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Accessibility Statement for Mechanical engineering: heat and flow (T229)

Mode of study

The module uses a mixture of printed and online materials. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio/video clips (all with transcripts/subtitles); diagrams; interactive online activities including the remote OpenEngineering Laboratory (OEL); use of industry-standard software; animations; multiple-choice self-assessed quizzes. Materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms.

Tuition strategy

This module currently provides a number of online tutorials. Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be working with other students and this has been incorporated into practical activities in the remote OEL in Part 2 of the module where students carry out experiments in pairs followed by a group discussion in groups of four. Also in Part 3 of the module, you will learn about group work, then apply this approach to a group project. The group project will be assessed in the final tutor-marked assignment (TMA) of the module through an individual report and presentation.

Practical work

Online laboratory practical work is required to achieve or consolidate your learning. You’ll use the remote OEL. If you have a visual impairment or limited manual dexterity, you may need an assistant to complete this element successfully. Screencast and dataset for all OEL experiments are provided. Some of the activities are required as part of an assessment, others are optional but will help your learning.

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 a considerable number of diagrams, graphs and photographs. Reading, interpreting, and producing examples of these are an important part of the study of this module and will form an element of the module assessment. We provide descriptions for most figures.

Finding information

You could be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online, and we might assess this. We can provide alternatives for required/assessed research material if needed to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Specialist reading material

In this module, you’ll be working with specialist reading material such as mathematical notation. We’ll present these online and in printed form.

Assessment

This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which you must submit online via the OU electronic TMA system; interactive computer-marked assignments completed online; and an End of Module Assessment (EMA). There are a number of online self-assessed quizzes to help you prepare for the assessment.

Feedback

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.

Schedule

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

Specialist software

This module uses specialist symbols – common in engineering – that standard accessibility tools might not cover. The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software: ANSYS FEA software – which may not be fully accessible.

ANSYS is not accessible with screen reader or voice recognition software. Assistance for screen reader users and students unable to use a mouse would therefore be required.

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