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Accessibility Statement for Cosmology and the distant Universe (S385)

Mode of study

Some of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials comprise pages of text with images, audio/video clips of 10–30 minutes (all with transcripts/subtitles), diagrams and multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. We provide printed materials for some module content but not for Python activities.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events delivered as online tutorials. Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Practical work

Online practical work (Python coding) forms a required component of assessment.

This module extends your knowledge of using Python notebooks for data analysis and modelling via an online software tool. We’ve prepared alternative study materials/advice on accessing the coding activities to enable you to complete the module.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

You’ll 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, graphs and photographs. Reading, interpreting and producing examples of these is an important part of the study of this module; we assess this. We provide descriptions of all essential figures.

Finding information

You could be required to search for and use third-party material online. 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’ll work with specialist reading material such as mathematical notation and computer code (Python scripts). We’ll present these online, in print, via third-party online material and bespoke/third-party software.


This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs) submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, optional interactive computer-marked assignments completed online and an online exam.


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 modules to a set timetable; you’ll need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. We’ll support you in developing these skills.

Specialist software

You’ll use mathematical and scientific symbols throughout the module and within assessment. When completing assignments, you can submit scanned handwritten documents or PDF files generated using mathematical and scientific typesetting tools such as LaTeX or Microsoft Word.

The Open Compute Lab is a browser-based interface that may not be accessible to all. The Python code for each activity and sub-task will also be available as a simple Python script which could be edited and run in a different Python environment.

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