I am looking to study a part time Bsc in Computing &(or) IT and I wanted to know if any of you have any first hand experience with either? The OU course doesn't offer alot of information and seems a bit dated yet the OU has a great reputation. On the other hand I know/have heard very little about rdi but there courses sound slightly better.
Any knowledge that can be shared would be very much appreciated
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- 22-01-2014 10:58
- 23-01-2014 19:21
Hi, I am currently studying the Bsc in computing with RDI and i would recommend it. The support is very good and the course material so far has been very relevant. I also looked at the OU but decided to go with RDI mainly for course content but secondly how helpful the staff there are. I would really recommend giving RDI a call just for a chat, they are very informative!
- 24-01-2014 04:37
I've not done an RDI course so I can't really comment on that but I've completed over 2/3 of the OU's Computing & IT degree and so far it's been ideal for me.
I've found the supplied materials to be really good. The discussion forums for each module are useful and the tutors are helpful. Every module I've taken has also had tutorials to attend or access online if you wish.
As for being up-to-date, in the time I've been studying with the OU, many modules have been replaced with updated ones and I gather this happens on an ongoing basis.
Something you might want to consider is that most of the OU degrees are accredited by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) professional body. Having had to satisfy the professional standards and skills required by the BCS, one would expect the degree to be of reasonable quality, relevant to the 'real world' and comparable to accredited degrees from other universities. That's not to say all degrees without accreditation are bad (I believe it takes a while to get accredited) just that it's an extra assurance. I think graduating qualifies you to become a professional member of the BCS too - if you're willing to pay the subscription that is.
I'm sure the OU website used to list so much more information about the various pathways and modules available. I don't know if it's any help but information about many of the current modules can be found here.