The computing and IT project enables you to explore computing, information and communications technologies in substantial depth and it is the compulsory final module for our computing and IT qualifications. It offers you practical experience of independent learning and reflective practice. You’ll apply advanced principles and techniques to produce a solution to a problem which you have defined and write up your experience and findings in a substantial report. You’ll also be responsible for choosing your own topic, carrying out the project and writing it up, with the help of a supervisor to advise and guide you.
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03 Feb 2018
Registration closes 14/11/17 (places subject to availability)Click to register
This module is expected to start for the last time in February 2019.
What you will study
You will gain skills and experience in formulating and completing an individual project of your choice in any area of computing and IT that you have studied at this level. Your tutor will advise and guide you, but you will be expected to produce your work independently, without close supervision. The emphasis is on you being a reflective practitioner, developing not only the technical aspects of your project but also justifying your approach and reviewing and thinking about what you have learnt. You’ll be expected to make use of the study materials and software associated with the OU level 3 modules you have previously studied.
The main elements of your project will be:
- choosing a project topic – the topic must be based on the OU level 3 modules you have studied and we will need to know which area you want to work in before the module starts in order to assign you a tutor
- getting information and finding out about developments in your topic area
- producing a detailed proposal and project plan – this will include choosing suitable methods, setting realistic goals and deciding what resources you will need
- carrying out the project itself – it could take many forms – a software system, a critical analysis and report, or an investigation and set of recommendations are just a few examples
- writing up and evaluating the project – this will include a reflective evaluation of your approach to the project and its completion.
There are guidance notes and resources but no teaching materials associated with the module. You will draw on a range of sources (technical papers, books, manufacturers’ literature, and the internet) to investigate your topic. Your report should demonstrate your ability to assess your own developments or other topics you have investigated, using appropriate methods to measure and compare them.
Throughout your project you will be set tasks through tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), which will help you to plan and progress the various phases of the project. You will also submit a final project report.
The module will give you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and carry out the activities for a project which meets the relevant accreditation requirements of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Engineering Council.
This is designed to be the final module of your qualification as you will make use of the study materials and software associated with the OU level 3 modules you have previously studied or are studying.
Normally, the minimum requirement to register for this project module is that you have commenced your study of one of the following OU level 3 computing and IT modules:
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
You will need to inform us of your chosen project area by completing and returning a form available from the website. We will provide details of how to access the website and download the form after you register for the module.
You also need to think about a topic for your project. You can view some previous project titles on the website. There will be an online forum where you can discuss your choice of topic with an experienced tutor. It will also help if you refresh your knowledge of the OU level 3 modules on which you are going to base your project.
TM470 is a compulsory module in our:
TM470 is an optional module in our:
It can also count towards most of our other degrees at bachelors level, where it is equally appropriate to a BA or BSc. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.
Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with an adviser before registering.
If you have a disability
You will need to spend considerable amounts of time using a computer and the internet.
All study materials will be delivered via the module website. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students..
Website; online forums; all study materials including assignments will be delivered online.
You will need
You require access to the internet at least once a week to download study resources and assignments, submit assignments and keep up to date with module news.
Please note that your choice of topic may affect the computer requirements. For example, you may need a computer with a higher specification to run specific software or to use specific hardware.
You will need a device with internet access to study this module as a web browser is used to access learning materials and activities. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available. You may need administrative privileges to install the software.
Suitable devices are:
- A Windows desktop or laptop running Windows 7 or later operating system
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop running OS X 10.8 or later operating system.
Some software will not run on Linux, iOS or Android devices.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. However, these devices may not be suitable for some activities. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop device that uses the Windows or OS X operating system in case you are unable to carry out all activities on your mobile device.
Recent versions of the following browsers are suitable for carrying out web-based activities:
Or Internet Explorer 9 and above.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximise security when accessing the internet.
Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Devices with small screens may make it difficult to view the material provided and carry out the activities. However, a device that has a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and also at least 768 pixels vertically should be adequate.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
You will have support from a tutor who will guide your studies and provide you with feedback on your assignments. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your project individually with your tutor.
Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.
You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs). You must also submit the end-of-module assessment (EMA) online.
Students also studied
Students who studied this module also studied at some time:
The details given here are for the module that starts in February 2018. It starts once a year – in February. Places are limited and in high demand, so please enrol early.
How to register
To register a place on this module return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.
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