Accessibility Statement for Mathematical methods, models and modelling (MST210)
Mode of study
Printed materials are provided for the core module text. All of this module's study materials are also online; this includes PDFs of any printed materials, plus some items which are only provided online. Online-only materials include audio/video clips (with transcripts/subtitles) and diagrams. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. This module uses mathematical/statistical software.
This module provides a range of face-to-face and online learning events. Each face-to-face learning event offers an online (or other) alternative. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.
Working with others
You will have the opportunity to work with other students as part of a mathematical modelling activity. A few marks are allocated for this group work, but the majority of the marks are allocated individually to the modelling report you produce at the end of this activity.
Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations
Mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions are used throughout the module and you will be required to use such notation within assessment.
Diagrams and other visual content
The study materials contain a considerable number of diagrams, especially in the texts concerned with Newtonian mechanics. Interpreting and producing examples of these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are provided for most figures.
You may be required to search for, and make use of, third party material online as part of the mathematical modelling activity and this is assessed as part of this activity. This searching is done as part of the group activity and other group members should be able to help with this.
Specialist reading material
In this module you will be working with specialist reading material containing mathematical notation and mathematical diagrams. These are delivered mainly in printed form, but with some material online.
This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which can be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, or by post. It also has an exam that must be taken at an exam centre.
You will receive feedback from your tutor on your submitted Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs). This will help you to reflect on your TMA performance. You should refer to it to help you prepare for your next assignment.
All University modules are structured according to a set timetable and you will need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. You will be supported in developing these skills.
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MST210 uses the computer algebra system, Maxima. It is possible to use a command line interface for Maxima. The interactive applets have some accessibility controls, but you may need the support of a non-medical helper. Some accessibility advice is provided for the software activities in the Module Guide and the Computer Algebra Guide, but if you have any concerns, please contact us.