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    Mathematics for science and technology

    Maths is intimately entwined with science and technology whether it is used to analyse data collected on plants in the Amazon rainforest to calculate the trajectory of a comet or design a bridge to connect two countries This means that science and technology go handinhand with maths and that a firm grasp of maths is crucial for studying any science and technology discipline This free course Maths for science and technology will help you build a stronger grip with the maths helping hand Youll learn about how the power of algebra the sense of scientific notation the beauty of basic trigonometry and why 70 db decibels is 10 times more powerful than 60 db As well as this you will delve into scientific measurement including the importance of units and the flexibility and practically of the SI the internationally recognised system of units based on multiples of ten

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

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    Maths is intimately entwined with science and technology, whether it is used to...
  • Leadership and followership

    This free course Leadership and followership will help you to explore what makes a good leader recognise common leadership challenges and identify the skills you need to develop if you want to enhance your own leadership experience

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Dec 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 11 Dec 2019
    This free course, Leadership and followership, will help you to explore what makes...
  • Introduction to child psychology

    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating In this free course Introduction to child psychology you will be introduced to the discipline of child psychology and some of the key questions that guide the understanding of childhood These questions include What influences childrens development and How do psychologists study the physical and cognitive changes that occur during childhood As you work through this material you will also gain a deeper understanding concerning how psychologists work with young children across a range of applied settings through activities and audiovisual materials

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Mar 2020

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    Introduction to child psychology
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 27 Mar 2020
    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is...
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    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 operations managers and the importance of focusing on suppliers and customers

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    4 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    07 Jun 2019

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    Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This...
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    Social marketing

    Never before have social issues been more at the centre of public and private debate From concerns about sustainability and the future of the planet to the introduction of smoking bans there is a growing recognition that social marketing has a role to play in achieving a wide range of social goals This free course Social marketing examines the nature of social marketing and how the adoption of marketing concepts frameworks and techniques developed for commercial marketers can be applied to the solution of social problems

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    06 Jun 2019

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    Never before have social issues been more at the centre of public and private...
  • Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner

    This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach Critical reflection is crucial to becoming a successful teacher This free course Becoming a reflective practitioner explains what is meant by reflective practice and how to ensure that reflection leads to learning As a beginner teacher you will encounter many contradictions and challenges in school you will learn to teach in a particular context but will need to be able to transfer your learning to new contexts Critical reflection will help you to do this This free course explores the different models of critical reflection knowledge of which will help you to structure your practice and evaluate whether you are reflecting and therefore learning effectively

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    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    06 Jun 2019

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    Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner
    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 06 Jun 2019
    This is the third of four courses which comprise the course Learning to teach....
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    Organisations and management accounting

    This free course Organisations and management accounting examines the nature of organisations specifically their objectives and structure Organisational objectives and structure determine management functions and responsibilities within the organisation

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    07 Nov 2019

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    This free course, Organisations and management accounting, examines the nature of...
  • Collaborative problem solving for community safety

    This free course Collaborative problem solving for community safety offers a range of techniques for community police officers other communitybased public service professionals and members of community groups working to solve problems collaboratively and creatively It examines some of the ways which OU specialists in creative problem solving recommend to tackle difficult problems and how to implement them in a community setting

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    16 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Jun 2020

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    Collaborative problem solving for community safety
    Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 05 Jun 2020
    This free course, Collaborative problem solving for community safety, offers a...
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    Effective communication in the workplace

    This free course Effective communication in the workplace explores the importance of communication as a skill in the workplace It aims to increase your understanding of communication skills and to help you to consider how your communication could be perceived by others Youll cover areas such as verbal and nonverbal communication written communication and using your communication skills to overcome challenging situations

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Apr 2020

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 07 Apr 2020
    This free course, Effective communication in the workplace, explores the...
  • Astronomy with an online telescope

    By Dr Alan Cayless, Dr Jo Jarvis

    This free course shows you how to navigate the night sky and introduces the wide variety of objects it contains You will develop a handson understanding of telescopic observationsusing the Open Universitys own robotic telescope facility COAST sited on the island of Tenerife Supported by your own measurements we illustrate how stars evolve and study variable stars For those new to astronomy andor the use of robotic telescopes this course provides a practical introduction and will prepare you for further OU study where remotely operable telescopes feature

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Aug 2019

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    Astronomy with an online telescope
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 07 Aug 2019
    This free course shows you how to navigate the night sky, and introduces the wide...
  • Understanding mental capacity

    This free course Understanding mental capacity covers the principles and criteria underpinning the assessment of mental capacity and decision making in the UK

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

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    Understanding mental capacity
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    This free course, Understanding mental capacity, covers the principles and...
  • An introduction to electronics

    Electronics is fundamental to modern life Using an interactive website videos and easytouse electronic circuit design and simulation software this free course An introduction to electronics will show how electronic devices and systems pervade everything we do and teach some of the basic ideas

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Dec 2019

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    An introduction to electronics
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Dec 2019
    Electronics is fundamental to modern life. Using an interactive website, videos,...
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    English grammar in context

    What are the differences between spoken and written English Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears This free course English grammar in context looks at the way grammar can be used as a tool for adapting our communications both written and spoken This OpenLearn course will help you to see how language is intertwined with both describing a view of the world and interacting with others in that world

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    25 May 2017

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    What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar...
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    Judges and the law

    How do judges make law This free course Judges and the law will examine how the common law system works the differences between civil code and common law systems and the advantages and disadvantages of the common law system The role of the judiciary in the lawmaking process is explored by examining the origins of common law the system of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation

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    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Jul 2019

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    How do judges make law? This free course, Judges and the law, will examine how the...
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    Starting with psychology

    The most important and greatest puzzle we face as humans is ourselves Boring 1950 p 56 Humans are a puzzle one that is complex subtle and multilayered and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change within different contexts When answering the question what makes us who we are psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel think and behave the way they do Just when psychologists seem to understand one bit of who we are up pops some new evidence to show a different side It is not easy to pin down all the many influences This free course Starting with psychology makes a start

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 May 2019

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    The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring,...
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    Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

    What should we eat before and after exercise This free course Eating to win activity diet and weight control examines the importance of nutrition in physical activity sport and weight management The role that physical activity has alongside nutrition in controlling body weight will be discussed as will considerations for preexercise and postexercise nutrition and hydration

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    6 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Nov 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 30 Nov 2017
    What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win:...
  • Start writing fiction: characters and stories

    Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing focusing on the central skill of creating characters

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Jun 2019

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    Start writing fiction: characters and stories
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 26 Jun 2019
    Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own...
  • An introduction to crime and criminology

    Crime evokes a wide variety of reactions in people fear anger fascination excitement curiosity This course An introduction to crime and criminology considers the relatively commonplace problem of vandalism in the form of graffiti as one example through which to explore your own views about an everyday sort of crime The course goes on to consider how social scientists and criminologists in particular study and seek to understand problems of crime The course invites you to develop what can be called your criminological imagination This in part involves viewing criminological issues or problems from multiple perspectives but also encourages you to recognise that private troubles and social issues are often linked together

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    6 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2020

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    An introduction to crime and criminology
    Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 05 Feb 2020
    Crime evokes a wide variety of reactions in people: fear, anger, fascination,...
  • Succeed in the workplace

    Do you want to change jobs are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break If so then this free course Succeed in the workplace is for you It will help you explore career opportunities You will also gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms and to handle different types of interviews By the end of the course you will have made a start on your own realistic and strong action plan to enable you to find a job that will fulfil your aspirations and suit your lifestyle

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Jan 2020

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    Succeed in the workplace
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 09 Jan 2020
    Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be...
  • Understanding different research perspectives

    This free course Understanding different research perspectives explores the development of the research process looking at the different perspectives from which an issue or phenomenon can be investigated and highlights the main methodologies that can be used to investigate a business issue By looking at different perspectivesapproaches to issues and phenomena different research methodologies and ethical considerations this course will sustain the development of a research study from the initial idea of what to investigate to the elaboration of specific research questions the research design strategy and methodology

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    9 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    22 Aug 2016

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    Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
    This free course, Understanding different research perspectives, explores the...
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    Attachment in the early years

    This free course Attachment in the early years covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood In the 1950s John Bowlby was the first person to develop a theory about the significance of early attachments between caregivers and very young children His work has stimulated a massive and very productive field of research with important implications for childcare This OpenLearn course describes Bowlbys theory and the work that has built on it illustrated with video recordings of the assessment of attachment in a laboratory setting and a talk by an eminent attachment researcher

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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    20 Aug 2019

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    This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the...
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    Understanding antibiotic resistance

    Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat compromising our ability to treat infections and increasing the risk of routine surgery Resistant infections are increasing due to overuse of antibiotics and this has resulted in the emergence of superbugs bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics This free course Understanding antibiotic resistance provides the science background underlying antibiotic resistance It will cover the following questions What are antibiotics Why do we need them How do they work What is antibiotic resistance Why is it a problem What can we do about it

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Sep 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 03 Sep 2019
    Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat, compromising our ability to treat...
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    Critical criminology and the social sciences

    This free course Critical criminology and the social sciences will provide you with an insight into some of the main disciplines within the social sciences focusing in particular on critical criminology It will begin by outlining some of the defining characteristics of the social science disciplines of psychology law sociology and critical criminology Using the global financial crisis of 20078 as a case study the course will then provide you with an insight into how academics working in some of these different disciplinary backgrounds make sense of a similar topic in different ways The course will conclude by considering the place of critical criminology within the social sciences

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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    03 Apr 2020

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    Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 03 Apr 2020
    This free course, Critical criminology and the social sciences, will provide you...
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    Understanding depression and anxiety

    This free course Understanding depression and anxiety explores the causes of these mental health issues with a particular focus on stress You will consider some risk and causal factors for some depression and anxiety disorders and learn about the biology and psychology behind them

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    08 Nov 2019

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    This free course, Understanding depression and anxiety, explores the causes of...
  • Developing good academic practice

    This free course Developing good academic practice is intended to help you develop good academic practices in your studies and when producing assignments and completing assessments Although designed as a course to work through the content can also be used to dip in and out of if you feel you need to improve your skills in a particular area

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    07 Mar 2016

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    Developing good academic practice
    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
    This free course, Developing good academic practice, is intended to help you...
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