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Accessibility Statement for Signals and perception: the science of the senses (SD329)

Mode of study

Some of this module's study materials are online, but the main teaching materials are provided as three printed books. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio and video clips of 2-19 minutes long (all with transcripts); diagrams; interactive media; animations; multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes. Transcripts for the interactive media are also available on request. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. Printable versions of most of the online content are provided, with the exceptions of videos and interactive media.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events, some of which are delivered by your tutor and some of which are module-wide. All of these events are delivered online. There are also some pre recorded short tutorials, all of which have transcripts. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You’ll be required to work with other students and this is assessed. This involves adding your data from a simple home-experiment to a group wiki and analysing the group results.

Practical work

One home-based practical experiment forms a required component of assessment.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

The module uses mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions throughout and you might be required to use such notation 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 provide figure descriptions for all figures.

Finding information

You will be required to search for and make use of third-party material online and this is assessed. We can provide alternatives for required/assessed research material to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Specialist reading material

You will be working with specialist reading material such as research articles and other specialist readings. These are delivered online and accessible versions are available.


This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which you must submit online via the OU electronic TMA system and interactive computer-marked assignments completed online.


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 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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