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Advance your independent learning

This innovative, personalised module offers you the flexibility of exploring in depth a topic of your choice at master's level. The module gives you the opportunity to advance your research skills whilst investigating a problem or topic of your interest. Your question, which you will agree with your tutor in the first few weeks of the module, may relate to your own professional context, previous study or personal interest. You will draw on a variety of resources to deepen your understanding, including Open Educational Resources (OERs), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), scholarly articles, reports, and audio visual content.

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Advanced networking (CCNP Enterprise)

As a leading Cisco Academy, we offer Cisco Certified Network Professional courses: CCNP and CCIE (Internetworking Expert) Enterprise Core (ENCOR) and CCNP Enterprise Advanced Routing (ENARSI). Cisco are worldwide leaders in infrastructure networking technologies, including corporate and private networking, security systems and telecommunication systems. This module will give the knowledge, understanding and skills to build and maintain large-scale data networks using Cisco equipment, and extend your research skills. You'll use an advanced network simulator and gain hands-on practical lab experience via NetlabVE?, using current Cisco routers and switches.

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Science: human genetics and health issues

This course deals with a subject of importance to us all ? our genes, which is an area at the forefront of developments in medical science. You'll examine the patterns of inheritance of genes, how genes function and why there are differences between individuals and between populations. is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out a new area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.

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Science: molecules, medicines and drugs

Explore the discovery and development of a range of drugs and medicines that relieve pain, alleviate symptoms, minimise the risk of infection and effect cures. is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out a new area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.

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Science: the weather

This course provides an introduction to weather patterns and events around the world, explaining the main drivers that determine the weather on a seasonal and daily basis. You'll explore how the professional weather forecasts for your area have been made and how reliable they are likely to be. is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out a new area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.

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Making your learning count

This innovative and flexible OU level 1 module allows you to ----- different types of learning towards a formal OU qualification. The type of study you can ----- includes courses from the OU's free learning website, , other open educational resources (OERs) or learning programmes you may have undertaken through work or elsewhere. Through a series of topics and assessment tasks, you will explore what you have learnt whilst developing the skills you need to be a successful student. The courses that you choose to study is up to you, making this learning experience an entirely personal one. Your tutor will help you plan your study and identify what you are hoping to achieve through this module and your future study plans.

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Science: plants and people

This course explores the crucial role that plants play in the everyday lives of us all. Plants and their products are important not just as staple foods but also increasingly as biofuels, bioplastics and medicines, and even for catching criminals and in combating climate change. is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out a new area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.

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Science: the frozen planet

This course explores the wonder of the polar world and explains how ice has shaped ? and controls ? our planet. is one of a series of 100-hour, flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out an area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.

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Science: living without oil

Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. This course explores oil's vital role in the modern world and assesses some of the exciting scientific developments that could lead to sustainable alternatives to oil. is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out a new area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.

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Science: microbes

This online course explores the intriguing world of bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic organisms ? an empire of creatures that extends into every facet of human life and the environment. is one of a series of 100-hour flexible online courses introducing fascinating topics in science. It allows you to learn about this topic just for interest and enables you to try out a new area of study before you commit yourself to further study. You can register and begin this course at any time and will have at least 6 months to complete it.

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Developing yourself for clinical leadership

This 25-hour course is aimed at doctors, nurses or allied health professionals working within the health service at various stages in their careers. It is a self-contained introduction to leadership behaviours and skills for clinicians, the second in a series of continuing professional development (CPD) courses on various aspects of clinical leadership. Whereas the first course (BG014) focuses on the range of areas where clinicians are now expected to demonstrate leadership; this course explores the kinds of personal characteristics and abilities relevant to carrying these out. It invites you to develop a personal leadership style that plays to your own preferences and strengths.

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