Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
You will be supported by a tutor who will help you with the study material, mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. There will be a number of online tutorials that you can join and access via your computer.
Some activities involve collaborative work among the students in your tutor group, conducted online via the online forums with support from your tutor. Participation in collaborative activities is essential to enable you to complete some of the assessed work for this module.
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The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.
You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.
The first three TMAs will focus strongly on learning through practice and the feedback you receive on your answers will help you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the study material and to develop important skills associated with the module, as well as prepare you for the written examination. The final TMA and the examination will contribute to your overall score for the module and assess key skills developed in the module as well as knowledge and understanding of the core topics.
S294, S295, SK299 and SXHL288 students have the choice to attend a laboratory school run by The Open University. These four-day programmes focus on laboratory work.
SS022 Laboratory skills for biology and health is in June at The Open University in Milton Keynes.
For students who started S294 in October 2018, the additional cost is £230 – we expect to confirm the cost for students starting S294 in October 2019 by July. You must also pay for travel to and from the venue, accommodation, and food.
Booking will begin in April – further details will be on the module website.
Cell biology (S294) starts once a year – in October.
This page describes the module that will start in October 2020.
It will start for the last time in October 2021. A new module, Investigating human health and disease (S290) is planned to start for the first time in October 2021.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations