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Accessibility Statement for Nanoscale engineering (T366)

Mode of study

This module uses a mixture of printed and online materials. Printed materials explain the underpinning theory: there are also printed guides to the OpenEngineering Laboratory activities. Otherwise this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images; audio/video clips of 1–15 minutes (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.

Tuition strategy

This module has online tutorials. Although not compulsory, tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Practical work

Online laboratory practical work is required to achieve or consolidate your learning. If you have a visual impairment or limited manual dexterity you may need an assistant to successfully complete this element. The activities are 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 a considerable number of diagrams/graphs/photographs in print and online materials. Reading, interpreting and producing examples of these is an important part of the study of this module and will be assessed. We provide descriptions for all essential figures.

Finding information

You will be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online, and this will be assessed.

Specialist reading material

In this module, you’ll be working with specialist reading material such as mathematical notation and chemical structures in both print and online materials.


This module has tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment (EMA) that you must submit via the online TMA/EMA service, interactive computer-marked assignments and self-assessed assessment-preparation quizzes completed online.


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.


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

Specialist software

This module requires you to use specialist symbols within software that may not be covered by standard accessibility tools. The module requires you to use computer tools to engage with OU software in the form of interactive graphics. We try to make all OU software accessible. The COMSOL software, which is used in industry, is a third-party software and may not be fully accessible as a result. Due to the nature of tasks, some students may need to work with an assistant.

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