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Accessibility Statement for Galaxies, stars and planets (S177)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are available online, and some are provided only online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images and diagrams; video clips of 1–12 minutes long (all with transcripts); animations; and interactive multiple-choice self-assessed questions on online activities. Online materials also include links to external resources and online forums. Printable alternatives are provided for some module content, with the exception of online activities involving viewing images and video clips, and using specialist software.

Tuition strategy

This module does not provide tutorials, but specialist study advisors can be contacted through the online forums.

Practical work

Home-based practical work in the form of basic experiments using household materials is a non‑assessed component of this module. The module also introduces you to the use of Aladin Sky Altas, a piece of astronomical software, and your use of this is assessed.

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. Interpreting these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are not provided.

Finding information

You may 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.

Specialist reading material

In this module you will be working with specialist reading material such as mathematical notation. These are delivered online and in printed form.


This module has an end-of-module assessment submitted online. If you are concerned about any aspects of assessments, please contact us for advice on alternative assessments and support.


You will receive feedback on your end-of-module assessment. This will help you to assess your own strengths at the end of the module and identify areas to work on in future study.


All Open 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.

Specialist software

This module uses specialist software that is not covered by standard accessibility tools. The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software: Aladin Sky Atlas (Java-based undergraduate version, downloadable from the module website), and may not be fully accessible as a result.

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