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OpenLearn Live: 22nd July 2016

OpenLearn Live: 22nd July 2016 Creative commons image Ydam under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2016
A biochemist with a fearsome reputation; how drones are helping ferrets and keeping your workers involved. Free learning from across the day.

How do ruminants digest?

How do ruminants digest? Copyrighted image Copyright: Adapted from The New Encyclopedia of Mammals, Oxford University Press New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jul 2016
A quick intoduction to how ruminants break down the plant matter they eat - equally useful as quick a revision aid on ruminants.

How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex?

How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex? Copyright free image Copyright free: Yana Ray
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
Carefully, if you find yourself trying to determine the sex of a live T-Rex. But when all you have is fossils... how do you go about it?

OpenLearn Live: 8th June 2016

OpenLearn Live: 8th June 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Didgeman
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
Why antibiotics in cow dung might be even more worrying than you'd guess, and the sinking value of Coca-Cola. Free learning from through the...

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

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Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Updated 14 May 2016
David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.

Life In Cold Blood

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Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Life Story

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Life Story Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Life Story takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

Can the way research is reported play into sexist assumptions?

Can the way research is reported play into sexist assumptions? Copyright free image Copyright free: Geralt
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Apr 2016
The way much research on sexual differentiation is conducted and communicated has come under intense criticism from scholars in both the natural...

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Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Hearing

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 31 Mar 2016
Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This free...

The making of individual differences

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each...

Pain and Aspirin

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain...

Living with diabetes

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Living with diabetes is a free course that introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

Inheritance of characters

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Genes are units of inheritance that contribute to a person's behaviour and health. In this free course, Inheritance of characters, you will learn...

Early development

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
This free course, Early development, looks at the human being in the context of an individual life cycle, examining some of the processes that...

Gene testing

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such...

Alcohol and human health

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this free course, Alcohol and human health, looks at the harmful effects...

Addiction and neural ageing

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
This free course, Addiction and neural ageing, takes its title from two topics that are of immense worldwide social, economic, ethical, and...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016
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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jul 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jul 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...

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 25 Jul 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 Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...

Signals and perception: the science of the senses

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Signals and perception: the science of the senses Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Investigate how we interact with our environment through our senses – using concepts from biology, chemistry, physics and psychology to explore the...

Investigative and mathematical skills in science

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Investigative and mathematical skills in science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
With this course you’ll develop your experimental, investigative and mathematical skills as well gaining a better understanding of the weather and...

Practical science: biology and health

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Practical science: biology and health Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Study a range of practical activities in biology and health science – from fundamental human and animal behaviour to the vital themes of...

MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science

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MSc project module for MSc in Professional Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
Plan and carry out an investigation of your own choice with this masters-level project course in science, and develop essential skills like report...