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Unit information: Mathematics and Data Modelling 1 in 2021/22

Unit name Mathematics and Data Modelling 1
Unit code EMAT10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. John Hogan
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit gives students the opportunity to learn some of the skills of modelling in the real world, using mathematics. By 'doing' rather than 'listening' and working in groups, individual students develop skills that translate the experience of learning and practising mathematics, into communicating the results of their finding to a wider, and possibly lay, clientele.

Aims: To introduce the principles of mathematical modelling and the design process, through lectures and small group projects.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  • acquired basic skills in mathematical modelling
  • begun to appreciate the mathematical modelling cycle of model construction, analysis, comparison with experimental data, and the application of results to the original engineering problems
  • worked in small groups to solve a practical mathematical modelling problem
  • developed their oral and written communication skills

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including online group meetings, and presentations. The core activity will be in the form of group modelling projects on topics of interest to academia, business, or industry.

Assessment Information

2 x Summative Assessments, 100% - Coursework. This will assess all ILOs.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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