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COMPUTING AND IT YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
YOUR 2018–2019

COMPUTING
AND IT
PROSPECTUS
COMPUTING AND IT YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
COMPUTING AND IT YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
EXPLORE THE OU
Achieve your goals with The Open University        3

Five reasons why you should choose us             4

What you need to get started                       5

What you can study                                 6

Learn in a way that suits you                      7

Boost your confidence with an Access module        8

How you build your qualification                  10

How long your qualification will take             12

When and how you can pay                          14

EXPLORE COMPUTING AND IT
Welcome to computing and IT                       16

Our research – creating your curriculum           18

FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
Undergraduate courses                             19

FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
Postgraduate courses                              32

BEFORE YOU GO
Other useful information                         40

Get in touch                              BACK COVER
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Dream of changing your future?
Believe you can. Start expanding

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your horizons and learning new
skills. Take your career to the next
level, or start a completely new one.
We’re here to help you succeed.

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
We’re pioneers in distance learning, and since we
were founded have helped more than two million
people realise their potential. Our unique approach
to learning means you don’t have to put your life
on hold to get the qualification you want.
                                                                        86%
                                                                        of FTSE 100 companies
                                                                        have sponsored employees
WE WILL:                          YOU CAN EXPECT:                       on OU courses
–– help you get a qualification   –– materials that are
   to suit you and your goals        designed with you in mind
–– provide you with the           –– continuous innovation –
   teaching and learning             we’ve been leading the way
   resources you’ll need             in distance learning for nearly
–– offer a flexible learning         50 years, ensuring education
   experience based around           is accessible, whatever
   you and your life                 your circumstances
–– use technology and teaching    –– access to world-class resources,
   methods that enhance your         whenever you need them
   study experience               –– qualifications that are
–– be there to support you           respected by employers
   every step of the way.            the world over.

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FIVE REASONS
         WHY YOU                 1.
          SHOULD                 We’re open to you –
                                 we make learning
       CHOOSE US                 available to all,
                                 regardless of
                                 background, age
                                 or additional
                                 learning needs.

      2.
      You can study
                                 3.
                                 We guarantee
      around your existing       outstanding value
      commitments – we’re        and a high-quality
      experts in helping         education at a
      people fit their studies   competitive price.
      around their busy lives.

      4.
      We’ve designed
                                 5.
                                 You get more than
      our qualifications         a highly respected
      to enable you to put       qualification – you’ll
      what you learn into        be able to show you’re
      practice immediately.      dedicated and committed,
                                 skills that are valued in
                                 the workplace.

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EXPLORE THE OU
WHAT YOU NEED
TO GET STARTED
Where you start in life            YOU CAN DO IT                           WHAT YOU NEED
shouldn’t limit where you          The main reason we’re called            There are just a couple of things
                                   The Open University is that we’re       that you will need to be able
go. If you’re determined to
                                   open to everyone. Every year, we        to study with us.
succeed and prepared to            help thousands of people achieve        –– A computer with internet
work hard then we can              extraordinary things.                      access. But don’t worry if you
help you get started.              –– There are no formal                     haven’t got access to one right
                                      academic entry requirements             now – you could receive help
It’s easy to begin studying with      at undergraduate level.                 to buy a computer.
us. The next few pages will tell      For some qualifications you          –– A good grasp of the English
you more about how studying           may need to be in relevant              language. Our courses are
with The Open University works,       paid or voluntary employment.           taught in English, so if you’re
the courses we offer, how you      –– We helped around 22,000                 unsure whether your English
pay, and how long your                students with disabilities and          is at the right level, go to
qualification will take.              additional needs last year alone.       openuniversity.co.uk/
                                   –– Our students are diverse.               englishlanguage for
                                      30% of new undergraduate                help and guidance.
                                      students are under 25 and
                                      our oldest students are in
                                      their nineties.

                                      HAVE YOU STUDIED BEFORE?
                                      If you’ve studied at higher education level before, it might
                                      count towards your OU qualification, cutting down the modules
                                      you’ll need to study as well as saving you time and money.
                                      If you tell us what you’ve done, we’ll do the rest.
                                      Go to openuniversity.co.uk/credit-transfer.

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WHAT YOU CAN STUDY
    We offer nearly                  –– Diploma of                      FOR POSTGRADUATES
                                        higher education
    200 highly respected                                                –– Masters degree
                                        Expand your knowledge
    qualifications. Decide              and improve your skillset.      –– Postgraduate diploma
    which type of qualification         A diploma of higher education   –– Postgraduate certificate
    is best for you.                    is equivalent to two-thirds     Whatever you choose,
                                        of an honours degree.           we’ll give you:
    FOR UNDERGRADUATES               –– Foundation degree               –– the flexibility to fit
                                        Focus on a particular area         postgraduate study around
    –– A degree in a named subject
                                        related to what you’re             your other commitments
       Complete modules in
                                        doing now, in either a
       a particular subject to                                          –– the opportunity to
                                        work or voluntary setting.
       earn an honours degree.                                             improve your career
                                        A foundation degree is
    –– An Open degree                   equivalent to two-thirds        –– freedom to follow your
       Design an honours degree         of an honours degree.              passions in depth.
       from across a number of
                                     –– Certificate of
       subjects to meet your
                                        higher education
       own needs and interests.
                                        Get a general grounding
                                        in a subject. A certificate          To find out more
                                        of higher education is               about how you
                                        equivalent to one-third
                                        of an honours degree.
                                                                             BUILD YOUR
                                                                             QUALIFICATION
                                                                             and how long it takes,
                                                                             see pages 10–13

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EXPLORE THE OU
LEARN IN A WAY
THAT SUITS YOU
You’ll have the flexibility to         PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY               DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL
                                                                           STUDY NEEDS?
fit study around the other             We’ve been using innovative
                                       technology to connect with          We’re committed to helping
things going on in your life,
                                       our students since we first         students with disabilities and
whatever they may be.                  started. We’ll make sure that       additional needs. We’ll give
                                       you always have what you            you the tools to help overcome
SUPPORTED OPEN LEARNING                need and feel connected.            obstacles that could stand
We have designed our learning                                              in the way of your learning –
experience to combine flexibility      CONNECT WITH                        whatever your needs may be.
and regular contact ensuring you       OTHER STUDENTS
get the help you need to learn in      You can use our module              DISABLED STUDENTS’
the best possible way. You’ll get      discussion groups to talk about     ALLOWANCE (DSA) –
regular support from tutors and        subjects or study methods, or you   UK STUDENTS ONLY
access to all the materials and        could follow us on social media.    A DSA can help you with study
resources essential to your course.    Join the conversation on            costs that result directly from
You’ll also have access to a student   Facebook.com/OUstudents             your disability or specific learning
support team who will be there to      Twitter.com/OUstudents              difficulty. They’re not means-
help you on your learning journey.     Instagram.com/OUstudentslive        tested and can go towards
                                                                           specialist equipment (such as an
                                       Or you could join one of the many   adapted computer), non-medical
HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED
                                       informal Facebook groups set up     study support (e.g. a dyslexia
You could be assessed in               by students.                        support worker) or other related
a number of different ways.
                                                                           expenses. You can also apply for
We use a combination of                STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
                                                                           help with study-related travel
written assignments, oral or           You’ll gain automatic entry to      costs that result directly from
practical assessments, projects,       our active students association     your disability.
examinations, dissertations            when you register – you can
and portfolios.                                                            For more information go to
                                       help influence University
                                                                           openuniversity.co.uk/disability
                                       decisions, meet fellow students
                                                                           or call us on 0300 303 5303.
                                       and develop new skills.
                                       Find out more at
                                       openuniversity.co.uk/ousa.

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BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
    WITH AN ACCESS MODULE
    If you don’t have much                 You don’t have to do one, but you        WHAT DO YOU
    experience of university-              might find it useful if you’d like to:   NEED TO BEGIN?
                                           –– improve your confidence
    level study or haven’t                                                          You can start Access modules
                                           –– get a taste of a subject area
    studied in a while, you                                                         in February and October.
                                              you’re thinking of studying
    could benefit from starting               in more detail
                                                                                    You’ll need:
    your studies with one of               –– brush up on your study skills.
                                                                                    –– access to a phone
    our Access modules.                    Each module includes a
                                                                                    –– equipment that plays DVDs
                                           selection of materials, online           –– the use of a computer
    They offer a great introduction        quizzes, and assignments that               with internet access –
    to a range of subjects and act as      you complete over 30 weeks.                 you don’t need to buy
    a taster to see if you want to delve   It takes around nine hours of               one though, the use of
    deeper. Students who choose to         study each week.                            one at a public library
    start with an Access module do                                                     will be fine.
                                           You’ll get:
    better on their next module, so it’s
    a great way to start your chosen       –– a personal tutor providing
    qualification. You might even             regular feedback with one-
    qualify for a free Access module.         to-one telephone tutorials
                                           –– further support from
                                              a dedicated team
                                              throughout your study
                                           –– detailed written feedback.

       WHAT YOU CAN STUDY                    Science, technology and                 ideal module to build your
                                             maths Access module (Y033)              confidence and prepare
       The following Access                                                          you for further study.
                                             This module introduces you
       module will prepare you for
                                             to a technically oriented range         We offer two other Access
       the qualifications we offer
                                             of subjects, including science;         modules, which are more
       in computing and IT.
                                             engineering and design;                 relevant to other subject areas:
                                             environment; mathematics;               Arts and languages
                                             and computing and IT. As the            Access module (Y031)
                                             foundation for further studies
                                                                                     People, work and society
                                             in these fields, this is the
                                                                                     Access module (Y032)

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DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A FREE ACCESS MODULE?
You can study an Access             HOW MUCH DOES AN                          Students who prepare
module for free if you:             ACCESS MODULE COST?                       by taking an Access module
– live in the UK (excludes          If you don’t qualify to study             are more likely to be
  Channel Islands and Isle
  of Man) or have a British
                                    for free, the cost depends
                                    on where you live.
                                                                              SUCCESSFUL
                                                                              in their future studies
  Forces Post Office address        –– In England, the Channel Islands
– are studying the module to           and the Isle of Man it’s £732.
  prepare for an OU qualification   –– In Northern Ireland, Scotland
  (this doesn’t apply if you live      and Wales it’s £246.
  in Scotland)
                                    Pay up front by debit or credit
– have a household income (or,      card, or by bank transfer.
  in Scotland, a personal income)   Or spread the cost with an
  of £25,000 or less, or you’re     Open University Student              NEXT STEPS
  receiving qualifying benefits     Budget Account – see page 15         Order an Access
– have completed no more            for more information.                Modules Prospectus
  than one year of a full-time      If you’re studying an Access         at openuniversity.co.uk/
  undergraduate programme at        module in preparation for an         ug-access or speak to our
  NQF level 4/SCQF level 7 or       OU qualification and you live        Student Recruitment team
  above, and not completed 30       in England or Wales, you             on 0300 303 0069.
  credits or more of OU study.      could cover the cost with
                                    a student loan – see page 14
                                    for more information.

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HOW YOU BUILD
     YOUR QUALIFICATION

     UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
                                                                   ACCESS MODULE
     You’ll need to build up a set                            An optional module to build
     number of credits to gain your                           your confidence and prepare
     qualification. Here’s how it works.                         you for further study.

     WHAT ARE STAGES, CREDITS
     AND MODULES?                                              To complete Stage 1, you’ll
                                                           need 120 credits, studying modules
     STAGES                                                      worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                                 STAGE 1
     –– You must complete three stages to
        gain an honours degree, two stages
        for a diploma of higher education                            120 CREDITS
        or foundation degree, and one stage
        for a certificate of higher education.
                                                            Certificate of higher education
     –– To complete each stage you must
        build up a set number of credits…

     CREDITS
     –– You need 120 credits to                               To complete Stage 2, you’ll
        complete each stage.                               need a further 120 credits, studying
     –– You need a set number of credits                    modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                                 STAGE 2

        to gain your chosen qualification
        e.g. you need 360 credits to gain
        an honours degree.                                          240 CREDITS
     –– Most students study 60 credits a year.
     –– You gain credits by successfully                     Diploma of higher education
        completing modules…                                     or foundation degree

     MODULES
     –– With each module you successfully
        complete, you’ll earn a set number                    To complete Stage 3, you’ll
        of credits, usually 30 or 60.                      need a further 120 credits, studying
     –– Modules are either compulsory or                    modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                                 STAGE 3

        selected from a choice of options.
     –– You choose the modules you
        want to study, year by year.                                360 CREDITS

                                                                    Honours degree

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POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
You gain a postgraduate
qualification by building
up a set number of credits...

CREDITS
You need:
                                             60 credits at postgraduate level.
–– 60 credits to gain a
   postgraduate certificate
–– 120 credits to gain a
   postgraduate diploma
                                                 Postgraduate certificate
–– 180 credits to gain a
   masters degree.
You gain credits by successfully
completing modules…
                                            A further 60 credits at postgraduate
MODULES                                            level – total 120 credits.
–– With each module you successfully
   complete, you’ll earn a set number
   of credits, usually 30 or 60.
–– Modules are either compulsory or               Postgraduate diploma
   selected from a choice of options.
–– You choose the modules you
   want to study, year by year.

GETTING STARTED                             A further 60 credits at postgraduate
                                                   level – total 180 credits.
All you need to do is choose which
qualification you want to study and
register on a module that counts towards
that qualification. You can find out more
                                                      Masters degree
about the postgraduate qualifications we
offer in computing and IT from page 32.

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HOW LONG YOUR
     QUALIFICATION WILL TAKE
     Exactly how long it will take to get your qualification depends on how many
     credits you study each year and which qualification you’re working towards.
     Most of our students study part time. The way we work gives you the flexibility
     to get the qualification you want in a timeframe that’s right for you. If you want
     to study full time, you’ll need to plan your studies carefully.

     UNDERGRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS

       PART TIME | 60 CREDITS A YEAR | 16–18 STUDY HOURS A WEEK

           CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
          EDUCATION (120 CREDITS)

             FOUNDATION DEGREE/
               DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
          EDUCATION (240 CREDITS)

                    HONOURS DEGREE
                       (360 CREDITS)

                                              0               1              2              3               4              5    6

                                                                                 YEARS TO COMPLETE

       FULL TIME | 120 CREDITS A YEAR | 32–36 STUDY HOURS A WEEK

           CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
          EDUCATION (120 CREDITS)

             FOUNDATION DEGREE/
               DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
          EDUCATION (240 CREDITS)

                    HONOURS DEGREE
                       (360 CREDITS)

                                              0               1              2              3               4              5    6

                                                                                 YEARS TO COMPLETE

     Some undergraduate qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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POSTGRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS

  PART TIME | 60 CREDITS A YEAR | 16–20 STUDY HOURS A WEEK

                  POSTGRADUATE
                     CERTIFICATE
                    (60 CREDITS)

      POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
               (120 CREDITS)

                MASTERS DEGREE
                   (180 CREDITS)

                                          0                              1                              2                 3

                                                                             YEARS TO COMPLETE

Some postgraduate qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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WHEN AND HOW
     YOU CAN PAY
     We offer great value                        FUNDING – ENGLAND                    –– Welsh Government Learning
                                                 AND WALES                               Grant – a non-means tested
     for money, giving you
                                                 If you live in England or Wales         maintenance grant of up to £750
     an excellent standard
                                                 the best way to fund your studies,   –– Special Support Grant – a means
     of teaching at a highly                     regardless of age or income,            tested maintenance grant of up
     competitive price. And                      might be with a student loan            to £3,750. This is in addition to
     we’ll always help you                       from Student Finance England            the non-means tested grant.
                                                 or Student Finance Wales. It’s
     find a way of paying that                   the most popular way to pay and      ALREADY HAVE A DEGREE?
     suits your circumstances.                   you only start paying it back when   You might still qualify for a student
                                                 you earn more than the income        loan. You need to be living in
     FOR UNDERGRADUATE                           threshold (currently £25,000).       England or Wales and looking
                                                                                      to study an eligible qualification.
     You’ll pay on a module-by-module
                                                 EXAMPLE REPAYMENT AMOUNTS
     basis, rather than for your whole                                                For more information go to
     qualification at the start. See              INCOME EACH            MONTHLY      openuniversity.co.uk/quals.
                                                  YEAR BEFORE TAX        REPAYMENT
     below to get an idea of costs.
                                                  Up to £25,000          £0           FUNDING – NORTHERN IRELAND
          LIVING IN ENGLAND                                                           If you live in Northern Ireland you
                                                  £27,000                £15
          CREDITS                  COST
                                                                                      could be eligible for a Part-Time
          EACH YEAR                PER YEAR 1     £34,000                £67.50       Fee Grant of up to £1,230 to help
                                                                                      towards your fees. The amount
          30                       £1,464         £49,000                £180
                                                                                      depends on how much you earn
          60                       £2,928                                             and your study intensity (the
                                                 To qualify for a loan you need to
                                                                                      number of credits you study).
          120                      £5,856        be studying at least one module
                                                                                      If you’re not eligible for a Part-Time
                                                 worth 30 credits or more and
     1
      2018/19 prices; fees normally increase                                          Fee Grant or if your Part-Time Fee
                                                 be registered to study for
      annually in line with inflation and the                                         Grant does not cover the full cost
      University’s strategic approach to fees.   a qualification.
                                                                                      of your tuition fees, you can apply
     In England, the cost for a 360-credit       If you get a loan:                   for a Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan.
     honours degree based on today’s             –– you won’t have to pay anything    See our website for more
     prices is £17,568.                             back for up to four years         information or call 028 9032 3722.
                                                 –– repayments are based on what
          LIVING IN NORTHERN IRELAND,                                                 FUNDING – SCOTLAND
                                                    you earn, not what you owe
          SCOTLAND OR WALES                                                           If you live in Scotland and your
                                                 –– payments are deducted
          CREDITS                  COST                                               personal income is £25,000 or
                                                    automatically from your salary
          EACH YEAR                PER YEAR 2                                         less, or you’re on certain benefits,
                                                 –– you can pay off the loan          and you’re studying at least 30
          30                       £492
                                                    early without any penalties       credits, you could qualify for a
          60                       £984          –– any balance outstanding after     Part-Time Fee Grant to cover all
          120                      £1,968           30 years will be written off.     of your course fees. It isn’t a loan
                                                                                      and you won’t need to repay it.
     2
      2018/19 prices (exceptions apply); fees    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT – WALES
      normally increase annually in line with
                                                 From September 2018, new             STUDY SUPPORT AND
      inflation and the University’s strategic
      approach to fees.                          students studying part time can
                                                                                      DISCRETIONARY FUNDS
     In Northern Ireland, Scotland               also apply for financial support     If your annual income is less
     and Wales, the cost for a typical           to help with living costs. There     than £25,000, you might be
     360-credit honours degree based             are two new grants available         eligible for additional means-
     on today’s prices is £5,904.                and both are non-repayable:          tested funding for study-related
                                                                                      costs, such as travel, childcare
                                                                                      and internet access.

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SELF-FUNDED STUDY                        –– be studying a masters degree        If you get a loan:
It’s easy to pay for your studies           which can be completed in           –– you’ll start repaying your
using a debit or credit card or             no more than three years               loan the April after you’ve
by bank transfer. Or spread the          –– not currently have a masters           graduated or left the course
cost with an Open University                degree or equivalent                –– repayments are based on what
Student Budget Account – see             –– be studying your qualification         you earn, not what you owe. You
below for more information.                 from the beginning.                    only start paying it back when
                                         If you get a loan:                        you earn more than the income
GET SPONSORED                                                                      threshold (currently £17,775)
See whether your company                 –– you’ll start repaying your
                                            loan the April after you’ve         –– payments are deducted
or organisation would want                                                         automatically from your salary.
to help you learn and develop,              graduated or left the course
it’s always worth asking.                –– repayments are based on what        SELF-FUNDED STUDY
                                            you earn, not what you owe. You
                                                                                It’s easy to pay for your studies
                                            only start paying it back when
FOR POSTGRADUATE                            you earn more than the income
                                                                                using a debit or credit card or
                                                                                by bank transfer. Or spread the
You pay for postgraduate                    threshold (currently £21,000)
                                                                                cost with an Open University
qualifications module by module.         –– payments are deducted               Student Budget Account – see
Please go to our website to see             automatically from your salary      below for more information.
the fee listed for your qualification.   –– any balance outstanding after
                                            30 years will be written off.       GET SPONSORED
FUNDING – ENGLAND
AND WALES                                                                       See whether your company
                                         FUNDING – NORTHERN                     or organisation would want
If you live in England or Wales you      IRELAND AND SCOTLAND                   to help you learn and develop,
could be eligible for a maintenance      If you live in Northern Ireland or     it’s always worth asking.
loan of up to £10,609 from Student       Scotland you could be eligible for
Finance England or up to £13,000         a fee loan of up to £5,500 towards
from Student Finance Wales.              the fees of your qualification
To be eligible you must:                 from Student Finance Northern
–– be under 60 years old                 Ireland or the Student Awards
                                         Agency Scotland.
–– be resident in England or                                                    MORE ONLINE
   Wales (although some EU               To be eligible you must:
                                                                                To find out more about
   students may be eligible)             –– be resident in Northern             fees and funding, go to
                                            Ireland or Scotland                 openuniversity.co.uk/ug-fees
                                         –– be studying for an eligible         or openuniversity.co.uk/pg-fees
                                            postgraduate qualification.         or call an OU adviser on
                                                                                0300 303 5303.

   OPEN UNIVERSITY                         OUSBA will pay your fees to           case, interest does apply.
   STUDENT BUDGET                          The Open University, and you          The interest rate is fixed for the
   ACCOUNTS LTD                            repay OUSBA either in a single        duration of the course (current
   (OUSBA)                                 sum or in monthly instalments.        representative APR of 5.1%).
                                           You may repay OUSBA at any            As a responsible lender, every
   When you enrol with                     time before the course begins.        application made to OUSBA
   us, you’ll be offered the               In this case, there’s no interest.    undergoes a credit and
   opportunity to pay your                                                       affordability check.
   fees through a loan                     Alternatively, you may repay
   from OUSBA.                             OUSBA in monthly instalments          Find out more about OUSBA
                                           payable over up to a year. In this    at openuniversity.co.uk/ousba.

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WELCOME TO
     COMPUTING AND IT
     THE FUTURE’S DIGITAL AND IT’S ALL YOURS
     Technology is perhaps the most fast-paced industry of all. Whether you want
     to upgrade your existing IT career or you’re planning a complete career reboot,
     you’ll be in demand as one of our computing and IT graduates.

     WHY STUDY WITH US?                 UNDERGRADUATE                       POSTGRADUATE
     There are many reasons to          At undergraduate level, our         At postgraduate level, we
     study computing and IT with us.    qualifications include: BSc         offer certificates, diplomas
     To name a few: we’re innovative    (Hons) Computing and IT;            and masters degrees. Subjects
     and impactful in STEM (Science,    BSc (Hons) Computing & IT           include advanced networking;
     Technology, Engineering and        and a second subject; and           information security and forensics;
     Mathematics) teaching; we carry    Foundation Degree in                and software engineering.
     out pioneering research, ranging   Computing and IT Practice.          Our postgraduate courses are
     from cyber security to virtual     Our practical qualifications        ideal if you want to deepen your
     reality applications; and,         allow you to follow study routes    knowledge and experience, as
     as of October 2017, we’ve won      that fit your own interests, and    well as being an excellent basis
     the Bronze Athena SWAN award       choose from a variety of modules    for further studies at doctoral level.
     in recognition of our faculty’s    depending on your career goals –
     commitment to gender equality.     offering you ultimate flexibility
                                        in your studies.

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We particularly value candidates from The Open
University because they bring us both academic
and industry skills. The academic quality of the
OU is first-rate and, when this is combined with
work experience in the public or private
sectors, we get very well-rounded individuals.
Bernard Szczech,
Chief Executive,
IBM Services Centre UK Ltd

PROFESSIONAL                        BEYOND GRADUATION
ACCREDITATION                       Not all computing and IT

                                                                         34%
Our degrees in computing            graduates go into pure technology
and IT are accredited by BCS,       roles. Some of our graduates enter
The Chartered Institute for IT.     into management consultancy
While partially fulfilling the      firms or corporate roles, while      of graduates went
educational requirements for        others go into technical writing     to work in companies
Chartered IT Professional (CITP),   roles or work freelance. Other       with fewer than 250
our undergraduate degrees in        graduates have taken up positions    employers in 2017
computing and IT have also been     worldwide in academia, non-
awarded the Euro-Inf Bachelor       profit organisations and private
Quality Label by the European       companies such as Google,
Quality Assurance Network for       Nokia and the BBC.
Informatics Education.              Whether you’re developing your
Our postgraduate degrees fulfil     career or changing direction
the further learning educational    entirely, your Open University       MORE ONLINE
requirements for CITP and           degree will be recognised and        Learn more about
partially fulfil the educational    valued by employers.                 our computing and IT
requirements for Chartered                                               qualifications, and register
Engineer/Chartered Scientist.                                            for your chosen course, at
                                                                         openuniversity.co.uk/
Some of our modules are
                                                                         courses.
developed alongside well-known
industry partners such as Cisco,
which ensures you’ll gain real-
world experience.

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OUR RESEARCH –
     CREATING YOUR CURRICULUM
     Some of our most exciting and forward-thinking
     research involves computing and IT.

     AWARD-WINNING
     WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
     TO MANAGE YOUR PRIVACY
                                         The device allows users to have
                                         real-time awareness of potential
                                         privacy threats and control access
                                                                              75%
                                                                              of our computer science
     How can you control the privacy     to their data using intuitive        informatics research
     of your personal data while going   on-body interaction techniques.      is world-leading or
     about everyday life? An Open        The development and evaluation       internationally excellent
     University team from the Software   of the device was carried out by     (Research Excellence
     Engineering and Design group        OU PhD student and research          Framework)
     in the School of Computing and      engineer, Vikram Mehta, together
     Communications have won the         with his supervisors, Professors
     IET Innovation Award for Cyber      Blaine Price, Arosha Bandara
     Security for their novel wearable   and Bashar Nuseibeh.
     privacy-management device,
     “Privacy Band”.                                                          MORE ONLINE
                                                                              Find out what else
                                                                              we’re discovering
                                                                              openuniversity.co.uk/
                                                                              ouresearch.

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FIND AN
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
You can register for the            COMPUTING AND IT
2018/2019 academic
year for undergraduate              BSc (Hons) Computing and IT (Q62)                      20
qualifications from                 BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and a second subject (Q67)   22
21 March 2018.
                                    COMPUTING AND IT PRACTICE
We’ve based the
                                    Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice (X15)   24
qualification start dates
on the first applicable             Top-up BSc (Hons) Computing and IT Practice (Q68)      26
module(s) you can
                                    COMBINED STEM
study as part of
your qualification.                 BSc (Hons) Combined STEM (R28)                         28

Modules listed in this prospectus   OPEN DEGREE
are those that are currently
                                    BA or BSc (Hons) Open (QD)                             30
available for study – the exact
selection may change over time.

                                                                                                19
COMPUTING
      AND IT

     BSc (HONS)
     COMPUTING AND IT
     This degree will help you        WHY CHOOSE THIS
                                      QUALIFICATION?
     to become a confident
                                      –– Offers a choice of three
     user and manager of                                                 Studying at the OU has
                                         specialist routes or a
     information technologies;           broad-based option.             really helped my career
     administer and manage            –– Presents focus options
                                                                         and it has been something
     network or database                 within the broad-based route.   that I have managed to fit
     systems; and develop             –– Enables you to choose
                                                                         in between having a child
                                                                         and getting married.
     software solutions.                 from routes and modules
                                         to meet your particular         Hannah Wood,
     Computing and IT skills have        needs and interests.            BSc (Hons) Computing and IT
     become fundamental to the        –– Accredited by BCS, The
     way we live, work, socialise        Chartered Institute for IT.
     and play; they can open up       –– Quality assured by the
     the world of technology and         European Quality Assurance
     an array of exciting career         Network for Informatics
     opportunities. This degree          Education (EQANIE).
     will give you a sound grasp
     of the principles of hardware-
     based, software-based, or
     systems-based technologies,
     and the ability to apply your
     knowledge and skills in a                                           RELATED
     broad range of industries                                           QUALIFICATIONS
     and organisations.                                                  DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
                                                                         EDUCATION IN COMPUTING
                                                                         AND IT (W36)
                                                                         openuniversity.co.uk/w36

                                                                         CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
                                                                         EDUCATION IN COMPUTING
                                                                         AND IT (T12)
                                                                         openuniversity.co.uk/t12
20
QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                      You can choose a broad                   –– communications                                 COURSE CODE            Q62
                      study route or one of these                 and networking
                                                                                                                 TOTAL CREDITS          360
                      three specialist routes:                 –– communications
                                                                  and software                                   START DATES
                                                               –– software.                                      Oct 2018
                                                                                                                 Register by 13 Sep 2018

                                                                                                                 Feb 2019
                      The example route shown below is COMMUNICATIONS
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Jan 2019
                      AND SOFTWARE. For more information about this and
                      other available routes, go to openuniversity.co.uk/q62.                                    Apr 2019

                                                                                                                                                    FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Mar 2019
                                                                                                Compulsory
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 1
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                modules
                       (TM111) (30 credits)                                                                      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                Option
                                                                                                modules          No specific requirements
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 2                   Intermediate
                       (TM112) (30 credits)                                                     qualifications   ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                Awarded          Based on a mix of:
                       Technologies in practice                                                 qualification    –– Course work
                       (TM129) (30 credits)                                                                      –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                    assignments
                       Discovering mathematics (MU123) (30 credits) OR                                           –– End-of-module
                       Essential mathematics 1 (MST124) (30 credits)                                                assessments
                                                                                                                 –– Examinations
                       Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT (T12)
                                                                                                                 STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3 years

                       Communication and information technologies                                                MODE OF STUDY
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       (TM255) (30 credits)                                                                      The learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided are mostly
                       Managing IT: the why, the what and the how                                                online with some print
                       (TM254) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Electronic versions
                       Object-oriented Java programming                                                          of printed materials
                       (M250) (30 credits)                                                                       available (e.g. PDF)

                       Web technologies                                                                          Disc-based media
                       (TT284) (30 credits)                                                                      (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                 Online forum
                       Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT (W36)                                     Compulsory

                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Communications technology
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       (TM355) (30 credits)

                       Software engineering
                       (TM354) (30 credits)

                       You’ll choose 30 credits from a selection
                       of modules, go to openuniversity.co.uk/q62

                       The computing and IT project
                       (TM470) (30 credits)

                       BSc (HONS) COMPUTING AND IT
                                                                                                                 MORE ONLINE
                       (COMMUNICATIONS AND SOFTWARE)                                                             To find out more about this
                                                                                                                 course, fees and funding
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                    and how to register, go to
                      are subject to change.                                                                     openuniversity.co.uk/q62
                                                                                                                 or call 0300 303 5303
                                                                                                                                               21
BSc (HONS) COMPUTING & IT
     AND A SECOND SUBJECT
     Computing & IT studied              WHY CHOOSE THIS
                                         QUALIFICATION?
     together with a second
                                         –– Offers a wide choice of
     complementary subject                                                    Thanks to my OU degree,
                                            computing & IT modules, and
     can open up careers in                 options in a second subject.      I’ve more confidence in
     a wide range of sectors.            –– Presents focus options within
                                                                              my ability to achieve. I’ve
                                            the computing & IT strand.        also been able to change
     This joint honours degree offers
                                         –– Enables you to tailor a study
                                                                              career and am now a
     you the opportunity to focus on
                                            programme to meet your            software developer/UX
     an area of computing & IT and                                            designer for IBM. My
                                            particular needs and interests.
     combine it with business, design,
                                         –– Accredited by BCS, The            employer was impressed
     mathematics, psychology, or
     statistics – dividing your time        Chartered Institute for IT.       with the fact that I was
     equally between subjects. Your      –– Quality assured by the            doing an OU degree.
     choice of second subject will be       European Quality Assurance        Jack Niland,
     included in the name of your           Network for Informatics           BSc (Hons) Computing
     degree, for example, BSc (Hons)        Education (EQANIE).               & IT and Design
     Computing & IT and Business.

                                                                              RELATED
                                                                              QUALIFICATIONS
                                                                              DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
                                                                              EDUCATION IN COMPUTING
                                                                              & IT AND A SECOND
                                                                              SUBJECT (W42)
                                                                              openuniversity.co.uk/w42

                                                                              CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
                                                                              EDUCATION IN COMPUTING
                                                                              & IT AND A SECOND
                                                                              SUBJECT (T13)
                                                                              openuniversity.co.uk/t13
22
QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                      You’ll choose one of these               You’ll choose one                                 COURSE CODE            Q67
                      five second subjects:                    of these four computing
                                                                                                                 TOTAL CREDITS          360
                      –– business                              & IT focus areas:
                      –– design                                –– computer science                               START DATES
                      –– mathematics                           –– communications                                 Oct 2018
                      –– psychology                               and networking                                 Register by 13 Sep 2018
                      –– statistics.                           –– software development
                                                                                                                 Feb 2019
                                                               –– web development.
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Jan 2019

                                                                                                                 Apr 2019

                                                                                                                                                FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      The example route shown below has DESIGN as                                                Register by 14 Mar 2019
                      the second subject and COMPUTER SCIENCE as the
                                                                                                                 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                      computing and IT focus area. For more information
                                                                                                                 No specific requirements
                      about this and other available routes, go to
                      openuniversity.co.uk/q67.                                                                  ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                Compulsory       Based on a mix of:
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                       Introduction to computing and information technology 1                   modules          –– Course work
                       (TM111) (30 credits)
                                                                                                Option           –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                modules             assignments
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 2
                                                                                                Intermediate     –– End-of-module
                       (TM112) (30 credits)
                                                                                                qualifications      assessments
                                                                                                Awarded          –– Examinations
                                                                                                qualification
                       Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century
                       (U101) (60 credits)                                                                       STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3 years
                       Certificate of Higher Education
                                                                                                                 MODE OF STUDY
                       in Computing & IT and Design (T13)
                                                                                                                 The learning materials
                                                                                                                 provided are mostly
                                                                                                                 online with some print
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Object-oriented Java programming                                                          Electronic versions
                       (M250) (30 credits)                                                                       of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)
                       Algorithms, data structures and computability
                       (M269) (30 credits)                                                                       Disc-based media
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)

                       Design essentials                                                                         Online forum
                       (T217) (60 credits)                                                                       Compulsory

                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory
                       Diploma of Higher Education
                       in Computing & IT and Design (W42)
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       You’ll choose 30 credits from a selection
                       of modules, go to openuniversity.co.uk/q67

                       Innovation: design for change
                       (T317) (60 credits)

                       The computing and IT project
                       (TM470) (30 credits)                                                                      MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                 To find out more about this
                                                                                                                 course, fees and funding
                       BSc (HONS) COMPUTING & IT AND DESIGN                                                      and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/q67
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                    or call 0300 303 5303
                      are subject to change.
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COMPUTING
      AND IT PRACTICE

     FOUNDATION DEGREE
     IN COMPUTING AND
     IT PRACTICE
     This foundation degree is about acquiring skills and
                                                                                 MEET OUR
     learning to deploy them at work. Whether you want                           ACADEMICS
     to gain confidence using and managing IT, grasp new                         Helen Sharp, Professor of
     opportunities or develop software solutions, there’s                        Software Engineering, works
     a study route for you.                                                      with industry to improve
                                                                                 software development.
     This work-based qualification will     WHY CHOOSE THIS                      Find out more about Helen,
     build on the skills you already have   QUALIFICATION?
                                                                                 and her research and teaching,
     to provide you with a broad-based      –– Work-based and developed          at openuniversity.co.uk/
     foundation in computing and IT.           in partnership with employers.    academics.
     The modern world depends on
                                            –– Builds on the computing
     computers and IT systems to
                                               and IT skills you already have.
     function. Gain the skills to work
     with them and you’ll open up a         –– Enables you to choose
     huge variety of careers and other         options that meet your
     opportunities – from controlling          particular needs and interests.
     processes to interfacing with          –– Builds a solid foundation for
     customers and suppliers.                  further study, for example our
     We offer this programme of                Top-up BSc (Hons) Computing
     study as the Diploma of Higher            and IT Practice – see page 26
                                               for more information.
                                                                                 RELATED
     Education in Computing and
                                                                                 QUALIFICATIONS
     IT Practice (W15), which might
     be of particular interest if you                                            DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
     live and work in Scotland.                                                  EDUCATION IN COMPUTING
                                                                                 AND IT PRACTICE (W15)
                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/w15

                                                                                 TOP-UP BSc (HONS)
                                                                                 COMPUTING AND IT
                                                                                 PRACTICE (Q68)
                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/q68
24
QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   AT A GLANCE
                      You’ll choose one of                     –– computer science                              COURSE CODE            X15
                      these four focus areas:                  –– communications
                                                                                                                TOTAL CREDITS          240
                                                                  and networking
                                                               –– software development                          START DATES
                                                               –– web development.                              Oct 2018
                                                                                                                Register by 13 Sep 2018

                                                                                                                Feb 2019
                      The example route shown below has COMPUTER SCIENCE
                                                                                                                Register by 10 Jan 2019
                      as the focus area. For more information about this and
                      other available routes, go to openuniversity.co.uk/x15.                                   Apr 2019

                                                                                                                                               FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                                                                                                Compulsory      Register by 14 Mar 2019
                                                                                                modules
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 1                                   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                Option
                       (TM111) (30 credits)                                                                     You must be in full-time
                                                                                                modules
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                Awarded         or part-time employment
                                                                                                qualification   – either paid or voluntary
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 2
                       (TM112) (30 credits)                                                                     ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                –– Tutor-marked
                       Career development and employability                                                        assignments
                       (T122) (30 credits)                                                                      –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
                       Discovering mathematics (MU123) (30 credits) OR                                             assessments
                       Essential mathematics 1 (MST124) (30 credits) OR                                         –– Examinations
                       Technologies in practice (TM129) (30 credits)                                            –– Project work

                                                                                                                STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                Part time: 4 years

                       Object-oriented Java programming                                                         MODE OF STUDY
                       (M250) (30 credits)                                                                      The learning materials
                                                                                                                provided are mostly
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                                online with some print
                       Algorithms, data structures and computability
                       (M269) (30 credits)                                                                      Electronic versions
                                                                                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                                available (e.g. PDF)

                       Change, strategy and projects at work                                                    Disc-based media
                       (T227) (30 credits)                                                                      (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                Online forum
                                                                                                                Compulsory
                       You’ll choose 30 credits from a selection of modules,
                       go to openuniversity.co.uk/x15                                                           Collaborative work
                                                                                                                Compulsory

                                                                                                                Work-based learning
                       FOUNDATION DEGREE IN COMPUTING AND IT PRACTICE

                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.

                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding
                                                                                                                and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/x15
                                                                                                                or call 0300 303 5303
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TOP-UP BSc (HONS)
     COMPUTING AND IT PRACTICE
     If you work in computing and IT and have
     already completed a foundation degree
     or equivalent, this course tops up your
     knowledge and skills to an honours degree.

     This degree will put you in          WHY CHOOSE THIS
     a strong position to develop         QUALIFICATION?
     a career in information              –– Builds on study you’ve
     technology and related fields.          already done to complete
     It will also enable you to engage       in only two years part time.
     professionally with challenges
                                          –– Presents a choice of modules
     such as the specification, design,
                                             to meet your particular needs
     deployment and management
                                             and interests.
     of computing and IT systems.
     You’ll choose from a variety of      –– Provides practical experience
     modules to suit your career goals,      of independent learning and
     and complete your studies with a        reflective practice.
     project on a topic of your choice.   –– Accredited by BCS, The
                                             Chartered Institute for IT.
                                          –– Quality assured by the
                                             European Quality Assurance
                                             Network for Informatics         RELATED
                                             Education (EQANIE).
                                                                             QUALIFICATIONS
                                                                             FOUNDATION DEGREE
                                                                             IN COMPUTING AND IT
                                                                             PRACTICE (X15)
                                                                             openuniversity.co.uk/x15

                                                                             DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
                                                                             EDUCATION IN COMPUTING
                                                                             AND IT PRACTICE (W15)
                                                                             openuniversity.co.uk/w15
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AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                                COURSE CODE            Q68

                                                                                                                TOTAL CREDITS          120

                                                                                                                START DATES
                                                                                                                Oct 2018
                                                                                                                Register by 13 Sep 2018

                                                                                                                ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                                Completion of the
                                                                                                                OU’s Foundation Degree/
                                                                                                                DipHE in Computing

                                                                                                                                               FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                                                                                                                and IT Practice
                                                                                                                (or equivalent)

                                                                                                                ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                                                                                                                –– Examinations

                                                                                                                STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                Part time: 2 years

                                                                                                                MODE OF STUDY
                      This qualification begins at stage 3 – your existing
                                                                                                                The learning materials
                      qualification will make up Stages 1 and 2.                                                provided are a balance
                                                                                                                of print and online

                      QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   Electronic versions
                                                                                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                Compulsory
                                                                                                                available (e.g. PDF)
                                                                                                modules
                       You’ll choose 90 credits from:                                           Option
                                                                                                                Disc-based media
                                                                                                modules
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       Communications technology (TM355) (30 credits)                                           (e.g. DVD)
                                                                                                Awarded
                       Data management and analysis (TM351) (30 credits)                        qualification
                                                                                                                Online forum
                       Interaction design and the user experience (TM356) (30 credits)                          Optional
                       IT systems: planning for success (TM353) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                Collaborative work
                       Software engineering (TM354) (30 credits)                                                Compulsory
                       Web, mobile and cloud technologies (TM352) (30 credits)

                       The computing and IT project
                       (TM470) (30 credits)

                       BSc (HONS) COMPUTING AND IT PRACTICE

                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.

                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding
                                                                                                                and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/q68
                                                                                                                or call 0300 303 5303
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COMBINED
      STEM

     BSc (HONS)
     COMBINED STEM
     STEM stands for science,      WHY STUDY THIS                       LOANS FOR DEGREE
                                   QUALIFICATION?                       HOLDERS IN ENGLAND
     technology, engineering
                                   –– Wide-ranging choice – study       If you already hold an honours
     and mathematics. The
                                      modules from across STEM          degree (or higher-level qualification)
     flexibility of our Combined      subjects or focus on one          and you’re looking to re-skill
     STEM degree allows               or two specific areas.            or up-skill in STEM subjects,
     you to build your own         –– Hugely flexible – you can         you could still be eligible for
                                                                        a student loan to fund this
     degree from a wide range         switch direction easily if your
                                                                        degree – see page 14.
                                      needs or interests change.
     of STEM modules and
                                   –– Allows you to count university-
     study routes, including
                                      level credits you’ve already
     psychology and sports            gained from elsewhere.
     science – this means you
     can build a qualification
     that’s unique to you.

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HOW YOU CAN FOCUS YOUR COMBINED                                                            AT A GLANCE
                      STEM DEGREE ON WEB DEVELOPMENT                                                             COURSE CODE            R28
                      This selection of modules shows how you can focus
                      on one aspect of computing and IT, such as web                                             TOTAL CREDITS          360
                      development, in combination with other STEM subjects
                                                                                                                 START DATES
                      that are of particular interest to you. However, this is just
                                                                                                                 Oct 2018
                      one example of the many combinations you can study                                         Register by 13 Sep 2018
                      and you’re not restricted to this route.
                                                                                                Computing        Feb 2019
                                                                                                and IT modules   Register by 10 Jan 2019
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 1
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                       (TM111) (30 credits)                                                     Option
                                                                                                modules          Apr 2019

                                                                                                                                                FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                                                                                                                 Register by 14 Mar 2019
                                                                                                Awarded
                       Introduction to computing and information technology 2                   qualification
                       (TM112) (30 credits)                                                                      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                                 No specific requirements

                                                                                                                 ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                 Depending on the
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range
                                                                                                                 modules you choose
                       of OU level 1 modules                                                                     to study, you may be
                                                                                                                 assessed in any or all
                                                                                                                 of the following ways:
                                                                                                                 –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                    assignments
                                                                                                                 –– Interactive computer-
                       Object-oriented Java programming
                                                                                                                    marked assignments
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       (M250) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                    assessments
                       Web technologies                                                                          –– Examinations
                       (TT284) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                 Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                 Full time: 3 years
                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range
                       of OU level 2 modules                                                                     MODE OF STUDY
                                                                                                                 As the BSc (Hons)
                                                                                                                 Combined STEM degree
                                                                                                                 can be made up of a range
                                                                                                                 of different modules,
                                                                                                                 the learning materials
                       Web, mobile and cloud technologies                                                        provided, use of online
                       (TM352) (30 credits)                                                                      forums and inclusion of
                                                                                                                 collaborative work will
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                                 depend on the modules
                       Interaction design and the user experience                                                you choose to study
                       (TM356) (30 credits) OR
                       IT systems: planning for success
                       (TM353) (30 credits) OR
                       The computing and IT project
                       (TM470) (30 credits)

                       You’ll choose 60 credits from a wide range
                       of OU level 3 STEM modules

                       BSc (HONS) COMBINED STEM

                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                    MORE ONLINE
                      are subject to change.                                                                     To find out more about this
                                                                                                                 course, fees and funding
                                                                                                                 and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/r28
                                                                                                                 or call 0300 303 5303
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OPEN DEGREE

     BA OR BSc (HONS) OPEN
     The BA or BSc (Hons)        The degree allows you to choose
                                 modules from any subject area
     Open is the most flexible
                                 so you can, for example, combine
     degree programme in         computing and IT modules with      The beauty of an Open
     the UK because you can      modules from other disciplines,    degree is that you can
     study any subjects you      such as science or humanities.     select your own modules
     like, in any combination.                                      and create a degree
     This means you can                                             that’s unique to you.
     build a qualification                                          Hina Asif Alam,
     that’s unique to you.                                          BSc (Hons) Open

                                                                    RELATED
                                                                    QUALIFICATIONS
                                                                    DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
                                                                    EDUCATION OPEN (W34)
                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/w34

                                                                    CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
                                                                    EDUCATION OPEN (T09)
                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/t09
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HOW YOU CAN FOCUS YOUR OPEN                                                                      AT A GLANCE
                      DEGREE ON COMPUTER SCIENCE                                                                       COURSE CODE            QD
                      This selection of modules shows how you can focus
                      on one aspect of computing and IT, such as computer                                              TOTAL CREDITS          360
                      science, in combination with other subjects that are
                                                                                                                       START DATES
                      of particular interest to you.
                                                                                                                       Oct 2018
                      However, this is just one example of the many combinations                                       Register by 13 Sep 2018
                      you can study and you’re not restricted to this route.
                                                                                                                       Feb 2019
                                                                                                      Computing
                                                                                                      and IT
                                                                                                                       Register by 10 Jan 2019
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                        Introduction to computing and information technology 1
                                                                                                      modules
                        (TM111) (30 credits)                                                                           ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                          FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                                                                                                      Option
                                                                                                      modules          No specific requirements
                        Introduction to computing and information technology 2                        Intermediate
                        (TM112) (30 credits)                                                          qualifications   ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                      Awarded          Depending on the
                                                                                                      qualification    modules you choose
                                                                                                                       to study, you may be
                        You’ll choose 60 credits from                                                                  assessed in any or all
                        a wide range of OU level 1 modules                                                             of the following ways:
                                                                                                                       –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                          assignments
                        Certificate of Higher Education Open (T09)                                                     –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                          marked assignments
                                                                                                                       –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                          assessments
                        Object-oriented Java programming
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                                       –– Examinations
                        (M250) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                       STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                       Part time: 6 years
                        Algorithms, data structures and computability
                                                                                                                       Full time: 3 years
                        (M269) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                       MODE OF STUDY
                                                                                                                       As the BA or BSc (Hons)
                        You’ll choose 60 credits from                                                                  Open can be made up
                        a wide range of OU level 2 modules                                                             of a range of different
                                                                                                                       modules, the learning
                                                                                                                       materials provided,
                        Diploma of Higher Education Open (W34)                                                         use of online forums
                                                                                                                       and inclusion of
                                                                                                                       collaborative work will
                                                                                                                       depend on the modules
                                                                                                                       you choose to study
                        You’ll choose 60 credits from:
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                        Data management and analysis (TM351) (30 credits)
                        Interaction design and the user experience
                        (TM356) (30 credits)
                        IT systems: planning for success (TM353) (30 credits)
                        The computing and IT project (TM470) (30 credits)

                        You’ll choose 60 credits from
                        a wide range of OU level 3 modules

                        BA OR BSc (HONS) OPEN1

                        Whether you qualify for a BA or BSc (Hons) Open will be determined by
                      1	

                        the number of credits you have from modules suitable for a BA or for a BSc.
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                                                                                                                       course, fees and funding
                                                                                                                       and how to register, go to
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                                                                                                                       or call 0300 303 5303
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FIND A
     POSTGRADUATE COURSE
     To work towards a                   COMPUTING
     postgraduate qualification,
     you first need to choose            MSc in Computing (F66)                      33
     and register on a module
                                         ADVANCED NETWORKING
     that counts towards
     that qualification.                 MSc in Advanced Networking (F56)            34

     Modules listed in this prospectus   SYSTEMS THINKING IN PRACTICE
     are those that are currently
     available for study – the exact     MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice (F47)   35
     selection may change over time.
                                         TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
                                         MSc in Technology Management (F36)          36

                                         OPEN MASTERS
                                         MA or MSc Open Masters (F81)                38

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COMPUTING                                                                              AT A GLANCE
                                                                                       COURSE CODE             F66

                                                                                       TOTAL CREDITS           180

                                                                                       START DATES
                                                                                       Nov 2018

MSc IN COMPUTING                                                                       Register by 11 Oct 2018

                                                                                       May 2019
                                                                                       Register by 11 Apr 2019
This industry-relevant                  You can choose between the
                                        flexible route (offering a wide                ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
qualification provides
                                        choice of modules to suit your                 –– You must have a
a rigorous approach to

                                                                                                                        FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
                                        individual needs) and either the                  degree in computing or
the study and application               more focused software engineering                 a closely related subject.
                                                                                       –– If you have appropriate
of computing, covering                  route or the information security
                                                                                          experience (e.g. over
                                        and forensics route (which enable
a range of topics and                   you to develop in-depth specialist
                                                                                          3 years in a related
                                                                                          industry), we may allow
incorporating transferable              knowledge). All three routes finish               you to start studying
skills applicable to                    with a substantial independent                    without having a
                                        project that will either have a                   bachelors degree
professional development.
                                        professional or research orientation.
                                                                                       STUDY DURATION
                                                                                       Part time: 3 years
QUALIFICATION
STRUCTURE
                                                                                       RELATED
MODULE                  CREDITS CODE       Thinking strategically:                    QUALIFICATIONS
You’ll study 60 credits from:               systems tools for            30    TU811
                                            managing change                            POSTGRADUATE
                                                                                       DIPLOMA IN
Data management            30   M816
                                            Postgraduate Diploma                       COMPUTING (E81)
Digital forensics          30   M812        in Computing (E81)                         openuniversity.co.uk/e81

Information security       30   M811        You’ll study 60 credits from               POSTGRADUATE
                                            either the Research route or               CERTIFICATE IN
Project management         30   M815        the Professional route below:              COMPUTING (K22)
Software                                                                               openuniversity.co.uk/k22
                           30   M813        RESEARCH ROUTE
development
                                            Research project             60    T802
Software engineering       30   M814

Postgraduate Certificate                    PROFESSIONAL ROUTE            1

in Computing (K22)                          The MSc professional
                                                                         30    T847
You’ll choose another 60 credits            project
from above or from the following:           You’ll choose 30 credits from any
Advanced routing                            postgraduate or OU Level 3 study
                           30   T824
– CCNP 1                                    MSc IN COMPUTING
Continuing
professional                                   Compulsory modules
                           30   U810
development
in practice                                    Option modules

Managing systemic                              Intermediate qualification
change: inquiry,           30   TU812
action and interaction                         Awarded qualification
Managing                                Module availability is subject to change.
technological              30   T848    1
                                            
                                            BCS  currently only accredit the
innovation                                  research route.                            MORE ONLINE
Network security           30   T828                                                   To find out more about this
                                                                                       course, fees and funding
Strategic capabilities                                                                 and how to register, go to
for technological          30   T849
innovation                                                                             openuniversity.co.uk/f66
                                                                                       or call 0300 303 5303
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ADVANCED
      NETWORKING                                                                           AT A GLANCE
                                                                                           COURSE CODE            F56

     MSc IN ADVANCED
                                                                                           TOTAL CREDITS          180

                                                                                           START DATES

     NETWORKING                                                                            Nov 2018
                                                                                           Register by 11 Oct 2018

                                                                                           May 2019
                                              QUALIFICATION                                Register by 11 Apr 2019
                                              STRUCTURE
                                                                                           ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
                                              MODULE                   CREDITS CODE       There are no formal
                                                                                           entry requirements;
                                              Advanced routing                             however, we expect
                                                                            30      T824
                                              – CCNP 1                                     you to have studied to
                                                                                           at least HNC/HND level,
                                              Multilayer switching
                                                                            30      T826   or to have had equivalent
                                              – CCNP 3
                                                                                           practical experience
                                              Network security              30      T828
                                                                                           STUDY DURATION
                                              Optimising networks                          Part time: 3 years
                                                                            30      T827
                                              – CCNP 4

                                              Postgraduate Diploma in
                                              Advanced Networking (E51)                    RELATED
     Including Cisco Certified                                                             QUALIFICATIONS
                                              You’ll study 60 credits from
     Network Professional                     either the Research route or                 POSTGRADUATE
     (CCNP) materials, this                   the Professional route below:                DIPLOMA IN ADVANCED
                                                                                           NETWORKING (E51)
     programme will provide                   RESEARCH ROUTE                               openuniversity.co.uk/e51
     you with the knowledge,
                                              Research project              60      T802
     understanding and skills
     needed to install, configure             PROFESSIONAL ROUTE
     and maintain local and                   Digital forensics             30      M812
     wide area networks.                      The MSc
                                                                            30      T847
                                              professional project
     It consists of four professional         MSc IN ADVANCED
     vocational modules, which include        NETWORKING
     CCNP materials, and either a final
     research project or a professional            Compulsory modules
     project combined with the study
     of digital forensics. You’ll draw             Intermediate qualification
     together the knowledge and skills
                                                   Awarded qualification
     you’ve gained, and develop the
     skills required to address problems      Module availability is subject to change.
     systematically. It’s also an excellent
     basis for further studies at
     doctoral level.

                                                                                           MORE ONLINE
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                                                                                           course, fees and funding
                                                                                           and how to register, go to
                                                                                           openuniversity.co.uk/f56
                                                                                           or call 0300 303 5303
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SYSTEMS
 THINKING IN
 PRACTICE                                                                          AT A GLANCE
                                                                                   COURSE CODE            F47

MSc IN SYSTEMS
                                                                                   TOTAL CREDITS          180

                                                                                   START DATES

THINKING IN PRACTICE                                                               Oct 2018
                                                                                   Register by 20 Sep 2018

                                                                                   Nov 2018
This MSc has the                      QUALIFICATION                                Register by 11 Oct 2018
development of skills                 STRUCTURE
                                                                                   Feb 2019
in holistic thinking, and             MODULE                   CREDITS CODE       Register by 10 Jan 2019
appreciation of multiple

                                                                                                                  FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
                                      Thinking strategically:                      Apr 2019
perspectives at its core.             systems tools for             30     TU811   Register by 21 Mar 2019
                                      managing change
These skills are relevant to
                                                                                   May 2019
many different domains:               Managing systemic
                                                                                   Register by 11 Apr 2019
                                      change: inquiry,              30     TU812
e.g. health, business, local          action and interaction
                                                                                   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
government, environment,              You’ll choose 60 credits from                –– You must have a UK
development, engineering,             a wide range of subjects                        bachelors degree
organisation change and               Postgraduate Diploma in Systems
                                                                                      (or equivalent)
                                                                                   –– If you have appropriate
IT management.                        Thinking in Practice (E28)                      experience, we may
                                                                                      allow you to start
                                      You’ll study 60 credits from                    studying without having
You’ll gain insights into the range
                                      either the Research route or                    a bachelors degree
of ways in which other people         the Professional route below:
think about particular situations
                                                                                   STUDY DURATION
and how to apply a wide range         RESEARCH ROUTE                               Part time: 3 years
of concepts, tools and techniques
                                      Research project              60      T802
developed by systems thinkers.
You’ll also learn to appreciate and   PROFESSIONAL ROUTE                           RELATED
develop your own ways of thinking                                                  QUALIFICATIONS
in practice, becoming aware of        The MSc
                                                                    30      T847
                                      professional project                         POSTGRADUATE
how you can act to bring about
                                                                                   DIPLOMA IN
improvements in messy situations      You’ll choose 30 credits from                SYSTEMS THINKING
that are of interest to you.          a wide range of subjects                     IN PRACTICE (E28)
                                                                                   openuniversity.co.uk/e28
                                      MSc IN SYSTEMS
                                      THINKING IN PRACTICE                         POSTGRADUATE
                                                                                   CERTIFICATE IN
                                           Compulsory modules                      SYSTEMS THINKING
                                                                                   IN PRACTICE (C72)
                                           Option modules                          openuniversity.co.uk/c72
                                           Intermediate qualification

                                           Awarded qualification

                                      Module availability is subject to change.

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                                                                                   course, fees and funding
                                                                                   and how to register, go to
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