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Accessibility Statement for The science of the mind: investigating mental health (SDK228)

Mode of study

Some of this module's study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio and video clips of 2–20 minutes long (all with transcripts); diagrams; interactive media; and animations. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. Printable alternatives are provided for some module content, with the exception of some information that's required for online activities, available from sources external to the module website.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events: face-to-face day schools, and online tutorials. 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 be required to work with other students and this is assessed. This includes working together with fellow learners to collect data for an assessment task.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

Mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions are minimally used throughout the module; 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, 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.

Finding information

You will be required to search for, and make use of, third party material online and this is assessed. For example, this module uses a very large external database source on patterns of addictive substance use in the USA and you will be required to locate and discuss specific data in this source in an assignment. It also requires you to use OU library databases to locate two research articles on a topic specified in the end-of-module assessment. 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 peer reviewed scientific research articles. These are delivered online.


This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, and an End-of-Module Assessment (EMA) submitted online. In particular, the EMA requires you to be able to zip together several files and submit these to the OU electronic system.


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 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 requires use of file zipping software such as WinZip in order to submit your end-of-module assessment.

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