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The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 22 Jun 2011
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive...

Does glass flow downwards?

Does glass flow downwards? Creative commons image Credit: Lawrence OP under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2011
Is it true that glass is a liquid, slowly trickling downwards - and is this why old stained glass panels are thicker at the bottom?

Rewriting history - the failings of a common memory

Rewriting history - the failings of a common memory Creative commons image Credit: riacale under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Dec 2007
What we think of history is skewed by what our grandparents, and theirs, thought was important.

Statistics: What is it or what are they?

Statistics: What is it or what are they? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jan 2005
How can we hope to understand statistics if we can't even be sure if they're singular or plural? Kevin McConway has an answer

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How to be a critical reader

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Jul 2011
In this unit you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of your...

Summarising text

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 12 May 2011
In this unit you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

Paraphrasing text

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 10 May 2011
In this unit you will focus on paraphrasing text. This is really a process of turning what you are reading into ‘your own words’, which is an...

Challenge of the Social Sciences

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Challenge of the Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 30 May 2008
This course focuses on two interlinked issues: the philosophical questions that arise in social science research, and research methods. Social...

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Algorithms, data structures and computability

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Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
You will learn how to take a problem and state it precisely using an algorithm so that it can be solved with a computer.