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Accessibility Statement for Chemistry: further concepts and applications (S315)

Mode of study

All of this module's study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio clips, video clips (the majority with transcripts/subtitles), diagrams, interactive media, animations and self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of online learning events: module-wide and tutor group online tutorials. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be required to work with other students when carrying out some experimental investigations – the work that you produce is assessed.

Practical work

Online practical work, including remote experimentation, forms a required component of assessment for the module. This includes some collaborative group work.Chemistry: further concepts and applications (S315) extends your use of the online OpenSTEM laboratory. Alternative advice on accessing the practical work has been prepared to enable students that are unable to access these to successfully study the module. You will also be using OpenStudio, an online design studio.

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, equations and molecular structures. Interpreting and producing examples of these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are provided for some figures but not molecular structures.

Finding information

You may be required to search for, and make use of, third party material online and this forms part of the assessment for the module. For example, this module makes frequent use of the Protein Data Bank, a database of protein structures and uses visualisation software within the site to view molecular structure. Alternatives for required/assessed research material can be provided to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module. 

Specialist reading material

To support the online text in this module, on occasion you will be searching for and working with primary research papers online which contain chemical and mathematical notation.

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. Three of the TMAs involve some element of practical work.

Feedback

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.

Schedule

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 symbols that are not covered by standard accessibility tools. The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software: molecular drawing package (such as BIOVIA Draw or ACD Chemsketch), visualisation packages (JSMol, Ligand Explorer, JMSE) and OpenStudio, and may not be fully accessible as a result.

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