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Materials: Sustainability and structure

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Materials: Sustainability and structure Creative commons image Credit: epSos under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 18 Aug 2014
Whether it's outlining the world's attitude to plastic bags or admiring the Pont de Normandie, Ian Johnston and Bernie Clark discuss sustainability...

How sustainable is mass production?

How sustainable is mass production? Copyright free image Credit: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 15 Aug 2014
Miraculous inventions and engineering has enabled us to get our hands on cheap and effective products used in everyday life, but are the materials...

Powering cars with coffee

Powering cars with coffee Copyrighted image Credit: Paseven | Dreamstime.com
Updated 03 Apr 2014
After you've perked yourself up, could your coffee grounds power your car as well?

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....

Why wearable tech is more than just Google Glass

Why wearable tech is more than just Google Glass Creative commons image Credit: Max Braun under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 12 Mar 2014
The future of wearable tech offers a lot more than slapping a computer onto the side of your head. Nick Dalton explains.

Lost at sea: Has government sunk wave and tidal power?

Lost at sea: Has government sunk wave and tidal power? Creative commons image Credit: Fundy under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 07 Mar 2014
Is the UK government being bold enough in its plans to harness tidal power? Perhaps not, worries Godfrey Boyle.

Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Feb 2014
Starting a discussion about public space in the Crown Heights Community.

Building Stories

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Building Stories Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 19 Nov 2013
Meet the architects and explore the stories behind some of Britain's most iconic buildings.

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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...

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...

Invention and innovation: An introduction

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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...

Manufacturing

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Manufacturing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 19 Jul 2011
How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods used and what set of activities that goes under the heading of ...

Design for beginners

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Design for beginners Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 May 2011
How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from scratch? Steve Garner, Professor of Design at The Open University...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
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 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject

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BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject Creative commons image Credit: Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can open up careers in...

BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

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BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
Design and innovation play a central role in society, finding solutions to problems of all sizes in many aspects of our lives, not just the...

Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century

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Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
Explore the common principles of design, acquire new designing skills and develop an understanding of ways of thinking that lead to innovation and...

Design for engineers

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Design for engineers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore the three phases of product design – research, planning and development – through online practical activities to gain the skills and...

Innovation: designing for change

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Innovation: designing for change Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This project-based module looks at how successful innovations emerge, and how innovation can be directed towards ensuring a socially, economically...