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This Student Life

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This Student Life Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 03 Apr 2014
What is it like to study a distance learning course? What are the challenges of being a modern student? ...

Learning to Teach

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Learning to Teach Copyrighted image Credit: Copyrighted Image. Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 07 May 2013
Would you give up a successful broadcasting career to become a teacher? What are the challenges facing modern teachers? Becoming a teacher requires...

The Bottom Line - The economic powerhouse

The Bottom Line - The economic powerhouse Copyrighted image Credit: Axstokes | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 19 Feb 2013
Evan and guests discuss the challenges of doing business in and out of Africa.

Life in Law

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Life in Law Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 30 Aug 2012
How are our laws made? What is it like to be a criminal defence lawyer during a murder trial? What are the challenges faced by family lawyers or...

This sporting life: making connections

This sporting life: making connections Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2012
Kath Woodward argues that sport is not only about performance, competition, winning and losing; it is also deeply embedded in social relations

BBC/OU Creative Climate short film competition 2011

BBC/OU Creative Climate short film competition 2011 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2011
Dr Joe Smith introduces the winners of the Creative Climate student short film competition run by the BBC and OU during 2011.

The Code: Grandmaster of Mosaics

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The Code: Grandmaster of Mosaics
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2011
Deep in the dusty pages of an ancient tome is a legend centuries old that only you can overcome. Do you have the ability to identify symmetries and...

Pi postcard solution: How much space does a mouse need?

Pi postcard solution: How much space does a mouse need? Creative commons image Credit: andrew c mace under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2011
If you needed to lengthen some string tied round the earth for a mouse to sneak through, how much more string would you need?

Business Bursts: Failure

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Business Bursts: Failure Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2011
There's many reasons why even great companies can fail—and a difficult economy can exacerbate the problems

David Wild on the opportunity in the wrong place, wrong time

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David Wild on the opportunity in the wrong place, wrong time Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Mar 2011
"This year, we won't have the problem of the World Cup but we can still have the summer sale"

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Veiling: Tradition, Identity and Fashion

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Veiling: Tradition, Identity and Fashion Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Advanced level Duration 35 mins Updated 22 Feb 2013
Why do Muslim women wear the hijab? How do they reconcile different approaches to veiling between generations, across different geographical...

Management: Perspectives and Practice

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Management: Perspectives and Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 22 Feb 2012
HR, Marketing, Finance, Operations and Project Management are all key functions of an organisation. These short audio perspectives give an insight...

9/11: Attack on the Wires

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9/11: Attack on the Wires Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Sep 2011
What happens when one of the worst terrorist attacks in history strikes the densest cluster of networks on the planet? How did the largest...

Culture and Climate Change

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Culture and Climate Change Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 45 mins Updated 30 Nov 2010
Every generation faces challenges that previous generations could scarcely imagine. Twenty years ago, few people were talking about climate change,...

Markets in crisis

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Markets in crisis Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Advanced level Duration 25 mins Updated 02 Aug 2010
In the first decade of the 21st century we saw financial markets collapse, sudden spikes in food prices and projections of major environmental...

Understanding Cities

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Understanding Cities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 13 Apr 2010
At the beginning of the 21st century, more than half the world’s population live in cities. Issues about governance, intensification of social...

Astronomy

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Astronomy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Thanks to cutting-edge radio and infra-red astronomy, our understanding of the universe is moving very fast. Ideas about black holes and cosmic...

Belfast - healthy city

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Belfast - healthy city Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Advanced level Duration 50 mins Updated 25 Mar 2010
In the late nineteen eighties, Belfast became part of the World Health Organisation's Healthy Cities Project. The aim was to get as many...

Heritage, whose heritage?

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Heritage, whose heritage? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 08 Mar 2010
How should Stonehenge be conserved for the future? The modernisation of the Visitors' Centre at Stonehenge has been a battleground, exposing...

Environment: journeys through a changing world

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Environment: journeys through a changing world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 08 Mar 2010
Genetically, mountain gorillas are amongst our closest living relatives, and also one of the world's most endangered species. Half the world's...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014
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...

Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014
If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this degree course enables you to top up your...

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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

BSc (Honours) Nursing Practice

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BSc (Honours) Nursing Practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014
If you’re a registered nurse, the BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice offers a practical way to take your career forward – enabling you to step up to an...

Extending your contribution to healthcare practice

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Extending your contribution to healthcare practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 09 Oct 2014
Develop your healthcare practice by exploring opportunities and challenges faced in promoting healthy lifestyles and in caring for people with...

Learn about plants and people

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Learn about plants and people Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 01 Feb 2014
This course explains why plants are important, examines their impact on everyday human life and considers some of the challenges that plant life...

Technology strategy

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Technology strategy Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 17 Oct 2014
This module concerns technology strategy in public or private sector organisations. It considers the challenges of technology, introducing...

Changing cities: urban transitions and decision making

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Changing cities: urban transitions and decision making Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 26 Sep 2014
This course enables you to explore how environmental changes, economic instability, limited resources and other challenges impact on our cities,...

Environment: journeys through a changing world

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Environment: journeys through a changing world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
Introduces studying the environment and explores the issues arising from environmental change and the ways in which these challenges are being...

Strategic management in life sciences and healthcare

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Strategic management in life sciences and healthcare Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Introduces you to the business and operational aspects of the life science industry and helps you understand the challenges and conventional wisdom...