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Leading, managing, caring free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Leading, managing, caring

This module is designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in caring services in a modern, complex and demanding world. From service users and informal carers, to social workers and clinicians, if people don't work effectively together the quality of services will be undermined. Rooted in the foundations of a caring approach to leadership and management, this module provides tools and insight to understand your role in relation to others. Whether you are managing a large team of people or simply trying to ensure good quality care for yourself or a loved one, this module will help you achieve the best outcomes.

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Developing better teams

If you lead a team or are a member of a team, this course is for you. It encourages and gives practical advice to those who want to improve how their team works together and how it delivers - it also looks at how to challenge teams that are already performing well. Through a series of micro case studies, the course looks at real-world team challenges. You will explore and commit to implementing fresh and creative ways of team working and team leading. By the end of the course you should have a tailored action plan for enhancing your team.

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Nonlinear ordinary differential equations

Relevant to scientists and engineers as well as mathematicians, this introduction to basic theory and simpler approximation schemes covers systems with two degrees of freedom. It introduces the geometric aspects of the two-dimensional phase space, the importance of fixed points and how they can be classified, and the notion of a limit cycle. You'll develop schemes to approximate the solutions of autonomous and non-autonomous equations to understand how these solutions behave. Periodically forced nonlinear oscillators and nonlinear oscillators with periodically time-varying parameters leading to parametric resonances are discussed, along with the stability of these solutions and tests for obtaining stability.

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Calculus of variations and advanced calculus

The Calculus of Variations is an important mathematical tool in optimisation and is concerned with integrals (functionals) taken over admissible paths. The paths are varied, leading to the Euler?Lagrange differential equation for a stationary path. Dating from the time of Newton, the theory was developed by Euler, Lagrange, Jacobi, and Noether amongst others and has important applications in modern physics, engineering, biology, and economics. You'll develop your knowledge of the fundamental theory of Calculus of Variations and the advanced calculus tools required to find and classify the stationary paths. Topics covered include functionals, G?teaux differential, Euler?Lagrange equation, First-integral, Noether's Theorem, Second variation/Jacobi equation, and Sturm?Liouville systems.

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Researching and evaluating healthcare practice

assists you to play a leading role in healthcare improvements through an appreciation of healthcare quality, research, evidence evaluation and skill analysis. You will conduct a series of investigations (some based on your healthcare setting, others are studied privately or with tutor group colleagues), to explore the basis for service improvement, including robust and appropriate underpinning evidence, best research practice and skill analysis. The module provides opportunities to explore the work of the researcher, look at ways to evaluate evidence, and explore approaches that can assist you to unpick skills practised locally.

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Free Course: An Introduction to Public Leadership

Do you want to gain some fantastic resources to help aid your understanding of leadership in the public service? OpenLearn has a range of courses, articles and more to give you a real flavour for the subject.

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Society, Politics & Law 

International Relations

What are the prospects for cooperation or cooperation in the international system? Will states always be primarily concerned with their own security or is progressive change possible in international politics? Does it matter to international politics if states are democratic or not? And what is the importance of economic change, or gender relations to international politics? In the following seven films, some of the world's leading experts on international relations explore what determines how states and their agents behave in a globalised world and the different theories and analyses that have been developed to make sense of today's international system.

1 hr 15 mins
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History & The Arts 

Multiculturalism Bites

Multiculturalism is one of the most vexing political issues of our day. How can people with very different values and customs live alongside each other? What is the history of multiculturalism? What are the arguments for and against its various forms? Has it failed? Does it have a future? The Open University's Nigel Warburton interviews ten leading thinkers about the meaning and implications of multiculturalism. David Edmonds introduces each episode.

3 hrs