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ALISON Free Life Sciences Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

It is over sixty years since the structure of DNA was first discovered by Watson and Crick. Since then work in genetics and gene technology has expanded to the point where the entire human genome has been sequenced, and there is now hope of being able to cure diseases using gene therapy. There is also on-going work in the area of modifying plant DNA to produce pest-resistant crops that give bigger harvests for more food. Today, people need a thorough knowledge and understanding of genetics and gene therapy so that they can make up their own minds as to the potential benefits and drawbacks of what this field of science can offer us. In this free online course you will discover what genes do and explore and come to understand reference terms such as meiosis and mitosis. The course also covers evolutionary aspects of DNA and the genome. You will also learn about gene technology which includes gene testing, gene therapy and the controversial area of genetic modification in plants. This course will be of great interest to professionals working in the areas of biology, medicine and development, to learners who would like a career in the areas of genetics and gene technology, and to anyone interested in understanding the basic area of science that underpins all living existence.<br />

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ALISON Free Life Sciences Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

Heredity is the genetic transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring. Many of these characteristics, particularly the dominant ones, have a physical manifestation like hair colour or colour blindness, but other traits can skip generations until the right combination of genes allows a regressive trait to appear. This free online course about heredity will look at how traits are passed on, why some traits form part of our physical makeup and why we only carry others in our genes but never express them. You will learn how to work out ratios of traits that are present in both the genotype and phenotype using the Punnett Square method and the Hardy-Weinberg Principle. You will also learn how bacteria change their DNA over time and how this impacts on human health. Similarly you will learn how viruses replicate and how they can change human DNA. This free online heredity course will be of great interest to all learners who wish to pursue a career in sciences such as biology, medicine, zoology or botany and to any individual who simply wants to learn more about how traits are inherited and changed.<br />

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ALISON Free Life Sciences Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

This free online learning course introduces the learner to the basic principles of Psychology from both a behavioural and biological perspective. The topics include classical and operant conditioning, the brain and the nervous system, stress and states of consciousness. All ALISON graduates are entitled to certification. This free Psychology course is an excellent complement to face-to-face classes and as a study guide or for those who would like to familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of Psychology.<br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

In the free online course Building A Successful E-Business learn how using computer and internet technology can facilitate a business of any size to successfully build an online e-business. The many benefits of conducting e-business are explained include expanding a business’s customer base, lowering costs and competing with other businesses. <br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to the practice of e-business. You will learn about different forms of e-business and when they are used. You will learn how to assess a business’s needs and indicate if a business is ready for e-business. You will learn different ways in which conducting e-business can be beneficial. <br /><br />Next, you will learn about the variety of issues that need to be addressed once a company has decided to conduct e-business. You will be introduced to a range of services that are available for businesses in order to deal with these issues and conduct e-business successfully. You will learn the importance of creating a web presence for your business and the steps and options involved in doing so. <br /><br />Finally, you will be introduced to the practices of online marketing and e-commerce. You will learn about different forms of online advertising and why a business should consider employing them. You will learn about the importance of using social media to market your business to current and potential customers in the modern world. You will learn about all the areas that need to be considered when integrating your web system with your business. You will learn about a variety of options available to a business when conducting e-commerce.<br /><br />This free course will be of great interest to business professionals in small-to-medium businesses, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to start using computer and internet technology to conduct business and reach customers in order to stay up-to-date in the modern digital world. <br />

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ALISON Free Business Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

Building an effective online presence is critical for growing your business as it gives your company access to thousands or millions of local, national or international customers who are searching, interacting, sharing and shopping online. In this course you will learn why you must get your business up and running on the Web using e-commerce sites, review sites and social networks. You will also learn that having a Website which is easy to navigate, is informative, and has a good domain name, the right design template and memorable Web copy will help your business stand out from the competition. The course discusses why it is important to have a presence on the mobile Web and how to attract your target audience using tools like Google AdWords. This course will be of great interest to all business owners who are thinking of setting up a Website for their business but are uncertain of how to go about doing it. It will also be beneficial to any company or organisation that wants their existing Website to be more effective at attracting potential customers.<br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

This free online course Building Bots Using The Microsoft Bot Framework will walk you through the creation of a bot and introduce you to the software available to help you. The course will also introduce you to the Azure Bot Service and how it can help you create an effective bot. <br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to the Microsoft Bot Framework and how it can help you create a bot. You will be taught how to create conversational dialogs from the ground up, and also how to incorporate NLS and deep learning technology into your bot. <br /><br />Finally, you will look at the Azure Bot Service Preview. You will learn how this service allows your bot to develop its intelligence quickly and effectively, using a combination of the Microsoft Bot Framework and Azure Functions. You will also examine the Azure Portal, Visual Studio, and LUIS to further understand how to increase your bot’s intelligence.<br /><br />This course will be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about the new and upcoming field of bots and bot tools. It will also be of interest to anyone looking to increase their knowledge of how to make their bots more intelligent and useful. <br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

The free online course Business Communication - Developing Effective Business Presentation Skills will help learners prepare more effectively for a presentation, be more confident speaking in front of people, and develop the skills to engage and persuade an audience. Many business professionals lack confidence when it comes to making presentations but the good news is that effective presentation skills can be learned. In this course you will learn how to plan and develop an effective presentation by breaking it into its essential components, map its flow and create appropriate text, graphics and other presentation aids. You will learn how to assess the expectations of your audience and engage with them effectively by understanding their demographics, listening style and presentation expectations. You will also learn how to overcome nervousness and become more confident when speaking in public. You will learn tips and techniques to deliver presentations naturally, whether you are speaking at a small team meeting or presenting to an audience of hundreds. This free online course will be of great interest to all business professionals who want to prepare and deliver presentations with confidence, expertise and professionalism, and all learners who want to be more confident when speaking in public.<br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

The course Business Communication - Fundamentals of Business Writing introduces you to the theory and practice of writing in the modern business environment. In this free online course you will be introduced to the principles of written communication so that you will be able to express your thoughts and ideas through writing in a clear, concise, and efficient manner. You will see how preparation is key for successful writing and learn how to use a planning checklist when writing any type of business message. You will also learn about writing styles and which writing style is most appropriate for business communication. In the modern business world having the skill to write a professional business letter is of great importance. Whether you are sending an inquiry to a company or organisation, or applying for a job having a correctly formatted letter can make the difference between having the letter taken seriously or not. Having completed this course you will have the confidence and skills needed to express yourself in writing in any business environment, and the skills needed to write a business letter that will look distinctive, professional and high quality. This course will be of great interest to all learners who want to improve their business communication skills, in particular business writing.<br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

The free online course Business Communication - Managing Successful Team Meetings introduces you to the communication skills needed for coordinating and managing successful team meetings in the work place. Team meetings are an essential part of any business or organization: they help progress ongoing projects with the business; they can facilitate the creation and development of new ideas; they can highlight and resolve serious problems within a business. Poorly managed team meetings result in frustrated team members and are a waste of time and resources, whereas successful team meetings result in motivated team members and bring great benefits to a business. Successful team meetings depend on excellent business communication skills to arrange, manage and report on the meeting. In this free online course you will learn about the key communication skills needed for successful team meetings. You will learn that how a team meeting is arranged is key to its successful outcome. You will learn about the importance of the purpose statement and agenda for the meeting, and how they must be communicated to the individual team members so that they can prepare for the meeting. Once the meeting is in progress you will learn about the communication skills needed to manage a meeting, how to transition from one topic to the next, how to help team members contribute positively at the meeting and how to bring the meeting to a successful conclusion. You will also learn about the importance of creating and distributing minutes of the meeting that accurately describe what was discussed at the meeting, and any actions that were agreed upon and whose responsibility they are. This course will be of great interest to all business professionals who would like to learn more about the key communication skills needed to manage successful team meetings, and for any learner who would like to improve their business communication skills.<br />

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ALISON Free Business Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

Business Intelligence is a set of theories and methodologies that handle large amounts of data and information and assists managers with decision-making. Knowledge management is the process of capturing, storing, retrieving and distributing the knowledge of the individuals in a business for use by others in the business to improve the quality and/or efficiency of decision making across the firm. This free online course in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management Systems enables the learner to study information tools used to assist decision-makers and describe the process known as decision-making including the three steps involved. The course will be of interest to business professionals who would like to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the benefits of business intelligence and knowledge management systems.<br />

14 votes
ALISON Free Computer Sciences Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

If you have studied the Introduction to Programming in C course available on ALISON it is now time to further enhance your C programming skills by studying numbers, variables and arrays and the functionality they have in computer programming. In this free online C programming course you will gain a much greater knowledge and understanding of numbers, variables and arrays. You will learn more about the basics of numeric overflow and how numbers are encoded as characters in ASCII. You will learn more about variables and the connection between function return values and variables. You will also review the use of arrays and pointers, how to create a pointer in C, and assign a value to a pointer. This free online C programming course will be of great interest to IT professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the C programming language and its functionality, and to those learners who want to follow on from the Introduction to Programming in C course.<br />

21 votes
ALISON Free Computer Sciences Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

In computer science control flow is a very important concept to understand for the development of effective and efficient software programs. Control flow is the order in which individual statements, instructions, or function calls are executed within a piece of software. In this free online computer programming course you will learn more about the use of statements and logic in C programming. You will be introduced to conditional flow statements, the mechanisms for controlling flow statements, and how to implement simple statements in C. Logical operators such as OR, GOTO and the While loop are also discussed in detail. This free online computer programming course will be of great interest to all IT professionals who would like to learn more about the use of control flow when developing software using the C programming language, and to all learners who want to learn more about the procedures used to write effective software programs.<br />

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ALISON Free Computer Sciences Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

C is a powerful system programming language and is commonly used to programme operating systems such as Unix. One of the main advantages of programming in C is that it allows the programmer to write directly to memory. This means that key constructs such as pointers, constants and strings can be used within the memory in an efficient and machine-independent fashion. This free online computer programming course covers topics such as using pointers for direct memory access and manipulation in C, changing the memory address contained within a pointer and introduces constants and string literals. You will learn why pointers contain memory addresses of multi-byte variables, and how to visualise RAM in a new way. This free online computer programming course will be of great interest to IT and software professionals who would like to learn more about this powerful and efficient programming language, and to all learners who would like to learn more about the kind of programming language that is used to develop operating systems.<br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

The free online course C# Programming - Coding with C# Classes and Methods shows you in a step-by-step manner how to use methods and classes in C# code. You will also learn about namespaces and accessibility modifiers.<br /><br />The course begins by showing you how to use classes and methods in C# programming and how to declare a new instance of a class. You will also learn how to work with classes and inheritances in the .NET Framework class library. You will learn about constructors which have the same name as the class, and usually initialize the data members of the new object. You will learn about constructor overloading, the name given to constructors with different sets of parameters. You will learn about inheritance which is the ability to create a class from another class, the &quot;parent&quot; class, extending the functionality and state of the parent in the derived or &quot;child&quot; class.<br /><br />You will learn about the FileStream class, which supports both synchronous and asynchronous read and write operations. You will learn how to code in C# using namespaces which are C# program elements designed to help you organize your programs. You will learn about the StreamReader class which implements a TextReader that reads characters from a byte stream in a particular encoding. You will also learn about scope and its use in C# programming. Finally, you will learn how to utilize the accessibility modifiers Public and Private.<br /><br />This free C# programming course will be of great interest to all learners who would like study a step-by-step introduction to coding using C# classes and methods and how to use Visual Studio Express for programming software applications.<br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

The free online course C# Programming - Coding with C# Syntax introduces you to the basics of coding correctly formatted C# syntax using Visual Studio Express from Microsoft. The course begins by showing you how to use Visual Studio Express, a free software package available from Microsoft, to write correctly formatted C# syntax in a step-by-step manner. You will learn how to write correct C# syntax for operators, expressions, and statements of duration. You will also learn how to declare and use for iterations, as well as create arrays of values and create, and call simple overload helper methods. The course then shows you how to declare and use while iterations, and the methods used to read data from a text file. You will also learn how to code with Strings and with DateTime. This free C# programming course will be of great interest to all learners who would like study a step-by-step introduction to coding using C# syntax and how to use Visual Studio Express for programming software applications.<br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

The free online course C# Programming - Coding with Switch Statements, Collections and Events shows you in a step-by-step manner how to code in C# using decision statements, collections and event-driven programming.<br /><br />The course begins by describing the different types of decision making statements such as the switch decision statement, if...else statement, and the if...else...if statement. In C# if you have a number of constants that are logically related to each other, then you can group together these constants in what are called enumerations. You will learn how to declare enumerations using the enum keyword. <br /><br />You will learn about using the try-catch statement when handling exceptions. In C# programming when handling exceptions the key is to check for the most specific first and then the more general exceptions. In a try-catch statement the order of the catch clauses is important because the catch clauses are examined in order. You will learn how to create and manage groups of related objects using collections. You will learn about Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) and how it offers a consistent model for working with data across various kinds of data sources and formats. You will learn how to use the C# WPF application and which parameters the AddHandler statement takes.<br /><br />This free C# programming course will be of great interest to all learners who would like study a step-by-step introduction to coding using C# decision statements, filter and manage collections using the LINQ application, program events, and use Visual Studio Express for programming software applications.<br />

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ALISON Free Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

The free online course Caregiving Skills - Dementia Care is designed to ensure that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide effective care to clients who have been diagnosed with dementia. The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47.5 million and is projected to increase to 75.6 million by 2030. If you are formally employed in the caregiving industry, or simply provide care to an elderly relative or loved one, you will more than likely encounter dementia at some stage during your duties. This course will help you develop the physical and mental skills needed to provide care to clients who have been diagnosed with mild, moderate or even severe dementia. The course begins by helping you understand what exactly is meant by dementia. You will examine the various forms of dementia that exist and study their symptoms, causes, and how they affect the lives of those who must live with them. You will then examine Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia that you are likely to encounter as a caregiver. The course then proceeds to introduce you to a range of skills that will help you provide effective care to clients with dementia. You will study effective non-verbal and verbal techniques of communicating with clients with dementia. You will also examine common problematic behaviour traits that clients with dementia can exhibit and study the most efficient ways to prevent them. Finally, you will examine the importance that activities play in effective care of clients with dementia. You will learn how to plan and implement activities for clients with mild, moderate or severe dementia in order to cognitively and socially engage them. The course will be of great interest to professionals working as caregivers and who wish to ensure that that their skills are kept to a high standard, or those who provide care to a loved one or relative with dementia.<br />

18 votes
ALISON Free Health and Welfare Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

Care relationships within health professions are of great importance and hold a lot of meaning for both the provider and recipient. This free online course will give you a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of care relationships within health professions. The course covers the issue of care relationships in a variety of situations and contexts. Some of the areas covered include: caring in a hospital setting, caring for the elderly and disabled in residential care, hospice care and care as a family affair. Topics such as the limits and boundaries of care, community care, the meaning of home, care transactions, and care of those who are at the end stages of life are also discussed. This course will be of great interest to professionals already in the health or care professions, to learners who are planning a career in the health professions and will also be beneficial to individuals who are either giving or receiving care.

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ALISON Free Engineering Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

Carpentry is a highly skilled trade and the work carpenters carry out is essential during the construction phase of items as varied as residential and commercial buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork etc. The main work performed by a carpenter during the construction phase is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials. In this free online course the learner will be introduced to skills that are essential during the construction phase of any project such as reading plans and elevations so that construction designs can be understood, how to build floor systems for residential and commercial properties, how to build and construct wall and ceiling framing systems, and the methodologies of roof framing. This course will be of great interest to all construction professionals who would like to learn more about the use of carpentry skills as part of the construction process, and to all learners who are interested in carpentry and construction as a career.

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ALISON Free Engineering Course Type: course Free to Access Mime Type - Scorm 1.2

There is a constant demand for carpenters in the construction trade. Today, expertise in working with various types of building materials is an indispensable requirement of a carpenter's job. Formwork and joinery are two such areas where skilled carpenters would find themselves working with diverse materials. Formwork involves constructing the forms into which concrete is poured, whereas joinery comprises of working with the wooden parts of a building, such as window frames and doors. Both jobs require further knowledge of working with wood, concrete, and other building materials such as steel reinforcement bars. This free online course will introduce the learner to the basic practices involved in formwork and joinery. The course explains the general types of concrete, concrete mixing information, and the test carried out to measure the workability of fresh concrete. The course also outlines the key components and terms associated with windows, exterior doors, and stairways used in residential construction. This course will be of great interest to all construction professionals who would like to learn more about the carpentry skills involved in finishing and closing off a structure. It will also be of interest to all learners who want to further develop their career in carpentry and the construction trade.<br />

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