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Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense Copyrighted image Credit:
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2014
Scapegoating Facebook for the murder of Lee Rigby is wrong and is being used for political gains, writes Ray Corrigan.

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 14 Oct 2014
An intriguing story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and their role in the 19th century development of the computer.

Radar: What happened next?

Radar: What happened next? Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
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...

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.

You can revise, but you can't hide: Why Wikipedia edits leave a trail

You can revise, but you can't hide: Why Wikipedia edits leave a trail Creative commons image Credit: Giulia Forsythe under CC-BY licence
Updated 07 May 2014
The civil servants who allegedly changed Wikipedia entries about Hillsborough might not be as lost in the group as they think, explains Andrew...

What do I need to know about Heartbleed?

What do I need to know about Heartbleed? Creative commons image Credit: The Open University; original logo copyright Heartbleed.com
Updated 11 Apr 2014
There's a lot of advice and confusion about the Heartbleed security flaw - what do you need to know? And what do you need to do?

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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...

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...

Structural devices

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Structural devices Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete control over the electrical characteristics of each component...

Microelectronic solutions for digital photography

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Microelectronic solutions for digital photography Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
The human eye is a fascinating and complicated device, but how do digital cameras capture images? This unit examines one of the human–machine...

Structural materials in cells

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Structural materials in cells Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Where does the structure of our body come from? This unit looks at the structure of cells and how proteins are used by both animals and plants to...

Technology Evaluation

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Jul 2011
The aim of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge you need to develop and work with forms of evaluation that take full account of the...

Theories in Technology Evaluation

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Theories in Technology Evaluation Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Jul 2011
This unit is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and assessment. It introduces theories and...

Sound for music technology: An introduction

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Sound for music technology: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Jul 2011
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...

Creating musical sounds

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Creating musical sounds Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Jul 2011
How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something – a piano, a vacuum cleaner – is actually...

Revolutions in sound recording

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Revolutions in sound recording Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 31 Jul 2008
Since the invention of the phonograph in 1877, the recording and playback of sound has been a key element of life in the western world. This unit...

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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 20 Dec 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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 20 Dec 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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Cisco networking (CCNA)

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Cisco networking (CCNA) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module provides the skills needed to configure a LAN/WAN using Cisco equipment, and prepares you to sit the industry-standard CCNA...

Engineering in action

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Intermediate level Duration 100 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 24 Apr 2015
This one-week residential school module will help you develop a range of essential practical and intellectual skills relevant to engineers and...

Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies

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Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module examines the development of micro- and nano-scale devices in terms of their engineering and operation, through detailed study of real...

Keeping ahead in information and communication technologies

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Keeping ahead in information and communication technologies Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Investigate how to keep pace with rapid changes in ICT, and how to use ICT successfully in complex systems where people play a major part.

Ebusiness technologies: foundations and practice

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Ebusiness technologies: foundations and practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module explores the driving forces behind developments in ebusiness, introducing the fundamental technologies and protocols upon which new...

Structural integrity: designing against failure

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Structural integrity: designing against failure Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This engineering module covers design and assessment of components and structures under load – exploring stress analysis, materials behaviour, and...

Technology strategy

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Technology strategy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 31 Mar 2015
This module concerns technology strategy in public or private sector organisations. It considers the challenges of technology, introducing...