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Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 01 Aug 2014
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

Host City Glasgow: Ten things the tourist guides probably never mentioned

Host City Glasgow: Ten things the tourist guides probably never mentioned Creative commons image Credit: STV under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Aug 2014
Take away the glitz, glamour and the 'pan-loafy' spectacular of the Commonwealth Games and discover the authenic side of 'Glesga' in this 'wee'...

OU on the BBC: Secrets Of Our Living Planet

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2014
Ten million species sharing one small planet. How does that work, then?

Behind the fence: The side of Glasgow games you’re not meant to see

Behind the fence: The side of Glasgow games you’re not meant to see Copyrighted image Credit: Hilary Mooney New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Aug 2014
The positive hype around the Commonwealth Games may give you the impression it’s all smiles and success in Glasgow at present, but are the social...

G-rate expectations

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Updated 29 Jul 2014
A pre-election rise in interest rates would confirm Britain’s economic recovery. And might also sink it, writes Alan Shipman.

Mythbusting moons

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2014
To find out about the significance of the supermoon on 10 August 2014, enjoy this short animation 

OU on the BBC: Timewatch - Last Day of World War One

OU on the BBC: Timewatch - Last Day of World War One Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jul 2014
Michael Palin joins the Timewatch team to discover why troops were still dying after the peace had been signed.

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland Updated content
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 30 Jul 2014
This course explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the context of the implementation of The Social Care (Self...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Jul 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Managing My Money alumni

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Managing My Money alumni
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 30 Jun 2014
The Managing My Money alumni is an area that encourages insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners through our alumni forum and...

Start writing fiction alumni forum

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Start writing fiction alumni forum
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 23 Jun 2014
The Start writing fiction alumni forum encourages the insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners.

Environmental management and organisations

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Environmental management and organisations
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jun 2014
It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not...

Learning to Learn

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Introductory level Duration 80 hours Updated 16 Jun 2014
Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free online course is a friendly starting point introducing a range...

Introduction to computational thinking

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Jun 2014
You will learn about algorithms and abstraction, and encounter some applications of computational thinking in various disciplines, ranging from...

Creativity and innovation

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Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 04 Jun 2014
This unit offers an introduction to factors that are important in creativity and innovation at work. It addresses different ideas about the cause...

Organisations and management accounting

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This OpenLearn study unit examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure. Organisational objectives and...

Financial accounting and reporting

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This unit discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting...

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Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...

Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
This practice-based diploma course is the qualification for you if you’re living and working in Scotland and have recent experience of working with...

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
Mathematics and statistics are vital in modern society, and indispensable to problem solving and decision making in a wide range of situations –...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice

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Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers...

Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a teaching...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2014
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...