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Drug development process: combating pain free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Drug development process: combating pain

Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the development of a commercial drug product available in the clinic for pain relief or as an anti-inflammatory.

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2 hrs
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Living with diabetes free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Living with diabetes

Living with diabetes is a free course that introduces the parts of the body and processes involved in the development of diabetes.

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5 hrs
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Birth of a drug free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Birth of a drug

The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This free course, Birth of a drug, focuses on a specific case study that follows the development of a drug for the treatment of high blood pressure. It is a particularly good example of the application of ...

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4 hrs
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John Napier free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

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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Online Journal Club free course icon level 1: introductory icon

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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Studying mammals: The opportunists free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: The opportunists

Many mammals are food specialists, with complex adaptations that gear them toward a particular food source. So how do the omnivores survive and prosper without these fancy evolutionary features? This free course, Studying mammals: The opportunists, examines the physiology, diet and strategies of some of these opportunistic feeders. It is the ...

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10 hrs
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Public health approaches to infectious disease free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Public health approaches to infectious disease

This free course, Public health approaches to infectious disease, reviews the current global burden of infectious disease, the public health strategies that are reducing the impact of some major infections and the challenges facing national and international organisations in preventing illness and death caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites.

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3 hrs
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The frozen planet free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

The frozen planet

This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the seasons; reading and understanding graphs and maps; and how the Arctic and Antarctic regions are defined.

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7 hrs
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Earthquakes free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Earthquakes

Earthquakes shake the ground surface, can cause buildings to collapse, disrupt transport and services, and can cause fires. They can trigger landslides and tsunami in short, earthquakes can be very destructive. In this free course, Earthquakes, you will look at why, where and what happens when they occur and also at how earthquakes are assessed...

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8 hrs
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Language, notation and formulas free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Language, notation and formulas

Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This free course, Language, notation and formulas, will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about mathematics. You will also learn how to answer questions in the manner that is expected by the examiner.

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5 hrs
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Life in the Palaeozoic free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Life in the Palaeozoic

Fossils are a glimpse into the distant past and fascinate young and old alike. This free course, Life in the Palaeozoic, will introduce you to the explosion of evolution that took place during the Palaeozoic era. You will look at the many different types of creatures that existed at that time and how they managed to evolve to exist on land.

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12 hrs
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Personal development planning for engineering free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Personal development planning for engineering

This free course, Personal development planning for engineering, has been written in keeping with the requirements of UK-SPEC and the professional engineering institutions (e.g. ImechE, IET etc). It will provide you with a range of relevant information and guidance in critically assessing and scrutinising your career development aspirations.

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12 hrs