My T214 study is approaching the end. I’ll be submitting the formative TMA07 on Friday, finishing off Block 4 in a few weeks, then engaging with the End of Module Assessment (EMA) in time to submit by the 12th October. I need to write 5,000 words in the EMA. This
Block 4 of my T214 course is concerned with examining crime and criminal behaviour from a systemic perspective. This is of particular interest at the moment due to the recent riots, and I’m aware that one of the concepts being raised is the viability and usefulness of prison. I haven’t
This activity asks me to think about the messy situation I’ve chosen for my assignments (Marconi’s descent into bankruptcy) by thinking about my feelings around that time. The question is: Are there any aspects of the situation that you feel critical or guilty about, or where you attribute blame to
I’m running a little behind with my T214 study but I’m determined to make a few posts about some of the subjects brought up in my readings. I may find these useful when I come to reflect on my learning. One of the recent readings is concerned with “self-sealing behaviour”.
Here’s another one of those OU-centric posts that will bore everyone stupid. Well, even more-so than my the usual crap I stick on here. This is the first activity I’m writing up for Block 3. This new block focusses on social systems – systems made up primarily of people. People
This activity requires me to “reflect on how a range of ‘thinking traps’ may influence how you engage with complex situations” by writing down what I think about: “the causes of emerging environmental crises such as climate change, and what you believe could resolve these problems” I’m not sure they
The OU course notes have opened up a whole other can of worms about different kinds of intelligence. There has been some research by Gardner that revealed eight different types of intelligence. These are: Linguistic intelligence. The ability to use a coherent narrative to communicate and organise thoughts. Logical–mathematical intelligence.
This block introduces the term “thinking traps” – an all-encompassing description of the ways that our brains fail us when trying to understand complex systems. There are a number of different thinking traps: short attention spans (I’m really guilty of this) oversimplification (most science stories in the news) groupthink –
An lo, block 2 of my Systems Practise course loomed, and I was not ready. I’m a week behind here and having to do some serious catching up. However, a new block brings a new subject matter and I can’t be hanging about. I seriously hope to create more notes
So far, during my OU T214 studies, I’ve failed to find enough time to properly engage with some of the research activities. There have been a number of case studies that I should have been writing about but which I skimmed over instead. I don’t want to repeat that for
This case study involves looking at the effect that Napster had on the music industry. It seems ancient history now – it’s only ten years ago, but that’s a millennium in Internet terms – but the repercussions from Napster’s appearance are still relevant today. At least, that’s what I hope
Block 1 section three requires me to look at three case studies: the World Wide Web, malicious software (sometimes called ‘malware’) and music and file sharing. Considering my rampant Internet use since the late 90s I should find this part of the course easier than I will some of the