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Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology free course icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

This diploma provides an accessible and engaging introduction to studying psychology. You'll learn about core areas of psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology. You'll explore a range of research methods used by psychologists and conduct psychological research of your own, writing up the associated research reports as part of your assignments. You'll see how psychologists use evidence to contribute to debates on ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health and relationships; and choose options to suit your particular interests.

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Children's literature free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Children's literature

This module provides a broad introduction to the vibrant and growing field of children's literature studies. It focuses on constructions of childhood in children's literature and will require you to employ close reading skills, literary analysis and critical engagement in relation to its texts and assignments. You will study children's literature in English, ranging from its beginnings in eighteenth-century chapbooks and fairy tales, through seminal nineteenth-century novels, to contemporary examples of fiction illustrating current trends. The module also includes the study of picture books old and new, stage performance and film, young adult fiction, storytelling and poetry. You will learn about the distinctiveness and purposes of children's literature, its prestigious and popular modes and its different representations of children's worlds.

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Why is religion controversial? free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law 

Why is religion controversial?

This module focuses on the intricate connections between religion and controversial issues, including politics, tradition, gender, multiculturalism, animism, atheism, violence, sex and capitalism. You will study processes of upheaval and change within religious traditions and some of the complex ? and sometimes clashing ? local, regional and national perspectives on familiar and unfamiliar controversies. Using a mix of historical, sociological and ethnographic sources, approaches and methods, this module will help you to develop your understanding of the nature and role of 'religion' in historical and contemporary societies. The assignments will encourage you to develop your independent research skills and make significant use of the rich resources available online via the OU Library.

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Exploring mental health and counselling

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’'ll be supported throughout your studies your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

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Coaching for performance free course icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Coaching for performance

This course provides a robust and easy-to-follow framework for developing your practical skills to help you as a manager coach for performance. It is developed by hugely experienced coaches who have taught coaching skills for many years and who have also worked as managers in a range of organisations. Through a structured sequence of reading, video study, skills practice and reflective assignments this course is primarily aimed at middle managers and team leaders who wish to develop skills and knowledge in performance-focused coaching in their workplace.

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Continuing professional development in practice free course icon

Money & Business 

Continuing professional development in practice

This module is aimed at people with a professional qualification (degree or professional equivalent) and who have undertaken at least 150 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over the last four years. This may be modules from the OU or other providers or 'non-course' CPD completed for their organisation or professional bodies. Through two assignments and an end-of-module assessment you'll audit and evaluate this CPD activity and the impact that it has had on your work. You'll identify and progress appropriate development opportunities and the future direction of your learning through continuing professional development and evaluate ways in which you can share your learning in your organisation. You'll spend about 100 hours on the module over the six months. You'll be provided with articles and online study materials about professional learning and development that will be used to provide an academic underpinning of your work. You'll have access to library databases where you will be able to obtain extra readings tailored to your work. Your learning is evidenced through the writing of two assignments and an end-of-module assessment. In these pieces of work you'll audit and evaluate the CPD activity that you have already undertaken and the impact that it has had on your work. You'll proceed through a structured framework used by the module to identify and progress appropriate development opportunities and the future direction of your learning through CPD.

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Communication skills for business and management free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Communication skills for business and management

This multi-award-winning OU level 1 module will develop your language and skills for communicating effectively in the world of business and management. You will learn to write successful business assignments and a range of workplace documents; develop strategies to read complex texts on business topics; be able to give effective presentations and take part in business negotiations and academic discussions. The module materials use a blend of texts, audios, videos and interactive online activities to help you develop both your written and spoken business communication skills.

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Mathematical thinking in schools free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Mathematical thinking in schools

This module is designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics. It is suitable for any Key Stage, and will broaden your ideas about how people learn and use mathematics. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete the module assessment, you'll need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics.

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Developing statistical thinking free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Developing statistical thinking

This module will help you develop your knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the learning of statistics particularly at Key Stages 2 to 4. As well as improving your statistical thinking, you'll learn about different teaching approaches, including use of ICT tools such as scientific calculators and computers. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete the module assessment, you'll need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics.

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Developing algebraic thinking free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Developing algebraic thinking

This module is for you if you are interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of the learning of algebra particularly at Key Stages 2?4. It integrates development of the core ideas of algebra with relevant pedagogical constructs and principles, and will extend your awareness of how people learn and use algebra. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete the module assessment, you'll need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics.

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Developing geometric thinking free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Developing geometric thinking

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the learning of geometry particularly at Key Stages 2?4. This module integrates development of the core ideas of geometry with relevant pedagogical constructs and principles, and will extend your awareness of how people learn and use geometry. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete the module assessment, you will need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics.

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Enhancing your healthcare practice free course icon Level

 

Enhancing your healthcare practice

This online, practice-based module is designed for healthcare support workers in a diverse range of healthcare settings. You will focus on the differing roles of members of the healthcare team and explore the importance of promoting health. You will go on to reflect on your healthcare knowledge and understanding, and develop skills and competencies, including those around: risk management, hygiene, nutrition and emergency care. Through supervised practice, reflection and by studying the module materials you will meet service user, patient and client need. Your knowledge, skills and competence will be assessed through written assignments, interactive computer-marked assessment and the completion of a practice portfolio.

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