I've just registered to do a Computing and IT degree at the OU. Starting with TU100 my digital life - would be really grateful if someone could answer some questions to help me make some decisions...
I am working full time (9-5) and dont have kids so will have plenty of time to study and do work. I would like to get this done as quickly as possible. I already have a degree (in languages) and was good at math in school. I am tech savvy and very able user - having grown up with computers, i can build, fix and problem solve on them (have had an IT related role at work on service desk) but dont know a thing about programming.
Looking at the reviews, they seem pretty mixed of the first module (tu100 my digital life) - and cover things like note taking, plagarism as well as other IT related subjects... and the math modules seem not to be too difficult (would probably go for the more advanced math option).
Has anyone done all 3 modules in one year, if so could you let me know the workload and how many hours you needed to spend studying and doing assignments per week? They say 35 hours ideally per week, but I did well in my first degree with less than this - and at the open day one of the tutors said that when asked the students rarely said that they managed 35 hours around family and work, but more like 15. Could you also let me know you thoughts on stage 1 (or whoe degree for that matter) as a whole - was it worthwhile?
I was considering starting with TU100 in Oct and starting the other 2 in Jan depending on workload, but think its important to have a break from studies - especially if you'll be doing it for 5 years. If i were to fail a module, can i retake the test - will i be able to do this in the sept exams (with those that started in January as oposed to October) and will I have to pay for the whole module again or just the exam?
Also any other feedback would be grately appreciated - was it a useful degree, do you feel like it will give you enough to get a decent IT job after...
thanks for any replies
When can you expect yours?