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Accessibility of Elearning
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It is part of a teaching professional's skills to understand the needs ...

It is part of a teaching professional's skills to understand the needs of a diverse population of students. This unit introduces the challenges for disabled students who may use computers in different ways when taking part in eLearning or may need alternative teaching methods. It covers the technology and techniques used by disabled students, the adjustments to teaching methods that might be reasonable, design decisions which affect the accessibility of eLearning tools and strategies for evaluation.

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Education
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16/02/2011
Active, Healthy Lifestyles
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In this unit, aimed at teachers of Physical Education, we begin by ...

In this unit, aimed at teachers of Physical Education, we begin by looking at some of the common misconceptions relating to fitness and activity levels together with accepted definitions of these concepts. We consider how active young people should actually be, and discuss how PE teachers can ensure they are making an effective contribution to this area of public health.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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16/02/2011
Am I Ready to Study in English?
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Even if you feel confident using English in everyday situations, studying in ...

Even if you feel confident using English in everyday situations, studying in English at higher education level might present extra challenges. This unit provides an opportunity for you to reflect on your English language skills through a series of academic exercises.

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Language Education (ESL)
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16/02/2011
Analysing Skid Marks
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This unit is the second in the MSXR209 series of five units ...

This unit is the second in the MSXR209 series of five units on mathematical modelling. In this unit you are asked to relate the stages of the mathematical modelling process to a previously formulated mathematical model. This example, that of skid mark produced by vehicle tyres, is typical of accounts of modelling that you may see in books, or produced in the workplace. The aim of this unit is to help you to draw out and to clarify mathematical modelling ideas by considering the example. It assumes that you have studied Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes (MSXR209_1).

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Mathematics
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16/02/2011
Animals at the Extremes: Hibernation and Torpor
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Hibernation is an ingenious adaptation that some animals employ to survive difficult ...

Hibernation is an ingenious adaptation that some animals employ to survive difficult conditions in winter. This unit examines the differences between hibernation and torpor, and discusses the characteristic signs of hibernation behavior It explores the triggers that bring on hibernation, and whether internal signals or external season cues are predominant. It also examines the physiological adaptations that occur in hibernating animals.

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Biology
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Animals at the Extremes: Polar Biology
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The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals ...

The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations. This unit explores the polar climate and how animals like reindeer, polar bears, penguins, sea life and even humans manage to survive there. It looks at the adaptations to physiological proceses, the environmental effects on diet, activity and fecundity, and contrasts the strategies of aquatic and land-based animals in surviving in this extreme habitat. This unit builds on and develops ideas from two other 'Animals at the extreme' units: The desert environment (S324_1) and Hibernation and torpor (S324_2).

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Biology
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16/02/2011
Animals at the Extremes: the Desert Environment
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Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable ...

Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable habitats. This unit looks at the surprisingly diverse desert climates throughout the world and mammals, birds, lizards and amphibians that survive there. It splits these animals into three groups according to their strategy for survival: evaders, evaporators and endurers, then discusses how these strategies work on a biochemical and physiological level.

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Biology
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16/02/2011
Babylonian Mathematics
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This unit looks at Babylonian mathematics. You will learn how a series ...

This unit looks at Babylonian mathematics. You will learn how a series of discoveries have enabled historians to decipher stone tablets and study the various techniques the Babylonians used for problem-solving and teaching. The Babylonian problem-solving skills have been described as remarkable and scribes of the time received a training far in advance of anything available in medieval Christian Europe 3000 years later.

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World History
Mathematics
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The Big Bang
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_„ƒThis is the way the world ends / Not with a bang ...

_„ƒThis 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 unit 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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Physics
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16/02/2011
Birth of a Drug
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The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving ...

The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This unit focuses on a specific case study, which follows the development of a drug for the treatment of high blood p

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Chemistry
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16/02/2011
Bse and Vcjd: their Biology and Management
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The furore surrounding the so-called"mad cow' diseases is an important and controversial ...

The furore surrounding the so-called"mad cow' diseases is an important and controversial episode of recent years. Although it peaked several years ago, the topic is still of great medical significance, influencing the way members of the public think about and experience science and scientists.

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Biology
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16/02/2011
Business English: Researching a New Location
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Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help ...

Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the practicalities of taking the decision to relocate. You will also examine the factors that influence that decision including its impact on all those connected with the company from employees to suppliers and customers.

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Business and Communication
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16/02/2011
Care Transactions
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Arrangements for care and support which people manage for themselves or have ...

Arrangements for care and support which people manage for themselves or have organised for them privately or informally tell us something about the shifting borders between funded and non-funded care, between health and social care, and between paid and u

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Social Work
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16/02/2011
Careers Education and Guidance
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Successful transitions - whether from lower secondary to upper secondary; at age ...

Successful transitions - whether from lower secondary to upper secondary; at age 16; into work-based training or university; or into work at any age - are life-enhancing for individuals and crucial to our future social and economic well-being. They are also an indicator of a good school. Careers education and guidance (CEG) is therefore at the heart of a school's personal development program and all teachers have a role in securing successful transitions for their students.

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Career and Technical Education
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16/02/2011
Changes in Science Education
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Providing an overview of current issues in UK science education, this unit ...

Providing an overview of current issues in UK science education, this unit examines what type of science the curriculum should cover and for what purpose. The unit will introduce you to practical problems in the delivery of an effective science curriculum, and particular questions at all three educational tiers - primary, secondary and tertiary - will be touched on.

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Education
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16/02/2011
Choosing a Human Resources Consultant
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Human resources consultancies have become invaluable to businesses looking for improvements and ...

Human resources consultancies have become invaluable to businesses looking for improvements and efficiencies in their operations. This unit explores the issues surrounding how you might go about selecting and using a consultant, examining the risks involved in the venture, fitting the consultant to the task, setting fees and evaluating work. If you are in business and looking to hire a consultant, are a consultant yourself or are studying business at masters level this unit will be useful to you.

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Business and Communication
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16/02/2011
Climate Change: Island Life in a Volatile World
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What impact will global warming really have? This unit examines the potential ...

What impact will global warming really have? This unit examines the potential problems faced by the people of the Pacific Island of Tuvalu as a result of rising sea levels. Where would you go if your island is only a few feet above sea level? Who would you blame?

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Atmospheric Science
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16/02/2011
Comparing Stars
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Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. This unit introduces ...

Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. This unit introduces the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, an essential tool in understanding the nature of stars. You should have some understanding of the basic stellar properties of luminosity and temperature in order to get the most from the unit.

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Astronomy
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16/02/2011
Complex Numbers
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You may have met complex numbers before, but not had experience in ...

You may have met complex numbers before, but not had experience in manipulating them. This unit gives an accessible introduction to complex numbers, which are very important in science and technology, as well as mathematics. The unit includes definitions, concepts and techniques which will be very helpful and interesting to a wide variety of people with a reasonable background in algebra and trigonometry.

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Trigonometry
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Date created
16/02/2011