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Unit information: Mathematics for STEM in 2020/21

Unit name Mathematics for STEM
Unit code LANG00035
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Andersen
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

IELTS minimum 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5 in writing and 4.5 in all other components or equivalent

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

Co-requisites

None

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

Description

The unit will develop students' understanding of integral calculus, differential equations, vectors and matrices 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 physical, life or biomedical sciences that require a more advanced understanding of mathematics.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students be able to:

  1. integrate simple functions and demonstrate an understanding of the physical meaning of the integral
  2. manipulate and use matrices
  3. use vectors
  4. manipulate and use complex numbers

Teaching details

Students will attend 3 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.

Assessment Details

Formative Assessment:

  • Regular problem sheets, with feedback provided during weekly seminars

Summative Assessment:

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

Reading and References

Recommended Reading

Many textbooks cover the material taught in this unit, for example:

  • Understanding Pure Mathematics, A.J. Sadler and D.W.S. Thorning (Oxford University Press 1995)

Further Reading

You may also find the following books helpful:

  • Help yourself to algebra, Hugh Neill (Longman 1996)
  • New Head Start to A-Level Maths (CGP A-Level Maths 2017-2018)

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