If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. A comprehensive and stimulating introduction to English language and literature, it investigates how the English language is used in a variety of global contexts, and explores literature from different historical periods and in diverse cultural settings. You'll explore writing and speech in a wide range of forms, and develop your skills in the interpretation of literary and non-literary texts.
Data plays an important role in almost all private and public sector employment. The need to understand how to use data to inform business decisions has never been more important. This qualification equips you with the key skills to explore and analyse complex data sets and solve practical problems using applied mathematics, statistics and computing. It forms a strong foundation for further study or employment in the field of data science.
Computing and data analysis play an important role in almost all private and public sector employment. The need to understand how to use IT and data to inform business decisions has never been more important. This qualification introduces you to some basic skills in exploring and analysing data sets and solving practical problems using mathematics, statistics and computing. It forms a foundation for further study or employment in the fields of mathematics, statistics, computing or data science.
What is politics? Who is engaged in politics locally, nationally and internationally? How do we study politics? This online module answers questions like these and explores how political ideas, institutions and processes help govern our world. Using a range of study materials you'll explore the interrelationships between politicians, pundits and publics. You'll learn the key practical skills that are used to explore and explain the ways in which politics, in all its forms, helps order the social world and provide for the governance of persons and the administration of things.
This module forms part 2 of the MA in Classical Studies and allows you to apply the broad skills gained in part 1 to delve more deeply into one particular subject - the ancient body - and to train and supervise you in the skills you need to write your dissertation. Youll be taken through cutting-edge research on various aspects of the body like birth, death, sickness and beauty, all the time building up your independent research skills so that by the time you start the dissertation section, you are ready to work on your own project.
This module provides you with a wide-ranging introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship. You'll examine different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice around the world and at different scales, including: technological and social innovation; commercial and social enterprise; independent and corporate entrepreneurship. You'll also have many opportunities to develop subject-related skills by creating your own 'visual essay', taking part in an online negotiation activity, researching and presenting a case study based on your own chosen example, and working with a small team of students to develop your own proposal for an innovative entrepreneurial venture.
develops your writing ability by widening your generic range and developing your knowledge of style. The module works on the forms introduced in the OU level 2 module (A215) ? fiction, poetry and life writing ? and supplements these with dramatic writing, showing you how to write for stage, radio and film. You'll explore how these scriptwriting skills might enhance your prose style, improve your writing across the range of forms, and further develop your individual style and voice. The module offers guidance on professional layouts for the dramatic media, and is a natural progression from (A215).
This module takes a student-centred approach to creative writing, offering a range of strategies to help you develop as a writer. The emphasis is highly practical, with exercises and activities designed to ignite and sustain the writing impulse. The five-part module starts by showing ways to use your memory and experience in your writing and building a daily discipline for writing. This is followed by the demonstration and practice of the three most popular forms or writing ? fiction, poetry and life writing (biography and autobiography). The concluding part aims to demystify the world of agents and publishers, teaching you how to revise and present your work to a professional standard.
Electronic communication is ubiquitous in homes, offices and urban environments. You probably regularly use mobile devices, Wi-Fi and broadband. What makes such forms of communication possible? How do they relate to each other? Why is their performance so variable? This module gives you an insight into these and other questions, by looking at the fundamental principles of communications technologies. Through these principles you will gain an insight into the possibilities and constraints of modern communications technology. This module complements other modules relating to networking, human-computer interaction, and pervasive computing.
This module teaches advanced mathematical methods with the aid of Maple, an algebraic computing language with graphics and numerical capabilities, which you'll be taught how to use. Although the emphasis is on mathematical methods, you'll use Maple partly to extend the use of these methods, partly to help you to visualise the mathematics and partly to enable you to combine conventional analytic techniques with numerical methods. You'll explore various forms of approximations, perturbation expansions, and accelerated convergence methods including Pad? approximants, asymptotic expansions of integrals and some eigenvalue problems.
Conflict is found in all societies and takes a variety of forms. Any development intervention must deal with both the causes of conflict and its consequences. Additionally, some development interventions themselves generate conflict within societies. This online module addresses the multi-faceted nature of conflict: the complex causes, the diverse impacts conflicts have on development, and the range of actions that can help mitigate conflicts. By equipping development managers and others working on or in conflict situations with both analytical and practical tools, the module will help them to intervene in ways that are sensitive to these complex contexts.
New opportunities for sharing knowledge and engaging with others are transforming the practices of educators and learners. However, many of us use social media and open content in what Lawrence Lessig described as 'read-only' engagement. This module will develop your practice into new forms of active and purposeful networked 'readwrite' activity. Working on a project that you devise, you will share your ideas and practice using a variety of forums, online tools and an Open Studio that you share with your fellow students. The module culminates in the H818 Online Conference, which brings together students, invited speakers, staff, and alumni. Projects explore how to enhance your own educational practice, while addressing key themes in online and distance education. You will also actively visualise and critically assess your own engagement with online networks and open practice.