Wednesday, 12 April 2017

BSc Natural Sciences at the Open University



Physics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Biology
Earth Science
Environmental
Level 1
S111
Questions in science
MST124
Essential mathematics 1
S112
Science:
concepts and practice
L1 option
Level 2
S217
Physics:
From classical to quantum
S282
Astronomy
S215
Chemistry:
essential concepts
S294
Cell biology
S209
Earth science
S206
Environmental science
S283
Planetary science and the search for life
S295
The biology
of survival
MST224
Mathematical methods
MST224
Mathematical methods
L2 option
L2 option
L2 option
L2 option
SXPA288
Practical science: physics and astronomy
SXPA288
Practical science: physics and astronomy
Level 3
SMT359
Electro-magnetism
S382
Astrophysics
S315
Chemistry:
further concepts and applications
S317
Biological science:
from genes to species
S309
Earth processes
U316
The environmental web
SM358
The quantum world
S383
The relativistic universe
L3 option
L3 option
L3 option
L3 option
L3 option
L3 option
SXP390
Science project: radiation and matter
SXP390
Science project: radiation and matter
SXM390
Science project: frontiers in chemistry
SXL390
Researching biology and health science
SXG390
Science project: geosciences
SXE390
Science project: environmental science

Level 1 Option
SM123 Physics and space
MST125 Essential mathematics 2
M140 Introducing Statistics
TM129 Technologies in practice

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Part time BSc (Hons) Physics at UCL

Unfortunately this course no longer exists, but when it did, it looked like this.
 
1771
Mathematics
1228
Thermal Physics
1772
Waves and Modern Physics
 
1770
Practical
(Laboratory) Skills I
1247
Classical Mechanics
2246
Mathematical Methods 3
2222
Quantum Physics
2201
Electricity and Magnetism
 
2770
Practical
(Laboratory) Skills II
2427
Environmental Physics
2224
Atomic and Molecular Physics
3226
Quantum Mechanics
3224
Nuclear and Particle Physics
3775
Principles and Practice of Electronics
3770
Practical
(Laboratory) Skills III
2228
Statistical Thermodynamics
3201 Electromagnetic Theory
3774
Topics in Modern Cosmology
3225
Solid State Physics
3443
Lasers and Modern Optics
3780
Practical
(Laboratory) Skills IV (including Project)


It ran over four years, three evenings per week. Two and a half modules were taken per year in years one and two, and three modules per year in years three and four, making a total of eleven modules.

It compared quite favorably to the full time BSc (Hons) Physics course at UCL, which still runs today. 12 modules are required for this degree.

1245
Mathematical
Methods I
1246
Mathematical
Methods II
1228
Thermal Physics
1224
Waves, Optics and Acoustics
1247
Classical Mechanics
1202
Atoms, Stars and the Universe
1240
Practical Physics and Computing 1
1241
Practical skills 1P
(Experimental)
 2228
Statistical Physics of Matter
2246
Mathematical Methods 3
2222
Quantum Physics
2201
Electricity and Magnetism
2427
Environmental Physics
2224
Atomic and Molecular Physics
2440
Practical Physics 2A
2441
Practical Physics and Computing 2
3226
Quantum Mechanics
3201 Electromagnetic Theory
3225
Solid State Physics
3443
Lasers and Modern Optics
3224
Nuclear and Particle Physics
3137
Physical
Cosmology
3440
Physics Project
3441
Group Project
 
Note that for the part time degree, four and half modules were taken at level 3, compared with four for the full time equivalent. The full time degree programme has more module choice at levels 2 and 3, which isn't shown above.
 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Changes for Open University physics degrees


The BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences degree offered by the Open University is now accepted by the IOP for meeting the academic requirements for chartered status, as long as S382 Astrophysics is chosen at level 3.



Friday, 10 May 2013

Physics Courses at the Open University

Until recently, the  physics pathway within the BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences degree was the only 'physics' degree offered by the Open University.



Exploring science (S104)
Using mathematics (MST121)
Investigative and mathematical skills in science (S141)
The physical world (S207)
Mathematical methods (MST224)
Practical science: physics and astronomy (SXP288)
Electromagnetism (SMT359)
The quantum world (SM358)
Option
Science project course: radiation and matter (SXP390)

Option
Astrophysics (S382)
The relativistic Universe (S383)
Waves, diffusion and variational principles (MS324)
Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326)

But, I've just noticed that from next year they will be offering a BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics degree, which looks like this:




Exploring science (S104)
Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)
Essential
mathematics 2
(MST125)

The physical world (S207)

Mathematical methods,
models and modelling
(MST210)
Physics
Option
Physics
Option
Mathematics
Option
 
Mathematics
Option



Physics Options
Electromagnetism (SMT359)
The quantum world (SM358)
Astrophysics (S382)
The relativistic universe (S383)


Mathematics Options
Waves, diffusion and variational principles (MS324)
Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326)
Optimization (M373)
Graphs, networks and design (MT365)
Complex analysis (M337)
Applications of probability (M343)


Sadly, it looks like neither of these degrees will be acceptable to the IOP for meeting the academic requirements for chartered status. The Natural Sciences degree doesn't have enough maths in it, and the Mathematics and Physics degree doesn't have any practical work in it.