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Science, Maths & Technology 

Succeed with maths – Part 1

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.

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24 hrs
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Education & Development 

The digital scholar

Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology related developments: digital content, networked distribution and open practices. It is when digital, networked and open intersect that transformational practice occurs. In this free course, The digital scholar, you will explore the impact of digital technologies on scholarly practice.

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24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

An introduction to information security

As part of a review of content, this course will be deleted from OpenLearn on 18 May 2017. It has been replaced by the new course 'Information security'. Headline news scares about stolen or missing data are becoming a frequent occurrence. This free course, An introduction to information security, discusses the importance of protecting information. Organisations are relying more and more heavily on computers to store sensitive corporate and customer information and this OpenLearn course gives an overview of information security management systems.

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55 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Crossing the boundary - analogue universe, digital worlds

How does the computer's peculiar binary world of digital entities differ from our analogue world of colour, sound, taste and touch? This free course, Crossing the boundary analogue universe, digital worlds, explores the way in which information, in the form of text, still and moving images, and sound can cross the boundary from the analogue universe into a digital world.

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20 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Moons

In this free course, Moons, explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

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24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Egyptian mathematics

The Egyptians are known for being ahead of their time in comparison to some civilisations that came after them. This free course, Egyptian mathematics, looks at how the Egyptians solved mathematical problems in everyday life and the technology they used. An understanding of this area has only been possible following the translation of the Rosetta Stone.

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9 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Succeed with maths – Part 2

This free course, Succeed with maths Part 2, is a sequel to Part 1, in which you will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples. The course takes a look at measurement of length, mass and volume, negative numbers and how to use these, scientific notation (based upon powers of 10), shapes and how to calculate their properties before finally turning to how to construct and read from tables, charts and graphs. It provides a solid foundation for you to continue with studies in any subject which requires some degree of mathematical knowledge.

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24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Introduction to cyber security

This free course, Introduction to cyber security, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Introduction to structural integrity

The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This free course, Introduction to structural integrity, looks at the investigation that followed the collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River in 1967 which demonstrates how the study of safe design and the assessment of components and structures under load is of increasing importance in engineering design.

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20 hrs

Science, Maths & Technology 

A tour of the cell

This free course, A tour of the cell, contains a blend of text and a multimedia interactive component to look at the uniformity and diversity within cells. Fundamental to understanding how cells 'work' is a knowledge of the subcellular components and how they are arranged. This is introduced through a series of in-text and self-assessment questions.

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12 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Vaccination

Vaccinations are now considered a part of everyday life, but how do they work? Vaccination is a free course that will help those with a background in biology understand the historical development of vaccination, assess the various types of vaccines used today, examine their production and explore the limitations that are placed on vaccination programmes.

Free course
14 hrs
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