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Introduction to structural integrity free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to structural integrity

The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This free course, Introduction to structural integrity, looks at the investigation that followed the collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River in 1967 which demonstrates how the study of safe ...

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20 hrs
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The making of individual differences free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

The making of individual differences

--- Please note: This is course is due to be archived on Wednesday 7th November. You can study the course up until this date. For learners who have completed the course, the Statement of Participation will remain in your learner records in your OpenLearn profile. --- How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual ...

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12 hrs
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Alcohol and human health free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Alcohol and human health

What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this free course, Alcohol and human health, looks at the harmful effects of alcohol both in the short and long term.

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6 hrs
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People-centred designing free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

People-centred designing

Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability and the increasingly important phenomenon of people-centred design. It aims to inform consumers of design (i.e., all of us) about this crucial characteristic of design. In addition to stimulating ...

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12 hrs
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Neighbourhood nature free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Neighbourhood nature

There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know how to look for it. Wherever you live, be it in a city or the countryside, you will find areas that support a range of wildlife. This free course, Neighbourhood nature, will provide you with basic scientific and observational skills so that you can go into your ...

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1 hr
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Basic science: understanding experiments free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Basic science: understanding experiments

This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry and biology experiments.

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12 hrs
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Further Laboratory Skills for Biology and Health free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Further Laboratory Skills for Biology and Health

An OpenSTEM laboratory school providing you with 25 hours of ‘hands on’ experience of several widely used molecular techniques for quantifying gene expression. Western blot analysis is performed to examine protein levels with colorimetric and chemiluminescent visualization of HRP-linked secondary or biotin-streptavidin reagents. For RNA ...

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18 hrs
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The frozen planet free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

The frozen planet

This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the seasons; reading and understanding graphs and maps; and how the Arctic and Antarctic regions are defined.

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7 hrs
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Studying mammals: Food for thought free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: Food for thought

Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this free course, Studying mammals: Food for thought, we will examine culture, tool use and social structure in both apes and humans to gain an understanding of where we come from and why we behave as we do. This is the tenth ...

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10 hrs
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Gene therapy free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Gene therapy

Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this free course, Gene therapy, looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two approaches to gene therapy are discussed: correcting genes involved in causing illness; and using genes to treat disorders. Before closing on a discussion of the issues around ...

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4 hrs
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Diagrams, charts and graphs free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Diagrams, charts and graphs

Diagrams, charts and graphs are used by all sorts of people to express information in a visual way, whether it's in a report by a colleague or a plan from your interior designer. This free course will teach you how to interpret these tools and how to use them yourself to convey information more effectively.

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5 hrs
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What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water? free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?

Do you want to know what’s in the water that you drink? This free course, What chemical compounds might be present in drinking water?, examines the chemical compounds that occur in drinking water. A high level of certain anions in water can cause environmental pollution and health problems. Cations are also important. For example, calcium salts ...

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6 hrs