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Slip Slide Collide

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Slip Slide Collide Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 14 Jul 2014
Want to learn more about the Earth's tectonic plates? Start your journey into the surface of the Earth with these three quick-fire challenges

60-Second Adventures in Astronomy

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60-Second Adventures in Astronomy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 20 Dec 2012
Ever wondered where the Universe came from? Or more importantly, where it's headed? Voiced by David Mitchell, this series of 60 second animations...

60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Life on Mars

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60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Life on Mars
Introductory level Updated 19 Dec 2012
Discover how asteroids and microbes flying through space could hold the secret to life on Earth - and maybe even Mars

60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Exoplanets

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60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Exoplanets
Introductory level Updated 19 Dec 2012
How have scientists studied distant stars to learn more about exoplanets, the invisible planets that orbit them?

60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: A day on Mercury

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60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: A day on Mercury
Introductory level Updated 19 Dec 2012
Find out how you'd pass the time on Mercury  - where a single day lasts two years

Life on a 'New Earth'?

Life on a 'New Earth'? Creative commons image Credit: By FbThienVanHoc via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2011
Is there anybody out there? The recent discovery of a 'New Earth' has expanded our obsession with extra-terrestrial life. But what...

OU on the BBC: Earth Reporters

OU on the BBC: Earth Reporters Copyrighted image Credit: Ferdinandreus | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 May 2011
In May 2011 the new series of Earth Reporters will be broadcast, offering first-hand insights into global concerns

Kepler's mission to discover 'Star Trek' planets

Kepler's mission to discover 'Star Trek' planets Creative commons image Credit: By Jesus Belzunce via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Jan 2011
Will Captain Kirk and Spock ever be able to visit other worlds and walk around in their skin-hugging uniforms, breathing the air? This is the...

Biodiversity: What's in it for me?

Biodiversity: What's in it for me? Creative commons image Credit: jmtimages under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Jun 2010
World Environment Day celebrates environmental issues, including biodiversity. But what's in it for you?

The Galapagos

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The Galapagos Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 26 Mar 2010
The Galapagos Islands are famous for inspiring Charles Darwin to form his Theory of Evolution based on the biodiversity he'd observed there. This...

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Earth and Life

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Earth and Life Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
This series of tracks focuses on geological phenomena, Gaia theory and volcanoes. Included is a discussion on Climate Change and whether the...

Planetary science

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Planetary science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 25 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Our planet is at the centre of a cosmic shooting gallery. This album examines the evidence for and effect of asteroid impacts and meteor explosions...

Environmental Science in the Field

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Environmental Science in the Field Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 55 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
This is a one-week residential course which introduces a range of practical skills appropriate to the study of environmental science. You visit a...

Innovation Design: Sustainable Communities

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Innovation Design: Sustainable Communities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Apr 2010
Can you picture the future in a world without fossil fuels? Perhaps you think that living an "alternative" lifestyle has to mean painful and...

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...

Ecosystems: modelling the Earth

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Ecosystems: modelling the Earth Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Advanced level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Jan 2010
How can numerical models help us to understand our planet? How do we make sure they represent reality? This album introduces ongoing work to model...

Ecosystems: living communities

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Ecosystems: living communities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Advanced level Duration 20 mins Updated 01 Dec 2009
What are ecosystems, and what do different ecosystems have in common? How are they affected by human activity? From the diverse rainforests of the...

Rocks in the field

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Rocks in the field Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 07 Aug 2009
Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, its origin, structure, processes and composition. This album features The Open University's Glynda...

Geological landforms: Dorset and The Isle of Skye

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Geological landforms: Dorset and The Isle of Skye Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 18 Jul 2009
Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, its origin, structure, processes and composition. This album is mainly concerned with the...

Geological time

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Geological time Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 08 Jul 2009
Geology is the scientific study of the Earth, its origin, structure, processes and composition. This album is concerned mainly with the...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...

Science in context

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Science in context Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course covers interesting, contemporary issues with a scientific dimension: BSE/vCJD; near-Earth objects; water and well-being; climate change...

Earth science

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Earth science Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module is an introduction to the fundamentals of geology, which includes basic aspects of Earth science and geological field and practical...

Earth science: a systems approach

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Earth science: a systems approach Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 13 Jan 2015
Introduces a systems approach to Earth science and explores several important Earth system interactions using a variety of methods and models.

Ecosystems

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Ecosystems Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore the interactions between organisms and their environment that together form an ecosystem – from simple microbial communities to entire...

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 / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Oct 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Investigate causes and consequences of international environmental problems and resource conflicts, including loss of biological diversity, water...