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Metric spaces and continuity free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Metric spaces and continuity

This free course contains an introduction to metric spaces and continuity. The key idea is to use three particular properties of the Euclidean distance as the basis for defining what is meant by a general distance function, a metric. Section 1 introduces the idea of a metric space and shows how this concept allows us to generalise the notion of ...

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16 hrs
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Invention and innovation: An introduction free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Invention and innovation: An introduction

This free course, Invention and innovation: An introduction, is for designers, engineers, technologists and anyone interested in designing and inventing. It is also for managers and consumers interested in innovation and technical change. The course will show you how design and innovation can create a more sustainable future. It will also help ...

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55 hrs
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Diagrams, charts and graphs free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Diagrams, charts and graphs

Diagrams, charts and graphs are used by all sorts of people to express information in a visual way, whether it's in a report by a colleague or a plan from your interior designer. This free course will teach you how to interpret these tools and how to use them yourself to convey information more effectively.

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5 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
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Laboratory Skills for Biology and Health free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Laboratory Skills for Biology and Health

An OpenSTEM laboratory school providing you with 18 hours of ‘hands on’ experience with several widely used molecular and microbiological techniques to investigate bacterial antibiotic resistance. Techniques will include PCR, qPCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, bacterial plasmid transformation, micro-pipette handling, sterile working, ...

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18 hrs
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Approaches to software development free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Approaches to software development

This free course, Approaches to software development, presents an engineering approach to the development of software systems – a software engineering approach. The course pays particular attention to issues of software quality, in terms of both product (what is built) and process (how we build it).

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9 hrs
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Introducing vectors for engineering applications free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Introducing vectors for engineering applications

Applied mathematics is a key skill for practicing engineers and mathematical modelling is an ever-increasing field within engineering. This free course, Introducing vectors for engineering applications, covers one aspect of a Level 1 engineering module, the application of vectors and vector algebra, using examples inspired by engineering ...

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5 hrs
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Software development for enterprise systems free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Software development for enterprise systems

Enterprise systems are software applications that automate and integrate all many of the key business processes of an organisation. With some understanding of software development, in this free course, Software development for enterprise systems, you will learn about current development practices for this type of system and develop relevant ...

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8 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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Using numbers and handling data free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Using numbers and handling data

You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This free course, Using numbers and handling data, is designed for those contemplating a future in the health services industry.

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12 hrs
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An introduction to geology free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to geology

In this free course, An introduction to geology, you will explore basic geological processes, focusing on how, where and why different rocks and natural resources form across the Earth.

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12 hrs
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The molecular world free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

The molecular world

From diamonds to dynamite, everything involves a chemical reaction. This free course, The molecular world, introduces you to the concepts and principles that underpin chemistry at the molecular level. Everyday experiences are used to help you to understand the more complex issues.

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20 hrs