English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. If you are interested in reading between the lines, and being challenged by new ideas and ways of seeing, then this course is for you. On this course you'll study an exciting range of texts from many different periods and settings, including novels, drama and poetry, and discover an exciting variety of approaches for reading and interpreting them. You'll develop your skills of analysis and communication which will enable you to take a fresh look at familiar texts, and to encounter new texts and ideas with confidence.
Engineering is at the heart of modern life. Today engineers use computers and software in the design and manufacture of most of the products, processes and systems that make up our lifestyles. This module introduces the finite element method and instils the need for comprehensive evaluation and checking when interpreting results. It covers basic theory; modelling, meshing and analysing component models for stresses, deflections, temperatures and vibrations under operating conditions and loads; treatment of boundary conditions and restraints; and examples of good practice for safe and effective application in use.
This module explores the fundamental statistical techniques and ideas used for analysing and interpreting data, covering models for data, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression. The emphasis is on the practical side, although some of the underlying theory is also included. The statistical software package Minitab is supplied with the module and use of a computer is essential: you'll receive detailed guidance for all the computer activities. This module is ideal if you would like to develop the skills to make sense of data. It also provides the necessary foundations required for studying further modules in statistics.
Technology is dramatically changing educational research and practice, at a time of high demand for 'evidence-based' policy and guidance. This module will help you find, interpret and evaluate research and cutting-edge innovations in educational technology, from a global perspective. You will gain skills in critically understanding and interpreting research as reported in social and popular media, blogs, institutional reports and academic papers. Whilst there is an emphasis on rigorous applied research and evaluation, you do not need to have experience or knowledge of using particular research methods. You will also be guided in carrying out a small-scale research study and writing a detailed research plan on a topic of your choice.
Explore the multiple relationships between languages and cultures. In this free course you will learn about the benefits and challenges of meeting people from different cultures and the ways in which language and human communities shape each other. You will look at the role of intercultural competence at the workplace, reflect on the use of English as lingua franca in international contexts, and get a flavour of the skills involved in language-related professions such as translation and interpreting.