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Natural intelligence free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Natural intelligence

One goal of artificial intelligence is to build machines that can operate in the real world, with all its noise and uncertainty. Much of what we want machines to do (see, recognise, navigate, move, coordinate) is already done very well by simple creatures. In this free course, Natural intelligence, we look at how such creatures achieve these ...

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10 hrs
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People-centred designing free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

People-centred designing

Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability and the increasingly important phenomenon of people-centred design. It aims to inform consumers of design (i.e., all of us) about this crucial characteristic of design. In addition to stimulating ...

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12 hrs
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An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications

What is e-commerce? This free course, An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications, will look at typical application areas including the internet, supply chain management and online auctions. It will also help you to understand the underlying technologies used to implement e-commerce applications before looking at some of the ...

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8 hrs
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An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope

In this free course, An introduction to minerals and rocks under the microscope, you will experience the study of minerals using a polarising microscope. While the study of minerals can involve electron or ion beam chemical analysis, the polarising microscope remains the prime tool for the study of rock thin sections and is the foundation of ...

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8 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
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Introduction to histopathology free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to histopathology

This free course provides an introduction to histopathology and outlines how the appearance of different tissues changes due to damage, inflammation, infection or degeneration and how microscopy can aid in the diagnosis of disease.

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3 hrs
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IT: Information free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

IT: Information

BBC News 24, Sky News, CNN. We live in an era where news has become almost instantaneous. This free course, IT: Information, will look at how news is gathered and the technology that's used for its dissemination. You will also be encouraged to examine how information might be manipulated by questioning its reliability.

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20 hrs
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Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST) free course icon Level Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST)

This free course, Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST), will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.

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24 hrs
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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab free course icon Level Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

Have you ever wondered how the internet gets into your home, school, college or workplace? How do all the computers, phones, tablets, printers and other devices connect and work together? In this free course, Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab, you can explore how computer networks operate, discover how data is ...

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24 hrs
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The impact of technology on children's physical activity free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology

The impact of technology on children's physical activity

This free course, The impact of technology on children's physical activity, explores the impact of technology on children’s physical activity levels. It examines the different types of technology that children have access to and the ways in which they engage with it. As part of this discussion this course looks at information from a range of ...

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6 hrs
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General principles of cellular communication free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

General principles of cellular communication

Learn about how cells sense and respond to extrinsic stimuli, a capacity that allows them to communicate with each other and to respond to changes in their environment. This free course, General principles of cellular communication, explains cell signalling pathways in general terms and identifies some of the universal characteristics of ...

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8 hrs
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Introduction to computational thinking free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to computational thinking

You will learn about algorithms and abstraction in this free course, Introduction to computational thinking, and encounter some applications of computational thinking in various disciplines, ranging from biology and physics to economics and sport science.

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12 hrs