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.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. 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.
A Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system is suitable for this module. You will be required to install Microsoft Windows specific software.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer with a Windows operating system, in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities because some software will not run on Mac OS X, Linux, iOS or Android devices.
We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers for carrying out web-based activities:
Internet Explorer 9 and above
Apple Safari 7 and above
Google Chrome 31 and above
Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.
Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. 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.
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
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.