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Accessibility Statement for Introducing the social sciences (DD102)

Mode of study

Some of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio/video clips of 2-5 minutes long (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. Printed materials are provided for some module content.

Tuition strategy

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


Working with others

You will not be required to work directly with other students but you will be responding to a posting from another student for the first Tutor-Marked Assignment (TMA) and this is assessed.

Practical work

Introducing the social sciences (DD102) introduces you to working in an online environment, with a requirement to work with online materials as well as printed books. Alternative study materials have been prepared to enable students with visual impairments or limited manual dexterity to successfully study the module.

Mathematical and scientific expressions and notations

There are a number of mathematical activities on the module which support your preparation for the Interactive Computer-Marked Assignment (iCMA). Mathematical symbols and expressions are used in these but explained very clearly.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain some diagrams, graphs and photographs. Reading and interpreting these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are provided for all figures.


This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which should be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, Interactive Computer-Marked Assignments (iCMAs) completed online, assessed tasks in the Cluster Group Forum and an End-of-Module Assessment submitted online. 


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 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.

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