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Science project course: radiation and matter

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This course is the project module for the BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences. You’ll undertake individual investigations within defined topics in the general area of radiation and matter: quantum entanglement, bioelectromagnetism, gravitational lensing and astrophysical jets. There is also a Physics Education Research topic. You’ll need access to scientific literature, probably from electronic library sources. The study materials provide a guide to planning and conducting project work; help with searching and using the literature; and writing a report, but ultimately this is a chance for you to plan and execute a piece of work for yourself.

Modules at Level 3 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.

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£440.00
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07 Feb 2015 Oct 2015
£1316.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in February 2017.
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07 Feb 2015 Oct 2015
£440.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in February 2017.
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07 Feb 2015 Oct 2015
£1316.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in February 2017.
Start End Fee Register
07 Feb 2015 Oct 2015
£440.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in February 2017.
Start End Fee Register
07 Feb 2015 Oct 2015
£1316.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

See below for information about part time tuition fee loans available for study towards a qualification.

This course is expected to start for the last time in February 2017.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

This course is designed to enable you to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in the Level 3 physics and astronomy courses. Early in the course you will be guided by the study materials and by your tutor to choose an appropriate topic to investigate in depth. Unless you have access to an academic library, you may find that you have to spend up to two thirds of your time in the early part of the course online, identifying suitable material to inform your choice of project topic from the electronic journals available via the Open University Library. A range of topics are possible and your chosen topic will allow you to exploit the knowledge, understanding and skills you have developed in your Level 3 physical sciences courses. Your project will need to consider contextualisation, development, application, detailed analysis and ’what next’ for your chosen topic.

Entry

This is a Level 3 course. Level 3 courses build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from previous studies at Levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of education in a related subject. 

You should study this science project course as the final module of the BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences, as you will need to apply knowledge and skills from your prior studies. Normally you should have passed at least 60 credits of the Level 3 requirements for your degree, before embarking on your project course. 

It is essential that you establish whether or not your background and experience give you a sound basis on which to tackle the course, since students who are appropriately prepared have the best chance of completing their studies successfully. The Science Faculty has produced a booklet Are You Ready For Your Science Level 3 Project Course? to help you to decide whether you already have the recommended background knowledge or experience to start the course or whether you need a little extra preparation. This can be viewed or printed from the Science Faculty website

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

The study materials are available on the course website in Adobe (PDF) format. Some articles you might wish to access may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Your project requires you to complete an appropriate literature review. Many literature sources and parts of the course guidance are accessed electronically, and much of the contact with your tutor will be by email and online forums, so time spent using a computer and the internet will be considerable. If you use a screen reader to access material on screen, you should check that it is compatible with the Library's electronic databases and resources before you start the course.

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. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

All the study materials will be provided to you online via the course website.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will initiate contact at key points during the course, will mark and comment on your written assignments, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Much of your contact with your tutor will be by email or online forums. There is no face-to-face tuition for this course. 

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.  The end-of-module assessment (EMA) must be submitted online.

The TMAs help you to record progress with your investigation and build up the elements required for the project report. The project is a serious piece of science writing and comprises a substantial part of the examinable component. You will be expected to keep a log of your project work and to submit your cumulative log with your TMAs and with the examinable component.

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in February 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.

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How to register

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Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information read Distance learning explained.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code SXP390
Credits 30
OU Level 3
SCQF level 10
FHEQ level 6
Course work includes:
3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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