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An introduction to software development free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to software development

Software development is the practice of organising the design and construction of software, the beating heart of much technology fundamental to our personal and professional life. This free introductory course, An introduction to software development, discusses the engineering nature of software development, its challenges and some ...

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6 hrs
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Laboratory Skills for Science free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Laboratory Skills for Science

An OpenSTEM laboratory school providing you with 18 hours of ‘hands on’ experience with an introduction to several widely used techniques in chemistry and physics. Techniques include preparing solutions, pipetting, titration, handling radioactive sources, colorimetry and spectrometry as well as recording data and observations, plotting ...

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18 hrs
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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

This free badged open course, Microgravity: living on the International Space Station, will help you to consider microgravity environments in more detail than before! You will make direct comparisons of some important physical values between the International Space Station (ISS), the Earth and the Moon.

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24 hrs
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Experiences of learning mathematics free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

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Experiences of learning mathematics

This free course, Experiences of learning mathematics, is aimed at teachers who wish to review how they go about the practice of teaching maths, those who are considering becoming maths teachers, or those who are studying maths courses and would like to understand more about the teaching process.

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16 hrs
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An introduction to web applications architecture free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

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An introduction to web applications architecture

This free course, An introduction to web applications architecture, provides an overview of the design and implementation of computer software that runs on web servers, instead of those running solely on desktop computers, laptops or mobile devices.

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8 hrs
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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Digital & Computing

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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Science, Maths & Technology

Introducing engineering

Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces a number of key themes that explore how engineering is undertaken in our modern world. These themes include engineering design, rules that govern engineers, manufacturing for products and electricity ...

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15 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

Additive manufacturing

This free course, Additive manufacturing, introduces you to its key concepts. It covers the fundamentals of the additive manufacturing (AM) process, the steps involved in creating a model and building an artefact, the materials and techniques used, as well as the design implications and the factors which affect the functionality of the finished ...

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8 hrs
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Minerals and the crystalline state free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Minerals and the crystalline state

Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological world is mostly a crystalline world. This free course, Minerals and the crystalline state, introduces the study of minerals and crystal structures, using online text and interactive activities, including questions and answers, video clips, slidecasts and a Digital Kit.

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10 hrs
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Mathematics for science and technology free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Mathematics for science and technology

Maths is intimately entwined with science and technology, whether it is used to analyse data collected on plants in the Amazon rainforest, to calculate the trajectory of a comet or design a bridge to connect two countries. This means that science and technology go hand-in-hand with maths, and that a firm grasp of maths is crucial for studying ...

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24 hrs
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Succeed with maths: part 1

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.

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24 hrs
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Working with charts, graphs and tables free course icon level 1: introductory icon

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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