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Unit information: Scientific Computing in 2021/22

Unit name Scientific Computing
Unit code EMAT30008
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Benjamin
Open unit status Not open

EMAT20200 Engineering Mathematics 2, and EMAT20920 Numerical Methods with MATLAB, or equivalent



School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will bring together previous experience of programming, numerical techniques and mathematical methods, with the aim of enabling students to put scientific programming into practice in a project/research setting. The approach is practical rather than theoretical and will cover the techniques and skills needed to do real scientific programming for a range of commonly occurring problem types.

The numerical techniques to be covered will include appropriate choice of numerical method for different classes of ODEs (e.g., stiff problems, and boundary value problems), together with the most widely-used methods to solve PDEs (e.g., finite difference, finite element, and spectral methods). It will be grounded throughout in the fundamentals of software engineering, enabling students to develop efficient programming techniques (e.g., version control, profiling and optimising code), as well as proper use of 3rd party libraries/applications, and hence successfully manage large-scale complex projects.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to

1) Implement advanced numerical methods for the solution of real-world problems
2) Select, assess, modify and adapt numerical algorithms, guided by an awareness of their mathematical foundations
3) Apply appropriate computational techniques to solve ODE problems
4) Apply appropriate computational techniques to solve PDE problems
5) Create production-standard code, based on sound software engineering principles.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions or online computer laboratories and problem sheets.

Assessment Information

1 Summative Assessment, 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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