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IT systems: planning for success free course icon Level

Money & Business 

IT systems: planning for success

IT systems are a critical part of our world, in business, public sector and voluntary sector environments, and are often highly complex and interconnected combinations of technology, organisations and people. Yet they frequently fail, often spectacularly. This module teaches the skills to enable you to contribute towards successful IT systems. It draws on techniques from systems theory, software engineering and management to: understand the nature of success and failure, design IT systems to enable success, and ensure that IT systems are robust in the face of future changes. You will also learn skills in project management and will cover legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

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Structural integrity: designing against failure

Structural integrity is the study of the safe design and assessment of components and structures under load, and has become increasingly important in engineering design. It integrates aspects of stress analysis, materials behaviour and the mechanics of failure into the engineering design process. The module is well-illustrated with case studies, and will be of interest to anyone associated with the design of any component or structure that experiences loading, and will be of benefit in developing skills in the analysis and assessment of product design. It has universal applicability in the UK and across international boundaries.

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Successful IT systems free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Successful IT systems

Information technology (IT) systems are a critical part of our world, in business and the public and voluntary sectors. They are often highly complex and interconnected combinations of technology, organisations and people. Success and failure of IT systems can be seen in many different settings. Many are highly successful; others fail, sometimes spectacularly. This free course focuses on success, to help you understand what is meant by a successful IT system.

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9 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

The drive to improve patient safety in the NHS in England

Can patient safety problems be improved by the NHS understanding why and how the error occur instead of blaming the failures on individuals?

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Business Bursts: Failure

There's many reasons why even great companies can fail—and a difficult economy can exacerbate the problems

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5 mins
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TV, Radio & Events 

The Bottom Line - Failure

This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests ponder business failure and how companies bounce back. 

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History & The Arts 

The Cactus Flowers: 24th International Radio Playwriting Competition winner

The first of two winners of the Playwriting Competition tells a tale of tradition and love in Kariba. 

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Managing a team through triumph and despair

In sport, how does a manager help their team to cope with success and particular failure? Simon Rea explores some of the tactics.

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TV, Radio & Events 

The Bottom Line - Transformation

Businesses which have turned around - and how do you stop the 180 degree turn from being a 360?

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Structural Integrity: Silver Bridge

The 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River was an engineering mystery and a human tragedy - 46 people died. Why did a suspension bridge built to last a century not make 40 years? Built in 1928, it was a slimmer version of similar bridges built in nearby Pittsburgh. The slimming down was deemed to be safe because of the use of a tougher steel and ‘silver coloured anticorrosion paint’. The tracks in this album look at the factors which led to the catastrophic failure of one of the eyebars which supported the deck, and the subsequent forensic investigation which led to the creation of the National Bridge Inspection Standards to inspect the 1 million bridges of the USA. This material forms part of the course T357, Structural integrity: designing against failure.

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30 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Structural Integrity: designing against failure

The Kinzua rail viaduct, in Pennsylvania, collapsed when it was hit by a tornado in 2003. First built in 1882 and redesigned 1900, it was at one time the highest bridge in the world. The two video tracks in this album tell the story of the Kinzua catastrophe. The subsequent forensic investigation has cast new light on the failure of Tay rail bridge in Scotland 125 years earlier; with 75 people killed, the worst ever disaster to befall a trestle bridge. This material forms part of the course T357, Structural integrity: designing against failure.

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25 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

IT failures, organisational amnesia and the "myth" of evidence based policy making

Ivan Horrocks explores why we don't learn from our mistakes, and repeatedly ignore evidence based policy making when it comes to IT projects

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