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Accessibility Statement for Systems penetration testing (TM359)

Mode of study

All of this module’s study materials are online using both the OU module website and third-party content from EC-Council. OU online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio/video clips (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.

Tuition strategy

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

Practical work

This module has a strong practical focus, including completing activities, performing research and a dedicated penetration testing lab. We’ll provide a web-based, secure, and isolated environment for you to practice the tools, strategies, and techniques to conduct a penetration test. The iLabs are an essential part of the module; we cannot replicate this experience in an alternative format.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain a considerable number of diagrams, graphs and screenshots. Reading and interpreting these is an important part of the study of this module. We provide descriptions for some essential figures in the OU material.

Most images and graphs in the third-party ebook are audio read. A video version is available to all TM359 students with the EC-Council iClass platform.

Finding information

You’ll be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online, and we assess this.

Specialist reading material

In this module, you’ll be working with specialist reading material from EC-Council. We’ll present these via a third-party online.


This module has tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment (EMA) that you must submit via the online TMA/EMA service and an interactive computer-marked assignment 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; you’ll need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. We’ll support you in developing these skills.

Specialist software

This module uses the VitalSource Bookshelf application to provide access to the EC-Council ebook. The labs, EC-Council video material, and penetration testing environment are accessible from a web browser.

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