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  • Metals in medicine

    This free course Metals in medicine focuses on the use of metals and their compounds in the production of images of internal structures in our bodies and on the role of metalcontaining compounds as drugs in the treatment of disease In terms of medical imaging the high atomic numbers of many metals their magnetism and radioactivity have all been harnessed in a range of techniques to provide contrast between tissues and to highlight diseased or otherwise changed tissues These techniques have become some of the most important weapons in our fight against disease When considering drugs used for the treatment of disease your first thoughts might lean towards treatments involving organic compounds But metals and their compounds have been used for medical applications since ancient times The use of metalcontaining drugs is a wideranging exciting and everexpanding research area In this course you will learn the underlying chemistry behind both uses of metalcontaining compounds and see their major impact on human health

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2020

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Feb 2020
    This free course, Metals in medicine, focuses on the use of metals and their...
  • Grammar matters

    Grammar matters because combined with vocabulary choice it is our main way of making meaning This free course introduces you to one approach used to understand how meanings relate systematically to different aspects of grammar and shows how this deeper understanding can be applied to make everyday communication more effective

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    06 Mar 2019

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    Grammar matters
    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 06 Mar 2019
    Grammar matters because, combined with vocabulary choice, it is our main way of...
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    What happens to you when you read?

    This free courseWhat happens to you when you readexplores our relationship with books and the ways in which engaging with fiction in particular can change readers Research shows that as well as providing us with a form of entertainment the activity of reading can bring benefits to our wellbeing in challenging times People have experienced and explored these benefits throughout history As you work your way through this course you will have the chance to participate in both reading and writing activities and experience for yourself what happens to you when you read

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    Free course

    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jul 2021

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    What is strategy?

    Thinking about strategy generates many controversial questions This free course What is strategy focuses on practitioner views of strategy You will learn about application of its major theoretical advances in professional life The course provides definitions of the concept of strategy and strategyrelated vocabulary and examines Mintzbergs five Ps framework

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    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    20 Jun 2019

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    Thinking about strategy generates many controversial questions. This free course,...
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    Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

    Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements This free course Nutrition vitamins and minerals looks at the two main groups of vitamins the fatsoluble vitamins A D E and K and the watersoluble vitamins the B group and vitamin C It also examines the major mineral elements and the importance of fluid balance in the body

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Apr 2019

  • Exclusion clauses

    This free course focuses on the use of exclusion clauses in contracts Exclusion clauses are terms of a contract which seek to exclude or limit a partys liability for loss or damage The course looks at when and how such clauses are used the approach taken by the courts and the role of legislation in this area

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    06 Nov 2017

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    Exclusion clauses
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Nov 2017
    This free course focuses on the use of exclusion clauses in contracts. Exclusion...
  • Writing what you know

    Do you want to improve your descriptive writing This free course Writing what you know will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Jul 2019

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    Writing what you know
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 19 Jul 2019
    Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what...
  • The business of football

    Welcome to this free course The business of football produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League Trust If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management then this engaging and stimulating course which provides the opportunity to share and comment on your learning with others is for you You can progress at your own pace over 3 to 5 weeks and it will take a minimum of around 9 hours of your time over this period

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    Free course

    15 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Jul 2018

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    The business of football
    Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 12 Jul 2018
    Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open...
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    Multidisciplinary study: the value and benefits

    This free course Multidisciplinary study the values and benefits explores the advantages of studying more than one subject and will help you to decide if multidisciplinary study is for you Featuring videos with students on the Open Universitys Open qualifications you will learn about the unique skills you can gain from studying a multisubject qualification and how it can benefit your career prospectsThe Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin in our optionalstartofcourse survey342 Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement in our optionalendofcourse survey343 Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Apr 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Apr 2019
    This free course, Multidisciplinary study: the values and benefits, explores the...
  • Introduction to European Union law

    This free course introduces the law of the European Union It provides a broad overview of the legal framework including historic dimension the discussion of competences and a synopsis of the way Member States can join and leave the European Union from a legal perspective It covers unique concepts of European Union law such as subsidiarity and how these relate to national legal systems Knowledge of law or prior legal studies to this course can be supportive but are not essential

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    26 Jul 2018

  • Introduction to European Union law

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    Introduction to European Union law
    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 26 Jul 2018
    This free course introduces the law of the European Union. It provides a broad...
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    Introducing social work: a starter kit

    This free course Introducing social work a starter kitprovides a glimpse into some of the things that social workers do and looks at why and how social work is done The course is designed for people who might be interested in and curious about social work practice It will also be a useful initial resource for those who may be thinking about entering the social work profession at some point in the future

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    15 Apr 2020

  • Introducing social work: a starter kit

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    Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Apr 2020
    This free course, Introducing social work: a starter kit, provides a glimpse...
  • An introduction to geology

    In this free course An introduction to geology you will explore basic geological processes focusing on how where and why different rocks and natural resources form across the Earth

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2020

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    An introduction to geology
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 05 Feb 2020
    In this free course, An introduction to geology, you will explore basic geological...
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    Exploring career mentoring and coaching

    This free course Exploring career mentoring and coaching will explain what mentors and career coaches do and how a colleague or expert who can ask the right questions challenge assumptions and help an individual to find the best solutions for themselves can make a significant difference in a wide range of situations and contexts

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Dec 2019

  • Exploring career mentoring and coaching

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 11 Dec 2019
    This free course, Exploring career mentoring and coaching, will explain what...
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    Young people’s wellbeing

    Please noteWe are currently working on updating this course and a newer version will be available at the same link on Thursday 5 August 2021 As a result this current version will be deleted from OpenLearn on Wednesday 4 August 2021 so if you are currently studying this course please make sure you complete the course and download your statement of participation before this date You can however study the new course and receive a new statement of participation upon completionWhat do we mean by wellbeing for young people How is it shaped by social differences and inequalities and how can we improve young peoples mental and physical health This free course Young peoples wellbeing will examine the range of factors affecting young peoples wellbeing such as obesity binge drinking depression and behavioural problems

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    Free course

    16 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    13 Jun 2019

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    Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 13 Jun 2019
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  • Could we control our climate?

    Climate crisis is one of the grand challenges we face as a society but it can be hard to approach as a subject Not only can the science at times seem dauntingly complex but the solutions are also far from clear This leaves many people feeling confused guilty anxious angry or else completely switched off from the subject This course tells the story of climate science in a new way to find a fresh perspective for thinking about the future It looks at the problem through the lens of climate engineering the idea of deliberately trying to modify the climate to counteract the changes were observing and predict what will happen in the future The subject contains everything from hope new technologies that could prevent the worst impacts of climate change to enormous controversies over their risks and the way they could be used More than that climate engineering serves as a useful tool to move beyond the usual often frustrating conversations around what to do about the climate crisis By examining exactly what we want for our planets climate and what we would be willing to sacrifice to get there we might find more clarity in our search for solutions

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Mar 2021

  • Could we control our climate?

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    Could we control our climate?
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 31 Mar 2021
    Climate crisis is one of the grand challenges we face as a society, but it can be...
  • Personal branding for career success

    This free coursePersonal branding for career successconsiders what a personal brand is and whether you currently have one Youll look in detail at theories and examples of personal branding and relevant marketing processes and practices Youll identify the values skills knowledge and expertise that you want to promote to employers and consider different ways to build and present your own brand

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Jan 2020

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    Personal branding for career success
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 09 Jan 2020
    This free course, Personal branding for career success, considers what a...
  • Health and wellbeing in the ancient world

    This free course Health and wellbeing in the ancient world investigates the health of people in ancient Greece and Rome using both literary and archaeological evidence to uncover details of real life in ancient societies

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    Free course

    18 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Apr 2020

  • Health and wellbeing in the ancient world

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    Health and wellbeing in the ancient world
    Introductory level Duration 18 hours Updated 01 Apr 2020
    This free course, Health and wellbeing in the ancient world, investigates the...
  • Managing my money

    This free course Managing my money allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances managing budgets debts investments property purchase pensions and insurance

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Feb 2020

  • Managing my money

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    Managing my money
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Feb 2020
    This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your...
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    Two concepts of freedom

    What defines individual freedom in a civilised society Philosophers have argued over such questions for centuries This free course Two concepts of freedom looks at a positive and a negative concept of freedom asking you to think carefully about how freedom is restricted by our place in society and how it can vary from state to state

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    12 Jan 2016

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    What defines individual freedom in a civilised society? Philosophers have argued...
  • Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern

    What is art What is visual culture How have they changed through history This free course Art and visual culture Medieval to modern explores the fundamental issues raised by the study of western art and visual culture over the last millennium It moves from discussing the role of the artist and the functions of art during the medieval and Renaissance periods to considering the concept and practice of art in the era of the academies before finally addressing the question of modern art and the impact of globalisation

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    12 Oct 2018

  • Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern

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    Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Oct 2018
    What is art? What is visual culture? How have they changed through history? This...
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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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    Free course

    6 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Nov 2017

  • Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

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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:...
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    Listening to young children: supporting transition

    In this free course Listening to young children supporting transition you will explore ways of listening to children in order to support their experiences of changes or transitions Such transitions can involve many dimensions including familiarisation with new cultural practices the development of new relationships and potentially a shift in identity for example from being a nursery child to being a pupil During the course you will explore how listening to children as they go through such fundamental transitions can enable adults to personalise support and ensure children can become confident active participants in a new setting

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Jul 2019

  • Listening to young children: supporting transition

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    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 11 Jul 2019
    In this free course, Listening to young children: supporting transition, you will...
  • Hadrian's Rome

    This free course Hadrians Rome explores the city of Rome during the reign of the emperor Hadrian 11738 CE What impact did the emperor have on the appearance of the city What types of structures were built and why And how did the choices that Hadrian made relate to those of his predecessors and also of his successors

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    01 Apr 2019

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    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 01 Apr 2019
    This free course, Hadrian's Rome, explores the city of Rome during the reign of...
  • Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course

    Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture This free course Beginners Chinese a taster course provides a brief introduction to the Chinese language its scripts and sounds and how words are formed You will hear short conversations where people greet each other and introduce themselves and learn how to count from one to ten Youll learn different ways of saying your name and greeting people as well as give your telephone number This OpenLearn course is introductory material for absolute beginners in Chinese

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Oct 2020

  • Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course

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    Beginners’ Chinese: a taster course
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 22 Oct 2020
    Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into...
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    Continuing classical Latin

    This free course Continuing classical Latin gives you the opportunity to hear a discussion of the development of the Latin language

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    09 Feb 2018

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    Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 09 Feb 2018
    This free course, Continuing classical Latin, gives you the opportunity to hear a...
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