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The energy dilemma

The energy dilemma Creative commons image Credit: Lee Haywood under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
How can the Government balance voter and industry expectations of the energy market in the lead up to the next election? 

Renewable Energy: the Scottish story

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Renewable Energy: the Scottish story Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 19 Jun 2014
Energy policy in Scotland has been following a different path to the rest of the UK since devolution. How is Scotland's energy policy different,...

Welcome to the future

Welcome to the future Copyrighted image Credit: Crackerclips | Dreamstime.com
Updated 03 Jun 2014
How The Open University is leading a project that is transforming Milton Keynes into one of the world’s first ‘smart cities’.

Bang Goes The Theory 8: Episode 1 - Energy

Bang Goes The Theory 8: Episode 1 - Energy Creative commons image Credit: woodleywonderworks | Flickr
Introductory level Updated 07 Mar 2014
This week the Bang teams looks at energy - how close Britain might get to running out of electricity? 

Power My Postcode: Compare energy sources in your own backyard

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Power My Postcode: Compare energy sources in your own backyard Creative commons image Credit: The Open University / mapping: Google
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Aug 2013
Learn about energy production in the UK by entering your postcode into our tool to find out how much of your local area a fuel source can power...

The science of chocolate

The science of chocolate Copyrighted image Credit: Mikael Damkier | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 19 Feb 2013
Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us? 

Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity - Revelations and Revolutions

Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity - Revelations and Revolutions Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Nov 2012
The final episode of Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity tells the story of how a new age of real understanding dawned.

Warren East on licencing and life-cycles

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Warren East on licencing and life-cycles Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 May 2012
ARM's Warren East reveals the secret of the company's success - and explains why you need to take a long view of technology's environmental impacts.

OU on the BBC: Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity

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OU on the BBC: Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2012
In Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity, Jim Al-Khalili tells the electrifying story of our quest to master nature’s most mysterious force -...

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Unclear about nuclear?

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Unclear about nuclear?
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 13 Nov 2013
The unit will provide an opportunity for young people (18+) who are interested but unsure about entering the nuclear industry to develop their...

Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability

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Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In the increasingly complex world of change and uncertainty, particularly in the context of climate change, the notion of sustainability is often...

Living without oil

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Living without oil Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. It is vital in the manufacture of many modern materials. But the world's supply...

Biofuels

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Biofuels Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Feb 2013
This unit investigates what is meant by a biofuel and covers the advantages of using biofuels compared to fossil fuels. The different types of...

Earth's physical resources: petroleum

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Earth's physical resources: petroleum Creative commons image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 03 Jan 2012
The discovery of of the world's first major underground oilfield in Pennsylvania, USA in 1859 sparked the continuing era of the world's reliance on...

The frozen planet

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The frozen planet
Introductory level Duration 7 hours Updated 02 Nov 2011
This unit is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the seasons;...

Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment

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Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
The incidence of obesity is on the increase in affluent societies, and the phenomenon commands increasing attention from health professionals,...

Future energy demand and supply

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Future energy demand and supply Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 13 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of...

An introduction to sustainable energy

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An introduction to sustainable energy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 26 Jul 2011
The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This unit provides an introductory overview of the present energy systems...

Climate change

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Climate change Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 18 hours Updated 26 Jul 2011
Climate change is a key issue on today’s social and political agenda. This unit explores the basic science that underpins climate change and global...

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Sep 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 16 Sep 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 12 Sep 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...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 12 Sep 2014
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

Learn about nuclear energy

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Learn about nuclear energy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Updated 12 Sep 2014 Register by 01 Oct 2013
Explore the scientific and technological background to nuclear energy, radiation and the cost of producing electricity.

Renewable energy

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Renewable energy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Sep 2014 Register by 18 Sep 2014
You’ll review the eight main renewable energy technologies and develop your ability to practically apply this knowledge – especially for solar...

Energy and sustainability

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Energy and sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Sep 2014 Register by 18 Sep 2014
Can nuclear power, carbon capture and storage or renewable energy sources provide solutions to the problem of global warming? Explore the issues...

Cell biology

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Cell biology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Sep 2014 Register by 18 Sep 2014
Cell biology explores the origins of cells and the generation of cell diversity, as well as the common features of cellular structure and function ...