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Unit information: Introductory Mathematics in 2022/23

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Unit name Introductory Mathematics
Unit code LANG00036
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Andersen
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

IELTS: minimum 5.5 overall; minimum 5.0 in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing components or equivalent


This unit provides a first course in core mathematics including calculus to a level equivalent to QCA level 3. The unit will prepare students on the International Foundation Programme for progression into higher level qualifications in science subjects or quantative social science subjects that require a more advanced understanding of mathematics. It is suitable for students who have not taken any mathematics qualifications beyond the equivalent of QCA level 2

Students should have the appropriate qualifications in Mathematics at the equivalent of QCA level 2.

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

None

Units you may not take alongside this one

Not applicable

School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This unit provides a first course in core mathematics including calculus to a level equivalent to QCA level 3. It will prepare students on foundation and preliminary year programmes for entry or progression into higher level qualifications in the physical, life and biomedical sciences or quantitative social sciences. It is suitable for students who have not taken any mathematics qualifications beyond the equivalent of QCA level 2.

Your learning on this unit

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

  1. perform basic algebraic manipulations
  2. sum arithmetic and geometric series
  3. solve linear, simultaneous linear, and quadratic equations
  4. use numerical methods to find areas under curves, etc.
  5. use trigonometry
  6. differentiate and integrate simple functions and know the physical meaning of the derivative and integral.

How you will learn

Students will attend 5 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in sessions involving a combination of teacher-led input, combined with practical, workshop-style exercises. On-line delivery of materials through Blackboard VLE.

How you will be assessed

Formative Assessment:

  • Regular problem sheets, with feedback provided during weekly seminars

Summative Assessment:

  • Written examination (30%) ILOs 1, 3, 5
  • Written examination (70%) ILOs 2, 4, 6

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

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. LANG00036).

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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