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Accessibility Statement for Environmental science (SXF206)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio/video clips of less than 30 minutes long (all with transcripts/subtitles), diagrams, interactive media, animations and multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. Printable alternatives are provided of all module content.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events: online tutorials, a live online field cast, optional tutor-led day field trips and two compulsory four-day field schools. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be required to work with other students in your tutor group to discuss your findings from some of the activities. This work is not assessed.

Practical work

Environmental science (SXF206) introduces you to an online OpenScience laboratory for some of the practical activities. These activities are accessible, though we have prepared alternative study materials to enable students who cannot access these to study the module successfully. In addition, there are optional and compulsory field-based practical components. These include some collaborative group work.

Residential school

This module contains two compulsory residential field schools – the Field Studies Council runs both on behalf of The Open University. You will undertake work outside at a field centre for six days in total across the two schools, in addition to completing laboratory follow-up work. Satisfactory completion of the fieldwork is compulsory to pass this module.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

Mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions are used throughout 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 and photographs. 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 all figures.

Finding information

You will be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online and this is assessed. Some activities in SXF206 use Google Earth to allow students to investigate real-life examples of landforms, both under the ocean and on land. Whilst relevant images can be supplied, it is necessary for students to use them to take measurements in order to answer some of the questions in the module assessment. Alternatives for required/assessed research material can be provided to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.


This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system and an Exam that must be taken at an exam centre. The TMAs assess the module text and the activities incorporated within the module. All TMAs contribute to the examinable component for this module. The final TMA assesses reports produced following attendance at the two residential field schools.


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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