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Unit information: Numerical Analysis Using MATLAB in 2022/23

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Unit name Numerical Analysis Using MATLAB
Unit code CENGM0029
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Woods
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

In this unit students will learn introductory numerical analysis using the MATLAB computing environment.

The unit will include an introduction to

  • the importance of limited numerical precision in numerical computing,
  • standard numerical methods such as root-finding, optimization, solution of linear systems, interpolation of data, numerical differentiation and integration, and the numerical solution of differential equations.
  • the fundamentals of MATLAB, including core functions, toolboxes, data entry and loading data files, matrix algebra, plotting in two and three dimensions, and simple programming constructs.

The main aims of the unit are that students

  • learn the fundamental concepts of numerical analysis, and
  • become proficient in the basic data entry, manipulation, and analysis skills that are necessary for water and environmental engineering, and to build water resource models
  • develop sufficient skills to be able to analyse the environmental data provided in subsequent units, and to be able to use MATLAB to support their research work later in the course.

Your learning on this unit

At the end of this module, the successful student will be able to:

  • explain and apply the fundamental concepts behind numerical analysis;
  • explain and apply standard methods of numerical analysis using MATLAB;
  • import data and export results in suitable formats, interpret and compare these outputs;
  • construct and execute simple programmes, for example, to create graphs and other visual representations of data.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

This unit will be assessed by coursework (a report/workbook will be submitted to show competency in computational numerical analysis). Formative assessment/feedback will also be provided throughout the unit from tutorial exercises, to help students prepare for the summative assessments.


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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 take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.