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Introduction to translation theory and practice free course icon

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Introduction to translation theory and practice

In this online module, you'll explore different approaches to translation and develop an understanding of the links between theory and practice. You can choose to study French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Modern Standard Arabic, in combination with English. With a focus on recent research, you'll develop an awareness of the wider cultural, ethical and professional contexts of translation. You'll acquire a solid grounding in a range of ideas within translation studies (e.g. linguistic and functionalist approaches, translation as norm-governed behaviour, cultural and sociological turns, gender and postcolonial theories, translation technologies) and apply this to a range of translation activities. You'll enhance your understanding of how this research can be useful in your professional practice, and learn how to use various translation technologies.

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Analytic number theory I free course icon

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Analytic number theory I

Number theory has its roots in ancient history but particularly since the seventeenth century, it has undergone intensive development using ideas from many branches of mathematics. In spite of the subject's maturity, there are still unsolved problems that are easy to state and understand ? for example, is every even number greater than two the sum of two primes? In this module (and in (M829)), you'll study number theory using techniques from analysis, in particular, the convergence of series and the calculus of residues. The module is based on readings from T.M. Apostol's.

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Approximation theory free course icon

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Approximation theory

Approximation theory is concerned with approximating functions of a given class, or data of a given type, using functions from another, usually more elementary, class. A simple example is the problem of approximating a function such as e by means of polynomial functions. The efficient solution of such problems is of great importance for computing such approximations, and this module will introduce the mathematical theory behind many approximation methods in common use. This intermediate-level module is based on the set book by M. J. D. Powell.

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Analytic number theory II free course icon

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Analytic number theory II

Analytic number theory is a vibrant branch of mathematics concerned with the application of techniques from analysis to solve problems in number theory. In this intermediate-level module, which is a sequel to (M823)you'll learn about a rich collection of analytic tools that can be used to prove important results such as the prime number theorem. You'll also be introduced to the Riemann hypothesis, one of the most famous unsolved problems in mathematics. Before embarking on M829, you should have completed a module in complex analysis, covering topics such as the calculus of residues and contour integration.

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Coding theory

This module deals with the theory of error-detecting and error-correcting codes. In particular, it investigates their constraints and bounds, and introduces a wide variety of linear and nonlinear codes ? together with associated encoding and decoding procedures. You'll analyse the structure and properties of these codes, investigate links between the theory of error-correcting codes and other mathematical structures, and examine the applicability of codes to real situations. You'll also look at the concepts of optimal and perfect codes, and examine a wide variety of codes, including some constructed from other mathematical structures.

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Galois theory free course icon

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Galois theory

Galois Theory ? developed in the 19 century and named after the unlucky ?variste Galois, who died aged 20 following a duel ? uncovers a strong relationship between the structure of groups and the structure of fields in the Fundamental Theorem of Galois Theory. This has a number of consequences, including the classification of finite fields, impossibility proofs for certain ruler-and-compass constructions, and a proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Most famous, however, is the connection it brings between solving polynomials and group theory, culminating in the proof that there is no ?quintic formula? like there is a quadratic formula.

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Youth justice: theory, research and practice free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Youth justice: theory, research and practice

This module is designed for both people working in youth justice and those with an interest in this area. It explores the relationship between theory, research and practice, and how these impact on young people within the justice system. If you're working (or you intend to work) as a volunteer or professional, you'll be able to apply your learning directly, and to improve your practice and that of your agency or team. If not, you'll gain valuable insight into the policy and debate within youth justice and associated services.

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Applied complex variables

This module is based on by J. W. Dettman (reprinted by Dover, 1984), and will appeal to scientists and engineers as well as to mathematicians. Complex variable theory pervades a wide variety of important subjects and this module teaches topics that are both useful in the theoretical sciences and of interest in their own right. It is an intermediate-level module in our MSc in Mathematics.

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The Big Bang

This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.' (T.S. Eliot) But how about the way the world begins? Was this the biggest bang of all? This free course The Big Bang will introduce you to the theory of the Big Bang and will present the three main lines of experimental evidence that support this theory.

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20 hrs
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Diploma in Paramedic Science free course icon

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Diploma in Paramedic Science

The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC registered but lack academic qualifications at this level, or whose qualifications are out of date. This diploma course shares the same modules as the Level 2 component of the Foundation Degree and Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences, and offers a similar higher education experience. In particular, the combination of theory and work-based learning promotes the underpinning of practice with relevant, up-to-date theory. 

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The Social and Discursive Construction of Disability

Guest author, Stephen Lee Hodgkins, examines the way disability and disabled people are represented in talk and text.

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Evolution through natural selection

In this free course, Evolution through natural selection, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in his book, first published in 1859, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. We will look at natural selection as Darwin did, taking inheritance for granted, but ignoring the mechanisms underlying it.

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4 hrs
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