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Astronomy: images of the Universe free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Astronomy: images of the Universe

Modern astronomy utilises a range of techniques across the electromagnetic spectrum that allow astronomers to measure the brightness, size and shape of astronomical objects, as well as their structure in many cases. This free course enables you to explore multiwavelength images of the Universe and make your own measurements of stars, nebulae and...

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6 hrs
Moons of our Solar System free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Moons of our Solar System

In this free course, Moons of our Solar System, explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

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24 hrs
Data analysis: hypothesis testing free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Data analysis: hypothesis testing

Making decisions about the world based on data requires a process that bridges the gap between unstructured data and the decision. Statistical hypothesis testing helps decision-making by formulating beliefs about the world, including people, organisations or other objects, and formally testing these beliefs. In this free course, you will ...

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9 hrs
Data analysis: visualisations in Excel free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Data analysis: visualisations in Excel

Evidence comes in the form of qualitative or quantitative data about the world around you. It is not always obvious, however, how to structure, aggregate, analyse or interpret the data to help you make decisions. In this free course, you will look at how to use data to make decisions in a systematic way using Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Excel ...

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6 hrs
Engineering: environmental fluids free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Engineering: environmental fluids

This course introduces the properties of the atmosphere and how wind movements arise and are affected by pressures and the Earth’s motion, development of weather system, moving onto the Earth’s oceans and seas. Understanding how ocean movements are generated and sustained in the form of waves, tides, flows and currents is important in many ...

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7 hrs
Microgravity: living on the International Space Station free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

This free badged open course, Microgravity: living on the International Space Station, will help you to consider microgravity environments in more detail than before! You will make direct comparisons of some important physical values between the International Space Station (ISS), the Earth and the Moon.

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24 hrs
COVID-19: Immunology, vaccines and epidemiology free course icon level 2: intermediate icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

COVID-19: Immunology, vaccines and epidemiology

This free badged course, COVID-19: Immunology, vaccines and epidemiology, explains how antibodies protect against viral infections and how the incidence of antibodies can be used to track an epidemic. The course incorporates an interactive on-line assay (ELISA) of the type that is used to detect antibodies against COVID-19 infection. The samples...

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24 hrs
Introduction to complex analysis free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to complex analysis

This free course, Introduction to complex analysis, is an extract from the third level Open University course M337 Complex Analysis, which develops the theory of functions of a complex variable, emphasising their geometric properties and indicating some applications.

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12 hrs
Understanding science: what we cannot know free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Understanding science: what we cannot know

This free course, Understanding science: what we cannot know, investigates the boundaries of our understanding across numerous scientific fields. It asks whether it's possible that we will one day know everything, or whether some knowledge will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension.

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24 hrs
Introducing technology and innovation management free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introducing technology and innovation management

This free course will introduce you to technology and innovation management and is relevant to managers and students of technological innovation. You will learn about innovation types and processes, how innovation can add or create value, and about the management activities that underpin the innovation and value creation process. You do not ...

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15 hrs
Succeed with maths: part 1 free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Succeed with maths: part 1

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.

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24 hrs
Introducing vectors for engineering applications free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introducing vectors for engineering applications

Applied mathematics is a key skill for practicing engineers and mathematical modelling is an ever-increasing field within engineering. This free course, Introducing vectors for engineering applications, covers one aspect of a Level 1 engineering module, the application of vectors and vector algebra, using examples inspired by engineering ...

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5 hrs