Accessibility Statement for Science project course: frontiers in chemistry (SXM390)
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 module content.
This module provides a range of learning events: module-wide tutorials and one-to-one online/telephone discussion with your tutor. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.
Most projects are literature based with no practical laboratory work. Alternatively, some students have previously taught themselves aspects of theoretical computer modelling of chemical processes and included this as part of their project. Occasionally a practical project may be possible if you work in a suitable laboratory with appropriate facilities and have the support of your manager. It is best to contact the module team in advance if you wish to explore this option.
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 some diagrams and graphs. Reading, interpreting and producing examples of these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are not provided.
You will 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 by the library to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.
Specialist reading material
In this module, you will be writing a literature review which you have to research yourself using scientific research papers. These are delivered online 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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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/symbols: such as BIOVIADRAW or ChemDraw, and may not be fully accessible as a result.