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Managing complexity: A systems approach – introduction free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Managing complexity: A systems approach – introduction

Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? This free course, Managing complexity: A systems approach introduction, examines how systemic thinking and practice enables you to cope with the connections between things, events and ideas. By taking a broader perspective complexity becomes manageable and it is easier...

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75 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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Introduction to histology free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to histology

This free course provides an introduction to histology, the study of tissues. It also describes how histology can aid in the diagnosis of disease and explains how histology services are organised within a hospital.

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3 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

The Moon

As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon has long been an object of fascination and speculation. This free course will teach you about the nearest planetary body to Earth: the missions to the Moon, the basic facts of its composition, the cratering on its surface, and the ancient eruptions that flooded many...

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6 hrs
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Moons of our Solar System free course icon Level Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Moons of our Solar System

In this free course, Moons of our Solar System, explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

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24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

Volcanic hazards

This free course, Volcanic hazards, discusses the various hazards posed by different types of volcanic eruption, illustrated by examples from recent eruptions. The discussion is focused around reading Chapter 5 of Teach yourself volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis by OU volcanologist David Rothery.

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10 hrs
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Systems practice: Managing sustainability free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Systems practice: Managing sustainability

This free course, Systems practice: Managing sustainability, introduces ways in which systems thinking can help support processes of decision making amongst stakeholders with different, often contrasting, perspectives on sustainable development in order to generate purposeful action to improve situations of change and uncertainty. You will learn...

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15 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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IT: Technology news free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

IT: Technology news

To develop as an independent, confident learner you will need to learn the study skills involved in reading articles, taking notes and summarising the information that you have obtained from an article. This free course, IT: Technology news, explores the use of the Web as a resource for keeping up to date, looking in particular at how to assess ...

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8 hrs
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Information security free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Information security

Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of enterprises of all sizes and the effectiveness of public sector organisations. This free course begins by explaining why information security and its management are important for any modern organisation and to every individual. You need to be familiar with an ...

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10 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

Design thinking

Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure your natural creativity to come up with solutions to all kinds of problems, and have fun in the process too!

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10 hrs
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Diabetes complications

Diabetes is an increasing problem among both adults and children. This free course, Diabetes complications, looks at the way the condition is managed once it has been diagnosed in order to reduce the risk of further complications. You will look at the role of each member of the team involved in the diabetes annual review and look at the risk ...

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16 hrs