Saturday, 13 November 2010

Open University IT course changes

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Last night I received an e-mail stating that the OU will be replacing a lot of there qualifications in the IT area and replacing them with new courses. A copy of the e-mail is attached.



We are contacting you to let you know about changes to ALL of the OU’s Computing and ICT qualifications.

What are the changes?
For complete details of the changes visit our website at www.tinyurl.com/3ymmdqm. If you have problems accessing this site please contact the Faculty using the enquiry form at www.mct.open.ac.uk/enquiry.

The following new qualifications have been introduced:
* Certificate in Computing and IT (K10)
* Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Computing and IT (E66)
* Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Computing and IT Practice (E67)
* Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice (G23)
* BSc (Hons) Computing and IT (B62)
* BSc (Hons) Computing and IT Practice (top up) (B68)
* BSc (Hons) Computing and IT (joint honours) (B67)

Currently the B67 joint honours qualification is available as:
* BSc(Hons) Computing, IT and Business
* BSc(Hons) Computing, IT and Design
* BSc (Hons) Computing, IT and Mathematics
* BSc(Hons) Computing, IT and Statistics
* BSc (Hons) Computing, IT and Psychology

These replace the following qualifications that are to be withdrawn:
* Diploma in Computing (D12)
* Diploma in Information Technology (D39)
* Diploma of Higher Education in ICT (E39)
* Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and its Practice (E41)
* Diploma of Higher Education in Business Information Technology (E45)
* Foundation Degree in Information and Communication Technologies (G04)
* Foundation Degree in Computing and its Practice (G06)
* Foundation Degree in Business Information Technology (G13)
* BSc (Hons) Information Technology and Computing (B13)
* BA/BSc (Hons) Computing and Mathematical Sciences (B14)
* BSc (Hons) Computing (B29)
* BA/BSc (Hons) Computing and Statistics (B34)
* BSc (Hons) Computing with Business (B35)
* BSc (Hons) Information and Communication Technologies (B38)
* Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and its Practice (B40)
* BSc (Hons) Computing and Design (B44)
* BSc (Hons) Computing with Psychological Studies (B49)

B40 will be withdrawn on 31 December 2012.
G13 will be withdrawn on 31 December 2016.
All the other qualifications will be withdrawn on 31 December 2014.

What does this mean for me?
If you want to claim one of the existing qualifications you must complete all the academic requirements before the relevant final withdrawal date.

If this is not possible, you will need to transfer your studies to one of the new qualifications.

All modules which count towards our current qualifications can also be counted towards the new qualifications.
To find details of the changes and how you are likely to be affected you must visit our website at www.tinyurl.com/3ymmdqm. If you have problems accessing this site please contact the Faculty using the enquiry form at www.mct.open.ac.uk/enquiry.

Where can I get more information?
If you need further help or information please get in touch with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service by emailing general-enquiries@open.ac.uk or by phoning +44 (0)845 300 6090.

Linda Landsberg
Programme Manager
Undergraduate ICT and Computing

It looks like I have until 2014 to finish my studies, which is fine but it will be interesting to see the implications for students who started there degrees later than me. The B67 degree seems to be covering off a large number of undergraduate qualifications, I wonder what it will actually consist of and if it will maintain the BCS accreditation currently provided by the B29 Computing degree.

2 comments:

davidw said...

This is being discussed on the Open University's 'Platform' here.

These changes are similar to the announcement of withdrawal of many named science degrees. I share your concerns - will the new joint honours degree be BCS recognised and how significant are the changes for those forced to change to joint honours?

There are also implications for recognition by employers and for postgraduate study. Had I chosen to start a BSc Computing degree this year, as I nearly did, I really did want a Computing degree, not joint honours.

As it happened, I decided to study law instead, so I'm doing an OU LLB. As a (mere) law student, I am not allowed to access the web site mentioned in the e-mail. People will be signing up to modules to start qualifications that they cannot finish. For the sake of transparency, I feel that there should be a banner on pages relating to all existing undergraduate computing and ICT modules and qualifications, pointing users to a copy of the e-mail text. Additionally, I believe that everyone should be allowed at least read-only access to the site behind the tinyurl, which looks like it is a Moodle forum.

Webmaster@Boroughmuir said...

Yeh, I got this too. Initially I didn't pay too much attention but reading this has got me thinking.

It's difficult to know what's involved as a mere computing and mathematics student I'm, like David, not allowed to access the site either!

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