Category Archives: Open University

Study broadens the mind, qualifications stifle imagination.

What a weight off my shoulders!

  I haven’t posted in a long time. I’ve been busy with the final part of my Open University studies – TM470 (The Computing and IT Project). But I submitted it in the early hours of this morning! My project … Continue reading

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Final push

TM470 Tutor Marked Assessment results are out. With 73, 75 and 81% there is weighting to consider – 5% for the first and 10% for the others. That gives a total score of 19.25%. The pass mark is 40%, with … Continue reading

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Where to start

Like many students I imagine, I’d no idea where to start with my final project. Having read the preparatory material I had some idea of what was expected but didn’t understand how to write a proposal. The book How to … Continue reading

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Tutor allocation

The university allocated my tutor this weekend. Seems quite real now – going to be busy for the next six months!

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Student deregistration

An oversubscribed TM470 has seen the Open University de-register students. It seems the University was unable to recruit enough tutors. I was fortunate to secure a place but can only imagine the frustration of those who didn’t. I would make … Continue reading

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Feedback

I got an email from the TM470 Chair this evening: I would like to remind you that in order for us to allocate you a tutor you need to complete the Project Registration Form, a link to which can be found … Continue reading

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[Insert project title here]

An Android fitness tracker application. Feedback from the preparation forum was positive, there is enough scope to expand or contract the project as needed. Importantly, it is “substantially within the sphere of information technology”. Taking approaches from IT Systems Planning for … Continue reading

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Install Android Studio on Ubuntu

Android Studio is a great development environment and is available on Ubuntu. I’m using Ubuntu Mate 16.10 “Yakkety Yak”.   First install a Java Development Kit (JDK). OpenJDK is pre-installed or you can use Oracle Java 8 (there is a … Continue reading

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Looking at previous titles

A list of successful project titles from 2013 provides a good idea of expectations. After TM354 it comes as no surprise that specific and measurable are watchwords. There is no shortage of development projects – several using Android. This is where … Continue reading

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TM470

After a false start when The Open University opened the TM470 module site, we got back on track on Wednesday. Although the module doesn’t start until February, I need to decide a project to assign a tutor.   I read … Continue reading

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