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Unit information: Mathematics for Social Sciences in 2021/22

Unit name Mathematics for Social Sciences
Unit code AFAC10014
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. John McTague
Open unit status Not open

Students should hold appropriate qualifications in Mathematics at equivalent of QCA level 2, or demonstrate equivalent ability by taking a diagnostic test during the admissions process for the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences.



School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will develop students' understanding of statistical methods and using data 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 social sciences that require a more advanced understanding of mathematics.

Assessment for Learning/Formative Assessment

Regular problem sheets, with feedback provided during weekly seminars

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of and use elementary probability theory
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of a probability distribution
  3. process data sets
  4. test statistical hypotheses
  5. interpret results of data sets and draw conclusions

Teaching Information

2 x 2hr seminars per week

Assessment Information

Assessment of Learning/Summative Assessment

2.5 hour written examination (ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) (100%)


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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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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.