Outside the UK
There are no restrictions to students studying this module outside the UK, after all modern science is an international endeavour, though such students need to be aware that the timing of tutorials and any synchronous collaboration activity will be primarily designed to suit GMT working patterns. Experimental work has been designed to use items readily available in the UK; some of these may not necessarily be as available elsewhere.
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
We aim to provide face-to-face tutorials in a range of locations students can travel to, though we cannot guarantee availability close to where you live. Online alternatives may also be provided, and recordings of these will typically be made available to students.
Student numbers on the module, and where tutors are based, will affect the locations of where tutorials are held, and what online alternatives are provided. We cannot guarantee that face-to-face tutorials will be hosted in specific locations, or locations that have been used previously. While you're not obliged to attend any of these tutorial events, you are strongly encouraged to take part.
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The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.
You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).
Three of the six TMAs will be composed largely of activities you will do as part of your weekly studies, with little extra work required. The practical blocks will have one TMA each associated with them, assessing practical and collaborative skills. The final TMA will focus on a presentation.
The examination will be based around materials such as articles, data, figures and graphs. These materials will be available in advance to help you prepare. As well as assessing your knowledge and skills, the examination is designed to be a simple introduction to taking examinations at university level. It will give you practice ahead of examinations that you will meet in your further studies and which will have a bearing on the classification of your degree.
S111, S112 and SM123 students have the choice to attend a laboratory school run by The Open University. These three-day programmes focus on laboratory work.
SS011 Laboratory Skills for Science is in July at The Open University in Milton Keynes.
For students who started S112 in October 2018, the additional cost is £190 – we expect to confirm the cost for students starting S112 in October 2019 by July. You must also pay for travel to and from the venue, accommodation, and food.
Booking will begin in early February – further details will be on the module website.
Science: concepts and practice (S112) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2020. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2024.
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