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Science and health: an evidence-based approach

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: SDK100
  • Level: 1
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I honestly cannot recommend this module enough. I hit the ground running with this module. It was informative, well structured and dare i say it, i enjoyed the tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and even the end-of-module assessment!

My tutor was amazing, she wrote some incredible feedback for me, both supportive and constructive.

I have gained a lot of confidence in myself along the way on this module, so much so that I have gone on to Year 2 now taking on 3 big modules together because my tutor has built me up throughout this to ensure I personally believe I can do it.

All the topics in this module really do prepare you for your future modules! Our Yr2 modules have just opened and I can already see where it builds upon SDK100.

Fantastic starter module and do not be fooled by how daunting it looks to begin with. Not one of my group had a bad word to say about it.

And a personal thank you to my tutor she really has given me so much back to myself in the search for some self-confidence!

Thank you

Danielle Thomas

Course starting: October 2021

Review posted: September 2022

This is a very informative module about different body processes and conditions. I learnt a great deal, for instance about COPD (sadly I had a friend who died from COPD), infections (very pertinent in view of the Covid pandemic), fractures and strokes, use and abuse of alcohol, digestive processes and nutrition, and how the eye works and eye conditions. The material was well presented with videos, case presentations, graphs and data, and interactive diagrams. There were tutorials and workshops. There was a maths workbook as well. I loved using the digital microscope to see the cells. The tutor-marked assignments built up your skills, especially with regard to essay writing and referencing, some maths, examining data, and using Excel to do graphs and diagrams. The tutorials were helpful. The end-of-module assessment was challenging but doable.

My advice is to start doing the EMA as soon as it becomes available rather than doing it just in the last two weeks of the module. It takes time and you don't want to be under too much pressure when you do it. I have just had my result and am delighted to have gained a distinction.

I would recommend this module to other students.

Susan Angela Morris

Course starting: October 2021

Review posted: July 2022

Loved this module. It covers a broad range of sciences and it isn't difficult to grasp the main concepts of the topics. Tutor support was great.

The topics covered were interesting and generally well thought out. Excellent start to university-level study.

Overall I'm glad I took this module.

Muhammad Alim

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: June 2022

This is a really interesting module, brilliant as a starting module for anyone who hasn't studied in a while. The online content is easy to follow and really engaging. It's a good way to build study skills like essay writing and referencing. The tutor was very supportive too. I really enjoyed this module and would highly recommend it to new students.

Course starting: February 2020

Review posted: September 2021

I really enjoyed this module and found the support from my tutor excellent. The science is given context by the topics, and you'll need to use several topics to answer single questions in the end-of-module assessment.

Although I didn't think I'd like using a website for study, I found it better than expected. It actually helped to keep me on track.

I had studied short courses with the OU before, but this is the first time I've studied as part of a BSc and with a plan. I feel well-prepared for the next step.

Simone Burton

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: July 2021

This module was very informative and can be related easily to real life situations. However, I don't think this module relates entirely to the psychology field and is more aimed at physical health-based fields.

Elizabeth O'Neill

Course starting: February 2020

Review posted: December 2020

I really enjoyed SDK100. It was a good introduction to OU study. There are 6 tutor-marked assignments plus an end-of-module assessment so it is full on and there's a lot of reading to do but the content was so interesting and the interactive activities were helpful in understanding it all. I also loved doing the experiments in the virtual lab. I had a great tutor and I felt very supported throughout this first module. I've learnt so much in such a short space of time and feel confident progressing with my studies. Thanks OU.

Course starting: February 2020

Review posted: November 2020

This module offers a great introduction into the Health Sciences. It slowly introduces important concepts about the human body, health and science and then builds on that as the module progresses, slowly adding more detail. The materials are really well written, interesting and engaging. I feel that I have gotten a lot from this module. It felt quite easy to do, but looking back it was easy because it is so well structured and thought out. I got a lot of knowledge and developed great time management skills by doing this module, something I used to struggle with.

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: June 2020

Fantastic module, so interesting and fascinating. Lovely tutor who was super nice and helpful.

Course starting: February 2019

Review posted: May 2020

I liked this module. Tutor feedback was detailed and helpful. The pace was fine, although sometimes I wish there was a book to read as well as the online materials. I enjoyed working on the end of module assessment. The subjects were varied and explained well. I would recommend this module for others.

Linda Sandilands

Course starting: October 2017

Review posted: April 2019

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