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Unit information: Introductory Foundations of Mathematics in 2021/22

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Unit name Introductory Foundations of Mathematics
Unit code AFAC10015
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Williams
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

This unit provides a first course in calculus to a level equivalent to QCA level 3. It will prepare students on the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences for progression into degrees in the Schools of Economics and Finance and Accounting. It is suitable for students who have not taken any mathematics qualifications beyond the equivalent of QCA level 2.

Assessment for learning/Formative Assessment

Weekly problem sheets with feedback provided in tutorials [ILOs 1-5]

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and work with a variety of mathematical forms and functions.
  2. Have an appreciation of the key financial concept of time value of money
  3. Demonstrate an ability to express real world problems in a mathematical form
  4. Use logarithms to solve exponential equations
  5. Demonstrate competence in differentiating a variety of functions with respect to one variable
  6. Relate the concepts of calculus to real life applications such as economics
  7. Solve unconstrained optimisation problems

Teaching Information

2 x 2 hr seminars per week

Assessment Information

Assignment 1 (12.5%) ILOs 1, 2, 3.

Assignment 2 (12.5%) ILOs 1, '3,' 4, 5, 6.

Assignment 3 (12.5%) ILOs 1, 3,' 5, 6, '7'.'

Assignment 4 (12.5%) ILOs 1, 3,' 5, 6, '7' Exam (50%) ILOs 1-7


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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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