A module guide; three books; three study guides; a separate resource on language description; website including audio-visual materials, assessment materials, a study planner, activities to accompany the book on language description, additional resources, and access to student and tutor group forums.
You will need
You may need a headset with a microphone and earphones to take part in online tutorials – see Support from your tutor.
You will need a device with internet access to study this module as 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. For this module you will also need to install software provided by the OU on a disk or USB stick.You may need administrative privileges to install software required for this module.
Suitable devices are:
- A Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system
- A modern Linux desktop or laptop computer.
Some software will not run on iOS or Android devices.
A netbook, tablet or other mobile device that supports one of the browsers below may be suitable for some activities. However, these devices may not be suitable for one or more activities within this module. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to another suitable desktop or laptop device in case you are unable to carry out all activities on your mobile device.You will need a broadband internet connection to complete this module. Better video performance is available with higher connection speeds.
Recent versions of the following browsers are suitable for carrying out web-based activities:
Or Internet Explorer 9 and above.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximise security when accessing the internet.
Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
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.
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
The module makes use of a variety of online resources, some of which may not be fully accessible for visually impaired students. However, the use of these resources is optional and does not form part of the module assessment. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer or the internet you are advised to contact us about support that can be given to meet your needs. Written transcripts of any audio and video clips are available and can be downloaded from the module website, and accessible Word versions of the main texts and the study guides are available. We hope to offer an audio version of the printed material. Other alternative formats of the study materials are available.
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.