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30 years of SME research highlights impact of the ‘digital revolution’

30 years of SME research highlights impact of the ‘digital revolution’ Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain highlights the changes affecting SMEs in the past 30 years.

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Listener Q and A

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Listener Q and A Creative commons image Credit: Stefano Bertolotti | Flickr New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
On New Year's Day, an oceanographer, a cosmologist and a zoologist will take listener questions. 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Cells and celluloid

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Cells and celluloid Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
The BBC Inside Science Christmas Day special looks at science and film. 

Hoarding - a 21st Century condition?

Hoarding - a 21st Century condition? Creative commons image Credit: Earthworm under CC-BY-NC-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
Hoarding has only been recognised as a mental disorder for a short while, but is a psychiatric diagnosis beneficial to the hoarder?

Wartime Farm - Episode 6

Wartime Farm - Episode 6 Copyrighted image Credit: Lion TV / BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
As shortages bite, our farmers turn to the Church - can the grass in the graveyards keep the animals fed?

OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Perinatal OCD and Visual Cliff

OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Perinatal OCD and Visual Cliff Copyrighted image Credit: Paul Hakitima | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2014
Claudia and guests discuss OCD during pregnancy or after childbirth, the influence causing a baby's anxiety and special brain cells. 

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Library of Alexandria

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Library of Alexandria Updated content
Masters level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Dec 2014
One of the most important questions for any student of the ancient world to address is ‘how do we know what we know about antiquity?’ Whether we’re...

Looking at, describing and identifying objects

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Looking at, describing and identifying objects Copyrighted image Credit: © The Trustees of the British Museum. Updated content
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 10 Dec 2014
This unit will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret...

An introduction to social work in Wales

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An introduction to social work in Wales Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 08 Dec 2014
Respecting the individuality of each person is a central value of social work but, as the term suggests, social work is not only about individual...

The moral equality of combatants

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The moral equality of combatants
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 03 Dec 2014
The unit introduces and explores the idea of the moral equality of combatants and discusses the question of the basis of liability to killing in...

Moons

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Moons
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Visions of protest: Graffiti
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Nov 2014
This unit introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of different examples of graffiti, including...

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 06 Nov 2014
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Oct 2014
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced to...

An introduction to software development

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Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Software development is the practice of organising the design and construction of software, the beating heart of much technology fundamental to our...

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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 Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 17 Dec 2014
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 17 Dec 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 17 Dec 2014
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Dec 2014
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 17 Dec 2014
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 17 Dec 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 17 Dec 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...