Accessibility Statement for Science project module: biology (SXB390)
Mode of study
All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. We can provide printable alternatives for module content.
This module provides a range of learning events: online module-wide and tutor group tutorials and one-to-one email/telephone discussions with your tutor. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.
In this module, you’ll undertake independent investigative work: field-based (including your garden), laboratory-based or data-based. You’ll design an investigation, collect data, analyse it and write a report. Investigative work is a required component of assessment.
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 some diagrams, graphs and photographs. Reading, interpreting and producing examples of these is an important part of the study of this module, and we assess this. We provide descriptions for essential figures.
You’ll be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online, and we assess this. The Library 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 be working with a range of published peer-reviewed sources. These are delivered via the module website, accessed via the OU online library or other HEI library sources, or third-party online sites.
This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which you must submit online via the OU electronic TMA system, and an End-of-Module Assessment (EMA) submitted online. Oral presentation skills are assessed in the EMA, with alternative modes of presentation (such as submission of the oral transcript) considered for disabled students.
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. Feedback provides you with continuous knowledge and skill development. Discuss any concerns you have about this aspect of your learning with your tutor.
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We structure all Open University modules to a set timetable; you’ll need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. However, you’ll devise a timetable and manage your project independently. We’ll support you in developing these skills.