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Migration free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Migration

Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

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8 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

Proteins

In this free course we explore proteins and how they are the 'doers' of the cell. They are huge in number and variety and diverse in structure and function, serving both the structural building blocks and the functional machinery of the cell. Just about every process in every cell requires specific proteins. The basic principles of protein ...

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12 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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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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John Napier free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

John Napier

This free course looks at Scotsman John Napier, best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely different subject that radically altered the course of mathematics. After 40 years of dabbling in maths, he revealed his table of logarithms in the early 17th century.

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3 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

Diabetes care

This free course, Diabetes care, is the Chinese version of Living with diabetes which is also available in English. English version: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/biology/living-diabetes/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

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5 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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Data and processes in computing free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Data and processes in computing

This free course, Data and processes in computing, will help you to understand the forms of data that are handled by software and look at the various processes that can be applied to the data. These ideas are demonstrated through the use of a supermarket till and illustrate how simple data sets can be manipulated.

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14 hrs
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Introducing computing and IT free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Introducing computing and IT

This free course, Introducing computing and IT, provides a general overview of how digital technologies have come to dominate virtually every aspect of the modern world and some guidance on how to prepare for this digital life. It raises awareness of the importance of data security and online safety. It also provides an explanation of the ...

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10 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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Studying mammals: The social climbers free course icon Level

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: The social climbers

Monkeys have long fascinated us because of their similarities to the human race. In this free course, Studying mammals: The social climbers, you will find out about some of the characteristics that make them so like us: their physiology, complex social interactions, large brains and intelligence. This is the ninth course in the Studying mammals ...

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10 hrs
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In the night sky: Orion free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

In the night sky: Orion

In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky, discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets, all through the constellation of Orion.

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24 hrs