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8 Part B: Evidencing your IT skills

This Part requires you to present a portfolio of your work to demonstrate that you have used and integrated your IT skills within your study or work activities to achieve the standard required. For example, you might include learning about new software for a particular task, using databases and other resources more effectively in searching for information, setting up and using different ways of communicating and sharing information, setting up and using computer-based models to predict, expla
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Electric eels make leaping attacks
Vanderbilt biologist Kenneth Catania has accidentally discovered that electric eels can make leaping attacks that dramatically increase the strength of the electric shocks they deliver. In doing so, Catania has confirmed a 200-year-old observation by famous 19th-century explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.
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2.1 Introduction

As handovers can take place at many stages – not just the concluding stage – of a project, handover is not, in itself, completion of the project. If the project's objectives were clearly set out, the completion or acceptance criteria should flow logically from them. Such criteria might include the following:

  • the key stages and milestones are all completed;

  • the outputs or outcomes meet the quality specifications;

  • t
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Rupinder Brar on Relativity, Einstein, and How to Stay Young
Rupinder Brar lectures on the topic of Einstein's special relativity theory and it's explanation of time dilation and simultaneity. The lecture is entitled Relativity, Einstein, the Speed of Light and How to Stay Young.
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9.3.3 Identify relevant sources of information

Exploring and identifying sources of information is about finding out what you don't know as well as using and adapting what you do know. Group projects and assignments frequently require you to carry out research and this will involve identifying specific resources you may need. For example, think about the materials and equipment that might be needed and whether the group needs to get specific expert advice and support and, if so, where you can obtain this.

It is also important to spe
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Keep on learning

Study another free course

There are more than 800 courses on OpenLearn for you to choo
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7.4 Evaluating your strategy and assessing your work

Present a reflective summary that gives details of:

  • a judgement of your own progress and performance in the IT skills you set out to improve, including an assessment of where you feel you have made the greatest progress; discuss your use of criteria and feedback comments to help you assess your progress;

  • those factors that had the greatest effect on you achieving what you set out to do; include those that worked well to help you improve
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The Upside of a Volatile Market? Bargain Stocks
Though the markets have been rocky so far this year, Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel says it wouldn’t take much to stabilize things — and the current state of stocks present potential opportunities for bargain-hunting investors.
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3.4 Further reading

Baxandall, M. (1985) Patterns of Intention: On the Historical Interpretation of Pictures, New Haven and London, Yale University Press.

Olin, M. (1996) ‘Gaze’ in Shiff, R. and Nelson, R.S. (eds) Critical Terms for Art History, Chicago and London, The University of Chicago Press, pp. 208–19.


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7.3 Developing a strategy

In developing a strategy for improving your application of number skills you are aiming to:

  • identify the opportunities you can use to develop and practise your number skills;

  • establish the outcomes you hope to achieve and targets for meeting them;

  • identify the resources you might use for developing your skills, including people who might be able to help you as well as sources of data, books, study guides, tutorials, s
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1.4.2 It's up to the market

On this view, market responsibility looks something like this: if left alone, foreign companies will do what they do best, which is to spot an opportunity in the global marketplace, take advantage of it, and then try to keep the spoils of globalisation to themselves until such time that they are forced by market pressures to share them with the local population in the form of higher wages and other such improvements. Or in Krugman's stinging words:

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Exploring Philosophy
Have you ever considered what being conscious actually means? By choosing to live in a particular state are you consenting to be subject to all its laws? For some there’s an assumption that philosophy might not be relevant to modern life but Dr. Nigel Warburton, senior lecturer in Philosophy at The Open University argues that many of us today are faced with philosophical questions such as these as we live our lives in the twenty first century. In this collection we ask academics to discuss the
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Roman funerary monuments
How and what can we learn from fragments? Thousands of fragmented inscriptions survive from the ancient city of Rome, the majority of which are funerary inscriptions or epitaphs from tombs. This album looks at the impact of funerary monuments. From the Mausoleum of Emperor Augustus, to the more humble tombs of freed slaves, these monuments reveal a great deal about the people and families commemorated. Examining the type, scale, location, decoration, and epitaph of each tomb allows us to bu
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2.7 Ecological footprinting

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1.5.2: Calculating the price indices

This subsection concentrates on how the RPI is calculated. Generally the CPI is calculated in a similar way, though some of the details differ. To measure price changes in general, it is sufficient to select a limited number of representative items to indicate the price movements of a broad range of similar items. For each section of the RPI, a number of representative items are selected for pricing. The selection is made in such a way that the price movements of the representative ite
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3.2.1 Try some yourself

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The Black Panther Party
A tribute to the Black Panters.  In Oakland Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton founded the Black Panthers in 1966 with a ten-point platform for addressing racial and economic inequality in America. (5:57)

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1.1.2 Quiz: Getting started

Activity 1

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This quiz will help you to become familiar with some of the terminology that you will come across in this course. It is just for fun. Your an
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Literary Festival 2016: My Friend Maigret: escapism, dreams and the imagination in Simenon [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray, Ros Schwartz, John Simenon | Georges Simenon is one of the 20th century’s most prolific authors. His prestigious output included 75 novels starring his most famous creation, Inspector Maigret, and his novels define post-WW1 France with themes that still resonate today. Professor John Gray is the author of a number of highly regarded books including False Dawn, Straw Dogs, The Silence of the Animals and The Soul of the Marionette. Ros Schwartz (@RosSchwartz) has
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3.4 Decreasing by a percentage

Discount can be calculated in the same way as an increase by a percentage. For example, £8 with 15% discount means you actually pay

  £8 less (15% of £8)

  15% of 8 = × 8 =
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