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Accessibility Statement for Science: concepts and practice (S112)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio and video clips of several minutes long (all with transcripts/subtitles); diagrams; interactive media; animations; and simple self-assessed quizzes along with activities involving the use of external websites and library resources. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events: online tutorials and face-to-face day schools. The first day school covers practical work and is held ahead of the first major practical block in the module. At this event, students engage with some simple practical experiments for example to test reaction times, pH of various products and others that develop observational skills. The second day school covers presentation skills and is situated towards the end of the module ahead of a tutor-marked assignment in which presentation skills are assessed. Both day schools are delivered face-to-face with an online alternative available for any students unable to attend on the day or for whom face-to-face attendance may not be possible. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You’ll be required to work with other students and this is assessed. This includes looking at, and commenting on, others’ work; reflecting on others’ comments on your work; and/or working together with fellow learners on a project/task.

Practical work

Online and home-based practical work forms a required component of assessment. This includes some collaborative group work. The module extends your use of an online laboratory and associated tools including online notebooks. Practical work is also included in the first of the non-compulsory day schools. Alternative study materials have been prepared to enable students who are unable to access these tools and activities to successfully study the module.

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, graphs and photographs. Reading from, interpreting and producing examples of these (including by hand) is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Descriptions are provided for visual content that the module team considers key, including certain figures; interactives; and, in some instances, videos – in other instances the figure captions/transcripts for videos are sufficient.

Finding information

You’ll be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online and this is assessed. Alternatives for required/assessed research material can be provided to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Assessment

This module has six Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system and an exam that must be taken at an exam centre. 

Feedback

You’ll 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. 

Schedule

All Open University modules are structured according to a set timetable and you’ll need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. You’ll be supported in developing these skills.

Specialist software

This module uses specialist symbols that are not covered by standard accessibility tools. The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software/symbols: some bespoke interactive packages including the JavaScript Molecule Editor (JSME) and JSmol and may not be fully accessible as a result. Where possible alternative versions are provided to allow students who are unable to use these packages to meet the learning outcomes.

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