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Camelford case study

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Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 19 Sep 2013
How did clear thought help during the water contamination disaster at Camelford?

Terminal Cities

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Terminal Cities Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Jun 2013
Everyone wants to be able to go everywhere, but no-one wants the Terminal City near them. Simon Bell discusses the paradox of modern air travel.

Lighting up the roads of the future

Lighting up the roads of the future
Introductory level Updated 29 Apr 2013
How far down the road are we in the technological evolution of our highways?

Systems explained: Sir Geoffrey Vickers

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Nov 2012
One of the pioneers of systems thinkiing shares his vision.

Guide to diagrams

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Guide to diagrams Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 29 Aug 2012
Diagrams allow us to think in new ways and approach problems differently. Learn five invaluable diagramming techniques with this video series and quiz

Robin Roy's story

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2010
Explore the personal side of climate change with Robin Roy's diary entry.

Sensory augmentation devices

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Sensory augmentation devices Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
How can new technology help you to play a new musical instrument? The E-Sense research programme is experimenting with novel augmentation devices...

Systems Practice - Video menu

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2009
See how systems thinking can make a difference for you by watching our selection of videos.

In search of intelligence

In search of intelligence Copyrighted image Credit: Photos.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Mar 2009
Ivan Horrocks takes a look at the data trail we leave behind ourselves

IT failures, organisational amnesia and the "myth" of evidence based policy making

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2009
Ivan Horrocks explores why we don't learn from our mistakes, and repeatedly ignore evidence based policy making when it comes to IT projects

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Environmental management and organisations

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Environmental management and organisations
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jun 2014
It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not...

Knowledge technologies in context

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Masters level Duration 22 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
This unit explores knowledge technologies, that is, software systems that can represent, interpret, formalise or interrogate phenomena and create...

Managing for Sustainability

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Masters level Duration 25 mins Updated 09 Oct 2012
What are the key issues for sustainable resource management? How do companies operate while maintaining corporate social responsibility? From...

Understanding the environment: A systems approach

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 27 Jul 2011
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Managing Complexity: A Systems Approach

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Jul 2011
Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? This unit examines how systemic thinking and practice enables you to...

Systems thinking and practice

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
What is systems thinking and practice? The essence of systems thinking and practice is in ‘seeing’ the world in a particular way, because how you ...

Systems diagramming

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This unit looks at how diagrams can be used to represent information...

Systems modelling

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Maps and plans, architects and engineers, drawings, graphs and tables: all are models we use in everyday life. This unit will introduce you to the...

The database development life cycle

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Jul 2011
No idea how relational database systems are constructed? Did you know that they underpin the majority of the managed data storage in computer...

Models and modelling

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Models and modelling Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 15 Jul 2011
Models are mechanisms for communication. This unit looks at what a model is and what the process of modelling is about. The techniques discussed...

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Nov 2014
If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this degree course enables you to top up your...

Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice

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Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014
The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014
In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014
The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers...

BSc (Honours) Computing and IT

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BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014
Computing and IT skills have become fundamental to the way we live, work, socialise and play. This degree course opens up the world of technology...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

Human biology

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Human biology Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014 Register by 17 Sep 2015
This course in our nursing programme explores human biology in relation to health and disease, how the body’s systems interact, and interventions...

Developing concurrent distributed systems

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Developing concurrent distributed systems Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
Study the theory and practice of developing concurrent distributed computing systems, learn about advanced use of Java, and examine heterogeneous...

Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications

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Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 19 Nov 2014 Register by 30 Sep 2015
This module introduces some of the computational modelling and analysis techniques used in engineering the products, processes and systems that...

Keeping ahead in information and communication technologies

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Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Investigate how to keep pace with rapid changes in ICT, and how to use ICT successfully in complex systems where people play a major part.