Computer and IT Degree Open University Watch

MoistNugget
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Hi guys!

I'm considering doing a course at the Open University. I'd like to do a BSc (Hons) in Computing and IT.

I have no idea how the Open University works though. Do you have to just work from home? How much time does it take per week? Per night?

Do I have to attend a university?

I'd like to get the degree as it would help massively with my IT career.
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I've never studied with them myself, but I know how study with them goes.

You study from home, using the books and materials they give you. How your progress is assessed varies, Interactive Computer Marked Assessment (iCMA) and Tutor-Marked Assessment (TMA) for lots of modules. You'll also sit examinations at their exam centres (http://msds.open.ac.uk/students/exam...res/index.aspx is a list of centres), though not for every module.

On top of this, some modules have residential school, and some have lectures to attend and other such things.

If you look at the pathway (the modules you'll study to earn your degree) you want to follow on the degree you're going to take, you can see which have exams/residential school/etc.

For example, here's the Computer Science pathway for a Bachelor's Degree in Computing and IT:http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...ways/q62-9.htm

You can see each module has a code next to it, for example My Digital Life is TU100 - Google that, and you will find the page for that module (http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...urse/tu100.htm) with course information on the right:

6 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
7 Interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs)
No examination
No residential school

As you can see this module has no exams or residential school, but TMAs and iCMAs.

You should read this: http://www.open.ac.uk/study/explained/ and the FAQs on their website for more. Also, they'll send you a prospectus for free.
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