Open University Year 2

Dear Readers, it’s that time of year when thoughts turn to things academic, and this year’s Open University course looks like a doozy. We have one module per week, on subjects varying from plate tectonics to ecological interactions, from the quantum realm to DNA. This week, we are all getting our heads around picometres (which is ten to the power of minus twelve for those of you with a mathematical bent) and nanometres and giga-this and micro-that, plus orders of magnitude and scientific notation.

Next week we are freezing various solutions of bicarbonate of soda in our freezers and recording how long they take to freeze. My new tutor has invited us to take photos of the resultant ‘mush’, which I think bodes well for the sense of humour quotient for the course.

So, this is by way of saying that although I intend to keep blogging daily, my posts might be (a) more frivolous, (b) more varied and most importantly  (c) shorter. Bear with me, folks! This degree ain’t gonna earn itself.

4 thoughts on “Open University Year 2

  1. Rosalind Atkins

    Really looking forward to hearing about all this! I have started on an MA in PHilosophy, but have had to spend the better part of the last two weeks grappling with reference management tools, which was definitely not what i signed up for. The visit of my tech-savvy daughter did, however, throw up that there had been a problem with the systems upgrade maybe three upgrades ago, so at least that‘s now sorted! And I‘m going back to pen & paper for my reference list ;0

    1. Bug Woman Post author

      This module is all online as well, which being old-school I find a bit frustrating. There’s always a place for pen and paper in my view…


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