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Accessibility Statement for Planetary science and the search for life (S283)

Mode of study

Some of this module's study materials are online, but the main texts are provided as two printed books. Online materials include: PDF versions of the books, video clips and interactive graphics that support activities (most with transcripts/subtitles), diagrams. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms.

Tuition strategy

This module has online tutorials. Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will not be required to work with other students, but the module forums offer many ways to engage with your peers.

Practical work

Some of the online activities involve data manipulation, such as using Excel spreadsheets and provided software such as the 'Crater calculator'.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

Mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions are used in many places in 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, graphs, digital images and photographs. Reading, interpreting and producing related diagrams and graphs is an important part of the study of this module. Figure descriptions are provided for some figures.

Finding information

You will be required to locate and make use of third-party material online.


This module has tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), which you must submit via the online TMA service and a remote 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 Open 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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