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Geological processes in the British Isles free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Geological processes in the British Isles

The landscape of the British Isles has undergone dramatic changes during the history of the Earth, from shallow sea to desert to the familiar terrain of the 21st century. In this free course, Geological processes in the British Isles, you will explore the processes that have shaped the British landscape over time, gaining insight into the ...

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9 hrs
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Introduction to polymers free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to polymers

This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and demonstrates how their properties are controlled by their molecular structure. You will learn how this structure determines which polymer to use for a particular product. You will also explore the manufacturing techniques used and the how the use of polymerisation can ...

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20 hrs
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Machines, minds and computers free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Machines, minds and computers

Computers are becoming smarter and may soon become intelligent. This free course, Machines, minds and computers, looks at what intelligence is, how computers may become so, and whether they ever will really be intelligent. It is aimed at people interested in understanding what intelligence and thinking really are, and who want to understand the ...

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10 hrs
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Seeing the light free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Seeing the light

This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it generates. You will learn about how it can affect your health and well-being, and how different climates design their homes differently to maximise the benefits of the Sun.

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10 hrs
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Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression

This free advanced level course, Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety and depression, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions, exploring how these conditions relate to each other. You ...

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3 hrs
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Life in the Palaeozoic free course icon Level

Nature & Environment

Life in the Palaeozoic

Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike. This free course, Life in the Palaeozoic, will introduce you to the explosion of evolution that took place during the Palaeozoic era. You will look at the many different types of creatures that existed at that time and how they managed to evolve to exist on land.

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12 hrs
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Studying mammals: Life in the trees free course icon Level

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: Life in the trees

David Attenborough looks at life in the trees: examining how species have evolved to cope with arboreal living. In this free course, Studying mammals: Life in the trees, you will learn how lemurs, anteaters, bears and many others have developed different methods to help movement and survival.

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10 hrs
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An introduction to computers and computer systems free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to computers and computer systems

This free course, An introduction to computers and computer systems, challenges how we view computers through the examples of processors in kitchen scales and digital cameras, as well as examining the work of art that, at heart, is a computer. You will also explore how computers are connected together to achieve even more than when working alone.

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16 hrs
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The Sun free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

The Sun

The Sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and understand about it? This free course will help you to explore the workings of what, from Earth, appears to be the brightest star in our universe by looking at its structure and the main processes taking place within it. You will also examine the phenomenon of sun...

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8 hrs
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Theories in technology evaluation free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Theories in technology evaluation

This free course, Theories in technology evaluation, is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and assessment. It introduces theories and paradigms that play important roles in how we design, conduct and use evaluations and assessments, and deals with the thorny issue of participation in evaluation.

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20 hrs
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Studying mammals: Chisellers free course icon Level

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: Chisellers

Ever wondered why rats, mice and squirrels seem to reproduce at such an alarming rate? Rodents are among the most successful of all the mammal groups. In this free course, Studying mammals: Chisellers, you will learn more about some of the evolutionary features that make these creatures so plentiful. This is the third course in the Studying ...

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10 hrs
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IT: device to device communication free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

IT: device to device communication

Are you a technophobe? Bluetooth, Ethernet, WiFi; are they terms that mean nothing to you? IT: device to device communication, is a free course that will gently guide you to an understanding of how devices 'talk' to each other and what technologies and processes are involved. You will also look at wired and wireless communication technologies, ...

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20 hrs