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Why would you want your own web domain?

Why would you want your own web domain? Creative commons image Credit: Warrenski under CC-BY-SA New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
New services are making it easier to have your own home, under its own address, on the internet. But why would you want to do that? Tony Hirst...

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack?

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack? Creative commons image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Hackers have exposed the details of millions of users of a site designed to help married people cheat. Nobody comes out of the story looking...

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do?

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do? Creative commons image Credit: Maurizio Pesce under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Indian-born Sundar Pichai has been appointed CEO at Google. How did India react to the news? Like anything, with jokes and Wikipedia edit wars.

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India Creative commons image Credit: Rahul M under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
How do you spread healthcare messages amongst people too poor to access the for-profit health system in India? One doctor found a low-tech approach...

The world's busiest railway - Mumbai, India and rail

The world's busiest railway - Mumbai, India and rail Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2015
Find out more about the world's busiest railway network - Mumbai in India.

The world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

The world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Copyrighted image Credit: Kevin Nunes ©BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2015
Find out more about the world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, India.

Building the first Thames sewer system

Building the first Thames sewer system Copyright free image Credit: Punch
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Aug 2015
The original Thames sewer system became a pressing need following the clean-up of London streets. But even the stench of the river overpowering the...

Can design by committee work? Making a case for open source design

Can design by committee work? Making a case for open source design Copyright free image Credit: tommumf
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Aug 2015
We know what's wrong with design committees: too many cooks; too much spoiled broth; bitter recriminations over who spoiled the broth; broth being...

OpenLearn Live: 11th August 2015

OpenLearn Live: 11th August 2015 Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2015
The Google rebrand; continuing our week of Japanese Nobel laureates; plus more free learning.

What does an engineer look like?

What does an engineer look like? Copyright free image Credit: NASA
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Aug 2015
In 2015, some men still struggle with the idea that engineering might not be an exclusively male endeavour. No, they really do.

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Seeing the light

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Seeing the light Copyrighted image Credit: © 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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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...

People-centred designing

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People-centred designing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This unit focuses firmly on usability and the increasingly important...

Design

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Design Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 28 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit looks at the process of design – from assessing the complexity of design as an activity, to exposing the difficulty in making general...

Finding information in technology

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Finding information in technology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This unit will help you discover the meaning of...

Design thinking

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Dec 2011
Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? Design thinking can structure your natural creativity to come up...

Potable water treatment

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Potable water treatment Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Jul 2011
Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must it go through to become fit for human consumption? This unit will guide you...

Invention and innovation: An introduction

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Invention and innovation: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 55 hours Updated 28 Jul 2011
This unit is for designers, engineers, technologists and anyone interested in designing and inventing. It is also for managers and consumers...

Engineering: The nature of problems

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Engineering: The nature of problems Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 40 hours Updated 28 Jul 2011
Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical problems, ranging from the meeting of basic human needs for food and...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Sep 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...

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 04 Sep 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
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 Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) –...

Foundation Degree in Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
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 Credit: Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Sep 2015
This Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) – the world...