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Unit information: Mathematics for Mathematicians in 2021/22

Unit name Mathematics for Mathematicians
Unit code LANG00043
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Andersen
Open unit status Not open

IELTS minimum 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5 in writing and 4.5 in all other components or equivalent

Students should have the appropriate qualifications in Mathematics at the equivalent of QCA level 2



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit is designed to develop students’ mathematical understanding to an extended level equivalent to QCA level 3.

The unit will include proofs, algebra, functions, matrices, complex numbers, roots of equations, sequences and series, calculus, and differential equations.

The aims of the unit are to prepare students on the international foundation programme for progression into higher level qualifications in mathematics that require a more advanced understanding of mathematics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts of mathematics. Use advanced techniques in single-variable calculus
  2. Demonstrate ability to solve mathematical problems using the obtained range of mathematical skills and techniques. Use and apply complex numbers.
  3. Interpret solutions and draw conclusions by using mathematical reasoning in the context of the problem. Solve simple differential equations.
  4. Demonstrate ability to use their knowledge in a variety of contexts. Use and apply Taylor series to simple functions.

Teaching Information

Students will attend 5 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in sessions involving a combination of teacher-led input, combined with practical, workshop-style exercises. On-line delivery of materials through Blackboard VLE.

Assessment Information

Formative Assessment:

  • Regular problem sheets, with feedback provided during weekly seminars

Summative Assessment:

  • Written examination (30%) ILOs 2
  • Written examination (70%) ILOs 1, 3, 4


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. LANG00043).

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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.