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Further pure mathematics

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: M303
  • Level: 3
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An intensive and tough module. I followed the OU advice and left the module till the end of my studies. Sage advice. The pace is relentless and the topics are enjoyable and engaging. My own tutor support was fantastic and extremely patient given my awkward approach to maths. The online informal sessions provided light relief all year round with indispensable advice on how to approach, dissect and understand the difficult topics from a broader point of view. A word of advice: if the going gets tough, use of an online session before tackling course material to get a kick start relived some of the pressure.
Loads of great content just waiting to be discovered with fantastic faculty support.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed the module, despite feeling way out of my comfort zone whilst reading in so many proofs.

Christopher O'Regan

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: July 2020

This module is a huge step up from OU level 2 (M208). I found this module very hard to grasp just going through the material however the amount of online tutorials was helpful.
There are a lot of complex concepts to grasp and the material doesn't provide many worked examples which I found made it harder to follow.
Overall this module was okay but it takes a lot of work and I highly recommend revising the concepts from 'Pure mathematics' (M208) so you have a clear understanding before starting the module.

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: March 2020

It is nearly 5 months since I completed 303 which was the final module for my degree. It was a very different beast from any previous Maths modules that I had completed. The downside: there is a HUGE amount of material to be covered and from about Christmas onwards it was difficult to really get your head around some of it because there always seemed to be another TMA due in just around the corner. I rather feel that it should have been formatted as two 30 point modules which would have allowed more time to get a better understanding of what was, at times, some slightly wacky stuff. I thought that some of the written teaching material was not as good as in some previous modules. Certain chapters stood out as being poorly written. That said, the online support was fantastic which brings me to the upside: the tutors were, to a man (actually mostly women), truly amazing. They operated as a team which was rather different to my previous modules where I had only really had contact with my assigned tutor. The on line tutorials (about which I had my doubts when I started) were very good and you could always revisit recordings. The interaction with tutors and other students on line meant that what could have been a very long and lonely winter sitting at my desk actually turned out to be quite sociable (as illustrated by some very upbeat sessions in the little coffee shop opposite the tutorial venue in London) and I felt that I was not alone. More face to face tutorials would have been good but I understand that the reality is that they are much more difficult to organise.
All in all, I am glad that I completed M303. Anybody who does is entitled to feel pretty proud of themselves.
PS: It helps if you like the Ukelele.

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: November 2019

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