Open University

The Open University is a UK-based distance learning university. Students can choose from a wide range of courses at various levels of difficulty. Undergraduate courses are categorised as level 1, 2 or 3, and most earn either 30 or 60 credit points which can count towards a variety of qualifications. By way of example, a batchelor's degree requires students to complete 360 points' worth of courses, of which at least 240 must be level 2 or 3; for an honours degree at least 120 points must be earned at level 3. Named degrees have restrictions on the courses that can be chosen, but there is usually plenty of space for choice.

I began my studies in January 2001 (most OU undergraduate courses run with the somewhat non-standard academic year of January or February to October), working towards a BSc (Hons) in Information Technology & Computing. After a couple of years, the OU introduced a new named degree in Computing, with what I thought were slightly more interesting course choices, but after some thought I decided to stick with my original study plan. In December 2003 I received a Diploma in Computing for courses completed to date. In December 2007 I finally got the big prize: a BSc (with honours) in Information Technology and Computing. Now, of course, I'm left wondering what to study next...

The courses I have studied so far are...


This page last modified: 2008-02-26.