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    What connects knitting to helicopter design?

    By Claudia Eckert, Dr Janet Sumner

    The skills you learn knitting could come in handy putting a helicopter together. The OU's Claudia Eckert explains why.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    27 Feb 2018

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Feb 2018
    The skills you learn knitting could come in handy putting a helicopter together. The OU's Claudia Eckert explains why.
  • Uncover the mysteries of flatpacks

    By Julian Cooper

    Flatpack - does the word strike fear or joy in your heart? Julian Cooper investigates the history of the mysterious...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    31 Jan 2018

  • Uncover the mysteries of flatpacks

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Jan 2018
    Flatpack - does the word strike fear or joy in your heart? Julian Cooper investigates the history of the mysterious flatpack. 
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    Building Stories

    By Nicole Lotz

    Meet the architects and explore the stories behind some of Britain's most iconic buildings.

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    30 Jan 2018

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    Updated 30 Jan 2018
    Meet the architects and explore the stories behind some of Britain's most iconic buildings.
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Jan 2018

  • How 20th century design movements may have influenced IKEAs design culture

    How 20th century design movements may have influenced IKEAs design culture Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: IKEA
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    The enduring popularity of IKEA’s products, particularly its furniture, suggests that the design principles have been carefully considered over time. But how...
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    29 Jan 2018

  • Keepers and seekers: iconic products, fashion fads and flops

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    What stays and what goes? Dr Fiona Harris explores IKEA's product development.
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    19 Sep 2017

  • We shouldn’t judge Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by its cover

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Sep 2017
    Why has the absence of a Quentin Blake illustration in favour of a more grown up image on a 50th birthday edition of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the...
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    Why is the iPhone X a thousand-dollar gamble?

    By Loizos Heracleous

    As it launches a new model, Apple is hoping that its brand will persuade enough people to dig deep into their pockets...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 Sep 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Sep 2017
    As it launches a new model, Apple is hoping that its brand will persuade enough people to dig deep into their pockets. Loizos Heracleous explores Apple's...
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    25 Aug 2017

  • Are there other responses to urban terror than just more bollards?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Can we adapt urban environments in the face of a changing terrorist threat? Jon Coaffee says it's going to take more than just more concrete and steel...
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    The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their...

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    19 Jul 2017

  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    Updated 19 Jul 2017
    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision
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    Britain's Greatest Invention

    BBC Two takes us inside the Science Museum vaults and asks the nation to vote for Britain's Greatest Invention.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Jun 2017

  • Britain's Greatest Invention

    Introductory level Updated 17 Jun 2017
    BBC Two takes us inside the Science Museum vaults and asks the nation to vote for Britain's Greatest Invention.

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    An introduction to design engineering

    This free course, An introduction to design engineering, looks at the way in which engineers use ideas and approaches from the discipline of design...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    23 Apr 2018

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    This free course, An introduction to design engineering, looks at the way in which...
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    Design thinking

    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Mar 2018

  • Design thinking

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Mar 2018
    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better?...
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    Design

    This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of design as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making...

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    28 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Feb 2018

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    Design Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 28 hours Updated 22 Feb 2018
    This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of...
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    Manufacturing

    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 May 2017

  • Manufacturing

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    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are...
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    Introduction to structural integrity

    The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    28 Mar 2017

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    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13...
  • Innovation through representation

    Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Mar 2016

  • Innovation through representation

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    Innovation through representation
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
    Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the...
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    Seeing the light

    This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Mar 2016

  • Seeing the light

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
    This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your...
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    People-centred designing

    Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Mar 2016

  • People-centred designing

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    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
    Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This...
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    Design for beginners

    How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from scratch? Steve Garner, Professor of Design at The Open University answers these...

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    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 May 2011

  • Design for beginners

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    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 May 2011
    How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from...

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    Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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    Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree...

    Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

    Course Course
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or...

    Foundation Degree in Engineering

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    Foundation Degree in Engineering
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in...

    BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject

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    BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied...

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and...

    BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

    Course Course
    BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    Design and innovation play a central role in society, finding solutions to...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018
    How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its...

    Core engineering B

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    Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Jul 2018 Register by 14 Mar 2019
    You'll study in greater depth, to expand your development as an engineer, the...
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