Books, DVD, the software package Minitab 17, and a dedicated website containing online activities and resources.
You will need
A scientific calculator – we recommend any one that has basic statistical functions, such as mean and standard deviation, and that you know how to use it before the module starts. You will need a few household items to carry out a small experiment for one of the units of study.
You will require access to the internet at least once a week to download resources and assignments, keep up to date with news and to access the interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs).
You will also need access to a computer to run the Minitab software at least once in most of the study units and to answer assignment questions. The module is designed so that use of Minitab can be deferred to the end of each unit. A desktop or laptop computer with Widows 7 or higher. Please note that an Apple Mac is not a suitable device for this module, as the Minitab software provided will not run properly on it.
We also recommend that you have a headset with a microphone and earphones so that you can participate fully in online tutorials.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided from a hardware device e.g. DVD drive or USB stick or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a desktop or laptop computer with Windows 7 or higher.
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.
If you have a disability
Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical material may be particularly difficult to read in this way. The module also makes frequent use of graphs and charts, which may cause difficulty if you have a visual impairment. You may also need assistance from a sighted helper for working with the software package Minitab, as this software is inaccessible to screen reader users. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.