Monday, 15 November 2010

Open University Changes to IT program update!

Following the last blog, and judging by the comments I'm not the only person who couldn't get the link to work, the OU has sent another e-mail out with a revised link which is direct to the ou website.

A copy of the email is below..

We recently contacted you to let you know about changes to our Computing and ICT qualifications.

In the message we sent you we provided details of a website for you to visit to find out more. Unfortunately, we are experiencing problems with this website and have therefore set up an alternative.

The new website can be accessed at

Please visit this site for details of the changes to our Computing and ICT qualifications and to find out how you and your studies may be affected by these changes.

If you have problems accessing this site please contact the Faculty using the enquiry form at

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Linda Landsberg
Programme Manager

The website is quite comprehensive and contains details of what is happening and letters to students of each of the affected courses explaining what is happening and the impact that it will have.

The outline of the B62 course is also made available, this is the course that will replace a large number of the undergraduate computing courses. It seems to be an amalgamation of technology and computing syllabuses with M450 being replaced by TM470 (which I think might be the module I end up taking if this is indeed M450's last presentation). A quick browse of google turned up this link, which seems to confirm my suspicions and means my final project will be a first presentation course. There also sees to be nested documents for each of the joint honours B67 degrees, if people feel that they would be valuable to link them I can upload them also.

I have uploaded a copy of the B62 structure here.

It does seem very broad, the pathways document outlines 3 Accredited strands being Software Engineering, ICT and IT and Computing. These three strands appear to maintain a level of BCS accreditation which is good but I am unsure at what level the accreditation will be. When looking at the pathways advice document it outlines more refined core strands including vendor certification and work-based learning which I assume do not have the BCS accreditation that the others maintain.

Both documents have been attached below.

I hope that gives existing students and those who cannot access the website enough information to go on. I think its important that people understand what their options are and what the impact of this decision to amalgamate the syllabus will have on your choice of degree.

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