You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.
For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.
A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the worlds leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning.
Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether youre at home, at work or on the move.As an OU student youll be supported throughout your studies your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues.
Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.
<div><p>This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:</p><ul><li>Knowledge and understanding</li><li>Cognitive skills</li><li>Practical and professional skills</li><li>Key skills</li></ul><p>The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You'll be supported throughout by the OU's unique style of teaching and assessment ? which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.</p></div>
This qualification combines the study of engineering fundamentals, including mathematics and problem solving, with personal development planning and work-related issues such as health and safety and project management.
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity generation and transport networks to smartphones and bicycles. If you’re working in engineering-related employment at a technical level and would like to climb the career ladder, this foundation degree is for you. It applies the study of engineering fundamentals like energy, design, manufacturing, materials, mechanics and structural analysis, to the solution of real-life problems. It also supports you in personal development planning and work-related issues – such as health and safety and project management, building on your existing skills and experience. The Foundation Degree in Engineering combines traditional academic skills with the needs of your workplace, and can be considered a step up from an apprenticeship. It also provides a route to an honours degree in engineering, or to our popular Open degree – paving the way to many new career opportunities.
<div><p>If you're working in engineering-related employment at a technical level and would like to boost your career, this qualification can combine academic skills with the needs of your workplace. This course will build on your existing skills and experience to support your professional development plans. It applies the study of engineering fundamentals like design, energy, electronics, manufacturing, materials, mechanics and structural analysis, to the solution of real-life problems. It will also develop your mathematical skills , which are key to successfully studying engineering.</p><p><em>The same programme of study is available as the Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering (W11), which will be of particular interest to students living and working in Scotland.</em></p></div>