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    DNA Profiling

    By Dr Martin Bootman

    Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer.

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    09 Feb 2021

  • DNA Profiling

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Feb 2021
    Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer.
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    Elements of the Periodic Table

    By Professor Peter Taylor, Dr James Bruce, Dr Mike Bullivant

    Explore the impact of chemical elements on our bodies, our world, and see how they changed the course of history

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Feb 2021

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Feb 2021
    Explore the impact of chemical elements on our bodies, our world, and see how they changed the course of history
  • Perilous past-time of poison

    By Professor Claire Turner, Linda Kenward

    We look back on the perilous pastime of poison and the evil ways the convicted have tried to hide their wares. 

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Apr 2020

  • Perilous past-time of poison

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Apr 2020
    We look back on the perilous pastime of poison and the evil ways the convicted have tried to hide their wares. 
  • Plastics in our ocean

    Test your knowledge about plastics in our oceans, and learn about how they impact the environment by clicking on the image below...

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    5 mins

    Updated on:

    04 Feb 2020

  • Plastics in our ocean

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    Beginner level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2020
    Test your knowledge about plastics in our oceans, and learn about how they impact the environment by clicking on the image below...
  • The seven types of plastic

    To understand the types of plastics available, their differences and to figure out what can be recycled, refer to our quick guide below.

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    5 mins

    Updated on:

    04 Feb 2020

  • The seven types of plastic

    Beginner level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Feb 2020
    To understand the types of plastics available, their differences and to figure out what can be recycled, refer to our quick guide below.
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    The Science behind your Christmas Dinner

    By Ester Pascual-Baixauli

    Ever wondered why you just can't stop reaching for another Quality Street or why you hate Brussel sprouts so much? Dig into the fascinating science behind your festive meal.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Dec 2019

  • The Science behind your Christmas Dinner

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Dec 2019
    Ever wondered why you just can't stop reaching for another Quality Street or why you hate Brussel sprouts so much? Dig into the fascinating science behind...
  • The chemistry of fireworks

    By Dr Simon Collinson

    Ever wondered about the science behind fireworks? Each type of firework has a slightly different design and ingredients - learn how the various explosions and colours occur.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Nov 2019

  • The chemistry of fireworks

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Nov 2019
    Ever wondered about the science behind fireworks? Each type of firework has a slightly different design and ingredients - learn how the various...
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    Noble gases

    By Professor Peter Taylor

    What happens when you put noble gases, some balloons and a rooftop together? Watch what happens...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Noble gases

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    What happens when you put noble gases, some balloons and a rooftop together? Watch what happens...
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    Fizzy drinks

    By The Small Matters team

    Find out what's really in those bubbles that give your drinks their fizz.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Fizzy drinks

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    Find out what's really in those bubbles that give your drinks their fizz.
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    Sacrificial Metals

    By The OpenLearn team

    In the Rough Science programme 'The Reef', the Rough Scientists constructed a burglar alarm to protect the delicate coral reef off the island of Chumbe. They strung out a wire across the surface of the water to mark out a no-go region for boats....

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Sacrificial Metals

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    In the Rough Science programme 'The Reef', the Rough Scientists constructed a burglar alarm to protect the delicate coral reef off the island of Chumbe. They...

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    BSc (Honours) Chemistry

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    BSc (Honours) Chemistry
    Updated 01 Mar 2021
    Learn about the structure, properties and reactivity of molecules. This...

    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Chemistry)

    Course Course
    BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Chemistry)
    Updated 01 Mar 2021
    You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification....

    Diploma of Higher Education in Chemistry

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Chemistry
    Updated 01 Mar 2021
    Learn about the structure, properties and reactivity of molecules. This...

    Professional Certificate in Chemistry

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    Professional Certificate in Chemistry
    Updated 01 Mar 2021
    In studying this certificate, you'll gain a foundation in the main branches of...

    Contemporary topics in science

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    Contemporary topics in science
    Introductory level Updated 01 Mar 2021
    This innovative and flexible module lets you tailor your study by choosing from a...

    Science: molecules, medicines and drugs

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    Beginner level Updated 01 Mar 2021
    Explore the discovery and development of a range of drugs and medicines that...

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    MSc project module for MSc in Medicinal Chemistry
    Duration 600 hours Updated 01 Mar 2021
    In this project module, which is entirely online, you'll carry out an in-depth...

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    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 01 Mar 2021
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    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 01 Mar 2021
    This innovative and flexible OU level 1 module allows you to count previous or...

    Chemistry: further concepts and applications

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 01 Mar 2021
    Chemistry is fundamental in our lives and this module explores chemistry in the...