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Unit information: BootCamp in 2020/21

Unit name BootCamp
Unit code MATHM0043
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Andrieu
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science


To ensure that by the end of the first Teaching Block, all COMPASS CDT students have adequate grounding in four areas of core mathematics: theorems and proofs, linear algebra, analysis, and probability theory.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the Unit, students should be familiar with the mathematical framework of theorems and proofs, and be able to state, prove, and use the core results in linear algebra, analysis, and probability theory.

Teaching details

Teaching will comprise of a series of supervised study groups assembled according to the needs of the cohort.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment will be through group feedback to the Unit Director and individual Personal Advisers.

Summative assessment by viva and written assessment/report; bespoke designed by the Unit Director and the Personal Adviser.

Reading and References

Reading list:

Introduction to proof and sets (including writing mathematics): Velleman (1994), How To Prove It; Huston (2009), How To Think Like A Mathematician.

Linear Algebra: Strang (2006), Linear Algebra And Its Applications.

Analysis and Calculus: Spivak (1994), Calculus.

Probability: Grimmett & Stirzaker (2001), Probability And Random Processes.