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World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day Copyrighted image Credit: Jakezc | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Nov 2014
Toilets save lives. We've compiled some resources to help raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to toilets and proper...

Would you buy a secondhand MINT from this economist?

Would you buy a secondhand MINT from this economist? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 21 Jan 2014
Predicting which nations will take off in the 21st century can be a random process. Alan Shipman explains.

Design Behind the Bike

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Design Behind the Bike Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 05 Nov 2013
The Design Behind the Bike Series explores the effect of science and technology on cycling and explores how the development in technology has...

Does longevity have a role in clothing?

Does longevity have a role in clothing? Creative commons image Credit: Stephen Burch under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2013
Making clothes overseas needn't be a bad thing - providing the items aren't throwaway.

The Bill Gates of Africa

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The Bill Gates of Africa Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Updated 21 Feb 2013
Herman Chinery-Hesse, co-founder of the Ghanian software company theSOFTtribe, discusses software development in Africa.

Mobile Africa

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Mobile Africa Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Updated 13 Feb 2013
Michael Joseph, Managing Director of Mobile Money at Vodafone, discusses how mobile phone technology is contributing to major developments in...

The Heidelberg Project: A Detroit Story

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The Heidelberg Project: A Detroit Story Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 12 Feb 2013
Would you give up a successful career to work for a charity? Can art save a community? Over the course of the last century Detroit moved from being...

Brownfield land: barren, or buzzing?

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Brownfield land: barren, or buzzing? Creative commons image Credit: Photo by Hugh Venables / CC BY-SA 2.0
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Sep 2012
Pioneering environmentalist Chris Baines discusses the value of brownfield sites for wildlife

Games, Geeks and the Parent's Dilemma

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Games, Geeks and the Parent's Dilemma Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 06 Sep 2012
Video games are an everyday part of our children’s lives today. But many parents have concerns about the time their children spend gaming, and...

Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

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Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 21 Jun 2012
Is it possible to eradicate poverty? What steps should be taken to ensure an environmentally sustainable future for our planet? Rio+20 is a United...

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Marxism and Marketing

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Marxism and Marketing Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2013
What can Marxism teach us about marketing? Is Communist thinking relevant when applied to a modern drink’s marketing strategy? The successful sale...

The making of individual differences

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The making of individual differences Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Oct 2012
How do we become individuals? This unit looks at how genes and the environment interact making each of us unique. Looking at the period between...

Early development

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Early development Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
This unit looks at the human being in the context of an individual life cycle, examining some of the processes that contribute to the formation of...

Investigating Entrepreneurial Opportunities

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Investigating Entrepreneurial Opportunities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Advanced level Duration 55 mins Updated 24 Oct 2010
What does it make to be an entrepreneur? Is it hardcoded into certain individuals? Or is it just a matter of changing the way we view opportunities...

Investigating bacterial communication

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Investigating bacterial communication Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 28 Apr 2010
Can bacteria communicate with each other, and if they do communicate, how and why do they do so? And how might understanding the mechanisms of...

World Archaeology

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World Archaeology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
How do archaeologists investigate and understand ancient sites and civilisations? Interpreting archaeological evidence accurately and methodically...

War, Intervention and Development

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War, Intervention and Development Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Masters level Duration 2 hours 15 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
How can we prevent a country from returning to civil war? When and how should external parties intervene in serious conflicts? This album looks at...

Environment: habitat and conservation

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Environment: habitat and conservation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
The relationship between sea and land has always been one of dynamic change. Yet, as rising sea levels threaten habitats for wildlife and humans...

Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context

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Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Advanced level Duration 2 hours 15 mins Updated 08 Mar 2010
This innovative album introduces one of the biggest, and most complex, of today’s environmental problems – climate change. It features the hard...

Music Printing

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Music Printing Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 35 mins Updated 08 Mar 2010
From the middle of the 15th century onwards, the intellectual and cultural life of the West was revolutionised by the development of the printing...

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Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with...

Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Early Years Professional Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
If you work with young children aged from birth to seven years and want to develop your practice and professional skills, this certificate could be...

Professional Certificate in Management

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Professional Certificate in Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 700 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and understanding, the Professional Certificate in Management is for...

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 21 Dec 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 Working with Young People

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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
This practice-based diploma course is the qualification for you if you’re living and working in Scotland and have recent experience of working with...

Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management

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Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly emerging to keep pace with increasingly sophisticated consumer...

Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...

Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies

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Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Dec 2014
The Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies is an extremely flexible qualification, enabling you to develop lifelong learning skills...

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 21 Dec 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...