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Radar: What happened next?

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Updated 29 Aug 2014
Since the Second World War, radar systems have become smaller, further, wetter and stealthier. Discover the application of radar in modern life...

OU on the BBC: Castles in the Sky

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Updated 28 Aug 2014
Embrace a remarkable human drama behind the invention that was to prove pivotal in the Battle of Britain - radar.

Iconic engineering: The Forth Bridge and Concorde

Iconic engineering: The Forth Bridge and Concorde Creative commons image Credit: George Gastin
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
Why do we look on with adoration and amazement at some engineering creations while others leave us feeling indifferent? Dr Ian Johnston examines...

Materials: Sustainability and structure

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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?

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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...

Radar: What happened next – Stealthier

Radar: What happened next – Stealthier Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Updated 23 Jul 2014
The Germans took evasive action to avoid radar detection in the Second World War, and the avoidance / detection game has been played ever since.

Radar: What happened next – Further

Radar: What happened next – Further Creative commons image Credit: Arpingstone under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 22 Jul 2014
During and after the Second World War radar systems continued developing, increasing in both range and accuracy.

Radar: What happened next – Smaller

Radar: What happened next – Smaller Copyrighted image Credit: RAF Mark's Castle
Updated 22 Jul 2014
The race against time to develop smaller radar systems during the Second World War.

Small Data: 21st Century station openings

Small Data: 21st Century station openings Creative commons image Credit: Ian Roberts under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 17 Apr 2014
There have been over seventy rail and light rail stations opened in the UK since the start of the century. Small Data gathers them in one place.

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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...

Engineering: The challenge of temperature

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Intermediate level Duration 40 hours Updated 22 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...

Tay Bridge disaster

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was...

Introduction to structural integrity

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

Superconductivity

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 30 Jun 2011
The fascinating phenomenon of superconductivity and its potential applications have attracted the attention of scientists, engineers and...

Design for beginners

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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...

Introduction to forensic engineering

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Jul 2008
Why do products fail and who finds out why? This unit enters the complex world of forensic engineering and examines how scientists analyse product...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 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...

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 22 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 Engineering

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 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...

Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
This Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) – the world...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

Team engineering

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Team engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014 Register by 19 Dec 2014
This module about working collaboratively is based around two residential weekends. You’ll work in a small team on an engineering project, finally...