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Aeroplane Design and Engineering

Aeroplane Design and Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Ever wondered what happens to lost luggage or why plane windows are the shape they are? Take a tour of our interactive aeroplane to find out.

OpenLearn Live: 18th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 18th April 2016 Creative commons image CGP Grey under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2016
The medal awarded to celebrate where industry and arts unite. Then more free learning across the day.

Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners

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Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 15 Apr 2016
In this new BBC Four series, Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.

Design for urban living: how we live and how we might live

Design for urban living: how we live and how we might live Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
In the UK there is a rush to build more homes. Is there a different way of making the houses we want to live in, that suits the ways we...

At Home in Britain

At Home in Britain Copyrighted image Copyright: The OU and RIBA
Updated 18 Mar 2016
Details of a new exhibition called At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow, and links to articles, podcasts and courses about homes.

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway?

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Copyright free: Wikimedia Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
For a long time, the 747 has dominated the skies. But Boeing is slowing production. How come?

OpenLearn Live: 23rd October 2015

OpenLearn Live: 23rd October 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Charles01
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Oct 2015
What happens when you add Italian design to a British workhorse? What difference has Open Access made? And more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd October 2015

OpenLearn Live: 22nd October 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Ifcar
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
A car which warns against innovating for the sake of it; the rise of Bernie Sanders; then more free learning through the day.

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Design thinking

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Design thinking Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure...

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 designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move...

Introduction to structural integrity

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Introduction to structural integrity Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

Seeing the light

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Seeing the light Copyrighted image Copyright: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
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...

People-centred designing

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People-centred designing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability...

Manufacturing

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Manufacturing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

Design

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Design Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 28 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of design as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making...

Introducing engineering

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Introducing engineering Copyright free image Copyright free: VIADGRIN shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces a number...

Design for beginners

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Design for beginners Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
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 scratch? Steve Garner, Professor of Design at The Open University...

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 May 2016
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...

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 May 2016
This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level if you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 May 2016
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...

Foundation Degree in Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 May 2016
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 Computing&IT&Second Subject

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 May 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...

BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject

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BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 May 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can open up careers in...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 May 2016
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

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BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 May 2016
Design and innovation play a central role in society, finding solutions to problems of all sizes in many aspects of our lives, not just the...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 May 2016
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

Design essentials

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Design essentials Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Gain the skills for research, planning and development of a design project as well as the ability to translate your design ideas into well...