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Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners

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Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 15 Apr 2016
In this new BBC Four series, Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.

OpenLearn Live: 16th March 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 16th March 2016 Creative commons image Tilemahos Efthimiadis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2016
A tribute to former OU chancellor Lord Briggs; plus the robots are coming... for your football. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 24th February 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 24th February 2016 Creative commons image Steve Morgan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Feb 2016
The city that built a wall as a river swelled, and the nature of the new agreement between the UK and other EU nations. Then more free learning...

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
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?

OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: The Engineer
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2015
The man who started a two-wheeled craze. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
How do you run a railway uphill? Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 11th November 2015

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OpenLearn Live: 11th November 2015 Creative commons image Michael Jefferies under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Nov 2015
The woman who swapped maths for plane safety; death at the end of the First World War; drinking water - and then more free learning through...

OpenLearn Live: 10th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 10th November 2015 Creative commons image Sam Beebe under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Nov 2015
The engineer who brought Cardiff to the heart of Canada; then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 9th November 2015

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OpenLearn Live: 9th November 2015 Creative commons image Paul Ryan under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2015
The man who invented the flushing toilet - and it's probably not the one you're thinking of. Then management, hunting, and Cider.

OpenLearn Live: 21st October 2015

OpenLearn Live: 21st October 2015 Creative commons image Dave S under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Oct 2015
A trip back in time to explore the DeLorean DMC12; when digestion misfires; making cars - and more free learning through the day.

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Superconductivity

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Superconductivity Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
The fascinating phenomenon of superconductivity and its potential applications has attracted the attention of scientists, engineers and businessmen...

Introduction to structural integrity

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Introduction to structural integrity Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

Engineering: The nature of problems

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Engineering: The nature of problems Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 40 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical problems, ranging from the meeting of basic human needs for food and...

Introduction to forensic engineering

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Introduction to forensic engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
Why do products fail and who finds out why? In this free course, Introduction to forensic engineering, we enter the complex world of forensic...

Engineering: The challenge of temperature

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Engineering: The challenge of temperature Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 40 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical problems, ranging from the meeting of basic human needs for food and...

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 08 Mar 2016
This free course, Personal development planning for engineering, has been written in keeping with the requirements of UK-SPEC and the professional...

Tay Bridge disaster

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Tay Bridge disaster Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Jul 2012
The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was...

Design for beginners

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Design for beginners Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 May 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 04 May 2016
This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) –...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 May 2016
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

Towards chartership: professional development for engineers

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Towards chartership: professional development for engineers Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 150 hours Updated 04 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module develops reflective and key skills, and promotes the personal and professional skills necessary to the education and career of an...