The assessment tasks, forums, online tutorial rooms and other resources are all provided via a dedicated website. Where possible the materials are also available in other formats including PDF, EPUB, interactive eBook (EPUB3), Kindle eBook and Microsoft Word should you wish to study on mobile devices. Please note that the purchase of ‘print-on-demand’ texts will not be an option for this module.
You will need
All study and assessment materials will be delivered online via the module website, so you will need a computer with internet access throughout the module to read the online text, engage with the assessment tasks, access OER courses and communicate with your tutor and other students.
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 device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- macOS 10.7 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
This module is delivered entirely on-screen as a series of web pages, so you will be required to spend up to 8 hours a week using a personal computer and the internet.
The module incorporates interactive learning materials which may include audio and video, quizzes, figures, maps and other visual items, some of which are dynamic and some of which may be used in assessment.
Collaborative group work and peer-assessment form a required component of the assessment tasks. Online tools, including forums and online rooms, are used for group work and tuition. You will be required to find and use materials using the internet.
Alternative formats of online written material are provided for download or printing, including Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Kindle eBook, ePub and interactive eBook (ePub3). Although Word versions are optimised for screen readers, some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other formats of written materials may be available in the future. Downloadable or printable versions of written material will have limited functionality.
Transcripts are provided for audio and video materials.Video content is also subtitled. Written descriptions of visual items are provided, where possible, but many interactive elements are dynamic. Alternatives to activities may be available.
To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Overcoming barriers to study if you have a disability or health condition website.