Physics or psychology?

I’ve been reading over some of the S207 (physics) and psychology (mostly DSE212) samples that I’ve collected over the years to try and reach a decision between E102 (child psychology) or S207 (physics) for next October.

This October is my chance to top up my “miscellaneous interesting courses” degree to the point where I could claim it and thereby leave it while I, perhaps, head off to do a masters. So, I need a course that will fit into that timeslot.

Both physics and psychology go well with the courses already in the degree which currently has 70 points chemistry, 60 psychology, 60 physics and 30 history so nothing really to choose between them on that score.

I’ve only got the introductory sections of S207 but have bits of a course that follows E102 so it’s not really a like for like comparison. In practical terms, I’ve got the more interesting bits of the psychology to read and those bits come later on in physics.

I may have to get a coin out :)

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Off to Portrush

The family used to go to Portrush every Easter Monday when I was a child and we’ve restarted that tradition since getting back from France.

Over the years lots of things have changed but not really that much in Portrush. It takes a lot less time to get there these days not so much because the roads are better but rather because there are fewer people doing the trip which is very noticeable in terms of the lack of cars there relative to yesteryear.

Barry’s, the entertainment complex, seems hardly to have changed at all. Aside from two newish (a number of years old) outside rides for the kids, not much has changed. The roller-coaster and dodgems seem pretty much identical and electronic games have largely passed it by.

One thing that did change for a brief period was the arrival of the Dunluce Centre but that’s closed down now as indeed have several of the non-chippy food outlets which had arrived a few years back.


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Module choices for October 2014

Since I’ll have completed my Life Sciences degree, the focus moves temporarily to my “miscellaneous interesting courses” degree which I’d like to top up to the point where I could claim it which means adding at least 20 points at level 3 and 80 points overall.

I’d originally had Geology (S276) on the list but now that I’ve read through the pre-course material for it, I don’t really find it that interesting so, at the moment, it’s off the list of possibles for October.

Other options include The physical world (S207) for which the first book is available online free, so I’m going to work my way through that and see what I think of it. Upsides are that it sounds really interesting and presumably would make my Planetary Science course easier going when I get around to it. Downside for this is that it’s one of the courses that are billed as a major undertaking. It’s a 60 pointer so that would take me to 280 points by itself.

Then there’s the new Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology (E102) which is one of the options for my proposed psychology degree and thus moves that along. Upsides are that it’s level 1, four TMAs and an end of course assessment ie it sounds easy going. Downside is that it’s a first run of the course and the OU have a bad reputation with first-run courses. It’s a 60 pointer too so that also takes me to 280 points.

I’m also considering Empires 1492-1975 (A326) which is essentially the follow-on from my Archaeology course from a few years ago. Downside of this is that the OH is also planning to do this and as our approaches to study are totally different, that sounds like a recipe for some conflict.

Coupled with one of those I plan to do Chemical change and environmental applications (S345) which is 20 points at level 3 and thus gets me to the required 60 points at level 3.

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