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Environment: sharing a dynamic planet free course icon Level

Nature & Environment 

Environment: sharing a dynamic planet

Environmental issues pose challenges. What are the biophysical and social causes of environmental change? What exactly is an environmental issue and why are they often controversial and difficult to resolve? How can we make a difference? You'll address all of these questions as you explore four key global environmental concerns ? life, water, carbon, and food ? through a rich and interactive set of study materials. As you do so, you'll develop a distinctive way of thinking about environments and environmental issues that draws on the insights of both natural and social sciences to be at once intellectually innovative and practically relevant.

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Elementary Italian 1: in campo! free course icon

Languages 

Elementary Italian 1: in campo!

Do you love immersing yourself in the Italian lifestyle and culture? Getting around Italian cities and interacting with the locals when shopping or asking for directions? Are you fascinated by Italian recipes, historic marketplaces, art, and beautiful landscapes? Then (LGXI004) is perfect for you. Over 16 units, you'll build up your own Italian phrase book and deepen your knowledge of this beautiful language. You will learn the essential key functions and vocabulary needed when describing things; shopping for food or for fun; to help get around a town and arranging to meet up with friends.

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Beginners Italian 3: stai andando bene! free course icon

Languages 

Beginners Italian 3: stai andando bene!

As part of our Beginners Italian series, this 16-unit online course continues your journey learning Italian and exploring Italian society and culture. You'll focus on topics including making travel arrangements, giving directions, making a complaint, and talking about what you are doing now. Delving further into Italian culture, you'll explore some of the country's geography, food and festivals. You'll learn through guided online activities and test your knowledge by completing a quiz at the end of each unit. This short course builds on your prior knowledge of the language, so you should have studied or picked up some Italian elsewhere ? our (LGXI001) and (LGXI002)are ideal preparation.

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Beginners Chinese 2

Have you always wanted to speak Chinese? Maybe you have even started learning a few basic words and expressions? If so, this 16-unit course can follow up ??? (LGXC001), or your own equivalent knowledge of the language, to give you a solid introduction to Chinese. Through 3?4 study hours per unit you'll learn the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of online activities. You will learn to order food or talk about the activities you like to do. A perfect online short course to develop further the skills needed to speak and understand simple Chinese in everyday contexts!

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Chemistry in life: food, water and medicines free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Chemistry in life: food, water and medicines

Explore how fundamental chemistry relates to food, water and medicines ? all key to modern life. You'll learn by developing your problem-solving skills in chemistry and through experimental investigations. Learn about the role chemists play in developing a more sustainable future and how they solve problems related to human health. By the end, you'll understand the structures and roles of food components; how drinking water is purified; and how drug molecules are designed and function.

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Chemistry: essential concepts free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Chemistry: essential concepts

Chemistry is fundamental to our modern world, touching all aspects of our lives; food, health, materials, energy and our environment. Indeed, the solutions for many of the challenges facing the world will require Chemistry as a key facilitating science. This highly interactive module provides a broad foundation in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. It explores organic compounds and their synthesis, spectroscopic analysis, the Periodic Table and the reactivity of metals and non-metals, bonding and molecular shape, thermodynamics and kinetics. The practical nature of chemistry will be emphasised throughout. There will be an optional, laboratory-based residential school. The cost of accommodation, meals and travel for the optional residential school is not included in the module fee.

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The science of chocolate video icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The science of chocolate

Senior lecturer in analytical science Claire Turner asks: Can chocolate ever be good for us?

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5 mins
Ever Wondered About... Pancakes? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Ever Wondered About... Pancakes?

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Pancake day) take a look at the science and history of the pancake.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Ever Wondered About... Pizza?

Delve into the history and science of pizza - you know you want to!

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Getting started with Italian 1 free course icon Level

Languages 

Getting started with Italian 1

Are you fascinated by the Italian culture and lifestyle, cuisine, historic cities, art and beautiful landscapes? Have you always loved the sound and musicality of the Italian language? Perhaps you’ve visited an Italian city and wished you could chat with local people. Or maybe you would like to be able to read a menu, talk about yourself, or talk about yours or other people’s jobs. Whatever your reasons for learning Italian, this two-week course gives you a chance to start a new exciting learning experience. You’ll start from the basics to ordering food and drinks at the bar. This OpenLearn course is an extract from the beginning of the Open Centre for Languages and Cultures short course, LXI001 Beginners Italian 1: primi passi. After completing this free course, you may wish to register for the full course to continue your learning!

Free course
8 hrs
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Eating for the environment free course icon Level

Nature & Environment 

Eating for the environment

‘You are what you eat’, goes the old adage, but what you eat also has an impact on the environment.    Transcript This free course, Eating for the environment, will explore the links between food, nutrition and environmental sustainability. It will start by exploring the diversity on your dinner plate and encourage you to reflect on it in relation to dietary choices and preferences of people around the world. It will explore the connections between food, culture and traditions, and the challenges in providing healthy and nutritious food to the world’s growing population. The course will examine innovative approaches to food that also help environmental sustainability.      

Free course
8 hrs
The science of nutrition and healthy eating free course icon Level Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The science of nutrition and healthy eating

This free course, The science of nutrition and healthy eating, looks at the science behind nutrition, covering aspects of biology, chemistry and physics as well as giving some insight into healthier eating. Reading food labels, choosing healthier foods, hydrating appropriately and understanding how we taste food will allow you to be more informed about the choices you make about the food you eat.

Free course
24 hrs
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