The study materials, study guide, activities, assignments, forums, online tutorial rooms and other resources are all provided on a dedicated website. Where possible, the materials are also available in other formats including PDF, EPUB, interactive eBook (EPUB3), Kindle eBook and Microsoft Word, should you wish to study on mobile devices. Note: The purchase of ‘print-on-demand’ texts will not be an option for this module.
You will need
You will need a computer with internet access throughout, to read the online text; to engage with the online activities, tutorials and student forums; to upload evidence of your home experiment results; to keep up to date with module news items; and to access your other study materials, including the module assignments.
A digital camera is recommended to record images of your work. You may use the camera on a smartphone instead (or, in some instances, a scanner), but whatever you use, you should be confident in producing digital versions of your work. You may need to draw diagrams or graphs and then use either a scanner or a digital camera to produce files of these diagrams for inclusion in your assessments.
You will need a simple scientific calculator of the type sold as suitable for GCSE/A level use in any large supermarket. The calculator on a mobile phone, tablet or computer is not suitable as your only calculator for this module.
You may find it useful to have a notebook and pen for note taking and working out your answers to self-assessment questions and activities.
You will need a headset, with a microphone and earphones, to get the most out of your online tutorials and for the oral presentation elements of the module. Presentation skills are an important part of S112; for this reason you will also need a modern version of Microsoft Office (or the freely available OpenOffice package) installed on your computer.
The module includes some simple home experiments which will require some basic kitchen or garden equipment, including (but not restricted to): a kitchen weighing scale; a means of freezing water; re-usable plastic and glass containers of various sizes; a clock or watch; an unwanted compact disc (CD or DVD); items of fruit or vegetables; offcuts of cardboard. If you are unable to undertake the experiments we will provide alternative ways to enable you to take part in the experiment.
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
Study material will be delivered – and should be studied – entirely online. This will include text with audio and video clips, diagrams and images, and interactive media. Printable versions of most web pages will be available but these have limited functionality and very basic formatting. The purchase of ‘print-on-demand’ texts will not be an option for this module. If you require alterative formats to online materials you must tell us as soon as possible to discuss the options available. Descriptions will be provided for most figures and subtitles and transcripts provided for most video/audio.
This module offers online tutorials. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning. Online forums are also available.
Mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions are used throughout the module and you will be required to use such notation within assessment.
The module makes use of several home and virtual (online) experiments, in which you will be required to collect and analyse simple data. This is a component of assessment. If you are unable to undertake the experiments we will provide alternative ways to enable you to take part. You will be required to work with other students on a group activity and this is assessed. You will also use third-party websites and interactive software (both third-party and OU produced) as part of the learning activities, some of which may be assessed. If you are unable to undertake any of the essential activities we will provide alternative ways to enable you to take part and meet the required learning outcomes.
As the module is primarily web-based, you will need to make extensive use of a computer and the internet. If you use mobile technology, or specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or with the types of material outlined above, you are advised to contact us about the support available to meet your needs.
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.