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Accessibility Statement for Astrophysics (S382)

Mode of study

Some of this module’s study materials are available online, but the main study materials are delivered in two printed books. Online material includes links to external resources, discussion forums and online tutorial rooms. All of the material for the project component is delivered online. Printable versions are provided for some online content, with the exception of interactive Computer-Marked Assignments.

Tuition strategy

This module provides a range of learning events: online e-tutorials and online lectures. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be required to work with other students during the project component, which forms a substantial part of this module. This collaborative activity is assessed and involves looking at, and commenting on others’ work, reflecting on others’ comments on your work, and/or working together with fellow learners on a research assignment. Module forums, online rooms and Skype are used to facilitate this activity.

Practical work

Online practical work forms a required component of assessment and includes some collaborative group work. You can choose between two options: a project involving access to a remote telescope, or a project using data acquired from an online database. Both options require access to external websites.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

Mathematical and scientific symbols and expressions are used throughout the module and you will be required to use such notation within assessment.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain a considerable number of diagrams, graphs and photographs. Interpreting these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are not provided.

Finding information

You may be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online and this is assessed. Alternatives for required/assessed research material can be provided to enable you to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Specialist reading material

In this module you will be working with specialist reading material such as mathematical notation. These are delivered in printed form and online.


This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, interactive Computer-Marked Assignments (iCMAs) completed online, and an exam that must be taken at an exam centre.


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 Open 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

This module uses specialist software that may not be covered by standard accessibility tools. The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software: AstroImageJ, Stellarium, Skype, Photosphere of the Sun, Spectral combination tool and a multimedia presentation of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, and may not be fully accessible as a result.

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