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The database development life cycle free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

The database development life cycle

No idea how relational database systems are constructed? Did you know that they underpin the majority of the managed data storage in computer systems? This free course, The database development life cycle, has been designed to give you an overview of the developmental lifecycle for a database system, explaining the importance of data analysis ...

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4 hrs
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An introduction to complex numbers free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to complex numbers

In this free course, An introduction to complex numbers, you will learn how complex numbers are defined, examine their geometric representation and then move on to looking at the methods for finding the nth roots of complex numbers and the solutions to simple polynominal equations.

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16 hrs
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An introduction to design engineering free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to design engineering

This free course, An introduction to design engineering, looks at the way in which engineers use ideas and approaches from the discipline of design thinking to inform their work. The complexity that people bring to design problems is introduced, along with some basic methods of dealing with such complexity.

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10 hrs
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Managing virtual project teams free course icon Level

Money & Business

Managing virtual project teams

Many projects are now ‘virtual’, i.e. some or all of the team are located remotely and may be working in different time zones. The project manager needs all the traditional soft skills, and more. This free course, Managing virtual project teams, looks at knowledge and techniques which underpin team selection and then consider the additional ...

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8 hrs
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Using a scientific calculator free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Using a scientific calculator

Do you have a Casio fx-83 ES scientific calculator (or a compatible model) and want to learn how to use it? This free course, Using a scientific calculator, will help you to understand how to use the different facilities and functions and discover what a powerful tool this calculator can be!

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10 hrs
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Telescopes and spectrographs free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Telescopes and spectrographs

This free course, Telescopes and spectrographs, looks at how they are designed to improve our ability to observe the universe. You will examine how different technologies have been developed over the last four hundred years to enable us to look deep into space.

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10 hrs
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Plate tectonics free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Plate tectonics

Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest, given that it a topic very often featured in popular science programmes on TV and radio. It is a subject that has strong visual appeal. In this free course the coverage is self-contained, up to date and is written in a way that will be accessible to those with ...

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15 hrs
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Online Journal Club free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Online Journal Club

Online Journal Clubs are currently being offered as part of a small project to students registered on a small number of second level biology related modules within The Open University. We are hoping to be able to offer the opportunity to participate in these events to a wider audience in future.

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1 hr
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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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Test kits for water analysis free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Test kits for water analysis

This free course, Test kits for water analysis, steps outside the laboratory to look at some examples of analytical procedures being carried out in the field using commercial test kits. These quick tests provide results on-site, extending the options available to analysts. The methods used are chemical or microbiological in nature, made portable...

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12 hrs
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The making of individual differences free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

The making of individual differences

How do we become individuals? This free course, The making of individual differences, looks at how genes and the environment interact making each of us unique. Looking at the period between conception and birth you will examine the issues of nature or nurture to see which has the greatest impact.

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12 hrs
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Working with charts, graphs and tables free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Working with charts, graphs and tables

When you come across information represented in charts, graphs and tables, you'll need to know how to interpret this information. This free course, Working with charts, graphs and tables, will help you to develop the skills you need to do this. For further study, there's another course titled 'More working with charts, graphs and tables' which ...

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15 hrs