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Data management and analysis

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: TM351
  • Level: 3
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I enjoyed this module. It is one of the best modules I have completed at the OU, and my first at Level 3. The materials are very interesting and taught me a lot. All concepts were presented in a well structured and understandable way. I would recommend this module based on just the materials alone.

I felt the first TMA was one of the most interesting assignments I have completed in any module with the possible exception on TT284's EMA. However, I felt that the second TMA was a massive jump in requirements and came completely out of left field; I was not prepared for it and the materials did little to help. The EMA was a similar struggle and encompassed everything I dislike about OU assessments: ambiguous questions and no real guidance; you are left trying to guess what is required and hoping you are right.

Again the iCMAs are pretty pointless exercises and whilst you are required to complete 5 out of the 7 they do not count towards anything other than failing you if you don't complete 5 of them; do the first 5 and forget.

In summary great module materials, and an interesting subject. It is let down by the assessments which seems to be a theme with the OU. This is a programming course dressed up in ill fitting academic clothes which ruin the overall experience.

Adam Lawman

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: July 2021

I had been looking forward to doing this module from the first time I signed up with the OU.

Material: I thought the course material provided by the OU is adequate. It's all online, which I prefer.

Workload: This is a Level 3 module and I thought the workload was proportional to the level.

Tutor: My tutor was very responsive right up to the end! I was impressed.

My results: I performed well in continuous assessments. But it is the final result that I'm struggling to come to terms with (I've actually just seen the final score as I write this). I was really gunning for at least a Grade 2 pass. But I only managed a Grade 3! How? This is most disappointing! All that hard work. I feel like I wasted time.

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: July 2019

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