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The Database Development Life Cycle
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No idea how relational database systems are constructed? Did you know that ...

No idea how relational database systems are constructed? Did you know that they underpin the majority of the managed data storage in computer systems? This unit has been designed to give you an overview of the developmental lifecycle for a database system, explaining the importance of data analysis and highlighting how database development differs from traditional software development.

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An Introduction to Biological Systematics
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This unit is concerned with macroevolution ͢__ë_„ń the patterns and processes of ...

This unit is concerned with macroevolution ͢__ë_„ń the patterns and processes of evolution above the species level. A crucial consideration in macroevolutionary studies is that of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of the organisms in question. The un

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Biology
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English Grammar in Context
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The use of grammar is more complex than it appears. This unit ...

The use of grammar is more complex than it appears. This unit looks at the way grammar can be used as a tool for adapting our communications (both written and spoken) in ways which present us and our message in different lights.

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Linguistics
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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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Issues in Complementary and alternative Medicine
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Why are so many people now turning to complementary and alternative medicine ...

Why are so many people now turning to complementary and alternative medicine and why do approaches to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) raise such controversy? This unit explores the following three key areas:"Why people use complementary and alternative medicine',"Critical issues in the therapeutic relationship' and"Ethics in complementary and alternative medicine'.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Diversity and Difference in Communication
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Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature ...

Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse. As a consequence, achieving good or effective communication - whether between service providers and service users, or among those working in a service - means taking account of diversity, rather than assuming that every interaction will be the same. This unit explores the ways in which difference and diversity impact on the nature of communication in health and social care services.

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Communication
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Integrated Safety, Health and Environmental Management: An Introduction
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Life is full of risk. In this unit"risk' describes the probability and ...

Life is full of risk. In this unit"risk' describes the probability and consequences of harm or, at worst, disaster. Risk management involves many stakeholders and integrated management systems help to ensure that safety, quality, environmental and business risks are all managed correctly. This unit also looks at emergency preparedness, that is, the management of emergencies and disasters.

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Management
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Medicine Transformed: On Access to Health Care
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Access to health care is important to all of us. Did the ...

Access to health care is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine in the twentieth century mean that everyone had access to good medical services? If you fell sick in 1930 where could you get treatment - from a GP, a hospital, a nurse? This unit shows that in the early twentieth century, access to care was unequally divided. The rich could afford care; working men, women and children were helped by the state; others had to rely on their own resources.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Web Guide
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Frightened of the internet? This unit will help you make effective use ...

Frightened of the internet? This unit will help you make effective use of the internet, giving you the basic skills required for using web-based resources. Useful tricks and tips are provided as well as information on web browsers, the main features of a browser window, how to look at websites, using hyperlinks, searching for information on the internet, copying text, avoiding computer viruses, and using PDFs.

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Education
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Computers and Computer Systems
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Computers and processors are ubiquitous in everyday life, and they're not only ...

Computers and processors are ubiquitous in everyday life, and they're not only found in your PC. This unit introduces the different parts of computer systems and their use of binary code. Using the examples of kitchen scales, a digital camera and a computer artwork the unit, with the help of flowcharts, discusses how computers process data and instructions.

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Computer Science
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An Introduction to Information Security
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Headline news scares about stolen or missing data are becoming a frequent ...

Headline news scares about stolen or missing data are becoming a frequent occurrence as organisations rely more and more heavily on computers to store sensitive corporate and customer information. This unit discusses the importance of protecting information and gives an overview of information security management systems.

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Information Science
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Reading
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Reading is an essential skill for all of us and developing our ...

Reading is an essential skill for all of us and developing our skills in reading is a good investment. This unit is packed with practical activities which are aimed at making reading more enjoyable and rewarding. This unit also includes sections on how to read actively and critically.

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Education
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The Importance of Interpersonal Skills
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To succeed in management you need good interpersonal skills, you need to ...

To succeed in management you need good interpersonal skills, you need to understand how to deal with other people. This unit will help you gain an awareness of your skills and understand that an awareness of the interpersonal skills of others can help us enormously in dealing with the work tasks we are responsible for.

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Communication
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Social Work Learning Practice
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This audio unit focuses on the importance of people's backgrounds and experiences ...

This audio unit focuses on the importance of people's backgrounds and experiences in the field of social work. It identifies the diverse ways in which service users and social workers define themselves, helping you to understand how the two groups perceiv

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Social Work
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Improving Aerobic Fitness
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Aerobic fitness is integral to successful sports performance and to maintaining good ...

Aerobic fitness is integral to successful sports performance and to maintaining good health. But what sort of exercise should you be doing to develop your aerobic fitness? This unit will help you to answer this question by introducing you to principles of

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Ratio, Proportion and Percentages
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From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday ...

From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This unit is designed to help you become more familiar with how figures can be manipulated, then you can check whether that discount really is as big as they claim!

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Ratios and Proportions
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Models and Modelling
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Models are mechanisms for communication. This unit looks at what a model ...

Models are mechanisms for communication. This unit looks at what a model is and what the process of modelling is about. The techniques discussed here are applicable to a wide range of systems and have one thing in common: they are all commonly used diagramming techniques. The five techniques are: data flow diagrams, use case modelling, activity diagrams, entity-relationship diagrams and state machines.

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Mathematics
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Getting Started On Classical Latin
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Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This unit ...

Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This unit will provide you with a general introduction to learning Latin allowing you to assess whether you would like to learn more. You will look at the links that exist between Latin and English, examine the structure of sentences and gain an awareness of the fundamentals of pronunciation in Latin.

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Languages
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Knowledge Technologies in Context
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This unit explores knowledge technologies, that is, software systems that can represent, ...

This unit explores knowledge technologies, that is, software systems that can represent, interpret, formalize or interrogate phenomena and create models of how the world works. It demonstrates how a well designed system can have positive effects on the work 'ecosystem', potentially allowing more time for people to concentrate on their strengths. Emphasizing core concepts of representation, interpretation and situated use in context, this unit will help masters students and those involved in specifying and designing software for business understand how such systems can help manage knowledge as well as providing a framework for evaluating claims made by technology vendors and researchers.

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Business and Communication
Management
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