The module is delivered through a textbook written especially for the module and the module website. The website accounts for approximately 50% of the study. The module includes a suite of 10 interactive tools that are used in your studies but can also help you manage your own money.
You will need
You will need the use of a basic calculator.
The interactive tools run in Excel. Once the module has started and your registration is complete, you will be provided with Office 365 which includes Excel. However, you can also run the tools on your own copy of Excel if you have it, including open-source versions.
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. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader (and where applicable: musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way). If available, other alternative formats of the module materials will be available on the module website.
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.