You will need a device with internet access to study this module as a web browser is used to access learning materials and activities. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available. For this module you will also need to install software provided by an installation file on the module website. You may need administrative privileges to install software required for this module.
A Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system is suitable for this module. This module requires the installation of Microsoft Windows specific software.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer with a Windows operating system, in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities because some software will not run on Mac OS X, Linux, iOS or Android devices.
Recent versions of the following browsers are suitable for web-based activities:
Or Internet Explorer 9 and above.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximize your security when accessing the internet.
Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Devices with small screens may make it difficult to view the material provided and carry out the activities. However, a device that has a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and also at least 768 pixels vertically should be adequate.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
If you have a disability
The printed study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
Diagrams are used extensively in the module and you will need to spend substantial amounts of time using a personal computer and the internet.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students