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Justice, fairness and mediation free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Justice, fairness and mediation

This free course, Justice, fairness and mediation, considers the concepts of justice and fairness from various perspectives but mainly focuses on effective policing and community empowerment. This course was produced by The Open University in association with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Free course
4 hrs
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Decision trees and dealing with uncertainty free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Decision trees and dealing with uncertainty

This free course introduces basic ideas of probability. It focuses on dealing with uncertainty in a financial context and explores decision trees, a powerful decision-making technique, which can help you to simplify and formulate business decisions. The course also includes videos that introduce the key ideas and guide you through numerous examples.

Free course
5 hrs
Understanding your customers free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Understanding your customers

This free course, Understanding your customers, is a short introduction to understanding customers. The course underlines the relevance of understanding customers as individuals, members of society and members of organisations. It clarifies some key marketing concepts and terminology and highlights some differences between consumer and business-to-business marketing. The course is suitable for a variety of learners, including small business owners and those working in small businesses with limited access to specialists, as well as marketing professionals and those thinking about pursuing a course of study to become a marketing professional. This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course B206 Understanding customers355. Transcript36

Free course
8 hrs
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Companies and financial accounting free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Companies and financial accounting

This free course, Companies and financial accounting, introduces you to the legal characteristics of limited companies and how limited companies raise finance through ordinary shares and loan capital. It also introduces the interests of company stakeholders, and looks at three different perspectives on companies and their role in society. Finally, it introduces the formats of company financial statements in comparison with those of sole traders. This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course B293 Financial accounting in context.Transcript

Free course
6 hrs
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Organisations and the financial system free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Organisations and the financial system

Learn about the main types of financial resources available to organisations, how these funds can be used to start up a new business or sustain day-to-day operations, as well as develop long-term expansion plans.  This free course, Organisations and the financial system, introduces the key operational and decisional features of the process of business financing and also considers organisations’ specific structures and goals. Transcript

Free course
8 hrs
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Exploring innovative assessment methods free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Exploring innovative assessment methods

This course is particularly relevant for teachers, trainers and educators who are looking for new and innovative methods to teach and ------ learners at a distance when they are not physically in school or on a campus.  This free course introduces the use of innovative methods for ------ment within secondary, further and higher education. The course is highly practical in nature and guides educational and training professionals through the process of introducing flexible formative and summative ------ments that can meet the needs of a standardised curriculum. The course will be particularly useful for educators who work in secondary schools and teachers and lecturers who work in further and higher education colleges or universities. The course provides a practical approach to introducing innovative flexible ------ment methods that are designed to improve the effectiveness of the ------ment.

Free course
12 hrs
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Electronic applications free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Electronic applications

Electronics is fundamental to modern life. Take for example this free course, Electronic applications. An interactive website with videos and interactive software will show how electronic systems pervade everything we do; review some basic ideas of signal processing, control and communications; and allow you to use a digital filter to remove Gaussian noise from a signal.   Transcript

Free course
10 hrs
Collaborative problem solving for community safety free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Collaborative problem solving for community safety

This free course, Collaborative problem solving for community safety, offers a range of techniques for community police officers, other community-based public service professionals and members of community groups working to solve problems collaboratively and creatively. It examines some of the ways which OU specialists in creative problem solving recommend to tackle difficult problems, and how to implement them in a community setting.

Free course
16 hrs
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Management: perspective and practice free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Management: perspective and practice

What does it mean to be a manager? Being a manager is a complex and challenging activity. This free course, Management: perspective and practice, introduces you to the role of the manager. In this OpenLearn course you’ll look at an array of activities including leadership, human resources, finance, project management, change management, operations management and stakeholder management.

Free course
10 hrs
The importance of interpersonal skills free course icon Level

Money & Business 

The importance of interpersonal skills

To succeed in management you need good interpersonal skills, you need to understand how to deal with other people. This free course, The importance of interpersonal skills, will help you gain an awareness of your own skills and understand that an awareness of the interpersonal skills of others can help us enormously in dealing with the work tasks we are responsible for.

Free course
3 hrs
Teaching mathematics free course icon Level Badge icon

Education & Development 

Teaching mathematics

  This free course, Teaching mathematics, has been designed for non-specialist mathematics teachers of 8 to 14 year olds, teaching assistants, home schoolers and parents and draws on the established provision of mathematics education at the Open University. It can also be used as Continuing Professional Development by individuals or groups of teachers. The authors have many years’ experience of teaching mathematics in the classroom and in Initial and Continuing Teacher Education.    

Free course
24 hrs
Understanding organisational value free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Understanding organisational value

All organisations must find new ways that benefit both their stakeholders and society. This means constantly improving their processes, goods and services. In the 21st century, new ideals of collaboration, inclusion, and equality are challenging more narrow market-based notions. This free course, Understanding organisational value, will explore how organisations can draw on established theories of value creation for fostering and promoting new types of value.

Free course
7 hrs
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