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Accessibility Statement for Science project course: environmental science practical project (SXE390)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. Printable alternatives are provided for all module content.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events: online module-wide tutorials and one-to-one online/telephone discussions with your tutor. Although not compulsory, attendance at the module wide tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Practical work

In this module, you will undertake independent practical work (field based, home-based or laboratory-based). You will design your own investigation, collect data, analyse it and write a report. This is a required component of assessment.

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 contains some diagrams and graphs. Reading, interpreting and producing examples of diagrams, graphs and photographs is an important part of this module and is assessed.

Finding information

You are 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 by the library 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 scientific research papers. These are delivered via the module website and via third party online sites, e.g. publishers of scientific journals.


This module has 3 Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, and an End-of-Module Assessment submitted online.


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. However, you will be required to devise a timetable and manage your project independently. You will be supported in developing these skills.

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