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Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC New content
Introductory level Updated 03 Jul 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

Free course: The science of nuclear energy

Free course: The science of nuclear energy Copyrighted image Credit: © Jarous | Dreamstime.com
Updated 19 Jun 2015
Do you want to gain some fantastic resources to help aid your understanding of nuclear energy? OpenLearn has a range of courses, articles and more...

Reboot Your STEM Career

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Reboot Your STEM Career Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jun 2015
Returning to a STEM career? Not sure where to start? Reboot Your STEM Career is an interactive toolkit to help you get prepared and navigate your...

Round-up: Philae recharged

Round-up: Philae recharged Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 15 Jun 2015
As part of the consortium that brought Philae to life, we're delighted that it's sending messages once again. Here's a quick round-up of reactions...

It’s a crying shame when Nobel laureates are exposed as sexist

It’s a crying shame when Nobel laureates are exposed as sexist Creative commons image Credit: Paloma Baytelman under CC-BY-SA-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Jun 2015
Tim Hunt should have realised that his "light-hearted" comment about the "trouble with girls" was going to offend.

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 May 2015
Free learning resources from The Open Science Lab, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations....

DNA Profiling

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer. 

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

What is forensic science?

What is forensic science? Creative commons image Credit: West Midlands Police under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
We've all seen CSI, but what exactly is forensic science? Martin Bootman explains.

Rough Science 1 Mediterranean: Video extras: Why Jonathan's a scientist

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Rough Science 1 Mediterranean: Video extras: Why Jonathan's a scientist Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Rough Scientist Jonathan Hare explains what got him into studying science in the first place, from the BBC/OU Rough Science 1 series

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 May 2015
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope

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An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
Experience the study of minerals using a polarising microscope. While the study of minerals can involve electron or ion beam chemical analysis, the...

Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology

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Practising science: Reading the rocks and ecology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 14 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
Have you ever wondered how scientists analyse the environment? This unit introduces you to the techniques used by science students at residential...

Nutrition: Proteins

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Nutrition: Proteins Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This Unit studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up, the Unit moves on to look at the importance of protein and...

Test kits for water analysis

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This unit steps outside the laboratory to look at some examples of analytical procedures being carried out in the field using commercial test kits....

Drug development process: combating pain

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Drug development process: combating pain
Masters level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jan 2014
The unit provides a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the...

Living with diabetes

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Living with diabetes Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

Finding information in science and nature

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Finding information in science and nature Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in Science and Nature, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with...

Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 13 Nov 2013
The unit will provide an opportunity for young people (18+) who are interested but unsure about entering the nuclear industry to develop their...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
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...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
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 in Paramedic Science

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Diploma in Paramedic Science Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose...