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Accessibility Statement for Understanding criminology (DD212)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio/video clips (all with transcripts), diagrams, interactive media, animations and multiple choice self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. There are two printed module textbooks and electronic versions of these are available on the module website.

Tuition strategy

This module provides online tutorials. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning. 

Working with others

You will be required, at certain points, to work with other students and this is assessed in one of the TMAs. 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. 

Practical work

Online practical work is a required component of assessment. This includes some collaborative group work.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain a considerable number of diagrams, charts and photographs. Understanding and interpreting these is an important part of the study of this module. Figure descriptions are provided for all figures.

Finding information

Throughout the module you will be required to search for, and make use of online academic research papers. You will be taught how to search for relevant papers using the library resources and how to understand and apply the research in the paper.


This module has tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, an interactive computer-marked assignment (iCMA) and a seen exam.


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 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.

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