Module books, other printed materials, a DVD-ROM, DVDs, audio CDs, website.
You will need a device with internet access to study this module as a web browser is used to access learning materials and activities. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available. This module requires the installation of software from a hardware device e.g. DVD drive or USB stick. You may need administrative privileges to install the software.
A Windows desktop or laptop running Windows 7 or later operating system is suitable for this module. This module requires installation of Microsoft Windows specific software.
Some software will not run on Mac OS X, Linux, iOS or Android devices.
A netbook, tablet, phone, Mac or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers below may be suitable for some activities. However, these devices may not be suitable for one or more activities within this module. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to another suitable desktop or laptop device that uses the Windows operating system so that you can carry out all activities on your mobile device. You will need a broadband internet connection to complete this module. Better video performance is available with higher connection speeds.
Recent versions of the following browsers for carrying out web-based activities:
Or Internet Explorer 9 and above.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximise security when accessing the internet.
Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Devices with small screens may make it difficult to view the material provided and carry out the activities. However, a device that has a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and also at least 768 pixels vertically should be adequate.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
Materials to buy
- Welch, E.S. Art in Renaissance Italy, 1350-1500 Oxford University Press £18.99 - ISBN 9780192842794
- Nash, S. Northern Renaissance Art Oxford University Press £18.99 - ISBN 9780192842695
- Dunkerton, J. Giotto to Durer Yale University Press £29.99 - ISBN 9780300050820
- Richardson, C.M., Woods, K.W. & Franklin, M.W. (eds) Renaissance Art Reconsidered: An Anthology of Primary Sources Wiley-Blackwell £31.99 - ISBN 9781405146418
If you have a disability
One of the aims of the module is to enable you to make critical comparisons between the works of art and texts related to them. Transcripts of the DVDs and audio CDs can be provided.
One of the learning outcomes for this module is for students to develop their ability to exercise powers of visual discrimination by direct engagement with works of art. Blind and severely sight impaired students will therefore experience difficulty in achieving this learning outcome. However, students who have a background in art history gained whilst usefully sighted may be able to draw upon this experience. Reproductions of works of art will be available in electronic format. Students will be able to magnify these reproductions within the limits of standard computer applications, but no textual descriptions or alternative formats of reproductions will be available and the use of a sighted assistant to interpret the works of art would conflict with the required learning outcome. Blind and partially sighted students are encouraged to contact their regional office for advice before registering for this module.
The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. The books are available in a comb-bound format. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
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.