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Vanity fayre or bonfire of vanities? The tales of infrastructure projects

Vanity fayre or bonfire of vanities? The tales of infrastructure projects Copyrighted image Credit: London 2012 / Getty New content
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
Why are so many large scale infrastructure projects in the London region and do they ensure long lasting socio-economic benefits? 

British Isles: A Natural History / A User's Guide To Natural History

British Isles: A Natural History / A User's Guide To Natural History Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
The story of the British Isles, told in regional differences in  flora, fauna and geology.

The Bottom Line - The Autumn 2014 series

The Bottom Line - The Autumn 2014 series Copyrighted image Credit: Production team New content
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Catch up with The Bottom Line Autumn 2014 episodes and extra content from our Business School academics.

DEBATE: Financial investment in NHS reform

DEBATE: Financial investment in NHS reform Copyrighted image Credit: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Max Pemberton claims that 200 MPs voting on the 2012 NHS reform had a financial interest in its passing. What are your views on this?

The Bottom Line - The price of time

The Bottom Line - The price of time Copyrighted image Credit: Zoran Mladenovic | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2015
In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss how we decide on the price of our job, including factors such as time and...

More or Less : The Discussion Hub

More or Less : The Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 22 Jan 2015
Some statistics can be incredibly misleading. Do you feel that these misrepresentations are pulling the wool over the public's eyes?

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Hate crimes, NHS reform and Manchester serial killer

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Hate crimes, NHS reform and Manchester serial killer Copyrighted image Credit: Sirfujiyama | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 22 Jan 2015
More or less puts the spotlight on the statistics around hate crimes, MP's supposed financial interest in the 2012 NHS reform and the Manchester ...

Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond

Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Poverty in Scotland 2014 looks at the September 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and the different constitutional futures that were then...

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Moons

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Moons
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Jan 2015
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Motivation and factors affecting motivation

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Motivation and factors affecting motivation Copyrighted image Credit: © Corbis Super RF / Alamy
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The unit explores the term ‘motivation’ and factors that influence motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of...

Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation Copyrighted image Credit: © Morfudd
Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The aim of the unit is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops to address those problems. It uses the evolution of...

A question of ethics: right or wrong?

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A question of ethics: right or wrong? Copyright free image Credit: © PhotoAlto / Alamy
Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 05 Jan 2015
This unit discusses ethical and professional principles in sport and fitness environments. Working closely with individuals and developing...

Personal development planning for engineering

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Personal development planning for engineering Copyright free image Credit: iStock
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
An introduction to Personal Development Planning and career development planning in the context of developing as a professional engineer. In...

Library of Alexandria

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Library of Alexandria
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.
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 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...

Introducing corporate finance

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Introducing corporate finance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
This unit introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains the different functions of money and the...

An introduction to social work in Wales

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An introduction to social work in Wales
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...

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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 25 Jan 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 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 25 Jan 2015
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 25 Jan 2015
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 25 Jan 2015
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 25 Jan 2015
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 25 Jan 2015
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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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jan 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...