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Neighbourhood nature
There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know how to look for it. Wherever you live, be it in a city or the countryside, you will find areas that support a range of wildlife. This free course, Neighbourhood nature, will provide you with basic scientific and observational skills so that you can go into your local neighbourhood to discover the animals and plants in open spaces. You will learn how to observe, identify and record the wildlife around you, building u
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Contemporary Issues in Finance
The complex field of finance is relevant to everybody in one way or another and is particularly relevant to all aspects of management. Representatives from Boots, De La Rue and ABN Amro offer insights into the various issues surrounding risk – what kinds of risk their companies are concerned with; how those risks are managed; their companies' differing attitudes to those risks. The album also explores developments in single currency, pension scheme deficits and corporate governance and explain
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7.2.7 Information brokerage

Websites described by this business model offer access to information – usually business information. For example, a website which offers the results of surveys of customer satisfaction for a product such as a car would be used by car hire companies, auto companies and consumer organisations. Major providers in this area provide information derived from financial data such as company performance figures, pension fund performance figures and financial market trends such as the growth of diff
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3.6.1 Making summary sheets or cards

Andrew Northedge, in The Good Study Guide uses a diagram to illustrate this (reproduced as Figure 4). He notes that:

To boil the course down in this way, so as to extract its concentrated essences, is extremely valuable because it converts the broad themes and the detailed discussions of the course
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9.8 Drawing ideas together

This key skill has used a three-stage framework for developing your skills. By developing a strategy, monitoring your progress and evaluating your overall approach, you take an active role in your own learning. But learning does not necessarily follow a path of steady improvement, it involves change: revisiting ideas, seeing things from different perspectives, tackling things in different ways.

You are unlikely to be able to complete your work by working through it from beginning to end
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1 Expectations and administrative pressures

The medical prognoses and diagnoses of dying raise expectations of what will actually happen to the dying person. For example, someone is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, they will be given a forecast that covers the estimated length of time before death, any likely symptoms, the development of the illness, and possible treatment(s). Of course, these types of medical expectations are not unique to death and dying: they are found in all treatments of illness, and no doubt you will have had
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4.3.2 Competing processes

Let's look graphically at the way the rate of a thermally activated process changes with temperature. Figure 16 shows two rates with different activation energies of 1.0 and 0.5 eV – which curve is which?

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1.4 The context of photographs

When this picture first appeared in newspapers and magazines in 1972, it was to be found next to a caption and in many cases a supporting article as well. The caption text might have been simply descriptive (in most cases, probably taken from the agency caption supplied with the photograph). Where there was also an article, this would have been a text that placed the image in context, either in terms of the specific event of which the photograph is a direct record, or in terms of a wider acco
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[French For Kids] What Do They Do? Part 8
This brief video, which focuses on activities, has simple sentences spoken by a native speaker in French and the sentences are accompanied by appropriate images. The video, however, may be better served if the English translation were present, especially for beginning French learners. It is well-produced with clear sound.
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7.2 Working on improving your number skills

The three-stage framework for developing and improving your skills provides the basis for you to become more confident in:

  • developing a strategy for using a variety of numerical and mathematical skills, including being clear about what you want to achieve, identifying relevant sources of information that will help you to achieve your goals, and planning how you intend to improve your skills;

  • monitoring your progress and critically ref
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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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ESD.71 Engineering Systems Analysis for Design (MIT)
Engineering systems design must have the flexibility to take advantage of new opportunities while avoiding disasters. This subject develops "real options" analysis to create design flexibility and measure its value so that it can be incorporated into system optimization. It builds on essential concepts of system models, decision analysis, and financial concepts. Emphasis is placed on calculating value of real options with special attention given to efficient analysis and practical appl
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Sistemas de gestión de la energía
El curso tiene como objetivo ofrecer los conocimientos necesarios para diseñar e implantar sistemas de gestión de la energía siguiendo las directrices de la norma ISO 50001. El curso combina los aspectos más teóricos con la presentación de diferentes casos prácticos en diferentes tipos de organizaciones. Con esta finalidad, el curso incluye los siguientes contenidos: •Aspectos básicos de los sistemas de gestión energética. •Introducción a la norma ISO50001. •Procedimiento para
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Automatique : systèmes asservis linéaires échantillonnés
Ce cours aborde l'étude des Systèmes Asservis Linéaires Echantillonnés, en s'appuyant sur une description polynomiale des systèmes et sur leur modélisation par les fonctions de transfert. L'avènement des microprocesseurs et des mini ou microcalculateurs a eu un impact considérable sur la conduite des processus, aussi bien dans les aspects de leur commande que dans ceux relevant de leur gestion (surveillance, statistiques, archivage). Actuellement, les automaticiens et mécatroniciens tir
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The banking crisis: cause and effect
Autumn 2008 witnessed a global financial crisis with governments worldwide taking emergency action to prevent a collapse of the banking system. The aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the 1930s saw economic activity slump. In the UK, higher unemployment, falling house prices and a sharp increase in government debt proved to be the alarming legacy of the near implosion of the banking system. This fascinating insight into the downfall of the global financial markets gives us a clear unde
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Introduction

Esta unidad se basa en un documental, un reportaje grabado en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Preste atención a la información extra que llevan las imágenes. Va a desarrollar diferentes estrategias para trabajar con el vocabulario y para mejorar la comprensión.

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6.4 Prospect theory

Kahneman and Tversky (1979) developed ‘prospect theory’ to describe this combination of risk and loss aversion. This suggests that whether an individual is risk seeking or risk averse will depend on where they are in relation to a personal reference point. The reference point divides the area where they feel as if they are in loss from the area where they feel they are in gain. This point is not usually zero, and will change over time. For example, a professional financial trader who is p
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The Economist asks: Chilcot inquiry special
Anne McElvoy hosts, as diplomat and pioneer of liberal interventionism Robert Cooper explains what lessons should be learned from the Chilcot inquiry. And, academic Gareth Stansfield discusses what the report's findings mean for Tony Blair.
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Netiquette
Just like there is a set of rules for behaving in public there are a set of rules for behaving online.  These rules should be applied when you are emailing, in chat rooms, blogging, or IMing.  Always think before you type!
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Babbage: Fluid intelligence

Zapping the brain with a weak electric current enhances its visual cortex. Is this a way to help squeeze more value out of our grey matter? Also, how a new miniature phone camera is making us rethink every aspect of photography. And why whales have become so good at filtering food. Hal Hodson hosts.
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