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Accessibility Statement for Communication and information technologies (TM255)

Mode of study

Some of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio/video clips, 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 provide printed materials for some module content.

Tuition strategy

This module provides face-to-face and online tutorials. Each face-to-face tutorial offers an online (or other) alternative. Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You’ll be required to work with other students, and we assess this. This will include reviewing, and commenting on, others’ work; reflecting on others’ comments on your work; and/or working together with fellow learners on a project.

Practical work

Practical work forms a required component of assessment. This includes completing practical activities using tools or software, and some collaborative group work.

This module introduces you to the use of online tools. We’ve prepared study materials to help with these tools to enable students to complete the module. We can provide alternative learning activities to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

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 a considerable number of diagrams, graphs and photographs. Reading and interpreting these is an important part of the study of this module, and we assess this. We provide descriptions for all figures.

Finding information

You could be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online, and we assess this. 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; three interactive computer-marked assignments) completed online; 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 and you’ll need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. We’ll support you in developing these skills.

Specialist software

The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following third-party specialist software for some practical activities: Packet Tracer (a network simulator), WordPress (a website authoring tool) and VirutalBox (virtualisation software), and may not be fully accessible as a result. The software vendors provide some guidance on accessibility; however, if you have difficulty in installing and using this software, we can provide alternative study materials to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

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