You will receive three books, a modelling workbook and a paper pack.
You will gain access to the module website providing online study materials that include video and other multimedia, the module guide, OpenDesignStudio, (the online design studio for the module) and software downloads which will be used during the module.
You will need
To study the module and complete the activities you will need access to the following:
- a digital camera – 2 megapixel or greater – to take photos of your creative work
- broadband internet access for quick downloading and uploading of information
- a colour printer (black and white is acceptable) to print out your work or other materials.
Although not essential to study this module, you might also find it desirable to have access to the following:
- a scanner to bring your doodles and sketches onto your computer
- a video camera.
You probably won't be able to use a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device for some of the software.
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 desktop or laptop computer with Windows 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
If you are visually impaired or have limited mobility or manual dexterity, you may need help with the practical work. The module requires freehand sketching and the construction of basic three-dimensional models to assist the development and communication of design ideas. If you have limited manual dexterity you may find the module challenging although there are opportunities to innovate in the way you develop and communicate your design ideas. In addition, the teaching uses a large number of illustrations and videos. If you have a visual impairment you may need a sighted assistant to complete some of the module elements, but you could draw on your experience to inform your design work.
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. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
The module is taught using multimedia and online materials including an interactive web-based design studio so you will need to spend considerable amounts of time using a personal computer and the internet.
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.