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Accessibility Statement for Chemistry in life: food, water and medicines (S248)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio clips, video clips (most 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 two types of learning events: online module-wide and tutor group tutorials. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You’ll be required to work with other students when carrying out some home and online experimental investigations. This will probably take the form of a forum discussion or online tutorial.

Practical work

Online laboratory work and home experiments are required components of assessment. This includes some collaborative group work.

This module introduces you to the use of an online laboratory. We are preparing alternative study materials for students who are unable to use the online laboratory, to enable students to complete 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 and graphs. 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 some figures.

Finding information

You may be required to search for, and make use of, third party material online. This forms part of the assessment. We can provide alternatives for required/assessed research material to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Specialist reading material

In this module you will be working with specialist reading material such as chemical notation. We’ll present these via third-party software.


This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, and an exam. For chemical structures in TMAs, by only after prior agreement with your tutor, scanned/hand drawn versions are accepted if you are unable to physically use the software.


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.


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 specialist software/symbols: Excel or OpenOffice Calc, BIOVIADraw or ACD ChemSketch, JSME and JSMol or equivalent, and may not be fully accessible as a result. This module also uses specialist symbols that are not covered by standard accessibility tools. Where possible, alternative versions are provided to allow students who are unable to use these packages to meet the learning outcomes.

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