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Accessibility Statement for Environment: responding to change (SDT306)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of onscreen text with images; audio/video clips of 3–30 minutes long (most with transcripts/subtitles); diagrams; interactive media; animations; and multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. We will check external sources, e.g. websites, for accessibility but some may be less accessible for students using assistive technology. Printable alternatives are provided for some module content, with the exception of video, interactive media and activities. This module introduces you to the use of online media applications and you will use these throughout the module. These have been developed to enable students with access needs to successfully study the module.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of online learning events and a face-to-face field-based day school. We will endeavour to offer a range of locations throughout the UK (in terms of accessibility, facilities and proximity to public transport) for the day school and an online alternative will also be offered. Although not compulsory, attendance at the field day and online tuition events will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You’ll be required to work with other students, and we assess this. 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. For example, you'll work in a group of 6–10 other students to create a set of infographics, each student taking a different perspective on the topic being investigated. This collaboration can be done via online forums or an online live room.

Practical work

Home or field-based practical work forms a required component of assessment. This includes some collaborative group work.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

You’ll be required to use mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions throughout the module and within assessment.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain some diagrams, graphs and photographs. Interpreting and producing examples of these are an important part of the study of this module, and we assess this. We provide descriptions for most figures.

Finding information

You’ll be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online, and we assess this. For example, this module uses an online global food-security index tool: a dynamic quantitative benchmarking model constructed from 28 indicators that measures the drivers of food security across a variety of nations. The interactive tool presents the data in a table and graph generated by selecting on-screen options. We can provide alternatives for required/assessed research material to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Assessment

This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which you must submit online via the OU electronic TMA system, and an end-of-module assessment submitted online.

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

We structure all University modules to a set timetable, which includes your involvement in group activities. You’ll need time-management skills to keep your studies on track and we’ll support you in developing these skills.

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