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  • The Silver Bridge Disaster: Eyebars in suspension Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team

    The Silver Bridge Disaster: Eyebars in suspension

    By The Forensic Engineering team

    The 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge was a human tragedy - 46 people died - and an engineering mystery: why did a...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Dec 2017

  • The Silver Bridge Disaster: Eyebars in suspension

    The Silver Bridge Disaster: Eyebars in suspension Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Dec 2017
    The 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge was a human tragedy - 46 people died - and an engineering mystery: why did a bridge built to last a century not make...
  • The Silver Bridge Disaster: Stresses and strains Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team

    The Silver Bridge Disaster: Stresses and strains

    By The Forensic Engineering team

    The 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge was a human tragedy - 46 people died - and an engineering mystery: why did a...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Dec 2017

  • The Silver Bridge Disaster: Stresses and strains

    The Silver Bridge Disaster: Stresses and strains Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Dec 2017
    The 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge was a human tragedy - 46 people died - and an engineering mystery: why did a bridge built to last a century not make...
  • The Silver Bridge Disaster: The collapse Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team

    The Silver Bridge Disaster: The collapse

    By The Forensic Engineering team

    The 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge was a human tragedy - 46 people died - and an engineering mystery: why did a...

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    Audio

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Dec 2017

  • The Silver Bridge Disaster: The collapse

    The Silver Bridge Disaster: The collapse Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Dec 2017
    The 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge was a human tragedy - 46 people died - and an engineering mystery: why did a bridge built to last a century not make...
  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us...

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    TV Programme

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Sep 2017

  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

    Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us about the world and how it...
  • Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ed Cave - Windfall Films

    Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

    Could machines built to enhance our lives one day become our greatest rivals?

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    TV Programme

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Aug 2017

  • Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

    Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ed Cave - Windfall Films
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Aug 2017
    Could machines built to enhance our lives one day become our greatest rivals?
  • Britain's Greatest Invention Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Britain's Greatest Invention

    BBC Two takes us inside the Science Museum vaults and asks the nation to vote for Britain's Greatest Invention.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Jun 2017

  • Britain's Greatest Invention

    Britain's Greatest Invention Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 17 Jun 2017
    BBC Two takes us inside the Science Museum vaults and asks the nation to vote for Britain's Greatest Invention.
  • Three Unsung Inventions: Tarmac, Time and Propellers

    By Dr James Warren

    Dr James Warren gives us the lowdown on three unsung inventions and the stories behind the ingenious inventors....

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Jun 2017

  • Three Unsung Inventions: Tarmac, Time and Propellers

    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 13 Jun 2017
    Dr James Warren gives us the lowdown on three unsung inventions and the stories behind the ingenious inventors. Vote for your favourite in our poll....
  • The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Crossrail Ltd

    TV Programme

    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 May 2017

  • The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown

    The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Crossrail Ltd
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 30 May 2017
    Ten thousand engineers and construction workers race to complete Crossrail.
  • Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners

    Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.

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    TV Programme

    Updated on:

    18 Apr 2017

  • Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners

    Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Updated 18 Apr 2017
    Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.
  • Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BBC

    Canals: The Making of a Nation

    Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated...

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    TV Programme

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2017

  • Canals: The Making of a Nation

    Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2017
    Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second World War.

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  • Returning to STEM

    This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology,...

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    10 Oct 2017

  • Returning to STEM

    Returning to STEM
    Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 10 Oct 2017
    This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to...
  • Manufacturing

    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 May 2017

  • Manufacturing

    Manufacturing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are...
  • Introduction to structural integrity

    The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    28 Mar 2017

  • Introduction to structural integrity

    Introduction to structural integrity Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13...
  • Introduction to polymers

    This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and demonstrates how their properties are controlled by their molecular...

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    26 May 2016

  • Introduction to polymers

    Introduction to polymers Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 May 2016
    This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and...
  • Introduction to finite element analysis

    What is finite element analysis (what is it and why do we carry it out? This free course, Introduction to finite element analysis, introduces the...

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    Free course

    7 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Mar 2016

  • Introduction to finite element analysis

    Introduction to finite element analysis Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Red Bull Racing
    Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
    What is finite element analysis (what is it and why do we carry it out? This free...
  • Engineering: The nature of problems

    Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical problems, ranging from the meeting of basic human needs for food and...

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    Free course

    40 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    23 Mar 2016

  • Engineering: The nature of problems

    Engineering: The nature of problems Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 40 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
    Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical...
  • Seeing the light

    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...

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Mar 2016

  • Seeing the light

    Seeing the light Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
    This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your...
  • Introduction to forensic engineering

    Why do products fail and who finds out why? In this free course, Introduction to forensic engineering, we enter the complex world of forensic...

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    17 Mar 2016

  • Introduction to forensic engineering

    Introduction to forensic engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
    Why do products fail and who finds out why? In this free course, Introduction to...
  • Microelectronic solutions for digital photography

    The human eye is a fascinating and complicated device, but how do digital cameras capture images? This free course, Microelectronic solutions for...

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    17 Mar 2016

  • Microelectronic solutions for digital photography

    Microelectronic solutions for digital photography Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
    The human eye is a fascinating and complicated device, but how do digital cameras...
  • Engineering: The challenge of temperature

    Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical problems, ranging from the meeting of basic human needs for food and...

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    Free course

    40 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    17 Mar 2016

  • Engineering: The challenge of temperature

    Engineering: The challenge of temperature Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 40 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
    Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical...

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    Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

    Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    As well as being fascinating and intellectually rewarding, the study of...

    Foundation Degree in Engineering

    Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in...

    Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

    Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    This Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

    Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

    Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings...

    BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics

    BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Mathematics and statistics play an important role in almost every area of life,...

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and...

    Engineering: frameworks, analysis, production

    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017 Register by 15 Mar 2018
    This module builds on the concepts and techniques inEngineering: origins, methods,...

    Structural integrity: designing against failure

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    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 04 Dec 2017 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    Structural integrity is the study of the safe design and assessment of components...
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