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Studying mammals: The insect hunters free course icon Level

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: The insect hunters

From pygmy shrews to armadillos, a wide range of mammals survive on a diet made up largely of insects. Many of these have fascinating adaptations suited to catching or rooting out their prey. In this free course, Studying mammals: The insect hunters, you will learn about these adaptations, along with survival strategies for when food is scarce. ...

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10 hrs
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Gene manipulation in plants free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Gene manipulation in plants

Genetic manipulation of crops is an issue of great current interest and controversy. This free course, Gene manipulation in plants, covers some of the basic science that underpins the debate and examines the hotly contested case study of the development of 'golden rice'. By looking at the science behind the headlines you will acquire a clearer ...

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10 hrs
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The impact of technology on children's physical activity free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

The impact of technology on children's physical activity

This free course, The impact of technology on children's physical activity, explores the impact of technology on children’s physical activity levels. It examines the different types of technology that children have access to and the ways in which they engage with it. As part of this discussion this course looks at information from a range of ...

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6 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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Introduction to active galaxies free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to active galaxies

The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But how do we know there are different kinds of galaxy? What are active galaxies? How are they powered? This free course, Introduction to active galaxies, examines the different types of active galaxies and looks at the crucial role of the active galactic nucleus and the...

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20 hrs
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Additive manufacturing free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Additive manufacturing

This free course, Additive manufacturing, introduces you to its key concepts. It covers the fundamentals of the additive manufacturing (AM) process, the steps involved in creating a model and building an artefact, the materials and techniques used, as well as the design implications and the factors which affect the functionality of the finished ...

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8 hrs
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Dynamics free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Dynamics

This free course is concerned with moving objects, that is, dynamics. Section 1 introduces concepts like position, velocity and acceleration, which describe the way an object moves. Section 2 discusses Newton’s laws of motion, which predict the motion of an object when the forces acting on it are known. Section 3 shows how Newton’s second law of...

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16 hrs
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM free course icon Level Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM

This free course, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM, provides a toolkit for conducting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). SoTL involves educators using their disciplinary knowledge to investigate a question about learning and teaching, gather evidence in a ...

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24 hrs
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Introduction to linear equations and matrices free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to linear equations and matrices

In this free course, matrices are used as a concise way of representing systems of linear equations which occur frequently in mathematics. Section 1 looks at simultaneous linear equations in two and three unknowns and then generalises the ideas to systems of linear equations. Section 2 develops a strategy for solving systems of linear equations....

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16 hrs
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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

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 fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K; and the water-soluble vitamins, the B group and vitamin C. It also...

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10 hrs
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Learning, thinking and doing free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Learning, thinking and doing

How do we learn? Understanding how is the key to learning more effectively. This free course, Learning, thinking and doing, looks at the three main categories of theories: the acquisitive, constructivist and experiential models of learning. There is no right way to learn but developing an active approach will ensure that you are open to new ideas.

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16 hrs
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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab free course icon Level Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

Have you ever wondered how the internet gets into your home, school, college or workplace? How do all the computers, phones, tablets, printers and other devices connect and work together? In this free course, Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab, you can explore how computer networks operate, discover how data is ...

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24 hrs