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Asset allocation in investment free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Asset allocation in investment

This course looks at how to take investor objectives and constraints and turn them into a portfolio which aims at achieving an expected return and level of risk appropriate for the investor. In this free course, Asset allocation in investment, portfolio optimisation techniques such as portfolio theory can be used to determine how much of an ...

Free course
9 hrs
Decision trees and dealing with uncertainty free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Decision trees and dealing with uncertainty

This free course introduces basic ideas of probability. It focuses on dealing with uncertainty in a financial context and explores decision trees, a powerful decision-making technique, which can help you to simplify and formulate business decisions. The course also includes videos that introduce the key ideas and guide you through numerous ...

Free course
5 hrs
Managing and managing people free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Managing and managing people

This free course, Managing and managing people, will introduce you to the world of management. We will be looking at a range of topics, including what managers do, what skills they require, and how you can develop as a manager.

Free course
8 hrs
Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations

This free course, Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations, will help you to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference. The course is aimed at people who work within voluntary organisations as paid staff or as volunteers or for people who work regularly with voluntary organisations, such as ...

Free course
24 hrs
Retail marketing free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Retail marketing

This free course, Retail marketing, explores how retailers use marketing to communicate with their customers, considering definitions of retailing and consumers, the basics of communications, before moving on to look at different forms of marketing communications and advertising used by retailers.

Free course
8 hrs
Introducing ageing free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Introducing ageing

Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer than previous generations. This is often seen as a problem. But is it? This free course, Introducing ageing, will help you to think about this issue by introducing you to some key ideas in studying later life.

Free course
11 hrs
Gweithio hybrid: dechrau yn y gweithle free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Gweithio hybrid: dechrau yn y gweithle

Gall dechrau mewn gweithle newydd – p'un ai dyna eich swydd gyntaf 'go iawn' ar ôl gorffen eich addysg, neu'r cam nesaf yn natblygiad eich gyrfa – fod yn gyffrous ac yn frawychus. Os mai sefydliad hybrid ydyw, a bod eich diwrnod cyntaf mewn lleoliad anghysbell yn hytrach na gweithle ffisegol, gall hynny fod hyd yn oed yn fwy dryslyd. Nod y cwrs...

Free course
7 hrs
Exercise and mental health free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Exercise and mental health

Each year thousands of pounds are spent on medications to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. These medications often have negative side effects. Exercise is an alternative treatment that is low cost and has few side effects. In this free course, Exercise and mental health, we will look at the links between exercise and improved ...

Free course
2 hrs
Hybrid working: organisational development free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Money & Business

Hybrid working: organisational development

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many organisations to go into warp speed and pivot their workforce to remote working almost overnight in 2020. The return to pre-pandemic office routines has been slow, and many organisations are now keen to work in a more agile and flexible way. Hybrid working does, however, introduce a new set of challenges, and ...

Free course
21 hrs
Inclusive Leadership: Effecting change free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Education & Development

Inclusive Leadership: Effecting change

This free course will enable leaders and aspiring leaders in a range of educational settings to reflect on key concepts for inclusive leadership. They will be introduced to the influence of values and emotions in leadership and consider how underpinning principles of social justice can change leadership relationships and interactions. Students ...

Free course
8 hrs
Project management: the start of the project journey free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Project management: the start of the project journey

This free course, Project management: The start of the project journey, introduces projects, what they are, how they come about, responses to problems and planning. It explores the role of key players including the project manager, feasibility studies, decision making and project life cycles.

Free course
35 hrs
Business models in strategic management free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Money & Business

Business models in strategic management

In this free course, Business models in strategic management, you will be introduced to the theory and practice of business models as they have developed in strategy literature. In particular, you will explore the emergence of the business model idea, types of business models and how business models can be designed.

Free course
10 hrs