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Introduction to finite element analysis free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to finite element analysis

What is finite element analysis (what is it and why do we carry it out? This free course, Introduction to finite element analysis, introduces the essence of finite element analysis. As an example of its use, you will look at the case of FEA of the tub of a racing car. You will also have the opportunity to try out two exercises to carry out a ...

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7 hrs
Introduction to active galaxies free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to active galaxies

The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But how do we know there are different kinds of galaxy? What are active galaxies? How are they powered? This free course, Introduction to active galaxies, examines the different types of active galaxies and looks at the crucial role of the active galactic nucleus and the...

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20 hrs
Exploring anxiety free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Exploring anxiety

This free advanced level course, Exploring anxiety, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also learn how to evaluate news items, and to go behind the headlines and begin to explore some of the ...

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9 hrs
Understanding antibiotic resistance free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Understanding antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat, compromising our ability to treat infections and increasing the risk of routine surgery. Resistant infections are increasing due to overuse of antibiotics and this has resulted in the emergence of 'superbugs' (bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics). This free course, Understanding antibiotic ...

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24 hrs
The oceans free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

The oceans

The oceans cover more than 70 per cent of our planet. In this free course, The oceans, you will learn about the depths of the oceans and the properties of the water that fills them, what drives the ocean circulation and how the oceans influence our climate.

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15 hrs
Additive manufacturing free course icon level 3: advanced icon

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
Mastering systems thinking in practice free course icon level 3: advanced icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Mastering systems thinking in practice

This free course, Mastering systems thinking in practice, provides a primer for someone wanting to take the postgraduate qualifications in Systems Thinking in Practice. It will help you develop new ways of thinking about and approaching situations that cross multiple discipline and skill boundaries. You will learn to think more holistically ...

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24 hrs
Kinematics of fluids free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Kinematics of fluids

This free course examines the basic kinematics of two-dimensional fluid flows. Section 1 introduces the differential equations for pathlines and streamlines. Section 2 introduces a scalar field, called the stream function, which for an incompressible fluid provides an alternative method of modelling the flow and finding the streamlines. Sections 2 ...

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16 hrs
Dynamics free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Dynamics

This free course is concerned with moving objects, that is, dynamics. Section 1 introduces concepts like position, velocity and acceleration, which describe the way an object moves. Section 2 discusses Newton’s laws of motion, which predict the motion of an object when the forces acting on it are known. Section 3 shows how Newton’s second law of...

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16 hrs
Exploring depression free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Exploring depression

This free advanced level course, Exploring depression, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on depression, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also begin to explore theoretical models, biological and psychological explanations, and look at ...

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7 hrs
Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression free course icon level 3: advanced icon

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
Assessing contemporary science free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Assessing contemporary science

It will explore the ways in which scientific knowledge develops, undergoes peer review and is communicated. The second half of the course will focus more closely on a specific scientific topic – plastics – and give you a chance to practise these skills by considering the topic's social impact, building a glossary of unfamiliar terms, and ...

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9 hrs