Accessibility Statement for Optimization (M373)
Mode of study
Printed materials are provided for the core module text. All of this module’s study materials are also online; this includes PDFs of any printed materials, plus some items which are only provided online. Online-only materials may include video clips (with transcripts) and self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. This module uses mathematical/statistical software.
This module provides a range of learning events in the form of face-to-face and online tutorials. Online alternatives are available for face-to-face learning events. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning. If you have any concerns, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can discuss options with you.
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. 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 all figures. If you have any concerns about this aspect of the module, please contact us for further advice.
Specialist reading material
In this module you will be working with specialist reading material which includes mathematical notation. This is delivered both online and in printed form, and also via bespoke and third party software. If you have any concerns about this aspect of the module, please contact us for further advice.
This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which can be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system or by post, and an Exam that must be taken at an exam centre. If you are concerned about any aspects of assessments, please contact us for advice on alternative assessments and support.
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. Please contact your tutor to discuss any concerns you have about this aspect of your learning.
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. If you are concerned about the time management required at undergraduate level, please contact us before you register on the module to find out what we can do to support you.
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M373 uses the computer algebra system, Maxima. It is possible to use a command line interface for Maxima. The interactive applets have some accessibility controls, but you may need the support of a non-medical helper. Some accessibility advice is provided for the software activities in the Module Guide and the Computer Algebra Guide, but if you have any concerns, please contact us.