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Active, Healthy Lifestyles
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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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Addiction and Neural Ageing
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This unit looks at two topics that are of immense worldwide social, economic, ethical, and political importance -"addiction' and"neural ageing'. You will develop a Master's level approach to the study of specific issues within these two important subject areas.

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Health, Medicine and Nursing
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Ageing and Disability: Transitions Into Residential Care
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Moving into a care home can have a profound emotional impact on an individual - just the anticipation of residential care is one of the biggest sources of fear for the elderly. This unit discusses the role of social workers and care staff in supporting individuals through the transition, and how residential environments affect quality of life.

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Social Work
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Am I Ready to Study in English?
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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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The Ancient Olympics: Bridging Past and Present
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This unit highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the Ancient Olympics and explores why today, as we prepare for London's 2012 Olympics, we still look back at the Classical world for meaning and inspiration.

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Ancient History
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Animals at the Extremes: Hibernation and Torpor
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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: the Desert Environment
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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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Approaching Poetry
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Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary texts. You will learn about rhythm, alliteration, rhyme, poetic inversion, voice and line lengths and endings. You will examine poems that do not rhyme and learn how to compare and contrast poetry.

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Arts and Humanities
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Becoming a Critical Social Work Practitioner
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What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This unit will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of ͢__ëńcritical perspectives͢__ë_ ˘ will help you take a positive and constructive approach to problems that arise in

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Social Work
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Bedfordshire Mencap
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This unit enables you to hear some of the founding members of the Bedfordshire Mencap organisation talk about how the organisation was established and the wide range of support services it offers. The work that individuals exerted to promote change is a s

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Sociology
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The Big Bang
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_„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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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 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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Building Relationships With Donors
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Legacy fundraising, big-gift seeking are all part of the professional fundraiser's role. This unit will help you to gain the skills necessary to persuade individuals to become donors. How do you change people's ideas about methods of giving, moving them from casual street donations to regular direct debit giving?

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Business and Communication
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Business English: Making Decisions
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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 the decision-making processes involved and the consultation that is necessary to ensure employees are kept informed.

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Business and Communication
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Business English: Researching a New Location
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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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Business Organisations and their Environments: Culture
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We know that culture guides the way people behave in society as a whole. But culture also plays a key role in organisations, which have their own unique set of values, beliefs and ways of doing business. This unit explores the concepts of national and org

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Business and Communication
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