Sunday, February 15, 2009
OU marked paper number four
I'm sorry to go on so about the Open University, but it does seem to play a prominent part in my life. At the beginning of this course - my third (if you don't count the French one in which I decided not to take the exam because it was going to be done over the phone and I didn't feel confident enough five years ago to do a 25 minute phone call in French), I decided to use my blog posts to help spur me on in a way. I wanted to reveal my marks - good or bad - and post things that I considered quite interesting, as much to make them stick in my head as anything.
Well,last night I got the result of my essay on Edmund Burke and Wordsworth's view of the sublime and it earned me 82%. Now, realistically, I know this is a good mark but I was hoping that one of my essays would get over 85%, to help with my chance of getting a Distinction for this course. However, I think that now the chances of that happening are minimal and I guess I shouldn't be upset about it. My French course - the course work - got me 88% but as I didn't take the exam it was a technical Fail; my second course got me 64%; my third got me 77% and I suppose this current one - all being well with the exam in June - will get me about 80%. At least each course has been an increased mark - wait until next year when I hope to go up a level - to a Level Three (the hardest of all) course.
Anyway, the marked assignment question for this month is
Would it be accurate to suggest that Jane Marcet did as much to publicize chemistry as Sir Humphrey Davy in the period c.1780-1830.?
There are a few people on the OU student forum who are so cheesed off that a chemistry question is being included on a Humanities course that they are planning a one-word answer. It could just be talk though - I can't believe anyone would be that daft.