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Unit information: Further Foundations of Mathematics in 2021/22

Unit name Further Foundations of Mathematics
Unit code MATH00001
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Jayne Stansfield
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

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

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will develop students' understanding of integral calculus, differential equations, vectors and matrices to a level equivalent to QCA level 3. The unit will prepare students on foundation and preliminary year programmes for entry or progression into higher level qualifications in the physical, life or biomedical sciences and quantitative social sciences that require a more advanced understanding of mathematics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the unit students should be able to:

  • use numerical methods to find areas under curves, etc.
  • integrate simple functions and know the physical meaning of the integral.
  • work with functions of two or more variables
  • manipulate and use matrices
  • use vectors

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through a combination of

  • synchronous online and, if subsequently possible, face-to-face lectures
  • asynchronous online materials, including narrated presentations and worked examples
  • guided asynchronous independent activities such as problem sheets and/or other exercises
  • synchronous weekly group problem/example classes, workshops and/or tutorials
  • synchronous weekly group tutorials
  • synchronous weekly office hours

Assessment Information

Assessment for Learning/Formative Assessment

Weekly problems sheets, with feedback provided during weekly tutorials

Assessment of Learning/Summative Assessment

2.5 hour written examination

Resources

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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. MATH00001).

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.

Assessment
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.

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