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You will need
It would be very helpful, but not compulsory, to have access to a scientific calculator – the recommended models are either the TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus.
You require access to the internet at least once a week during the module to download module resources and to keep up to date with module news. You will be expected to use a spreadsheet as part of the module.
You will also need a headset with microphone to make best use of the online tutorials.
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
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 mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way.
This module may be very challenging if you have impaired sight. Diagrams and data tables are used extensively in the module, both in text and on computer screens, and you will be asked to interpret graphs.
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.