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TU100 learning outcomes activity template You can fill in a copy of this template for each part of TU100. Refer to the beginning of each part for the learning outcomes associated with it. The skills you should develop over the course of your studies are listed at http://www2.open.ac.uk/students/careers/about-you/pdp-skill-development. Block: 1 Part: 2 Learning outcome How far achieved? Examples of TU100 activities? How to progress? Skills List some milestones in the history of computing, including that of the personal computer. Activity 7, 8 and 9 has allowed me to gain a basic understanding of the milestones within the generations of computing and the personal computer. I believe the material will reference the history of computing in more detailing when introducing new topics. Reading Effectiveness. Describe some of the characteristics of the four generations of computers. Activity 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9 has assisted me in the understanding of the four generations of computing and I should be able to identify which generation a computer is from. I am certain the material will reference the history of computers again help my understanding on modern concepts and techniques. Reading Effectiveness. Knowledge and understanding Explain the concepts of ubiquitous Working through activities 22 and computing and cloud computing, and 23 has helped my understanding of identify their ethical dimensions. the different types of technology, ubiquitous embedded devices, cloud computing and ethical dimensions. Next parts will continue to build on the basic foundation which has been described here. Identify potential devices in which computers might be embedded. Section 4 has opened my eyes to all sorts of embedded devices that I never really considered to be a computer before. Working through TU100 we will get to use the sense board which gives me a better understanding of what embedded devices are capable of. Reading Effectiveness. Describe how the physical world can be represented in digital form. Activities 27 and 28 has taught me how the physical world can be represented in a digital formate with discrete conversion. As TU100 is about understanding a digital life, this is the purpose of the module to understand how the world is becoming more digitalised. Numeracy. Explain the concept of a number base. After working through the activities in section 5 and 6 I now have a good understanding of number bases e.g base 10 (decimal) base 2 (binary) base 8 (octal). I expect that we will be using number bases quite frequently in the TU100 module as binary base 2 is a huge part of understanding how computers and memory works. Numeracy. Describe how binary numbers are stored in a computer. Section 5 explained how binary numbers are stored within computers , especially activities 24, 25 and 30. Binary numbers will be used further in TU100. Numeracy. Explain the concept of exponential growth. In section 3, activities 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 have helped increase my understanding of Exponential Growth and I feel confident in explaining the concept to other people. The study material has mentioned this will be useful for future activities. Numeracy. Convert between decimal numbers and binary numbers. Activities 32 and 35 has allowed me to learn techniques to convert decimal to binary and vice versa. I imagine these skills will come in useful for future parts on memory management. Numeracy. Contrast analogue and digital Activities 27 and 28 in section 5 of I think the material might cover this Numeracy. Cognitive skills quantities and representations. the material has gave me the knowledge to determine a analogue value from a discrete value. again at some point. Key skills Take notes as an aid to learning Activity 2 has increased my I will continue to make notes using knowledge of methods of note taking various techniques as I continue by introducing a method called spray through the TU100 material. diagrams or mind maps. Reading Effectiveness. Read actively as an aid to learning. I actively read the material ahead to see what was approaching and made notes as I went. This skill is useful in all new sections of the material and I will continue to use it along side my note taking. Reading Effectiveness. Perform simple calculations related to energy consumption. Activity 5 asked how the ENIAC was equivalent to 85 electric fires. As the material provided simple calculations on energy consumption I would assume this skill is needed in future sections. Numeracy. Perform simple calculations relating to computer memory. Activity 41 has introduced me to calculations involving memory management. Numeracy. Work with number bases. In sections 5 and 6 is has shown me how number bases work and more specifically how binary is used within a computer. Numeracy. Work with exponential notation in simple contexts, and with prefixes for large numbers such as kilo, Working through section 3 and the activities has helped me understand exponential notation and the prefixes The course material will cover this in the next section when moving Numeracy. mega,and giga. associated with larger numbers that a multiples of 10. onto memory. Keep a learning journal. I have kept a learning journal in the form of an online blog. I have found that keeping a blog online is an excellent way for me to reflect on my progress and quickly refer to anything I think is important. Writing skills. Activity 39 got me to run a simple sense program which outputs various binary numbers using the coloured LEDs The future material will cover more sense programs and allow us to create our own. This is also part of the TMA01. ICT Skills. Practical and professional skills Run a simple sense program.