The pre-course prep is quite easy. The week is well organised and the labs focus more on the process of experimental work rather than being too academically challenging. The EMA can be completed during the week if you write up the days activity that evening, so you can come home with no 'extra' work to do!
The whole point of the course is to work with people you've never met before and produce a little work along the way. I'm doing the Level 2 course this year and meeting up with people I worked with on TXR120. All in all an excellent course.
Course starting: May 2011
Review posted: July 2012
Brilliant course overall. Some lectures were a little tedious, and there were some lectures where we studied things from T173. But in saying that, TXR120 complemented T173 pretty well and I would recommend doing them in the same year.
Unfortunate for me to dislocate my knee half way through the week, but that was ok as I had tutors fetching me my breakfast & I got some more space at the bar.
Best words of advice...after the day is finished, crank out your notes into a rough answer for the particular EMA question and life will be easier when it comes to submission time.
Mark John Jasinski
Course starting: May 2011
Review posted: March 2012
When I was first entertaining the idea of working towards a degree with the OU I was a little put off by the thought of having to attend the residential schools. A week away from home in the company of total strangers was a little scary. I had no idea what to expect or what would be expected of me.
Looking back, it seems strange now. The whole experience was very positive and encouraging and not even slightly intimidating. Everything was very well organised and the activities where interesting and educational, you are kept very busy throughout the day and the whole week goes by quickly.
The lectures in the evening are optional and the work through the week doesn't depend on them but they are interesting and well worth going to. Tuesday afternoon was left free to give you chance to catch up with any other work or go out and explore the city.
Accommodation on campus is basic but comfortable though I would recommend taking an extra pillow. There's a good convenience shop on site which should cover anything you forget to take with you.
Course starting: May 2011
Review posted: January 2012
At first I was a little worried about going on an Open University residential course but it was really unfounded. I met a great bunch of people at Bath University and had an excellent week.
The activities were very enjoyable with knowledgeable tutors on hand to guide us through the work. Each activity was very well structured and I found myself learning a lot of new information without really realising it!
The week progressed at quite a relaxed pace. The food was good, accommodation was comfortable and (in my block) very quiet on the evenings. There is a bar open every night with reasonably priced drinks given the area. This is a great place to meet like minded OU engineering students. Overall Bath University is a very nice campus and a good place to spend a week away.
My advice to any future students would be to make sure you work through the preparatory material before the school starts, but also have a quick skim read of the activity worksheets the night before each activity. That way it is fresh in your mind what is to be expected of you the next day. It is also a good idea to write up what you have done each day in the evening so you won't forget any of the details. This only takes half an hour or so, then you can hit the bar!
Course starting: May 2010
Review posted: January 2011
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The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end of module assessment for the 2010E presentation of TXR120. The survey was carried out in 2010. 31.3% of our students responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module. See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.
|Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module||88.4 %|
|Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience||90.7 %|
|The module provided good value for money||67.4 %|
|I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module||88.4 %|
|Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module||90.7 %|
|The module met its stated learning outcomes||86.0 %|
|I would recommend this module to other students||79.1 %|
|The module met my expectations||88.4 %|
|I enjoyed studying this module||86.0 %|
|The workload on this module was higher than I expected||14.0 %|
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