Module results are in!

I've been worrying about my module results since I submitted my EMA's over a month ago. I am pleased to say that I have passed so I can now relax and enjoy the rest of the summer!

My results weren't high but they where I thought they might be I was, of course, hoping for a better score. In MU123 (maths)I got a score of 76 which is a good pass rate, and ironically for TM129 (Technologies in Practice) I got a score of 66, which again isn't bad but I was hoping for better. I am rather concerned that my performance record for the EMA in TM129 my lowest scale was in networking, and this is the career I want to get into, I'm not sure at this stage weather that networking may get to hard for me to understand (but I guess I wont know unless I do it) - I'm very good at worrying about things that have not happened yet.

To be honest, I was concentrating more on MU123 and sort of rushed the EMA for TM129, it wasn't my best work but I have passed stage one of my studies and I can now move on to stage two in October. the results I get for stage one do not count towards my final degree but from stage two onwards it does.


I have been studying the program, Cisco Packet Tracer as I'll be using that in TM257, it has been fun and quite a bit of work.


MU123 TMA 04 Returned!

I haven't posted much on here recently as I've had nothing that interesting to say (not saying that I say any interesting in the first place!)

I'm pleased with the score I got for TMA 04 - 85%. I found this TMA easier than TMA 03  and so I zoomed through it, to be honest, I wasn't expecting a result like this.

I know that no one reads this blog and it's not really intended for anyone to read, however, if you are reading this and thinking of doing an Open University degree, and you are concerned that you are not smart enough, then look at me. I did dreadfully in school and failed all of my exams because I never applied myself. Don't get me wrong I have to work hard to understand the concepts, especially in MU123 but I can do it, also I'm now paying for it so if you're like me then you will force your self to concentrate and do well.

Even now, when I am nearly at the end of stage one, I still think whether I am making the right decision and moving forward onto stage two, as this is when it gets much harder. I still have to do two modules concurrently which makes it hard to juggle things around and to hand in TMA's on time, I  stop and really think whether I should move on to doing the degree. I soon snap myself out of it and tell myself that I can do it. when I start my new modules in October I will soon let you know how I'm getting on! What this space.



MU123 TMA 02 Returned

I've had TMA 02 sent back, I am please to say I scored 86%, This is a lower score than I my first TMA but I am pleased with it, this TMA had a lot of algebra and solving equations and simplifying expressions, (I still haven't got the hang of simplifying expressions yet)

I am now going to be starting TMA 03 looking at it, is making me feel a bit sick!


Thoughts on modules

I've started TM129 and MU123, to be honest I am enjoying MU123 more than I thought, don't get me wrong I still find maths difficult, but the way in which the books explain things they make it easy for me to understand. I have been having problems with prime numbers and prime factors, they are quite baffling!

TM129 is very interesting, I'm finding RobotLab a bit challenging, but I have never been overly confident in programming. I am looking for to block 2 and 3 in these blocks I will be studying networking and Linux.


MU123, is a very well put together module and it explains concepts in simple terms that I can understand. They don't expect you to know any form of mathematics and the books explain it with easy to follow examples, and there are also video clips which help to explain some of the examples in a clear way. Thorough out the book you are tasked with activities which will test you on the stuff you have learn throughout the units, I have found that if I don't understand a topic, for instance, I had a big issue with how to solve algebraic equations. I am part of a facebook group so I could post questions on there and they are really helpful, I  can of course speak to my tutor, he is a good guy, when we go to his face to face tutorials he makes it interesting and he also makes us laugh which is always a bonus for me.

So, my point was, for me, there are more than enough resources to ask to get answers to questions. I can solve equations now however, I need to practice and practice some more! I handed in my second TMA on the 17th December, So I am waiting for that to come back. I'm not going to lie, I will be glad when MU123 is done, my brain has not worked so hard in its life, I am basically learning everything from scratch. I never really learned anything in my maths class, mainly because I didn't understand the subject and another reason was that the teacher was more interested in helping the pupils who were top of the class. I got a grade U in my GCSE maths, and I retook the subject at college and still got a U, it was then I realised that maths and I were not going to be friends!

To be honest I would not of chosen to do maths now, but I have to do this module as part of my BSc degree. I know I seem to be a character of contradictions but I think maths and I have a love hate relationship and at the moment I love it (mainly because I am understanding it more) I am just about half way through Unit 7 which is about equations and inequalities I am finding it a challenge, but a challenge I am enjoying.

One last note, I tend to spend most of my study time on MU123 and I tend to race through TM129 on the weekend. I seems to work for me.


After starting this module, It was all about robotics, which I thought I would find really interesting, I was wrong. I did not enjoy it at all but I persevered and completed it and the TMA and got 90% I don't really understand why this block was on this module, the next two blocks are Networking and Linux, these two areas go together but the Robotics has no place really in my mind anyway. I am not going to be starting the networking block so I am really hoping that I will enjoy that, I want to become a network administrator so I know some of the terms and some protocols which are used.




MU123 TMA 01 returned and thoughts on TMA 01 for TM129

TMA 1 returned!

I received my first TMA back for MU123 (Discovering mathematics), I am so pleased that I got 94%. I was quite confident that I did well, I re-read it and re-read it again before I submitted it and made any alterations with it. My tutor gave me some constructive criticism which I will take on board.

What's next?

Well I need to continue on with the study material, obviously, MU123 gives you about 2 weeks to do one unit, so it has taken me a while to juggle my time with studying this module as well as TM129, I have noticed that TM129 isn't really as heavy as MU123 in terms of the amount of time I need to put aside to study, I can complete a whole unit in TM129 in a day straight.

I am doing TMA 01 for TM129 at the moment and I have had a bit of trouble with it, it seems to be more in depth than TMA 01 for MU123 was. I have only got question 4 and 5 to do. Question 4 wants me to write a short report on the use of robots in the logistics industry mainly warehouses. This has proved more difficult that I first thought. I will let you know how I get on when I get my results in.

Personal note

I must say that I don't find robotics that interesting, and I'm not really sure why this block is included in TM129, I understand that the module is "technologies in practice"  however, after this block there is nothing else to do with robotics in the entire course i.e in Stage two or stage three. so by the time I go on to the next stage which should be next October, I would of forgotten everything I have learnt.

I have nearly finished iCMA for MU123 as well, this needs to be finished and submitted by 5th December. The TMA 01 for TM129 needs to be submitted by 7th December and then TMA 02 for MU123 needs to be finished and submitted by 19th December (which I have not even started yet!)






TM129 and MU123!

A New Term!

I know that this post is a bit late as I’ve already started my next two modules, MU123 and TM129, unfortunately life always tends to get in the way! I am currently working on MU123 (Mathematical module) it seems to be more or a work load that TM129.

I was so apprehensive and nervous about studying mathematics but the way the text books are written, they seem to ‘dumb them down’ which is good for me, they don’t chuck you in at the deep end, they ease you in slowly with very good easy to follow and understand examples – which was a god send to me. I had my first face to face tutorial last Tuesday, I felt stupid as the only questions I could answer were the ones about rounding to a certain number of significant figures or decimal places. Everyone in the class seemed to be able to get the answers before I even thought about the question being asked by the tutor – who by the way is very friendly and approachable.

I am starting to do TMA 01 for MU123, I have completed 2 questions so far, when I say two questions they had about 4 parts to them but I’m glad I have made a start, TMA 01 doesn’t have to be handed in until 14th November, so I have a little while.

TM129, I’m finding very interesting, we are learning about Robots and the meaning of life (I know, very deep and philosophical!) I am really looking forward to doing the networking and Linux sections on the module. TMA 01 for this module must be handed in by the 7th December.

New Modules! starting in October 2017

I thought I would right about my new modules I have just enrolled in, the first is Technologies in Practice I am really looking forward to this module as it focuses on the subjects I find most interesting which are robotics, networking and Linux operating systems. below is the full module description...

Technologies in practice

This module provides an opportunity to sample some of the key areas in computing and information technology. You will be introduced to three topics as tasters for your future studies and career: robotics, networking, and Linux. Studying these topics will enable you to develop essential skills for future employment in the computing and IT industry. You will be applying what you learn by developing a portfolio to demonstrate your skills and understanding in these areas. By studying this OU level 1 module you can begin to explore where your future career ambitions or interests might lie.

Course facts
About this course:
Course code TM129
Credits 30
OU Level 1
SCQF level 7
FHEQ level 4
Course work includes:
3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

What you will study

The module is structured into three study blocks, each based upon a key area in computing and IT, and the development of a portfolio which forms part of your final assessment.

You will study both OU materials and third party materials that support your learning in the three key topics. The module is practical and activity-based, and much of the study material is delivered online. You will therefore be working at your computer for significant periods of time.

Block 1 – Robotics and the meaning of life

This first block will introduce you to robotics and the design of intelligent machines. Robots are no longer the stuff of fiction; they are found in factories, on the battlefield and in our homes. You will learn how robots work and how to program and control robots using the specially written software we provide. You will also examine the relationships between humans and robots, the impact robots will have on our lives, and the ethical issues surrounding the use of robots.

Block 2 – Introduction to computer networking

Networking computers provides a sound grounding in the basic principles of computer networks and the challenges in setting these up and maintaining them. Topics covered include protocol models and layering; IP addressing; basic network design and network devices. A third party book will be used to introduce these concepts and your learning will be supported through computer-based practical exercises.

Block 3 – Introduction to Linux

Finally, this block introduces you to one of the most extensively used operating systems worldwide. You will examine the many similarities that exist between Linux and other popular operating systems and also the diverse technology available in the Linux community. You will be provided with tools to use free versions of Linux on your computer to carry out practical activities.

As you progress through the module, you will develop a portfolio of your work for the various practical activities which relate to each block. This will help demonstrate your skills and understanding in the areas you have studied. The portfolio will also be a significant component of the end-of-module assessment. Working on the portfolio will help you to think about your future career interests and will inform decisions you need to make on your future areas of study.

I think that this module will get my brain working towards learning more about networking as that is the career I want to pursue.

Technologies in Practice is a 30 credit module so I have to enrol in another one which is also 30 credits, unfortunately it is a mathematics module called "Discovering Mathematics" as I have said in my last post, I am not looking forward to this as I have not got any confidence in my mathematical abilities, I find the subject very difficult. below is the full module description...

Discovering mathematics

This key introductory OU level 1 module provides a gentle start to the study of mathematics. It will help you to integrate mathematical ideas into your everyday thinking and build your confidence in using and learning mathematics. You'll cover statistical, graphical, algebraic, trigonometric and numerical concepts and techniques, and be introduced to mathematical modelling. Formal calculus is not included and you are not expected to have any previous knowledge of algebra. The skills introduced will be ideal if you plan to study more mathematics modules, such as Essential mathematics 1 (MST124). It is also suitable for users of mathematics in other areas, such as computing, science, technology, social science, humanities, business and education.

Course facts
About this course:
Course code MU123
Credits 30
OU Level 1
SCQF level 7
FHEQ level 4
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
5 Interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

What you will study

In order to study this module successfully you should expect to be actively doing mathematics, rather than just reading it. You will also be encouraged to develop skills in interpreting and explaining mathematics, and this aspect will be assessed in some of the assignment questions.

Samples of the study materials, including example assessment questions, are available from our MathsChoices website.

Providing you have the appropriate background knowledge, you should expect to study for about eight hours a week. Many of the topics covered in the module depend on your understanding of topics in earlier units. So, if you have not fully understood earlier material, you may find later material more difficult and time consuming. This is particularly true of graphs, formulas and algebra. Naturally, the study time required for the module tends to increase before an assignment deadline.

You will learn

Successful study of this module should begin to develop your skills in working with mathematical concepts and using them to solve problems.

You will learn about:

  • key ideas in mathematics, including some statistics, algebra, geometry and trigonometry
  • mathematical vocabulary and notation introduced and developed in the module
  • selection and use of mathematical techniques for solving problems
  • interpretation of results in the context of real life situations
  • simple mathematical arguments
  • how to explain mathematical ideas from the module in writing
  • development of skills in learning mathematics
  • use of relevant ICT tools for learning and for working on mathematical problems
  • describing problems mathematically
  • analysing mathematical reasoning.

The module contains many real world contexts such as journey planning, glaciers, supply and demand, depreciation, poverty levels, chance events, and medical conditions (such as cancer), to help illustrate mathematical topics.


This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at level 2.

You are advised to have previous experience in mathematics, before commencing this module. In particular, you should be confident with the following topics:

  • arithmetic of numbers, including negative numbers and fractions
  • scientific notation for numbers (sometimes known as standard form)
  • powers of numbers including square roots
  • using your scientific calculator effectively for the above topics, and for working with brackets and π
  • using simple word formulas
  • drawing and interpreting simple charts and graphs.

You are not expected to have any skills in algebra before the module starts.

It is essential that you establish whether or not your background and experience give you a sound basis on which to tackle this module, since students who are appropriately prepared have the best chance of completing their studies successfully and get the most enjoyment out of it. You are strongly advised to follow the recommendations given in the Preparatory work section below.

There are two mathematics entry-level modules, this one and Essential mathematics 1 (MST124). Your choice of which one to start with depends on your mathematical knowledge, experience and on the qualification you have in mind.

For advice about where to begin your study in maths please look at our MathsChoices website. The website also contains a self-assessment quiz to help you decide if this is the right module for you.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

Preparatory work

It is recommended that you work through some of the free and open educational resources from the Maths Help website, where there is a module to help you to refresh your knowledge of each of the following topics:

  • Numbers, units and arithmetic
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Ratio, proportion and percentages
  • Squares, roots and powers
  • Diagrams, charts and graphs
  • Language, notation and formulas
  • Geometry.

Alternatively, you could study any textbook that covers the same topics.

I know this is only a 30 credit module but it still scares me, I know that Richard is really good at maths and he has a way of explaining to me in a way I understand, but I still am not looking forward to it. Looking at the list above it seems really difficult - I will come back to this section of this blog and add to this and tell you (or me as no one else reads this blog!) if I have been worrying about nothing, or, my worrying has been justified. Watch this space!!