Four printed books written especially for the module explain the basic theory.
Other materials, including the module guide, study material, videos and activities will be available from the module website, along with all University online services required for T212. It will also give access to interactive graphics and Multisim software, and the remote OpenEngineering Laboratory.
You will need
You will need a device with internet access to study this module because a 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 running Windows 7 or later operating system
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop 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.
Recent versions of the following browsers are suitable for carrying out web-based activities:
Internet Explorer, Edge, Safari, and all iOs browsers do not currently support all the web standards used by the OpenEngineering Laboratory.
Best performance requires a 2Mbit/sec broadband internet connection. Corporate firewalls often block the video and data connections to the OpenEngineering Laboratory, therefore we recommend studying on a standard ISP connection.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximise security when accessing the internet.
Using both Chrome and Firefox for appropriate activities will give the best student experience with this module.
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 (and where applicable: musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way). If available, other alternative formats of the module materials will be available on the module website.
This module is taught using multimedia and online materials including interactive activities, industry-standard software and the OpenEngineering Laboratory. By its nature, electronics engineering is a visual subject and the module will contain considerable amounts of mathematical notation and graphs, and other forms of diagram. You will need to spend significant amounts of time using a personal computer and the internet.
If you have a visual impairment or limited manual dexterity, you may experience difficulties with some of the practical activities which involve the interactive use of ICT or which have a high graphical content. You may need assistance from a designated ‘helper’.
It is important to note that use of the online activities and resources, which include interactive software and online practical work, will be an integral part of your study.
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.