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Accessibility Statement for Remote experiments in physics and space (SXPS288)

Mode of study

All of this module's study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, video clips of up to 10 minutes long (with transcripts), labcasts (live and recorded laboratory broadcasts), diagrams, interactive media, animations, multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes, plus live experimental work carried out online via the OpenScience Laboratory. 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 interactive screen experiments and some data manipulation activities.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events including online tutorials delivered within your tutor group and across the module, and interactive labcasts. There are no face-to-face tutorials. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you to consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be required to work with other students and this is assessed. 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. Alternative approaches may be available, and you should contact us as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

Practical work

Online practical work forms a required component of assessment. This includes some collaborative group work. Remote experiments in physics and space (SXPS288) introduces you to the use of an online laboratory (the OpenScience Laboratory). An alternative learning experience may be available, and you should contact us as soon as possible to discuss your needs

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, 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, particularly those that are essential study items.

Finding information

You will be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online and this is assessed. You will be expected to use the Open University Library, and help is available there on accessing study-related information.

Specialist reading material

In this module you will be working with specialist reading material such as mathematical notation, graphs, diagrams and images. These are delivered online and as downloadable PDFs.

Assessment

Before registering for this module you may wish to try the ‘Are you ready for…?’ quiz, which can be provided in a printable format on request. This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, interactive Computer-Marked Assignments (iCMAs) completed online, and an End-of-Module Assessment (EMA) submitted online. Some of the assessment will be based on collaborative group work carried out online, including online experiments and a group report produced in the EMA, so you should let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to undertake collaborative 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/symbols: Word Equation editor or LaTeX, and may not be fully accessible as a result. Specialist image analysis software (e.g. AstroImageJ) and information retrieval from third-party websites (e.g. astronomical catalogues and databases such as SIMBAD and ALADIN) may also not be fully accessible.

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