Courses

Take university-level courses online for free and submit assessments when you are ready to have your learning recognised for formal academic credit.

OERu 1st year of study

Do you want to earn micro-credentials leading to a qualification in business and management studies? The OERu is launching the Certificate Higher Education Business (CertHE) in March 2018. For more information on the courses and launch schedule, visit the CertHE page.

Featured courses

LIDA100

Learning in a digital age

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Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning

Current

The course has been designed to give students the opportunity to explore the basic tools of critical reasoning and to empower them to think for themselves. The ability to think critically is of great value in helping to deal competently with ethical, social and political problems in the work situation and everyday life. In most humanities courses at universities lecturers expect students to understand cultural diversity, to critically evaluate information and knowledge claims and to make responsible decisions. However, students are rarely given the opportunity to acquire these abilities in a systematic way.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
Level: 1st year
Official course credit
Managing my Money

Managing my Money

Current

The free Open University course Managing my money is a course in personal financial management. It covers financial planning, budgeting, debt management, investments, housing, pension planning and insurance.

In addition to building a household budget and balance sheet and developing other practical skills in financial management, the course explores the social and behavioural drivers of financial decision making and the nature of financial risks households can be exposed to.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
24 hours, 3 hours per week
Non-formal recognition
Introduction to ecosystems

Introduction to ecosystems

Current

This free course from The Open University is designed to help you gain an understanding of the natural world and how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
6 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
The Business of football

The Business of football

Current

If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management then this engaging and stimulating free course which provides the opportunity to share and comment on your learning with others is for you. You can progress at your own pace over 3–5 weeks, and it will take a minimum of around 9 hours of your time over this period.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
9 hours, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Succeed with maths - Part 1

Succeed with maths - Part 1

Current

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this eight week free badge course from The Open University is for you. The course will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Succeed with maths – Part 2

Succeed with maths – Part 2

Current

This free badged course from The Open University will develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
English: skills for learning

English: skills for learning

Current

This free badged course from The Open University will help you develop your English reading and writing skills you will need to succeed at university.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Succeed with learning

Succeed with learning

Current

Have you ever had any of the following thoughts?

What do I want to do with my life? How can I reach my goal? Would I cope with studying at college or university? Can I get better at learning? How can I manage the challenges that life keeps throwing my way?

If you are thinking about questions like these, this free badged course from The Open University Succeed with learning is just what you are looking for.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Taking your first steps into higher education

Taking your first steps into higher education

Current

This free badged course from The Open University explores - What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free badged course is for you.

Taking your first steps into higher education provides insights into how subjects are studied at university. This introduction to carefully selected materials helps you decide what you might want to study. You will be looking at three main areas: arts and humanities, the social sciences and maths, technology and science.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Can renewable energy sources power the world?

Can renewable energy sources power the world?

Current

This free course from The Open University explores the physical principles underlying the various renewable energies, their economics, their environmental impact, their present status and future prospects in order for you to answer the question, 'Can renewable energy power the world'?

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
 Succeed in the workplace

Succeed in the workplace

Current

Do you want to change jobs? Are you just starting in the job market? Are you returning to work after a break? If so, this course will help you explore career opportunities by starting from you, not the job.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 2 hours
Non-formal recognition
Facilitating learning in practice

Facilitating learning in practice

Current

Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship?
This free badge course explores the principles and best practices underpinning mentorship. The authors draw on their experience in nursing to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of mentorship practice that can be applied to many workplace environments.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Introduction to cyber security

Introduction to cyber security

Current

Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.

We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Forensic psychology

Forensic psychology

Current

Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. Psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on evidence gained from an eyewitness and also how careful the police need to be when questioning witnesses.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Basic science: understanding experiments

Basic science: understanding experiments

Current

This practical, hands-on course aims to help you start thinking like a scientist by carrying out experiments at home and making scientific observations.
You will carry out simple experiments to extract the DNA from fruit or vegetables, observe osmosis in action and bake a potato to destruction! You’ll also investigate how different liquids behave when frozen and how much water an everyday food item contains.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
4 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Indigenous Australian histories

Indigenous Australian histories

Current

Learn about the history of Indigenous Australian people.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
Official course credit
Indigenous Australians: The dreaming and relationships to country

Indigenous Australians: The dreaming and relationships to country

Current

Learn about the cultural richness and diversity of Indigenous Australians.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
Official course credit
Human rights and indigenous Australian peoples

Human rights and indigenous Australian peoples

Current

Learn about Human rights and Indigenous Australian peoples

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
Official course credit
Contemporary realities for indigenous Australians

Contemporary realities for indigenous Australians

Current

Learn how past histories still impact Indigenous Australians.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
Designing the transition to a living future

Designing the transition to a living future

Current

In this micro course you’ll learn some powerful tools to assess and benchmark a baseline position of current sustainability performance. The focus is on finding ways to engage others in the process that will also raise their understanding of the issues, and enable them to begin seeing opportunities of sustainable practices.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st & 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Strategic planning for success

Strategic planning for success

Current

Whatever outcome you’re focused on creating - be it a building, a product, a service or a community - great design ideas are driven by starting with the end in mind. So, defining what ultimate success looks like for sustainable development is fundamental to the planning process.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st & 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Taking action and choosing priorities

Taking action and choosing priorities

Current

In this course you will learn how to prioritise the actions for sustainable development that sit between your baseline and your vision of success by applying the three prioritising questions. You will then consider communicating your work, your audience, your story, and how will you connect the two.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st & 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
The inspiring challenge of sustainable development

The inspiring challenge of sustainable development

Current

In this course you'll learn how to apply an internationally recognised framework that integrates sustainability into a proven strategic planning process. It will enable you to define a vision of success and provide you with the tools you need to effectively and efficiently navigate your way there.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st & 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Introducing the voluntary sector

Introducing the voluntary sector

Current

If you feel that you want to learn more about the voluntary sector then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as your everyday life.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Managing my investments

Managing my investments

Current

On this free online course, you'll learn about different investment choices, the returns and risks associated with each, and the evidence about their historical performance. You'll explore investment strategies, as well as the practicalities about involvement in personal finance markets. And you'll look at how to avoid the individual and group behavioural traits that can impair effective investment decision making.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Non-formal recognition
Introduction to Regional Relations in the Asia-Pacific

Introduction to Regional Relations in the Asia-Pacific

New

This micro course introduces students to the study of international relations and the social sciences with a focus on fundamental aspects of history and culture in Asia and the Pacific.

This course is the first of four micro courses to gain credit in Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
World history in the early modern era

World history in the early modern era

New

This micro-course examines major historical events and developments during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This course includes examination of the political revolutions at the close of the early modern period.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 Weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Imperialism and War

Imperialism and War

New

Imperialism and War examines major historical events and developments during the nineteenth century, and during the twentieth century prior to World War Two.

2017Q1`
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
World War II to present

World War II to present

New

World War II to the Present examines the causes, impact, and consequences of World War II, the deadliest conflict in history. It then explores major developments and events around the globe from 1945 until the present.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Thinking, learning and memory

Thinking, learning and memory

New

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Understanding Culture in Asia and the Pacific

Understanding Culture in Asia and the Pacific

New

This micro course develops students' knowledge of the historical significance of Asia and the Pacific and introduces them to a variety of human ideas, values, beliefs and behaviours.

This course is the second of four micro courses to gain credit in Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Evolutionary psychology, consciousness and perception

Evolutionary psychology, consciousness and perception

New

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Writing for business success

Writing for business success

New

Develop skills, habits and strategies that support successful writing in various business communication formats and contexts

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Introduction to management

Introduction to management

New

Learn about management functions, their history, place in a global environment, and ethical obligations

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Leading and managing people

Leading and managing people

New

Start learning to manage and lead people efficiently.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Planning and managing organisations

Planning and managing organisations

New

Learn how managers plan, make decisions and create strong organizational structures.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
The process of writing

The process of writing

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Process, style, and method to produce clear and effective academic writing.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Writing for academic purposes

Writing for academic purposes

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Process, style, and method to produce clear and effective academic writing.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Making your arguments more credible

Making your arguments more credible

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Process, style, and method to produce clear and effective academic writing.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Revising and polishing your writing

Revising and polishing your writing

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Revision process and techniques to produce clear and effective academic writing.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Core foundations of successful marketing

Core foundations of successful marketing

New

Learn to think like a marketer and apply the basics of undertaking marketing in today's environment.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Market research and customer insights

Market research and customer insights

New

Learn to think like a marketer and apply the basics of assessing and researching the customer and a product's life cycle.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Launching products and generating market demand

Launching products and generating market demand

New

Think like a marketer and apply the basics of branding products and utilising promotion tools and digital marketing.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Creating effective business presentations

Creating effective business presentations

New

Learn how to prepare, organize, and create different types of presentations expected in business contexts.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Intercultural communication, teamwork, and leadership

Intercultural communication, teamwork, and leadership

New

Apply the basic principles of effective communication to intercultural and challenging business situations.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Foundations of psychological science

Foundations of psychological science

New

Learn about the emergence of psychology as a scientific discipline, contemporary approaches to studying psychology, the methods used by psychological scientists, and the brain and nervous system.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Regional Economics in Asia and the Pacific

Regional Economics in Asia and the Pacific

New

In this micro course students will learn about the factors that have prompted growing interdependence of states in Asia and the Pacific and about the historical and current economic climate of the region.

This micro course is the third of four micro courses to gain credit in Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific.

2017Q3
Micro course
Level: 1st year
Microcredential Official course credit
Tourism in Asia and the Pacific

Tourism in Asia and the Pacific

New

This micro course focusses on tourism to the Asia and Pacific. It draws on three prior courses to encourage students to demonstrate cultural literacy skills and a detailed knowledge of one particular state or region.

This micro course is the last of four micro courses required to gain credit in Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific.

2017Q4
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Digital literacies for online learning

Digital literacies for online learning

Current

Apply digital and academic learning literacies to support learning on the internet in tertiary education.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Social Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

Social Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

Current

The fast-paced development of new digital technologies provides powerful resources for addressing today’s social and environmental challenges. Combining the perspectives of business entrepreneurship, regional science and information systems, this Micro Course will uncover the potential of digitally connected social entrepreneurship as an agile and exciting vehicle for creating positive social and environmental change.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 3rd & 2nd year
2 weeks, 2 hours
Non-formal recognition
Digital citizenship

Digital citizenship

Current

Explore the concept of digital citizenship and apply this knowledge to learning online and the contemporary workplace

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world

Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world

Current

Harness the potential of open education in pursuit of your own learning goals while adhering to the requirements of copyright in a digital world.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Critical media literacies and associated digital skills

Critical media literacies and associated digital skills

Current

Explore the concept of media literacy and apply this knowledge to access, analyse, evaluate and create digital media

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
The role of the project manager

The role of the project manager

Current

A project manager must understand the scope of the task ahead. This course introduces the fundamentals that project management is built upon, enabling you to develop and lead a successful project team.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 Weeks , 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Moons of our Solar System

Moons of our Solar System

Current

This free course, Moons of our Solar System, will allow you to explore the rich diversity of moons in our Solar System. You’ll explore the fundamental processes that have shaped them, and the relationship between our Moon and the Earth.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
8 Weeks, 3 hours per week
Non-formal recognition
Initiating a project

Initiating a project

Current

It is project management best practice to 'start with the end in mind'. This means in order to plan and manage a project, the need and the desired outcome for a project must be clearly identified and incorporated into the project charter.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks , 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Planning a project

Planning a project

Current

At the heart of any successful project is a well-considered plan. You will develop an understanding of budgets, resource allocation, quality and risk in order to produce a document that outlines the project's pathway to success.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 Weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Executing and closing a project

Executing and closing a project

Current

Writing the project plan is only one of the jobs of a project manager. This micro-course identifies the steps you can follow to ensure effective implementation and prepare for your future projects.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks , 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Becoming an entrepreneur

Becoming an entrepreneur

New

Generate an entrepreneurial idea for a product or service and analyse its potential as a startup business.

2018Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Planning a business start-up

Planning a business start-up

New

Develop a business plan for a startup business. 

2018Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Financing and managing a business startup

Financing and managing a business startup

New

Develop a financial plan for a startup business launching a new product or service.

2018Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Introduction to principles of microeconomics

Introduction to principles of microeconomics

New

Learn about basic economic models, understand the mechanics of supply and demand, and the choices economic agents make to optimise resources.

2018Q4
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Production and consumption

Production and consumption

New

Understand the relationship between individuals involved in the production and consumption functions and the impact of their behaviour on the market.

2018Q4
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Market structures

Market structures

New

Learn how to recognise the differences between important economic systems, identify the characteristics of various market structures and analyse how supply and demand affects these markets.

2018Q4
Micro course
Level: 1st year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Microcredential Official course credit
Living life with dementia

Living life with dementia

New

Dementia is a chronic degenerative disease but it doesn’t have to be a dire diagnosis. People can, and do, adapt to the disease and live full and fulfilled lives; they live their life with dementia.

2019Q1
Micro course