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Accessibility Statement for Chemistry: essential concepts (S215)

Mode of study

All of this module's study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, audio clips, video clips (most with transcripts/subtitles), diagrams, interactive media, animations and self-assessed quizzes. Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms

Tuition strategy

This module provides two types of learning event: online module-wide and tutor group tutorials. Although not compulsory, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be required to work with other students when carrying out some experimental investigations.

Practical work

Online practical work forms a required component of assessment. This includes some collaborative group work. Chemistry: essential concepts extends your use of an online laboratory studio. Alternative advice on accessing the laboratory has been prepared to enable students that may be unable to access it to successfully study the module.

Residential school

This module offers an optional laboratory school available for an additional cost.

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 and graphs. Reading, interpreting and producing examples of these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are provided for some figures.

Finding information

You may be required to search for, and make use of, third party material online. This forms part of the assessment.

Specialist reading material

In this module you will be working with specialist reading material such as chemical notation. These are delivered online and via third-party software, BIOVIA Draw.


This module has 6 Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, 2 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 symbols that are not covered by standard accessibility tools. The module materials and assessment ask you to use the following specialist software/symbols: BIOVADraw or Chemsketch, JSME and JSMol, and may not be fully accessible as a result.

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