The module uses both online and printed material in combination with a book. Electronic copies of printed materials, other documents, software, programming activities, and online forums will be available via the module website.
You will need
Some of the web activities in this module use the HTML5 system. In order to display them you will need Internet Explorer 9 (or later), the latest version of Firefox or Chrome or another modern HTML5 compliant browser. If you have a computer with the Windows XP operating system, you will need to install Firefox or Chrome or another modern HTML5 compliant browser for these activities, as you cannot use Internet Explorer 8.
You probably won't be able to use a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device for some of the software.
You will need a device with internet access to study this module as ta 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. You may need administrative privileges to install the software.
Suitable devices are:
- A Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.8 or later operating system.
Some software will not run on Linux, iOS or Android devices.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. However, these devices may not be suitable for some activities. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop device that uses the Windows or OS X operating system in case you are unable to 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.
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 (mathematical and programming materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way). Written descriptions of algorithm visualisations will be made available, but may not fully express the information brought across with the visualisations. Advice on a screen reader compatible Python editor will be provided on request. 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.