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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 New content
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.

People, automobiles and statistics

People, automobiles and statistics
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Oct 2015
Understanding probability and statistics is vital in many branches of engineering, particularly in production and design. We look to automobile...

Building Cars Live

Building Cars Live Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 02 Oct 2015
Buckle up for an incredible journey into the fascinating secret world of the car factory. 

Can design by committee work? Making a case for open source design

Can design by committee work? Making a case for open source design Copyright free image Copyright free: tommumf
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Aug 2015
We know what's wrong with design committees: too many cooks; too much spoiled broth; bitter recriminations over who spoiled the broth; broth being...

The Bottom Line - Inventors

The Bottom Line - Inventors Copyrighted image Copyright: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Feb 2015
In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss the process of designing a product and getting it onto the market. 

Design Essentials: are you sitting comfortably?

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Design Essentials: are you sitting comfortably? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
Theo Zamenopoulos, of the OU design faculty, offers a glimpse into the ideological and historical context of design ideas and principles. With Emma...

Design Essentials: small objects of desire

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Design Essentials: small objects of desire Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Aug 2014
When the Apple designers first came to Steve Jobs with the iPod he picked it up, fiddled with it and then dropped it into a fish tank. "Those are...

OU on the BBC: Free Thinking: RIBA

OU on the BBC: Free Thinking: RIBA Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 05 Mar 2014
In this one-off programme recorded in association with The Open University, Free Thinking takes a look at The Brits Who Built the Modern World.

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Innovation through representation

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Innovation through representation
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 06 Oct 2015
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...

Seeing the light

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Seeing the light Copyrighted image Copyright: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
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...

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 thinking

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Design thinking Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 13 Oct 2014
Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure...

People-centred designing

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People-centred designing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability...

Design

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Design Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 28 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of design as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making...

Introduction to structural integrity

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Introduction to structural integrity Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

Manufacturing

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Manufacturing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 19 Jul 2011
How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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...