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Unit information: Mathematics and Data Modelling 1 in 2018/19

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Unit name Mathematics and Data Modelling 1
Unit code EMAT10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. John Hogan
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit gives students the opportunity to learn some of the skills of modelling in the real world, using mathematics. By 'doing' rather than 'listening' and working in groups, individual students develop skills that translate the experience of learning and practising mathematics, into communicating the results of their finding to a wider, and possibly lay, clientele.

Aims: To introduce the principles of mathematical modelling and the design process, through lectures and small group projects.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  • acquired basic skills in mathematical modelling
  • begun to appreciate the mathematical modelling cycle of model construction, analysis, comparison with experimental data, and the application of results to the original engineering problems
  • worked in small groups to solve a practical mathematical modelling problem
  • developed their oral and written communication skills

Teaching details

There will be a mixture of lectures, seminars, demonstration exercises and tutorials:

20 Lectures, 8 Seminars, 12 tutorials and 8 demonstration sessions.

Assessment Details

100% coursework; combination of written report on group modelling project (40%,) individual report (40%) group presentation (10%) and masterclass (10%)

Reading and References

  • Berry, J. & Houston, K. Mathematical Modelling (Edward Arnold, 1995)
  • Giordano, F. First Course in Mathematical Modeling (Brooks/Cole, 2008)
  • Edwards, D., Hamson, M. & Towers, D. Guide to Mathematical Modelling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001)