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Accessibility Statement for Design for engineers (T218)

Mode of study

This module uses a mixture of online and printed materials. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio/video clips of up to 25 minutes long (all with transcripts/subtitles), diagrams, interactive media, and some multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. The module also includes online activities using OpenDesignStudio, a social network site developed at the Open University for sharing and discussing module work. Printed materials consist of three printed books and a modelling workbook.

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 on a project/task. However, you will be required to look at, and comment on, other student’s work on OpenDesignStudio, as well as reflect on others’ comments on your work and this is assessed in Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).

Practical work

This module includes practical work throughout. It makes extensive use of tools such as pencils, pens and paper, and asks you to sketch and make physical models using materials such as card and sticky tape. You will also be required to use a digital camera or phone camera to record your work and communicate it with others. Some students who are blind/partially sighted or have mobility or manual dexterity difficulties may need assistance with the practical work. Additionally, some activities and sections within the assessments require you to carry out user research. User research will include observing users and understanding their needs by using techniques such as interviewing.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain a considerable number of diagrams and photographs. Reading 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 in print, and this is assessed. 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) and an end-of-module assessment (EMA) that you must submit via the online TMA/EMA service.


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 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.

Specialist software

As part of this module you have access to a professional database: the ‘CES materials and processes’ database. Its use is not a requirement and is not assessed. CES is third-party software and may not be fully accessible as a result. The database must be downloaded and installed on a Windows PC. It can run on Apple Mac if an emulator such as VM Fusion or Parallel Desktop is first downloaded. It does not run on an iPad or Android tablet. A web-based alternative is available from a link on the module website.

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