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OU on the BBC: Free Thinking: RIBA

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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.

OU on the BBC: The Brits Who Built The Modern World

OU on the BBC: The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Credit: Nathan Kendall/OFTV
Updated 03 Feb 2014
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.

Building Stories

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Updated 19 Nov 2013
Meet the architects and explore the stories behind some of Britain's most iconic buildings.

Designing interactive systems for dogs

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Introductory level Updated 31 Jul 2013
Why is designing interactive systems from a user-centred perspective so important for professional dogs?

Animal-Computer Interaction and dogs

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Animal-Computer Interaction and dogs Copyrighted image Credit: Damedeeso | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Jul 2013
Dr Clara Mancini tells us how Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) is expanding the design of interactive systems beyond the human species.

Design in a nutshell

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 08 May 2013
Get the lowdown on 6 key design movements and share your design alter-ego

Lighting up the roads of the future

Lighting up the roads of the future
Introductory level Updated 29 Apr 2013
How far down the road are we in the technological evolution of our highways?

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People-centred designing

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People-centred designing Copyrighted image Credit: 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 unit focuses firmly on usability and the increasingly important...

Design

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

Design thinking

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Dec 2011
Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? Design thinking can structure your natural creativity to come up...

Introduction to structural integrity

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

Design for beginners

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 02 Jun 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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Jul 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...

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Jul 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Jul 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...

Foundation Degree in Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Jul 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 Computing

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Jul 2014
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...

BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

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BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Jul 2014
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...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Jul 2014
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Jul 2014
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century

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Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Jul 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
Explore the common principles of design, acquire new designing skills and develop an understanding of ways of thinking that lead to innovation and...

Science, technology and maths Access module

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Science, technology and maths Access module Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Jul 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
Increase your confidence, improve your study skills, and prepare yourself for a range of qualifications in science; engineering and design;...