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Accessibility Statement for Introduction to computing and information technology 1 (TM111)

Mode of study

Printed materials are provided for most of the module content. Some of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, short audio/video clips of varying lengths (all with transcripts/subtitles), diagrams, interactive media, and animations. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms.

Tuition strategy

This module provides face-to-face and online tutorials. Each face-to-face tutorial offers an online 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 looking at, and commenting on, others’ work, reflecting on others’ comments on your work.

Practical work

Computer-based practical work using special software (see the Specialist software section below) is compulsory and forms a required component of assessment. This module introduces you to programming using a visual programming language which is not fully accessible to students with visual impairment. Students with little or no sight will require extra time and in many cases the assistance of a sighted helper.

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, 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 most figures in Block 1 and Block 3. However, figure descriptions are not provided for the practical programming work in Block 2.

Finding information

You may be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online and this is assessed.

Assessment

This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, and interactive Computer-Marked Assignments (iCMAs) completed online.

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 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

Some of the software tools used on this computing and IT module may not be fully accessible. The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software: Audacity (a sound editing tool), and OUBuild (a visual programming language), and may not be fully accessible as a result. Students with little or no sight will require extra time and in many cases the assistance of a sighted helper.

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