This module is entirely online. It centres on an exciting new kind of module website which will take you step-by-step through the module, give you access to a large number of online resources, and enable you to work closely with your fellow students. The website will include a study planner, a dissertation guide, audio-visual recordings, and numerous online resources.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- macOS 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.
If you have a disability
This module has no printed materials and is delivered online. The materials are provided as a series of web pages via the module website. Some online material may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader, and some external reference materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way.
You should also be aware that this module demands a high level of independent study. This module requires you to engage with other students and their work in online forums and other online tools. We welcome student feedback and if you find core activities are not accessible we will provide suitable alternatives in collaboration with you to meet your needs.
Please be aware that there will be:
- a high level of forum interaction with other students and this is assessed.
- a large amount of reading required, including links to external websites and a requirement to read widely beyond the module materials where formatting is out of our control.
- frequent and sustained computer use due to the online delivery method.
If you think you will have difficulty in completing these tasks or achieving the learning outcomes due to the effects of your disability (for example anxiety over communicating with other students or unable to study on screen for any length of time), you are encouraged to contact us for advice before registering for this module.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.