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Nigel Gibson Post 1

18 May 2020, 14:02 Edited by the author on 19 May 2020, 10:06

Section 4, Activity 1

CodeThis thread is for section 4, activity 1

Investigate a module

Select a module from the list below and work through the study material yourself. What did you find engaging in the material? What did you think a student who is new to the subject may need more help with?

Web Technologies  (TT284) – an undergraduate stage 2 module (equivalent to year 2 in a full-time degree).

IT Systems: Planning for Success (TM353) – an undergraduate stage 3 module.

Software Engineering (M814) – a postgraduate module.

These are examples of the type of posts we might expect to see:

"I considered the technical learning in the module, for example learning PHP for web technologies." 

"I picked out that there is a lot of terminology used in IT Systems Planning for success that may need explaining."

"Students often need pastoral support as changes in their lives occur, or advice about how to take advantages of opportunities such as ways to apply what they have done at work." 

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Shane Ogilvie Post 2 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jun 2020, 11:28
The Web Technologies course made a good effort of explaining what is a rather...
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Sandy Garrity Post 3 (summarised) in reply to 2

6 Jun 2020, 09:39
I was surprised at the breath of knowledge that I had, perhaps as a result of...
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David Sherlock Post 4 (summarised) in reply to 1

8 Jun 2020, 11:44 Edited by the author on 8 Jun 2020, 11:45
I was really struck by how the content is broken down into digestible chunks,...
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Tamara Lopez Post 5 (summarised) in reply to 1

9 Jun 2020, 20:49
I examined 'An Introduction to Web Applications Architecture' and was struck...
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Dave Hubble Post 6 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 09:54
TM353 - this matched my background, working with science communication &...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 8 (summarised) in reply to 6

11 Jun 2020, 16:33
Hi Dave, Welcome to the course and the forum. It would be good if you could...
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Lucy Gillett Post 7 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 13:35
As I am still in the process of taking my undergraduates, TT284 is actually...
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Adrian Hehir Post 9 (summarised) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2020, 17:58
I went through IT Systems: Planning for Success W hat I found engaging was:...
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Marcus Young Post 10 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jun 2020, 02:39
I looked at 'An Introduction to Web Applications Architecture'. As this is a...
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Emmanuel Isibor Post 11 (summarised) in reply to 1

15 Jun 2020, 14:12
I found the use of case studies in TM353 to be very engaging as it conveyed a...
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Colin Jenkins Post 12 (summarised) in reply to 1

23 Jun 2020, 11:32
I selected the Web Technologies (TT284) module. This is one that I considered...
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Ian Cochrane Post 22 (summarised) in reply to 12

18 Jul 2020, 13:58
Have to agree with your observations. I felt the subject matter was well...
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Anna Pietrzak Post 13 (summarised) in reply to 1

24 Jun 2020, 12:30
TM353 - this matches my background and experience, working with software...
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Iain Toolin Post 14 (summarised) in reply to 1

26 Jun 2020, 14:30

IT Systems: Planning for Success (TM353)

 The material was engaging because it...
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Kate Sim
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27 Jun 2020, 08:57 Edited by the author on 28 Jun 2020, 20:29
Iain, I don't think you have noticed that there are discussion threads set up...
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Michael Liedl Post 16 (summarised) in reply to 1

28 Jun 2020, 17:47
Since I did several post-graduate IT /Computing courses many years ago, I...
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Rachael Luck Post 17 (summarised) in reply to 1

4 Jul 2020, 15:28

Activity 1: section 4.3

 With MSc in Applied Informatics, IT systems planning...
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Rod Gliven Post 18 (summarised) in reply to 1

12 Jul 2020, 23:08
IT Systems: Planning for Success (TM353) Very much like the manner in which...
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Petra Wolf Post 27 (summarised) in reply to 18

30 Sep 2020, 08:38
I agree with Rod's point. Success very much depends on the stakeholder's...
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Graham Smith Post 19 (summarised) in reply to 1

13 Jul 2020, 23:42
Hello, I like a challenge so I worked through  Software Engineering  (M814)....
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Manoj Nanda Post 20 (summarised) in reply to 1

14 Jul 2020, 00:37
I examined intro to Web apps The information is laid out clearly into...
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Jenny Bakkali Post 21 (summarised) in reply to 20

14 Jul 2020, 18:28
Hi Manoj, You're right, the course you looked at is a MOOC (massive open...
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Ian Cochrane Post 23 (summarised) in reply to 1

18 Jul 2020, 14:05
I selected Web Technologies. This was my bread and butter teaching for many...
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Martin Hillson Post 24 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 14:08 Edited by the author on 7 Aug 2020, 14:11
One thing to mention first is I like the way the OU shares these neat,...
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Raj Seepersad Post 25 (summarised) in reply to 1

7 Aug 2020, 22:19

Part 4 Teaching In Computing & Communications

 Quiet a good choice of areas...
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Bill Tarpy Post 26 (summarised) in reply to 1

27 Aug 2020, 10:20
These look good. I wish I'd had time to read some of this when I was doing...
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Dhouha Kbaier Post 28 (summarised) in reply to 1

25 Nov 2020, 13:59
I have selected TM112 as I have joined the team in September. I do find the...
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Amanda Williams Post 29 (unread) in reply to 1

11 Jun 2021, 12:51

I looked at Web Technologies  (TT284).  What I realised is that I could quite easily teach this topic.  For me I think there need to be a bit more of a blended learning approach using videos and links to other resources.  For me it is very text heavy, although the basic concepts are easy to understand.

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Fiona Baxter Post 30 (unread) in reply to 1

22 Jun 2021, 12:39

I've started 'Web Technologies' and will return to it at a later date, as I'd like to complete this course first! I chose it as I'm from a creative design background with industry experience as a Web Designer. Having considered the content, I found it to be very text heavy and lacking in visual media, particularly in comparison to how this current course is presented. However, it aids engagement to see clearly how each part of the course breaks down. As a stage 2 module, I can see how important it is for students to be given opportunity and support to explore and find their feet at stage 1, as the content becomes more specific at stage 2.  

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Michael Coggins-Lunt Post 31 (unread) in reply to 1

29 Jun 2021, 09:30

 Technologies are something most people use multiple times a day without ever As I already know from my personal experience of studying the the OU, The courses are designed with a very clear structure. There is no ambiguity over what a student should have studied each week. Each course is great at taking a concept and giving a context that will allow a student to achor the new knowledge in their existing schema. Web technologies are something most people use several times a day without ever knowing what is happening. The OU links in with this usage revealing the complexities in context.

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Elena Sanchez-Heras Post 32 (unread) in reply to 1

5 Jul 2021, 18:50

I picked up the TM353 module (stage 3).

I was impressed by how well the module explains the scope of the material of the course: what they are going to focus in a vast field and why. Setting out the scope of the course is fundamental, in my view.

I also liked the practical aspects of the course: setting examples to explain what is a successful or a failure IT system. 

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