Seven printed texts and a website with resources to support your learning.
You will need
Spreadsheet software is essential.
A scientific calculator is essential. We recommend any Casio scientific calculator with 'natural display'. These enable you to key in calculations in the same order as they usually appear in written text, and have a two-line display so that you can see both your calculation and the answer. Some instructions for using the Casio fx-83ES, and compatible models, are provided in the study materials. Any other scientific calculator is also acceptable provided that you know how to use it before the module starts, and you have access to the appropriate calculator manual (these are often available to download from the manufacturer’s website).
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
Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Because of the significant amount of tabular material, students with severe visual impairment or those who rely on screen reading software may need to access sighted assistance in their study of this module. Please note that assistance will need to be sorted out well in advance of the module start date. Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
This module involves calculations that most students may do using a pen and paper, but these activities may also be done using a spreadsheet or calculator. The materials will contain formats and layouts found in accounting reports such as balance sheet and income statements which will be available electronically as tables. The module team is actively working to make the module as accessible as possible.
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.