...