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Unit information: Introductory Mathematics in 2021/22

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
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

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.

Intended learning outcomes

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.

Teaching details

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.

Assessment Details

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

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