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Working in groups and teams free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Working in groups and teams

This free course, Working in groups and teams, explores team working from start to finish. It looks at how successful teams are created, roles within a team, the life cycle of a team, how to manage conflict within teams and evaluating team performance.

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8 hrs
Visualisation: visual representations of data and information free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Visualisation: visual representations of data and information

Modern society is often referred to as 'the information society' - but how can we make sense of all the information we are bombarded with? In this free course, Visualisation: visual representations of data and information, you will learn how to interpret, and in some cases create, visual representations of data and information that help us to ...

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8 hrs
Understanding operations management free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Understanding operations management

Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This free course, Understanding operations management, will provide you with a basic framework for understanding this function, whether producing goods or services or in the private, public or voluntary sectors. In addition, this OpenLearn course discusses the role of ...

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4 hrs
Understanding management: I'm managing thank you! free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Understanding management: I'm managing thank you!

This free course, Understanding management: I'm managing thank you! provides you with a set of ideas for developing your approach to managing your own work what we might call self-management. In order to do this, we will examine some of the key processes of management decision making, such as allocating time, staff, physical and financial ...

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5 hrs
Making decisions free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Making decisions

Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you? This free course will help you understand some of the processes involved in decision making. Attention to the psychology of decision making and the social context in which decisions are made can improve your understanding of others and yourself.

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4 hrs
The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy

This free course, The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy, explores the role of diagnosis in the treatment of mental health problems. It considers the history of our current understandings of 'mental health' and 'illness' with a focus on the concepts of anxiety and depression, and looks at potential gains and losses in using ...

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8 hrs
Conversations and interviews free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Money & Business

Conversations and interviews

This free course, Conversations and interviews, explores how to ask and answer questions in interviews and conversations.

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5 hrs
Stakeholders in marketing and finance free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Money & Business

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

This free course, Stakeholders in marketing and finance, comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in which learners are asked to relate the ideas discussed to their own work practice.

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2 hrs
Developing high trust work relationships free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Money & Business

Developing high trust work relationships

Learn about trust in the organisational context. This free course, Developing high trust work relationships, introduces the concept of trust, what it means to you and how it may affect your organisation.

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2 hrs
The MMR vaccine: public health, private fears free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

The MMR vaccine: public health, private fears

A decade ago, the possibility of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism hit the media. Fear of the vaccine spread rapidly and, despite an almost unanimous consensus that the claim was unfounded, still persists today. In this free course, The MMR vaccine: public health, private fears, we'll examine why this controversy took on such a life of ...

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20 hrs
The family at the centre of early learning free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

The family at the centre of early learning

This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how ordinary, everyday domestic activities can sustain learning. You will consider how the traditions and cultural practices of the community to which the family belongs filters through to the child’s ...

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9 hrs
Technology, innovation and management free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Technology, innovation and management

Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide you with an overview and introduction to a range of related concepts, ideas and debates. It adopts a broad definition of innovation and subscribes to the view that a fundamental feature of any ...

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10 hrs