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Gene testing free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Gene testing

This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such tests provide genetic information in the form of a predictive diagnosis, and as such are described as predictive tests. Pre-natal diagnosis uses techniques such as amniocentesis to test fetuses in the ...

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4 hrs
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Sporting women in the media free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

Sporting women in the media

The mass media (e.g. radio, TV, internet) has become one of the most powerful institutional influences in society. This free course, Sporting women in the media, explores whether gendered inequalities exist in sport by evaluating the media coverage. The media can be highly influential in shaping perceptions about gender in sport and headlines ...

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8 hrs
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An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications

What is e-commerce? This free course, An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications, will look at typical application areas including the internet, supply chain management and online auctions. It will also help you to understand the underlying technologies used to implement e-commerce applications before looking at some of the ...

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8 hrs
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The search for water on Mars free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

The search for water on Mars

The possibility of water on Mars has captured human imagination for over a century. In this free course, The Search for Water on Mars, find out more about how scientists have found evidence for water in the red planet’s past and present, and what this might mean for the possibility of life beyond Earth.

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5 hrs
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Getting started with SPSS free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Getting started with SPSS

Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially statistical software packages, extremely daunting. This free course, Getting started with SPSS, takes a step-by-step approach to statistics software through seven interactive activities. No statistics ...

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3 hrs
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Exploring communications technology free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Exploring communications technology

This free course, Exploring communications technology, looks at some of the principles underpinning communications technology. It looks at the properties of signals and media (such as optical fibre and radio waves), error control, data compression, and the principles of 4G mobile communications, wi-fi and DSL broadband.

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10 hrs
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IT in everyday life free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

IT in everyday life

We now live in a global village where distance is no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This free course, IT in everyday life, will enable you to gain an understanding of the information and communication technologies that drive our networked world and how they now permeate our everyday lives.

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4 hrs
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Tay Bridge disaster free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Tay Bridge disaster

The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was carried out, including numerous witnesses, experts and reports. Were the high winds that night to blame, or were poor design or mechanical failure at fault? This free course re-examines some of the ...

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20 hrs
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Introducing mammals free course icon Level

Nature & Environment

Introducing mammals

Mammals come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes, and yet all species have some characteristics in common. These similarities justify the inclusion of all such diverse types within the single taxonomic group (or class) called the Mammalia. This free course, Introducing mammals, offers a starting point for the study of mammals. It will ...

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5 hrs
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Living with diabetes free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Living with diabetes

Living with diabetes is a free course that introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

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5 hrs
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IT: e-government free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

IT: e-government

You can now access government directly through the web. While studying this free course, IT: e-government, you look at the scope of e-government, the databases that are necessary, the use of biometrics in identification and verification of identity, and assess the usability and accessibility of websites.

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20 hrs
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Studying mammals: Food for thought free course icon Level

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